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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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.
Author Interview with Jeannine
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
The most surprising thing that I learn every time I write a women’s bible study is how much God shares with us through His Word. I am also grateful that God is such a big part of my writing process. For instance, every time I start a new book, I have a plan. A direction I want to take the book. Most times, however, God has a different plan. Over the years, I have discovered that God is very good at revealing the topics I am to share. The topics usually stretch me as much as they challenge my readers. Best of all, like my readers, I get to grow through the process too. I am always amazed at how God works!
- Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Yes, I am fortunate that readers feel comfortable reaching out to me. I mainly write Christian bible study books for women and share personal examples from my life in those studies. As a result, I typically get positive feedback in which someone shares how my experiences, along with God’s Word, helped them overcome a challenge or change the way they thought about a situation they have been enduring. I also get tons of encouragement from readers. They tell me they are praying for me and are looking forward to reading future books.
- How do you overcome writer’s block? Do you have any advice for others in finding their process to overcome it?
Like most people, there are times when I am struck by writer’s block. It can be one of the most frustrating issues, especially when a deadline is involved. Ironically, I just talked about this topic in a recent podcast I hosted. The “Your Story Within podcast is dedicated to helping authors move forward on their writing journey. In Episode 33, I spoke about writer’s block and shared that there is typically a reason for the issue. Distractions, illness, procrastination, and self-doubt are the biggest culprits. I try several things to overcome writer’s block to break through the issue. I read for inspiration. I have found that reading books always get my creative juices flowing again. I write something other than what I am working on just to keep writing. I work on puzzles. I once heard that working on puzzles can stimulate your brain, giving you a creativity boost. Plus, analyzing and assessing can lead to overcoming writer’s block. I play music sometimes. If nothing is working, I will clean my house. I tend to work in spaces consumed by things. After a while, I have to tidy up, or I won’t be able to focus. I find that uncluttering my workspace also de-clutters my mind. If you check out that podcast I mentioned by going to www.jeanninebennett.com/podcasts, you will hear a couple of other things I do to overcome writer’s block.
- Do you read the genre you write? Why or why not?
Yes, I love to study the Bible with other women, so I read many Bible studies focused on various topics. I also love to learn how others are sharing God’s Word.
- How did you come up with the title for your book?
Given Knowing and Following: Living a Life of Freedom is the third and final book in the series, I felt it essential to share that God is freedom with my readers. In the first book, Broken to Beautiful, I shared my testimony of brokenness—lots of brokenness. However, I could not leave anyone wondering how that brokenness changed me, so I purposefully conveyed the blessings that resulted when I embraced God.
The second book, Blessed and Transformed, further detailed blessings in my life. As every blessing transforms you, you will begin to appreciate just how loved you are by God.
In Knowing and Following, we begin to see that God is freedom. In knowing Him, we are drawn to our calling to live a meaningful service life. 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.
Ultimately, my thought was, what happens after you receive those blessings and are transformed? Praise be to God; you live a much freer life!
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5 thoughts on “Knowing and Following Author Interview and Giveaway!”
I enjoyed the interview, Jeannine, nice to meet you! Knowing and Following sounds like a very inspirational read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!
This sounds inspiring!
Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I am looking forward to reading your Bible study guide
Wow! I love that someone is writing about the transformative power of God’s love for us.
What inspires your book plots?