Woman pens book of observations

January 17, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

Kim Hykes just doesn't dream about doing things - she does them.

Like the time the Greencastle resident took up power lifting because it was something she always wanted to do. She ended up competing on the national circuit. Her record bench press was 180 pounds.

Then there was the time she saw turkey feather painting for the first time. There is a large framed turkey feather on the wall of her living room with a scene of two white-tail deer fawns painted on it.

And now there's "God's Noggin Nudgers," a book written by Hykes that was published in December.

She had no formal training as a writer and a high school education. But writing a book was just something she had wanted to do for a long time, she said.


It's too soon to tell if it's going to sell, she said. So far only about 15 have been sold but it's available on the Internet at, or or by calling Hykes at 717-597-5435. It's also available in area religious book stores.

The 131-page book is self-published and sells for $11.99.

She wrote about her own observations on life, but with a religious bent. Hykes' book is laced liberally with biblical passages along with her own bits of philosophy, all tinged with humor.

Chapter 7, for example, titled, "Please Don't Tell Me What I Don't Want to Hear," talks of how we often ask the opinion of others and expect great accolades only to have them be blatantly honest.

She writes, "Many of us (especially women) can relate to having a friend ask our opinion on their latest clothing purchase. You find yourself at your friend's house ... She informs you that she was shopping and can't wait to show you her purchases ... She emerges from her bedroom beaming with excitement as she models a faux mink stole died bright orange.

"Your first thought as you see this hairy thing around her neck is: If I saw something that ugly running across my yard I'd shoot it."

Hykes, 40, never married.

She said that sometimes God has helped her to see that the difficulties experienced in life could be blessings as long as she was willing to focus on the positive, not the negative.

"The biblical references in my book back up what I'm talking about," Hykes said. "It's about the trials and tribulations of life that we go through and try to learn from."

She wrote the first chapter of the book about 10 years ago, then put it aside as life began to interfere with her writing. She found the time to get back to it last spring after she was laid off from her job.

She found her publisher, Xulon Press, a Christian publishing house, on the Internet. The publisher helps in the promotion of the book, she said.

What's next for Hykes? "I don't know," she said. "I guess I'll just get something in my head and go out and try it."

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