Knowing and Following by Jeannine Bennett: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: Knowing and Following
Author: Jeannine Bennett
Genre: Christian Nonfiction, Women’s Bible Study Format
Release date: December 12, 2021
What do you do when you realize God is love? Do you remain stuck in a life of bondage, or do you follow His ways to live a life of freedom?
Imagine how easy life would be if everything happened by chance simply to give each of us our heart’s desires. It sounds pretty amazing until you realize not all individuals have the same innocent aspirations as we might. Some individuals would inevitably rise to the top while others would fall to the bottom forever, stuck in the rut of life. Chaos would flourish. It actually sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?
In Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom, the third and final book in the God’s Way series, Jeannine Bennett shares a better option: recognizing that we have a mighty God who does not do anything by chance. There is freedom in knowing that we do not have to wait around, hoping good things will happen for us. In this book, Jeannine shares more about our Creator to help you grow in your knowledge of Him and what He does. God is love, and freedom comes from knowing Him and following His ways.
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If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Ask for help! I am one of those people who have to figure things out for some reason. Sometimes that is great, but not so good when you can’t move forward. For example, it took me nearly 20 years to write my first book because I kept getting stuck. Partly because I wanted to focus on one tragic incident in my life but mainly because God was speaking to me, and I wasn’t listening. He wanted me to share more than that one aspect. He had done so much in my life well beyond one tragic event. After attempting that book several times, God brought a church sister to me. She just happened to be a prominent author with 120 books to her name. She offered some great advice that I gladly accepted. Applying what she shared, I wrote that book in about one month. I love how God works!
How many unpublished or half-finished novels do you have?
Easily 20 non-fiction books that include Christian Bible studies for women and career-centric books. I also have 10 fiction stories floating around in my head. I haven’t written fiction yet, but the thought excites me.
Do you think you’ll ever complete all of them?
Yes, eventually. However, I am afraid the list will never go down because my brain is constantly filled with ideas for new books.
Do you have a writing schedule? A specific time of day or hours per day that you write?
Yes, I write in the morning from 7 a.m. until about 9 a.m. I force myself to stop writing at 9 a.m. so I can prepare for my day as a small business owner and college professor. My goal is to keep going until I have a minimum of 1,000 words down. Sometimes that goal is easy to meet and other times not so much.
How have your books surprised you?
Every book teaches me a new lesson God wants me to learn. I have always set out to write on a topic that God has placed on my heart. I start out thinking the book is about helping my readers through God’s Word, but I learn just as much through the process as I hope my readers do.
About the Author
Jeannine Bennett is wife to Hayden, mom to four children, and grandmother to eight grandchildren. Her children are Sandra, Brittany, Camryn, and Zachary. Her grandchildren are Colin, Lilyana, Cooper, Willow, Savannah, Winter, Hope, and Everest. She is the founder and CEO of Vision to Purpose, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business for Liberty University Online, and an executive coach for The Honor Foundation.
To those who know Jeannine, she is simply a woman who loves Jesus, is devoted to her family, and struggles with life’s challenges like the rest of us. She is not immune to bad hair days, weight gain, or sleepless nights. She loves learning and sharing her acquired knowledge to help others learn, too. Her favorite ice cream is a toss-up between butter pecan and mint chocolate chip. And although she has lived in Virginia for more than thirty years, she still calls a water fountain a bubbler – a term she grew up saying in her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin.
More from Jeannine
I wrote Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom to close out the God’s Way Series. My intent was to share more about God our Creator, to help people grow in their knowledge of Him and what He does for them so that they can live a fulfilled life of freedom in following Him.
A pattern unfolded in the first two books in the series, Broken to Beautiful: Brokenness is Not the End of Your Story and Blessed and Transformed: Living the Life God Intended. In Broken to Beautiful, I shared my testimony of brokenness—lots of brokenness. I then purposefully conveyed the blessings that resulted when I finally embraced God.
The second book, Blessed and Transformed, further detailed those blessings in my life. It was exciting to realize that God does not have a one-and-done mindset regarding blessings. Instead, He continues to bless us beyond what we could ever imagine. I felt it was essential to testify that a relationship with God transforms us. Through our transformation we begin to appreciate just how loved we are by Him, and we start to live the life He intended for us.
Finally, in Knowing and Following, I focus on the freedom God gives us. We solidify our knowledge that the God of the universe is love. There is no one more intelligent, powerful, or present. His ways are beyond our ways. Yet, despite His greatness, He loves us and gives us the power to overcome the obstacles of this world that keep us stuck in a life of bondage. With spiritual perseverance, He helps us finish the race of our earthly life well. In knowing Him, we are drawn to our calling to live a meaningful life of service.
In following His ways, we begin to understand why it is better to embrace His will over ours, use good judgment, lift others up, and not concern ourselves with the fears of this world. Instead, we can choose to lead with humble hearts, connect with and care for others, and embrace the importance and power of forgiveness.
It is my absolute honor to share God’s Word with you in this final book of the series. I pray that you will be blessed by what you find.
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To celebrate her tour, Jeannine is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!