Thursday, January 13, 2011

Meet Jessica Zondervan

A guest spotlight by Elaine Cooper.

Jessica is the author of Breathing On Purpose: Surviving the Death of a Loved One. She wrote this very personal and honest account of her recovery after the deaths of both parents, who died exactly two years apart. Her mother died first, just one month before her wedding. The subsequent grief led her down a path of depression and negative thinking—a downward spiral that was halted with a newfound dependence on God’s power to heal.

“…the road was long, and at times lonely. My faith was strong, but in grief-stricken moments, it became almost non-existent. I had to realize that His peace did not take away the pain; it made it bearable. His comfort did not take away the discomfort; it took away the fear. His presence did not take away my mom’s absence; it sheltered her memory. And more importantly, His love did not make me forget about her love; it reminded me of my ability to love.”

What Are Reviewers saying?

“I wish this book had been written when I lost my brother. It would have made my family’s loss a lot easier. I cried a lot of healing tears. “Breathing on Purpose: Surviving the Death of a Loved one” is from the heart! Zondervan’s faith brought her through some very dark times. It gave me courage to go on another day and with God’s help, I will prevail.”

“Jessica’s honest expression of emotions, fears, depression, panic attacks, and preoccupation with negative thinking validates what’s within all of us—why me, why now, why mom, why dad, why—whoever it is we are grieving for. But “Breathing on Purpose” reassures us there is hope. Jessica shares her heart and the healing which did eventually come, and how she came to a greater understanding of herself and God’s incredible love and purpose in it all.”

Jessica Says:

My favorite Bible verse is found in Isaiah 43:1-3
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God. The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…"

Isaiah 43:1-3 is the first Bible verse that I memorized on my was the first verse I memorized (without being encouraged to) because it was meaningful to me. It is a beautiful reminder that He has called me; I am His. He knows my name, the trials I am facing and the trials I will face...He's there to walk me through it all. He is the LORD, He is my God; He is my Savior. What can harm me? Later in life, after losing both of my parents, this verse became even more meaningful to me. I truly understood what it meant to walk through the fire with my LORD, and I can testify to His saving grace because I am still here today. During that time, I wasn't sure how I was going to survive the grief of losing my parents, but by the grace of God and the promise of Isaiah 43:1-3, I survived. The waters were high but they didn't sweep over me; the fire was hot, but it didn't burn me. God was faithful to keep His promise; I can attest to His unfailing faithfulness to this very day!

You can find Jessica online on her website and Facebook

You can purchase Breathing On Purpose from Amazon.

Jessica is giving away a copy of Breathing On Purpose. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

A guest spotlight by Elaine Cooper.


Joanne Sher said...

Oh, does this sound wonderful and powerful. Please enter me!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very good read!

Julie Arduini said...

Wow, this is writing that comes from what I call those broken places. I'm definitely interested in reading.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

i'd like to have a book like this on my shelf. the christian alternative to terese rando's how to go on living when someone you love dies. i'd like to have a great christian book to refer clients to.

the character therapist

Meredith said...

What a tough time in her life. It's very hard not to become depressed or to let the negatives get to you.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Trena said...

I would love to have this book. I am dealing with grief of my own right now and some days it seems as though there will never be an end. My twin boys were born premature and passed away 5 months ago. This seems like a book that could definitely help.

Linda said...

Carman sent me.

To open up and share your experiences so others can grow is so selfless. Please enter me. Thanks.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a great book!

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Nia for Jesus said...

I thought the title and cover amazing!
Please make me happy..give me this one.


thecoolmom said...

I still dealing with the unexpected death of my mother and it sounds like this book would help. Please enter me in the drawing.

Genna Sarnak said...

Thanks for this great post and giveaway. Please enter me! Thanks! :)

Jolee said...

What a touching book. Please count me in. Her life verse is mine too. :-) joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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