DEBORAH SMITH SIMPKINS
Deborah Simpkins is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher whose Deborah Simpkins Publications has been working with authors since the mid-2000s, gives the reader’s a glimpse into the inner workings of a straying minister who preachers do as I say, not as I do in the sizzling new novel “Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets: The Truth Exposed.” But in her bold world where faith and a true relationship with God trumps and transcends the boundaries of religion, she knows it will come via Divine Direction – also the perfect name to embody the many facets of Simpkins’ empowering multi-faceted ministry.
One thing’s for sure – whatever the words are, they’re going to be controversial and edgy, both in print and when Simpkins speaks to congregations, with a focus on women’s ministries, across the country. She tells it like it is, fearless of the feathers she may ruffle. With God on her side, there is no place for fear (1 John 4:18). When her sneak peek of the book was released, there was a massive buzz around who might be the real life Bishop she fictionalized in the book. Though The Sun offered her an exclusive, she has NEVER named him publicly. This is about her story of redemption, not his fall from grace. She has shared her vision on the Wendy Williams’ syndicated radio show. She recently created a reality series about first ladies that caught the attention of VH1 and resulted in a pilot presentation.
At one time, Simpkins did 50-60 engagements a year, allowing herself to be an instrument of God in speaking hard truth and inspiration to audiences on tours throughout the Midwest, South and East Coast (New Jersey, Philly, NY and Baltimore). Spiritually refreshed and excited once more with the passion to speak her mind, Simpkins will return to the road once again this year to share her personal joys and struggles and to help people in need find Divine Direction. People have compared her preaching style and impact to top female evangelists like Joyce Meyer, Paula White and Juanita Bynum.
“We’re often bamboozled about what is truly important in life,” she adds, “and I feel that God has called me to reach out to women and let them know it’s all right to be open and vulnerable and above all honest about what they’re going through. I also love to help the many men who seek my counsel – but because of what I’ve been through and am going through, I feel I’ve been called to deal especially with women’s issues.”
As the author writes in one of her short novel’s introduction: “Often times our character or our integrity that will be slandered by those in their self-righteousness and judgmental standards of upholding their personal ministry aspirations based on their own goals and not of biblical or spiritual objectives. Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets, or Accusers of the Ministry are both true testaments of the statement! The characters in the book, the charismatic Bishop Leon and the ambitious and beautiful Kiyah, are both seeking spiritual destinations. The obstacles each of them face along the way – makes for a lightning rod of controversy in church and beyond.
“In the end,” she adds, “a relationship with God is not about playing games for your own gain, but a true commitment that involves perseverance and dedication. If you seek Him with your whole heart and mind, He promises to give you the desires of your heart. Get beyond the religious rules and church issues and in line with God and His Word and He will open doors – and maybe even answer some mysteries, and He has done many times in my life.”