Books by Kate Motaung


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A Place to Land is a globe-spanning memoir that wrestles with the question, ”Where is my home?” Kate Motaung watched ”home” slip away again and again–through her parents’ divorce, a foreclosure, two international moves, ten rental homes in ten years, and her mother’s terminal battle with cancer. Add in the challenge of a cross-cultural marriage, and Kate was constantly adapting to a new environment. Through her experiences, you’ll realize–as she did–that no matter where we go or what we do, this world is not our home.

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“The best memoirs either pull the reader into the author’s compelling story or draw the author’s universal truths into the reader’s story. A Place to Land deftly manages both, inviting us inside Kate Motaung’s heart, even as we discover parallels in our own. Despite the many challenges she faces, Kate presses on, urging us by example to do the same. In the end, her thoughtful conclusions about longing and belonging may well become our own.”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible




letters to grief

Kate Motaung came to know Grief most intimately when her mom was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 50 and battled with the disease for nine years before the Lord called her home. She realizes, however, that everyone endures loss in their own way. Grief isn’t always a linear process, but more often a cyclical journey. Through these letters and reflections, you will find encouragement and hope to deal with loss and grief in your own circumstances.


“Kate’s words ring honest throughout this book, and you’ll find yourself immersed, flipping through page after page, unable to stop reading her letters to grief. Her deeply personal experiences cry out from every page of this book, and yet it seems like something that was written personally, for me.

Grief is a multifaceted, complex process that greets each person different, and yet Kate’s letters sound like a cry from my own heart, not just her own.

The best part of this book is the hope woven throughout. In the end, grief will have no hold. Kate faces grief head-on in this book, and yet she knows who will win out in the end. It’s a beautiful message of hope and endurance.” ~Jen, Amazon customer

“Your platform isn’t big enough.” 
If you’re a writer, speaker, or ministry leader, perhaps these five words have squelched your desire to share the message burning within. In today’s digital world, speakers and writers are expected to grow their own following—or platform of influence—before gaining access to a microphone or book contract.
But as a Christian, is there a way to gather followers and still follow Jesus? Is it possible to both build up your stats and take up your cross? How can you reconcile promoting yourself when you’re called to humble yourself, or elevating your name when you’re commissioned to elevate Christ’s?

Authors Kate Motaung and Shannon Popkin know what it’s like to wrestle with these questions. In Influence: Building a Platform that Elevates Jesus (Not Me), you’re invited to a platform-building coaching session with the carpenter from Nazareth. Join Shannon and Kate in this challenge to acknowledge the tension, set aside fears, examine hidden motives, and embrace the high calling of serving Christ.

By utilizing the practical tools, exercises, and discussion questions provided, you’ll emerge with new confidence, awareness, and decision-making clarity–ready to step out and shine the light of Jesus from the platform God has strategically placed beneath your feet.


“What should I do to become an online writer?”

Here is your answer. Author Kate Motaung has collected all of the advice she normally offers clients into one package, complete with direct links to the resources mentioned, including more than 20 places for Christian writers to submit guest posts (and some of them pay!), 13 publishers accepting book reviewers, weekly link-ups open to new participants, and affiliate programs to earn a passive income.

This is not a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial on how to accomplish each step, but rather a compilation of resources and suggestions regarding what to do in order to progress, grow, and succeed as an online Christian writer.

While certain resources offered here are primarily aimed at the Christian market, all readers will benefit from this course and will be able to apply the principles and suggestions to their own audience, depending on the niche.

By using this book, you’ll save hours of time you would otherwise spend scouring the internet, searching for places to submit guest posts, publishers that offer book review opportunities, affiliate programs through which you could earn money, Facebook groups to join to find community, and much more.