Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
I sure spend a lot of time clinging to my safety nets, for one who talks so often about living God’s great adventure. Although, I do eventually drop them, and take that next step, and then the next, though my hands might be clammy and my legs may quiver every step of the way.
This was me, when our family joined our former church for a week-long mission trip to El Salvador back in 2011. My biggest angst? I hated flying. I’ve gotten much better, but back then, every trip felt like torture. While the other passengers slept or read books or chatted with one another, I’d obsess. On every plane crash I’d ever heard of, on every bump or dip as we soared through the sky, on how high our plane flew and how long it’d take us to spiral to our deaths.
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Jennifer Slattery writes fiction that’s entertaining and keeps me turning the pages but at the same time manages to teach me about God’s grace and challenges me to reach out to those around me who are hurting.
Restoring Love is a follow-up to Jennifer’s first novel, Beyond I Do. Restoring Love shows us what happens to Ainsley’s mom, Angela several years after the events in the first book. Angela is a woman who has made lots of mistakes in her life and had stopped believing her own life could be redeemed until she sees the grace and forgiveness her daughter shows her. As Angela moves on to find a new start, God opens doors for her to show that same grace to Bianca, a struggling mom who lives across the street. With her husband in jail, a rebellious teenage daughter and two challenging young sons, her life is in crisis.
Will Angela be able to give Bianca the same kind of help she herself once desperately needed? And what about Mitch? Why has God allowed this man into her life? Why would any decent man be interested in her ever again? With her history of promiscuity, abortion and manipulation of others, she feels unworthy of love. This story makes me wonder how many people around me are hurting in ways I can’t imagine and who around me needs a word of encouragement or for someone to be willing to give sacrificially. Restoring Love is a love story, a redemption story, a story of hope, a challenge to forgive and a picture of what Jesus meant when He said others would know His followers by their love.
If you want a book that goes beyond being escapist fiction and has the potential to change lives, I highly recommend Restoring Love.
And don’t forget to read Ainsley’s story in Beyond I Do!
Find more about Jennifer Slattery and her other books here:
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My friend, author and blogger Jennifer Slattery , shares some great wisdom on how to be prepared for tragedies and trials that may come our way. Please join her at Internet Cafe Devotions:
via Preparing for the Battle Ahead | Internet Cafe Devotions.
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When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery’s second novel is a moving, powerful story. We meet 51-year-old Jacqueline Dunn when her flight to escape a hurricane takes her directly into the path of 3 needy children who eventually change her life. She also encounters a lonely railroader who is facing a crisis in his new job. Jennifer weaves these stories together seamlessly. I found myself laughing out loud one minute and one chapter later feeling heartbreak. I was drawn into the lives of these characters and found myself caring about each one. Seeing life through the eyes of 14-year-old Gavin broke my heart and made me wonder how many children face the same things in real life. This book is very well-written. It includes a romance but the greater love story in the book might surprise you. Jennifer writes about faith in such a real way showing how her characters struggle with past sins and face challenges to their faith yet find strength in prayer and scripture. There are no super Christians but real people with real faith. If you want to be drawn into a moving story, find yourself rooting for characters you feel you know, enjoy a romance, and possibly be inspired to take action, then you need to read this book. The book is written with humor, realism and from a place of true emotion. There are storylines that include finding romance after fifty, the foster care system, abandoned children, disaster relief, unethical work practices, broken relationship between parent and child, and being willing to step out of one’s comfort zone in order to serve God. Will Jacqueline’s daughter ever trust her again? Will Gavin and his sisters ever have a real home? Will Jonathan lose his job? Will he love again? I highly recommend this novel.
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My dear friend Jennifer Slattery asked me to discuss 2 Thessalonians 1:11 which she wrote about on her blog at:
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)
“With this in mind” with what in mind? Verse 7 tells us the Lord Jesus will come from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels to punish those who do not obey the gospel and to be marveled at by those who believe. With that truth in mind, Paul is constantly praying for the believers.
First he prays that the believers may be found worthy of their calling. We know based on all the teaching of salvation that this does not mean whether or not we are worthy of salvation. We are saved by the grace of God, it is not possible to earn it or deserve it but how we live our life may or may not bring Him glory. Do I seek to live worthy of Him? Do I seek to live in a way that brings Him glory? Do I want to see Him returning in the sky with His angels knowing that I have wasted my time and lived for myself? I pray that when I see Him, I will know that I gave my best effort to live for Him.
Paul then prays, “by his power” not by our power. God is the one who gives us power to live for Him and He is the only one who can truly bring forth fruit. So by His power, Paul prays that God will bring fruit in our lives and fulfill “every desire for goodness” and “every deed prompted by faith.” That is so reassuring! I do desire goodness in my life but I can’t achieve it in my strength. I would love to know someone is praying for me that my every desire for goodness would be brought to fruition. Also, how wonderful to know that every deed I do prompted by faith (not by self-promotion or by striving for recognition) will bring forth fruit because of Him working in me.
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I want to recommend a great read by Jennifer Slattery. This is her debut novel.
Beyond I Do is an engaging story that kept me turning the pages until the end. There are several story lines that are interesting and the author did a great job of weaving them together and resolving each one. It is easy to relate to the characters and their struggles from the desire to make the right decision about marriage to struggling with a parent who is ill to dealing with parents who still wound your heart. Ainsley is a Christian who is growing in her desire to serve God and learning about making the wise choice. She is feeling drawn to ministry to the homeless but feels trapped in her current life. It speaks to the idea of being more concerned about a wedding than a marriage and asks the question of what happens “beyond I do”? As a Christian, I enjoyed reading about someone who talks to God and reads the Bible as I do yet is also shown to be a real person who struggles like we all do with anger, unforgiveness and doubt. If you are engaged but having doubts about marriage, if you are planning a wedding, if you have a parent who has Alzheimer’s, if you are struggling with a parent who has let you down or who tries to control you, I think you would relate to this story but since we all face moments of indecision, pain, unforgiveness and being let down it is a great story for all. And it has romance!
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