Hello. My name is RS Kniep.
I consider my life to count for many reasons: to love and protect my family, to bless and influence other people, to be productive in business…the list is long.
But there is only one main reason – there can be only one. For me, it is the single most important reason to be alive.
It is to honor God and spread His truth.
It’s been a long and sometimes difficult road to where I am today.
One of ten kids, our family was big but my father’s income was not. I learned what it was like to lack the things a lot of other kids took for granted. Looking back, this was one of the greatest blessings of my childhood.
I grew up swinging a hammer and packing boards around a construction site with my dad. Along the way, I did many other things too: rode bulls in the rodeo circuit for a year, tracked spotted owls through the forests of northern California, and even fabricated false teeth in a dental lab… but I always came back to building. And I still believe construction is the best work a man can do.
Two years in college and a real estate license and building an investment brokerage. Working as a mergers and acquisitions intermediary, I turned serial entrepreneur and turned that passion into 7 successful companies of which I am a shareholder.
A magnificent woman who became my wife and with whom I’ve had 6 wonderful children. It’s been a full life.
But my passion, my deepest yearning, was always to write. And that has never changed.
I have piles of notebooks, dating back over 30 years, filled with poems, sermons, personal journals, philosophical meanderings, and of course, stories. Lots of stories.
I’ve written two full screenplays, one of which was produced and filmed (but never saw distribution due to legal squabbles). I am part way through my first novel.
I have come close to death 4 times in my first three decades. At 5, I drowned in a pool and was resuscitated by a mysterious and beautiful stranger no one knew. At 7, I escaped an attempted kidnap at roadside. At 19, I survived a devastating car crash which resulted in major head injuries, but from which I completely recovered. At 28, I was crushed under a backhoe tractor when it rolled down a hill at a construction site.
These near-death experiences changed me, and formed me into the man I have become.
Not long ago, I arrived at a crossroads in life; a kind of mental, spiritual, and emotional signpost, so to speak. I realized that life is an all-too brief journey, and that the wisest people consider that sober truth, and spend their time accordingly.
I considered who I love the most, and what I love to do the most. And I chose to blend them into one, all-out pursuit.
The result was simply this: I want to write about the wisdom of God’s Word with those who care to hear it. The way I see it, this is a worthy endeavor.
To sum, life with purpose is a worthy life. If that purpose is to know and glorify God and His son Jesus Christ, then life has reached its ultimate peak.
And that is where I strive to be.