I am so excited to welcome a new weekly columnist here on StefneMiller.com. Since the books that I write are for tweens, teens and college aged young ladies, I’ve always wanted to have that audience represented on this site. It turns out that God brought me Kerrigan Dudley to do just that.
God works in amazing and beautiful ways! Kerrigan was actually the very first young adult reader to lay her eyes on Salvaged (see us below at the launch party). Now, five years later, she is in college and trying to find her way through life.
Like me, Kerrigan wants to impact the Kingdom for God through her authentic, raw and honest writing. I’m so excited that she’s lending her voice to my website every Wednesday. Read her blog, post comments and love on her! She’s amazing and you’ll love her sweet spirit just as much as I do.
Welcome, Kerrigan. I’m beyond thrilled to have you on board!
Ten years ago on a Sunday, I was sent into a dark and loud room full of kids all running circles around a ridiculously tall man named Shaun was the Children’s Pastor; this is how I met Stefne Miller.
Fast-forward five years, when I was about to start my freshman year of high school. My mom received a phone call by a woman named Stefne Miller claiming that she wrote this book and needed feedback none other than my awkward self.
She emailed all four hundred (or so it seemed) pages, my mother proceeded to print them out and give me the large white stack of papers.
I have been a book worm my entire life, and getting a phone call from a complete stranger (who is actually the wife of the previously mentioned tall man known as Shaun Miller, the kids pastor of the church I attended) who wrote a book and asked me to be the first to read it, obviously intrigued me.
I sat down on my zebra striped bed and didn’t move for three days. Salvaged changed my life to say the least.
It made me cry, laugh, it gave me butterflies and made me grin so big that I secretly wished I lived in the book.
At the time I was struggling through the aftermath of a war (also known as my parent’s divorce), hitting puberty, secretly yearning for a boy’s attention, and discovering who I was in God and really who I was in general.
My life has drastically changed from that sheepish thirteen year-old, to the uncertain eighteen year old I am today.
My problems five years ago aren’t too far off from the things I struggle with as a young adult.
I’m constantly in a battle of remaining pure, staying on my walk with Christ, leading by example, putting myself out in the world, not knowing what it feels like to be in love, attending a University that I don’t like, and driving a old man ’92 Honda Accord.
My days mostly consist of working my butt off and not acting my age; my walk has truly been an interesting journey and I am proud to say that as of right now, I am semi-normal (most of the time).
I struggle daily with so many things and at the same time grow in unexpected ways through weird circumstances.
I am the co-author of my uneventful life simply reviewing everything that THE author is writing, that author being God.
I never know who I am going to come across, what he has planned for me or what I’m even doing with my life.
The beautiful thing is, I get to share it with you and maybe together, we will be entertained and inspired to stay on the journey the Lord has laid out for us!
Kerrigan is an eighteen year old who is about to begin her sophomore year at the University of Central Oklahoma. She enjoys writing, playing soccer and watching movies. Kerrigan is involved in college ministry and is passionate about God.