Interview with biographer Malachi Stewart

Today’s guest is Malachi Stewart. He’s doing a virtual book tour for his personal biography, Journey to Malachi.


At the bottom of the interview is a rafflecopter entry form to enter to win a signed copy of the book.


Bio: 
Malachi Jeremiah Stewart is an ancient vessel housed in a
modern body. In 2011, he was entrusted to lead Prophetic Streams Ministries in
Philadelphia, PA as a unique tributary of Kingdom life, by declaring the
finished work of Christ and dispensing the ‘unforced rhythms of grace.’


Currently, Malachi is pursuing a degree in Religion and
Christian Counseling at Liberty University and seeks to work in full time
ministry, both at locally and globally. He serves as Youth Advisor &
Trainer to Dominion’s Prophetic & Apostolic Coalition Trans-Continental
(D’PACT), Youth L.E.A.D. and Youth in Ministry (YIM) organizations, training
high school and college students in the areas of evangelism, spiritual
devotion, biblical instruction, and Papa prayer. He leads IGNITE! a youth
evangelistic outreach in the capitol region, including DC-Maryland-Virginia. As
a visionary leader and prophetic flame, he has a strong desire for souls to be
saved, families to be restored, and for nations to be reconciled with Christ.
Welcome, Malachi. Please tell us about
your current release.
Readers of Journey to Malachi will embark upon a
biographical journey through my life as I face the perils of abuse and the
tribulations of its many after effects. Through hopelessness and despair I
invite readers to join me for the moments that bring great sorrow and the
moments that bring great joy. Journey to
Malachi
is a celebration of the purpose behind our deepest pains.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I was
a small boy and my sexual abuse started I was extremely confused and deeply
hurt. Since that moment I never felt like there was another person who
understood my inner struggles and so my problems made me feel isolated. When I
started writing I wrote the book to my inner child. I told the stories I knew
he could relate to and I gave him the honesty he deserved. I also gave him the
love, support, and spiritual wisdom he would need to survive and overcome his
journey to healing and hope.
Excerpt:
After the rape I totally suppressed any
feelings I had the same way I had done years ago when the molestation occurred.
I knew that I didn’t have the strength to risk exposure and tell any adult what
happened. To tell any of my peers, who knew my secret would cause me to feel
weak and foolish. A huge part of me really believed that the molestation and
the rape were my fault. To most people that probably doesn’t make sense, and in
retrospect it doesn’t honestly make any sense to me either but at the time that
feeling was so very real to me. I kept wondering how I could have been so
stupid. How could I have put myself in that position of vulnerability? The
easiest way to cope with what happened was to pretend that it didn’t. Somehow I
managed to move forward and by the time I graduated high school I had a pretty
good control over my sexual urges and was doing my best to abstain from sinful
activities all together. I was deeply involved with the church and had been
serving as a youth leader. I was getting my first real taste of ministry as I
planned revivals and watched the labor of my hands manifest into powerful moves
of God. It felt so good to be living what I believed. A part of me, however
knew that it was temporary. How long did I really expect to go through life
with my heart separate from the lifestyle that I was living?

 My
survival mechanism in the church realm was that I embraced the legalism, which
caused my youthfulness to be abandoned. Following all of the doctrinal rules of
my denomination and reciting religious dogma made me feel like I had changed.
Changing physical things gave me the façade of deliverance. It is for this
reason why I understand how the woman the bible describes as being caught in
the act of adultery must have felt when they brought her to the Messiah’s feet.
She knew the law and knew she was wrong. Her accusers were many and worse of
all they were justified. She was indeed guilty as charged. It would have been
convenient for Jesus to introduce her to religion and have her to repent and
wear a long dress, cover her hair, remove her jewelry and do everything else
that would make her feel whole and worthy. Yet he extended grace to her and
removed her accusers, releasing her to “sin no more”. Receiving that’s grace
was the hardest thing the woman had probably ever done in her life. It is easy
to change the external with legalistic practices that produce tangible results
but it’s hard to receive grace and allow Christ to transform the internal in
the fullness of time. If only I knew that then I would have saved myself years
of settling for a ‘form of godliness’! My façade was intact but unfortunately
in time all facades fade. Mine was fading faster than I knew.  
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I am
working on a book called Daddy that
illuminates how our experiences with our natural fathers are reflected in how
we perceive and relate to God as our heavenly father.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I
considered myself a writer at my first book signing. Even after publishing and
holding the book in my hands for the first time, it wasn’t until I was seeing
strangers purchase my book that I felt like an official writer. Truth be told,
I feel I am more of a storyteller. I feel that my destiny it to share the
truths that are applicable to us all by telling stories that bring healing,
hope and happiness to the darkness that can comprise reality.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I am a
full-time student and transitioning into full-time ministry. I write whenever I
can find time. Fortunately, I am able to write large amounts quickly but
unfortunately rarely have the time to devote to writing. I suspect this will
change as I become more prominent as an author.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
When I am
writing I cannot use a pen and paper! I have to type and everything must be
completely silent. I do my best writing early in the morning and where I am
surrounded by nature and beauty.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Interestingly,
the first thing I ever wanted to be was a writer. Of course, I found out that
other occupations make more money so quickly opted for the more logical and
lucrative career path. I never felt I could be successful as a writer.
Recently, I decided to choose passion over prosperity, but I hope one day the
twain will become one.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I
just want the readers to know that my purpose for sharing the intimate details
of my life was so that it could inspire, comfort, and cause healing for someone
else. This book was certainly written with my readers in mind so as you begin
to take my journey, be encouraged in your own.



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