Today is my stop on the But God: Two Words to Freedom Blog tour and I have a great guest post from author Jennings Wright to share with you all. Plus a giveaway at the bottom of this post.
WHY THIS TOPIC? For Breath of Life
BUT GOD: Two Words to Freedom is about a journey. There is a lot of autobiographical information in it, only because I want the reader to know that I’m living this out. It’s not an academic exercise for me. But the journey is there for any Believer who is willing to start it, and I wrote the book to encourage people who might be feeling something along the lines of, “Isn’t there more to the Christian life than this??”
What is godly freedom? For a lot of us, that seems like a scary question. We know what worldly freedom is, and have seen that it invariably leads to more bondage. It’s not living like the world, and asking forgiveness later. It’s really an ever-widening path, a journey that takes a lot of work on our part. It’s a bit like our journey from baby to adult. We are entrusted with more freedom as we take the steps to show that we can handle it.
As I look around the Church, it makes me sad that so many people live in “religion” but really don’t live by faith. There’s a lot of fear among Christians, a lot of wariness about trusting God to be bigger than we are, bigger than our circumstances, bigger than the world’s problems. We tend to gravitate to a lot of rules and regulations, because, like a child in a fenced yard, we feel safer.
But are we meant to be safe? In The Chronicles of Narnia, it is repeatedly said of Aslan that “he isn’t a tame lion.” Is God tame? Is Jesus safe? If we follow the Holy Spirit wherever He leads, will that journey be boring? The answer to all of those questions is a resounding “no.”
There is a lot more going on in our world than we realize. There is a spiritual dimension that we typically ignore, because we can’t see it, we may not know about it, and we’re scared to look for it. Our world is really a battlefield, like The Lord of the Rings or The Matrix. We each have a purpose, a destiny, that only we can fill. But we can’t do our jobs if we don’t know what they are, and we can’t know what they are if we don’t know how to live a Kingdom life.
And that’s where BUT GOD comes in. It’s a book to teach us how to begin that journey, how to start to see and hear with our spiritual senses, and how to live a life that is truly free, in the way that God intended. It’s a book to take you to Aslan’s country.
About the Book
Do you wonder why all the exciting stuff in the Bible seems so far from your own life? Jesus came to set us free, but most of us don’t know what that really means. Find out in BUT GOD: Two Words to Freedom! Each chapter expands on the definition of Godly freedom in this life, and is followed by study questions to help you fulfill the purpose God has for you in His Kingdom on earth. Find out how living outside the Christian box; following Biblical principals regarding debt, forgiveness and relationships; and acknowledging the battle we face if we are advancing God’s Kingdom can set you free to be all that God created you to be.
About the Author
Born and raised in Rockledge, Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories. Jennings attended the University of the South and the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of script doctoring, business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit to Uganda. Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She's written four novels and a screenplay in less than a year, with more ideas on the drawing board. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a writer, and two children, and travels extensively