Rebecca Moore (author of First to Forty)

October 13, 2017

Growing up as the daughter of Salvation Army ministers, Rebecca Moore felt God’s call from an early age, leading her to a successful career as an inspirational writer, Julie Houghton reports.



What are your childhood memories of knowing God? 

I knew God from a very early age and distinctly remember the moment I asked Jesus into my heart at age five. My mum sat down with me and showed me a little animated book on how to ask Jesus into my heart. Though I was so young, that moment has stayed with me vividly to this day.


What did you do straight from school?

My first job after school was working in a bookshop which suited me to a T. I was in my element!


How did you discover that you were a writer? 

I think writing has always been a big part of who I am. I have always loved stories but there was a moment when a high school teacher looked me in the eye and told me, “You’re going to write a book one day.” It was more of a statement than a question and that gave me confidence to realise that I may actually have something to offer in this area. It was my passion, but when you’re young, you don’t always see how viable your gifts are at the time. I think I just thought everyone could write.


Tell me about your current Christian activities. 

I am grateful to be able to use my writing as a way to tell others about Jesus. I have been writing for various Christian publications, including a monthly column for Christian Today Australia.


What led you to write First to Forty

First to Forty is a compilation of poems and articles I’ve written that my husband put together. Unbeknownst to me, he published it and presented it to me as a gift for my 40th birthday. My party guests were delighted as they also were given a copy to take home with them. It was the most astonishing gift I’ve ever been given.

What do you love most about your life? 

I would have to say my family. My husband Tony and I have two daughters and two sons aged 19, 18, 13 and 11. We have been through thick and thin together and the hard times have brought us into a closeness that I treasure with all my heart. God is always in the process of refining us and it’s nice to go on that journey together. 


Who do you think your audience is for First to Forty

First to Forty is a book about everyday life and finding God in the midst of that, so it will resonate with those who are living ‘the everyday’. Being a mum, I think other mothers will relate quite well to these stories. Whether something funny, or something serious, God is always there, loving us and walking alongside us, even when we embarrass ourselves!


How important is a sense of humour in handling life? 
Very important! The Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves sometimes and not take things too seriously. Life can be very serious and has enough troubles of its own, so if we can find joy in our day, we will find strength, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need to get through those serious and difficult moments in life. 


What’s on your drawing board at the moment?

I’m excited to have a follow-up to First to Forty being published in autumn, 2018. This features some humorous and heartening stories and poetry written straight to the heart of mothers. I’m also working on two novels—one set in the early 1900s and another set in the current day. 


You can read Warcry’s review of First to Forty here.


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