"I had a mink, and I had money and I was miserable."
A Mock Interview
Kay Arthur is known as one of the leading Bible teachers around the world, ministering to the hearts and minds of millions. She has written more than 100 books and Bible studies, particularly on the subject of embracing life’s disappointments.
Four of Kay Arthur’s books have received the prestigious Gold Medallion, including A Marriage Without Regrets; the International Inductive Study Bible; and Lord, I Need Grace to Make It Today.
Following is a mock interview based on the facts of Kay Arthur’s life and ministry.
Q. When and where were you born?
A. I was born in the United States in 1933. (Laughs.)
You can do the math!
Q. Tell me a little bit about your childhood.
A. I grew up a home that honored God. My family moved frequently, and in each new community we would first look for a church home, and then we’d find a house to live in.
Q. What kind of education did you receive?
A. As a young woman, I graduated from nursing school. I also studied modeling. In 2007, I received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Q. Did you marry and when?
A. After graduation, I married Frank Thomas Goetz, Jr. (Tom). We divorced after a six-year marriage during which time he battled with manic-depression. Tragically, he later committed suicide.
I was once warned, "sin will take you father than you ever intended to go, it will cost you more than you ever expected to pay, and it will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay." Unfortunately, over the next few years, I sought comfort with several other men including a two-year relationship with a married man.
After a dramatic conversion experience when "I went down on my knees a harlot, and I got up a saint," I met Jack Arthur at Tennessee Temple University where I was studying the Bible. We’ve been married nearly 36 years.
Q. Do you have any children?
A. Jack and I have three grown sons and nine grandchildren.
Q. How did your ministry develop?
Together, Jack and I founded Precept Ministries International in 1970 (Chattanooga Tennessee). It began as a small Bible study for teens. Now there are Precept inductive Bible study groups in all 50 states, with materials in nearly 150 countries and nearly 70 languages.
We also host radio and television broadcasts which reach a potential viewing audience of more that 94 million households worldwide.
Q. When did you sense the Lord had a special purpose for your life?
A. "Before I was a believer, I would read the Bible and find it boring. When I became a child of God at age 29, I opened the Bible and it became a brand new book. I knew what was filling me was exactly what others were looking for as well… My passion and burden is to help other people to get into the Word of God in the most effective way possible."Q. How have you fulfilled that calling?
A. I discovered that the inductive Bible study method took me right into the Word of God, apart from the interpretations of the text by someone else. It’s a process that involves three steps: observation, interpretation, and application.
Q. What kind of legacy would you like to leave?
A. "Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether I speak here or there, or accomplish this or that. What matters is if everything’s all right between me and God. Am I becoming a holy woman? Am I reflecting Him...?
All direct quotes are from the interview, "Beauty From Ashes" by Laurie Beyer and published by Just Between Us: For Women With a Heart For Ministry. See also, Gifted For Leadership's article, "Kay Arthur."
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