Thursday, October 15, 2015

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INTERTWINED by Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at her website and connect with her on Facebook.


Enjoy Jennifer Slattery’s article below about how we make our plans. Following Jennifer’s article, you’ll learn about her novel, Intertwined.



I had our daughter’s life planned out by the time she was four, and one thing I knew for certain? We were going to homeschool. I knew that was what God wanted us to do. It was a strange, very deep, almost instant knowing. No questions, no fears, no need to research all the pros and cons. I just knew.


That’s kind of how my parenting has been. When God is leading me toward something important, I just know. This was one of those times.


But… I hit a major roadblock. A stop-all-planning roadblock… called my husband. He was not at all for homeschooling our daughter, and he made that clear with a simple yet firm, “No.”


There was no discussion, no changing his mind. He was as against the idea as a man could be.


Remember what I said about knowing with absolute certainly when God calls me to something? Uh… yeah… I was confused. Two major truths in my life were smacking each other in the head. God wanted us to homeschool. I knew it with every fiber of my being!


But He also wanted me to submit to my husband.


Sitting in my prayer corner, I shook my head. “I don’t get it, God. Either I heard you wrong or you’ve got to change my husband’s heart.”


Considering how adamant my husband was, I felt certain the latter wouldn’t happen, so I went about planning my life. Deciding what I’d do with all that free time I’d have once our daughter started school. I could return to work, take college classes, serve at the church more. And as the time to register her for school came around, my excitement increased. Everything was falling into place. The principal of the school she’d attend even went to our church! Surely God was in this school thing, right?


And my ability to hear Him? Clearly I’d failed in that area. Not exactly comforting.


But less than a month from the start of school, God flipped things. One night, as I cooked dinner, chatting with my husband, he said, “Have you considered homeschooling?”


It was like a punch to the gut. Remember that plan I made? All the things I’d do with my free time? Gone. Because the moment those words came out of his mouth I knew, God had answered my prayer. He’d changed my husband’s heart.


I learned something that day. When God wants something to happen, it will. He doesn’t need to nag, beg, threaten or pout. He doesn’t need my help at all. In fact, had I done that, I may have gotten my way, but I’m pretty sure my husband would’ve been resentful. Not bought in. But the way God worked things out, my husband became our biggest supporter.


Though we don’t homeschool now, those hours spent reading books on the couch or exploring caves bound our hearts together and developed maturity, integrity, and a strong spiritual foundation in our daughter. A foundation He’s still building upon.


God always knows best, doesn’t He? And He’s working things out, He’s fighting for us, our kids, and our family, right this moment. Sometimes we just need to get out of His way.

Jennifer's novel, Intertwined:
Abandoned by her husband for another woman,

Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance…or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that make Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

Where you can purchase Intertwined:
CBD
Amazon
B&N


A winner will be drawn from among commenters to this blog post to receive a paperback copy of Jennifer's novel, Intertwined -- paperback giveaway limited to those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Cooking Up Christmas by Teresa Ives Lilly is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.

46 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this lovely post, Jennifer and Jo. Thank you for sharing! Intertwined sounds like a wonderful, inspiring story; I appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Hi, Britney! Thanks for stopping in to leave an encouraging comment. ;) Best of luck in the drawing!

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    2. Britney, I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for commenting.

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    1. Amen! He is so incredibly faithful! Remembering His love, faithfulness, and sovereignty sure helps us have peace when we hit things we don't understand, don't you think?

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    2. Jennifer, thanks for commenting. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE CONTEST - IF YOU WIN I'LL NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

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    3. Jenlhall63 (at) gmail ( dot) com :)

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    2. Hi, Holly! Thanks for stopping in to leave a word of encouragement. :) Good luck in the give-away drawing!

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    3. Holly, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING. IF YOU WIN, I'D NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

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  4. Jennifer, I first knew you when you emailed me about writing for Christ to the World. How did you know to contact me? You could not have known that two weeks prior, I had prayed that God would give me a way to reach lost people with my writing. You were His answer to that prayer. All proceeds from my book are going to CTTW. I'd love to read your "Intertwined." Jo, I'm an all time follower and reader of your books. annknowles03(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Ann, thanks for sharing that with Jennifer. Glad you follow my blog and read my books!!

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  5. Oh, my goodness! That is so beautiful, Ann! What's the title of your book? I'd love to share it, and your comment, on Facebook, if you're okay with that. God is so amazing and full of grace!

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  6. I really enjoyed the post and would love to read the book.

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    1. Hi, Linda! Thanks for stopping by and also for leaving an encouraging comment. :) Best of luck in the drawing!

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    2. Linda, thanks for coming by and commenting. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING. IF YOU WIN, I'D NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

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  7. Very interesting post and the book sounds very good. I would love to read it.

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    1. Hi, Edward, thanks for stopping in to leave an encouraging comment, and best of luck in the drawing! :)

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    2. Edward, thanks for commenting. I NEED YOU EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING - IF YOU WIN, I'D NEED TO CONTACT YOU.

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  8. Great Interview. I am also a follower. Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Shelia! Happy Friday and best of luck in the drawing!

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  9. I really appreciate stories that reminds us that God uses all of our experiences to draw us closer to him. It helps us to see where our trust lies. My favorite scripture I memorize and have to say everyday is Proverb 3:5-6

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    1. I love that Scripture, Sonnetta, and I love that you center your heart and mind in God's truth presented through it daily. That's awesome!

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    2. Sonnetta, thanks for commenting. I appreciate you following my blog!

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  10. This sounds like a great book! I enjoyed the interview Jennifer, thanks for taking time to talk about yourself a little bit :-) And for the chance to win a copy of "Intertwined"

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    I'm also a follower Jo!

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    1. Hi, Trixi! Thanks for the encouragement regarding the interview and my book. :) Best of love in the drawing!

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    2. Trixi, glad you enjoyed the interview with Jennifer. Thanks for following my blog!

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  11. So many of us are Intertwined as we travel through our lives. I am always amazed, even though I shouldn't be, at how He sends someone at just the right time. Thank you for this lovely interview and giveaway.
    Jo, I am your follower.
    Connie
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    1. Hi, Connie, you are so right! I love how God uses each one of us to love on and help care for others. :) Best of luck in the drawing!

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  12. Loved this post and the way you handled a sticky situation. Not sure I would h!ve done as well. :-) Intertwined sounds so good1

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    1. I don't always, Patricia! That was by God's grace only. And thank you for the encouraging comment. :)

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  13. Sounds like a very moving story. I would love to read this! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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      Happy Friday and best of luck in the drawing. :)

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  14. Dear Jo,
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway. Our church library readers love medical fiction books and can't get their fill. Hope to win this book to give to the library. Thanks!
    Janet E.
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    1. Janet, you're welcome. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  15. Wow This post has given me a lot to think about. I can definitely use the lesson in my own life. Thank you

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  16. Thank you for this lovely post. I look forward to reading this book.
    I am definitely a follower!

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  17. Melanie, you're welcome. I appreciate you following my blog!

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