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 . . .
- Discover the power God has given us through Jesus.
- Recognize His care in the midst of real life.
- 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.