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Bill Kirby Jr.: ‘God gave me another chance to live,’ says author living with a purpose

Suki Wolf has published her second book to help others struggling in a world of uncertainty, and the publication is yours for the asking

'I don’t think this world will have problems if people believe in God,’ Suki Wolf says.
'I don’t think this world will have problems if people believe in God,’ Suki Wolf says.
Photo by Bill Kirby Jr.

All of us have a story to tell.

Suki Wolf told her first story in 2004 about her near-death experience in “Living Life With a Purpose.” Now, Wolf has published a follow-up book, “Living Life With a Purpose: Two.”

“The title is the same because they connect,” Wolf says. “Many people read it and they enjoyed the first book so much. They say they cannot put the book down. The second book, they say they can hardly put it down.”

If Suki Wolf sounds like a familiar name, it’s likely because she once owned Suki’s Hair & Day Spa on Yadkin Road.

“I was close to death at the time I wrote the first book,” she says about a bowel obstruction in 2001. “My doctor said to get my pastor. But I was not ready to go. I knew God had a reason. When I was in the hospital, I had many girls working with me in the shop. When I came back, I was very sick.”

She sold the popular shop in 2019.

“The first book is my testimony,” Wolf says. “How my life and every step has been about God, who has given me the strength to overcome the circumstances of life and what I have had to go through in my life. How my life and every stop by God has given me the strength to overcome. Its circumstances of life, and I do believe God can use me. God wants to show people who he is.”

Suki Wolf, she doesn’t mind you knowing, is a proud disciple of Jesus Christ and devout in her faith.

She was up at 5 a.m. each day and spending two hours hand-writing the first book — all while continuing to see clients who insisted that Suki Wolf coif their hair. You will find her tending to many as they recover from health problems in their homes, and you’ll find her singing with her classically trained voice every Sunday in the Cedar Falls Baptist Church choir.

“Suki is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met,” says the Rev. Glenn Meadows, the church’s senior pastor. “Her heart for people and her love for Jesus shines through in everything that she does. Whether in her singing, the writing of these books or in a conversation with her, you will see the love that she has for every person and an overwhelming passion to share the Gospel of Jesus. It is my privilege to have Suki and her husband, Leonard, in our congregation. If the world had more people with the heart of Suki Wolf, the world would be a much kinder place.”

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‘A voice in her heart’

Suki Wolf’s latest chronicle is about Chang Bong Chul, who was raised in an orphanage in the 1950s when his mother found herself assisting tuberculosis patients in Seoul, Korea.

“Can you imagine a mother separating from her son?” Wolf asks

The mother, Wolf says, put her faith in God that Chang Bong Chul would be OK.

“She heard a voice in her heart,” Wolf says, “that God would take care of him.”

God did, Wolf says.

“Her son went to seminary and became a pastor,” Wolf says.

For Suki Wolf, the story was inspiring.

“I met him,” she says. “He had a prayer retreat in Frankfort, Germany. People came from all over Europe and Korea for his prayer retreat. I came from the United States because I was searching for God. I came back home, and I brought him here in 1997. We had him at Camp Caraway” in Sophia, a town in Randolph County. “One hundred people went. From here and the United States, they were people searching for God.”

Book is yours for the asking

Suki Wolf isn’t asking you to purchase her latest book.

She’s not looking for monetary gain.

We are living in a world of war, civil unrest, racial divide, political discord and economic uncertainty.

Her publication comes at no cost, although donations will be accepted. Just send her an email at sukiw777@gmail.com, and Suki Wolf will see that you receive a copy.

“It’s not something where I want to make money,” Wolf says. “I want to encourage people going through struggles.”

Those who know Suki Wolf well will tell you she is a gift to this community, whether it is her vegetable soup for someone who is homebound or just helping someone in need of a prayer.

“She wants to help others,” says Margaret Ann Alligood, a breast cancer survivor. “To give you an example of her kindness, she prayed with me and cooked for me while I was going through chemo.”

Born in Incheon in northwestern South Korea, where her father was a homicide detective and gifted oil painter, Suki Wolf is just a woman living with a purpose to be there for others.

“I get so frustrated sometimes,” Wolf says. “I love this country. This is my home. And this country has really supported me. I love this country wholeheartedly. Things in this country are not nice these days. It’s heartbreaking. All I can do is pray. It’s one of the reasons I wrote this book. God gave me another chance to live in this world. The problem is people need God. I don’t think this world will have problems if people believe in God.

“We need God today.”


Everybody has a story to tell.

So does a preacher who knows Suki Wolf well.

The Rev. Glenn Meadows’ words are worth repeating: “If the world had more people with the heart of Suki Wolf, the world would be a much kinder place.”

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961.

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