Book Giveaway: Seriously, God? by Jenny Smith

Renee Ann Smith —  August 30, 2012 — 65 Comments

Update: This giveaway has ended. A winner has been emailed!

“Our house was going into foreclosure, we were moving into a rental house, and God didn’t seem to care. We had thought He would come through. He didn’t.” ~Jenny Smith, Seriously, God?~

Today on the blog, I’m hosting author and speaker, Jenny Smith. Not long ago, Jenny’s family faced foreclosure, job loss, the anxiety of no health insurance, and having to learn to adapt to a different income bracket—just like so many other families. Seriously, God? is not just the title of her book but also the question her heart struggled with during those uncertain times.

Here’s an excerpt from Jenny’s story: “I struggled with how God had let me down. Where was He? Why didn’t He provide a job where we could maintain our standard of living? My whole Christian life had been built on an understanding of God being our provider—the one whom we went to when we had a need. What happened? We were doing everything we knew to do, and it wasn’t working.

As I stood in our garden months later, I realized that if I didn’t turn to God’s Word, I was never going to understand why my reality wasn’t lining up with my view of God. I began searching in the book of John and discovered the seven I am statements of Jesus. Seven times, we are personally invited to see more clearly who Jesus is. If we are going to live life in the name of Jesus, we need to have a firm grip on who he claims to be.  Each I am statement highlights a particular relationship of Jesus to the spiritual needs of people, all with the intention of radically getting our undivided attention.

Don’t feel bad if you don’t know them—neither did I. But as I studied them, my thinking completely changed, causing my heart to undergo a transformation as well. I’m praying God will do the same mighty work in your heart. That’s really what it comes down to—our hearts. We can find plenty of resources to help with some of the practical needs, but our hearts may have been left empty.”

Would you like to join Jenny as she shares her journey of discovering who Jesus is and the impact this knowledge had on the early church? If you feel like you’re trapped on life’s roller coaster and you fear the next sharp downturn might defeat you, you’ll be encouraged by both the personal story and Bible study sections of this book. Seriously, God? touches on what this journey is all about—deepening your relationship with God—so that even as you stand smack-dab in the middle of a disappointing reality, you’ll have a strong and steady faith!

Now that you’re eager to read Seriously, God?, here are two ways you can get your hands on this book.  (1) Jenny is generously offering a copy to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (Contest ends Tuesday, September 4th.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book.

About the author:

Jenny teaches at her local church, conferences, retreats, banquets or wherever women gather to hear hope from God’s Word for their lives. She loves the country life in Adairsville, Georgia with her husband, Chad and three daughters.

Her message enables women to . . .

  1. Discover the power God has given us through Jesus.
  2. Recognize His care in the midst of real life.
  3. Experience God’s provision regardless of the circumstances they face.

You can connect with Jenny at her website Keeping In Stride Ministries.

You can also find her at her FB ministry page here.

Or you can follow Jenny on Twitter at this link.

This week I’m linking with Faith-filled FridayYour Thriving Family, Spiritual Sunday, Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Sharing his Beauty, The Better Mom, and Soli Deo Gloria.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

65 responses to Book Giveaway: Seriously, God? by Jenny Smith

  1. I’d love a copy of the book, thanks!

  2. This book is certainly timely with the present economy. I have seen so many people lose homes that I never dreamed would be in that position.

  3. Seriously, God? I would love to win this… Thanks for the chance..

  4. I keep clinging to that image of God as my provider and am trying so hard to really believe that and trust even if he doesn’t provide just as I want him to. I think this would be a very good book for me to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Seriously, God?

    • So glad you’re clinging to God, Pam, and that you’re looking for every resource you can to help you do that. I said a prayer for you, whatever your situation might be. And you’re in the drawing for Jenny’s book :) Blessings!

  5. Sounds like a goodread

  6. I would love to win this book. So kind of you to do this giveaway.

  7. Hello. Thank you for having such a great give-a-way. I would like to win one. Have a nice day!

  8. Thanks Renee for keeping us up on what’s out there to read! I think I’d like to read this one.

  9. Having walked a similar road (although not with quite as dramatic consequences), I can completely relate to those feelings of disappointment, confusion, and bewilderment. Although we have weathered the worst of the storm, we are left with a much different reality than what we had before and I would love to know what Jenny learned!

    • That’s true for so many these days, Shaunie. It’s good to know you’re looking at the situation from “the other side” of the journey and have weathered the worst. Thanks for entering the drawing. Have a great weekend!

  10. As a wife, a mom to six, and more importantly a child of God, I can only believe God has placed you and your give-away into my path. Seriously, God? sounds as if it could have been written about my family. We are walking this path of foreclosure and job loss in our family as we speak. The ONLY thing we can do is cling to God and his promises. We have nothing else. We are excited to see what God is doing through our situation. I would love to be entered into your drawing to win a copy of Seriously, God?. Thanks for the opportunity. And thanks for letting us know someone else has walked this path.

    Laurie

    • Thanks for sharing your story here, Laurie. I am praying for you even as I type this. I’m inspired that you can use the word “excited” at the prospect of what God will do. What a great perspective He’s helped you find! I hope you stay in touch and let me know how all turns out. You’re in the drawing. Many blessings!

  11. I’ve struggled with that same question. I’d love to read that book. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Looking over the comments this morning praying God would be so active in your own Seriously God? situations. :)

  13. This sounds like a book with great inspiration and guidance. I have often struggled between my will and God’s will! God knows better than I so why is it so hard to trust Him?! Would love to read this book!

    • Maureen, I have the same struggles. Looks like many of us do. We know He wants good for us, but still we hesitate to follow. Thanks for coming by to share with us today. You’re in the drawing! Have a great weekend!

  14. This is where I am right now. My faith is in crisis. But where else is there to turn but to God. I would love to read this book.

    • I think C. S. Lewis said that if our faith weren’t so important to us, we would never struggle with doubts. So glad you paid us a visit today, SharonMarie. I am praying for you as I type. Please keep in touch to let us know how you’re doing. And you’re in the drawing for the book! Blessings!

  15. thanks for the chance to win this lovely book

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  16. The book sounds good. We can’t expect God to do what we want Him to. He does what He knows is right for us. Things may look bleak, but there’s always an underlying message.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Thanks for sharing your encouraging thoughts here, Leah. You’re right that no matter how bleak the situation seems, God always has a plan. You’re in the drawing and have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Wow! I would love to read this book.

  18. Would love to win a copy of the book, however no objection to purchasing. In the midst of repairing a worn relationship with God and need all the help I can get. Thasnks for sharing!

    • I can relate, Beth. I have been through my own dark tunnel of faith and am coming out the other side. So glad you stopped in here today to enter the drawing and be heard. I said a prayer for you. Blessings!

  19. Mary Jean Ellison August 31, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Been going through this very thing. God has not provided in the way I thought He would and yet He is God. Would love to read your thoughts!

  20. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book. It sounds as if it’s something everyone could benefit from reading.

  21. Oh, I know that feeling well!

    I, too, had a perspective of the Christian life that if I worked hard enough, prayed fervently enough, and believed deeply enough, everything would work out fine.

    That theology didn’t fit my circumstances well when after 17 years of fervent prayer, hard work and firm belief, I found myself going thru a divorce.

    Through that valley, God taught me so much about Himself, His will, and His heart toward us!

    Thank you for sharing a book discussing these important truths.

    • What you’ve described can be such a painful awakening, Joe. I’m glad God brought you through and that you are so willing to give Him glory for it. Thanks for sharing here. You’re in the drawing!

  22. I would love to have a copy of this book to share with our ministry.

  23. The title got me interested. I would love a copy of your book! Thanks for inviting me to share.

  24. The review has already touched me! Going thru a situation right now! Thanks for pointing me to His word! Would love to win the book!

  25. Going thru tough financial times like Jenny did herself. I would love to win the book. Thanks

  26. thanks for the opportunity to read this inspirational book ;0

  27. I would love to win this book!

  28. Wow!! So glad I found this just in time. Would love to read this book!! Just this past month, we were facing foreclosure. With a 3 kids ( one a newborn), and one income, I wasn’t sure what we were going to do. But God did provide a way for us to stay in the home, and me be able to stay at home to raise our precious babies.

    • Nicole, thanks for sharing your testimony here. I rejoice with you that God provided for your family! Please come back to visit to let me know how you’re doing. You’re in the drawing. Blessings!

  29. Sounds like a wonderful book! I’m the oldest of 6 kids, and our family has been through many struggles of our own – medical, financial, etc.
    Would love to read Jenny’s book! :)

  30. Maggie Krivoshia September 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Her story could also be my story. We lost everything a few years ago, 2 homes, our business, had to relocate, rent a home. Our lives were turned completely upside down. We’re managing but it’s been tough. So many times, in my talks with God, I ask that very question…why? We have been blessed though with family helping out occasionally. I know we’re being taught life lessons through this stage and that God will answer our prayers in His time.

    • Thanks for sharing your story here, Maggie. I’m encouraged by your surety that God will answer in time. May He continue to uphold your family and provide all you need–exceeding, abundantly beyond what we could ask or think. You’re in the drawing. Blessings!

  31. I’ve asked that questions many time in my life,’Seriously God?” But I know that I can trust him even when I don’t see the answers. Now I can say…Ok God :)

    This looks like a book I would like to invest in though, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    • I guess that’s what the journey’s about, right, Kristin? Learning to trust when He’s not only not answering–sometimes He doesn’t even seem to be around. Thanks for sharing your testimony here. You’re in the drawing for Jenny’s book. Blessings!

  32. When we don’t understand why something is happening, or not happening, we need to remember to trust Him. He sees the big picture. We do not. This reminded me of the story of Job. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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