Interview & Book Give-Away with Nan Jones

Nan Jones new headshotFriends, it’s a joy to introduce my friend, author, speaker, and Christian Communicators speaker training graduate, Nan Jones, to you. Nan and I met many years ago when she attended one of the writing retreats Edie Melson and I used to lead in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Since then we’ve watched her grow as a speaker and award-winning writer of The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife. We feel like proud mamas!

Be sure to leave a comment for Nan and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book. Don’t forget to return next week to see if you’re the winner. Now let’s hear from Nan!

Welcome, Nan! Let’s start by letting you tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in the mountains of North Carolina. My home is a farmhouse built in 1895 with a much loved wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs and porch swing. I have three adult children and one grandchild. I served as a pastor’s wife for 31 years—a great honor—but these years of ministry were some of the most painful and difficult in my life, thus my book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife. When I’m not writing or preparing messages for my speaking ministry, you’ll find me gardening, crocheting, reading or sharing a cup of coffee with a friend.

Will you share how you began your speaking and writing ministry?

As a child I was an avid reader and have always enjoyed the power of story. I am also an artist. Around age ten, I realized I could put my two passions together and paint with my words. It seemed to ooze out of me. When I was twelve I made a list of my life goals. Writing a book was number one.

Throughout my life writing was a hobby— something I did, not something I was. But a pen and paper was never far from me.

In 1992 we were living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While attending a ladies’ conference I felt overwhelmed by the Spirit of God. He quietly whispered deep in my spirit, Nan, look at these ladies surrounding you. Even as they lift their hands in praise to Me, many are hurting deep within. You will take My message of love to them. You will teach them of My faithfulness, especially during the struggles of life.Nan Jones Perils book cover

For eighteen years I waited. I used those years to develop my faith, to be available for anything the Lord asked of me albeit teaching Bible studies, leading women’s ministry, writing and sharing devotions … whatever He asked, I did while awaiting the appointed time.

About five years ago my husband and I went through an extensive period of unemployment. It was at that time that my husband encouraged me to pursue my dream of writing and speaking full-time.

As a reader of your blog and book, I can totally confirm that you paint with words. I have to remind myself that coveting your gift of lyrical, beautiful writing is wrong!

What was the impetus of writing this book?

Pastors’ wives often live in silent pain. We have struggles, we experience enormous amounts of rejection, and our hearts are often ripped in two through the lonely fires of ministry. That sounds harsh, I’m sure, but most pastors’ wives will agree with me. My heart’s cry is that the pastor’s wife will realize she is not alone—that someone understands how she feels. I want her to walk away from this book with renewed confidence in her calling, with healing deep in her wounded spirit, and the realization that in her darkest moments God was with her—He is faithful.

Yes He is. Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

The word that comes to mind is diligence. Be diligent in all things and write for an audience of One. Let it be an offering and leave the results up to Him, whether it reaches thousands or just a handful of people. God’s ways are not our ways. In that knowledge I can cease striving, but remain diligent.

Where can readers find your book?

The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife can be purchased on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

So what’s on the horizon? Do you have another book in progress?

Yes, I’m working on another non-fiction piece tentatively called SEEING BEYOND THE VEIL. It’s about learning to look for the evidence of God in our lives. When we’re going through a difficult time, it’s easy to think God has abandoned us, but I’ve learned that during our darkest moments, the Lord is closest—He is drawn to our pain. But we must open our eyes to see Him. I’m also working on a Bible study for small groups by the same title. In addition, I’ve created a Facebook community page with a similar purpose: Seeing Beyond the Veil.

Thank you for joining us today, Nan. I pray God’s continued blessing as you continue to bless others! And readers, don’t forget to leave a message for you. You could win a free book!

Nan Jones Perils endorsementReaders, you can contact Nan through:
Her website: www.NanJones.com
Her blog: Morning Glory
Twitter: @NanJonesAuthor
Facebook: Nan Trammell Jones
Facebook Community Page: Seeing Beyond the Veil (a place to find the nearness of God when you need Him most)
Pinterest: Nan Jones, Author
To contact Nan about a speaking event or prayer retreat, please visit her website or contact her directly at nan@jubilantlight.com

Bio: Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. Nan has also had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, Bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: “Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord” as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God’s Presence.

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Happy reading and writing!

Vonda

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  • Lois

    Though not a pastor’s wife, I am the granddaughter of one, and I do appreciate the message of your book. A pastor’s wife definitely has a very special, though often overlooked roll in their husband’s ministries, and for sure have heavy loads to bear. Every one wants to share their burden with her, but very few are able to return the favor. It takes a large heart, and strong shoulders.

    • Nan Jones

      That is very true Lois. There can be many wounds along the way also. The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife takes the hand of the reader and leads them on a path to healing and renewed confidence in their calling. I am touched when I hear from a reader that the words of my heart encouraged them. God is good 🙂

  • Gwyn Hubbert

    I sensed your sweet spirit as I read your experience at the ladies convention. Thank you for being obedient to God with your life.

    • Nan Jones

      Gwyn, how kind of you. Thank you so much.

  • Cindy Patterson

    Nan, one of my closest friends is a preacher’s wife and I look forward to sharing this book with her, after I read it. 🙂

    • Nan Jones

      Oh yay! Thank you. I pray it will be a tremendous blessing in your life and in the life of your friend. It’s written with raw emotion and authentic faith in the goodness of God. God is faithful, He is able, and He pursues us with His love.

  • Glenda Mills

    Nan, Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I was so blessed to read and receive from you
    dear sister in Christ. I pray God’s richest and continued blessings on your life and ministry.
    Hugs!

    • Nan Jones

      Glenda, you are so precious. I love you. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. You are a special sister in the Lord.

  • Nan Jones

    Vonda, thank you for the honor of being on the Christian Writer’s Den. I am blessed. I wanted to tell your readers that I have heard from many women who are not pastors’ wives, but have read my book, and have benefited from the lessons learned. We all go through times when fiery trials take their toll and we question our tenets of faith. So, I encourage anyone who needs to be reminded of God’s amazing faithfulness, His constant Presence, and the reality of being a child of the Most High God to consider purchasing The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife. I believe it will give you strength for the journey. I love you Vonda and appreciate you so much.

  • Nan, I sense your tender heart. You sound like someone I’d love to get to know. 🙂 We also have a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs and anyone who loves coffee is my kind of friend! Sounds like an amazing book. xo

    • Nan Jones

      Julie, thank you for your kind words. My porch is a refuge when I am worn, and a GREAT place to enjoy a cup of coffee. Bless you!

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    Sweet Nan!! I will never forget you and I sure hope our paths cross this side of Heaven again. Oh, to be the friend on the wrap around porch drinking coffee and sharing laughter. That is good ole southern life! I love ya, girl.

    • Nan Jones

      I love you too Tammy. You are such an inspiration to me. I will never forget your ministry to me at CCC, your laughter, and your southern twang 😉 You are a joy Tammy Whitehurt. Hmmm….maybe that could be your brand **wink** I love you too.

      • Tammy Whitehurst

        Nan, How close to Mobile Alabama are you? I would love to see you this coming Sunday night when I speak at Springhill Baptist Church for their ladies event.

        • Nan Jones

          I would absolutely love to see you too, but I am a LONG way from Mobile. I’m in the corner of NC about 10 minutes from Virginia. I know you will be a huge blessing to them. I’m hoping to do the CCC alumnus retreat next year. Maybe we could hug each other then.