“My desire is to see every woman become all they are destined to be in Jesus and to bring hope and healing to the broken-hearted. It’s time for women to be released from the bondage of fear and instead live lives of faith – faith in God’s word, faith in God’s promises and faith in God’s character. I truly love the women I lead and have been told that I take on their pain, perhaps to a fault. But my purpose is not to be a life coach; I want to be a life changer, pushing people towards Christ.”
I just had to quote her. Jessica’s book resonate with me so much, also because my novel deals with issue of accepting oneself and allowing pop culture and other people make them believe otherwise. I’m glad I’m part of her blogtour. She’s one of the women worth knowing. To get to know her better she responded to few questions.
1. Hello Jessica, can you give us a brief summary of your book, All Mascara is Not Created Equal?
2. Where did you get the idea to write this book?
I actually started writing the book specifically for my tween daughter and intended to give it her as she entered middle school. Those years can be tough. As a parent, I’m very concerned about the message culture is marketing to our youth. It contradicts the way God has called us to live.
3. How did you come up with the playful title?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love mascara. I had tried several brands over the years and finally discovered a fantastic mascara that I just loved. It was full of minerals and actually nourished your lashes. Plus, it created a very full lash. I would always joke with daughter, saying that if you remember anything I tell you remember that ‘All Mascara Is Not Created Equal.’
4. How long did it take you to write the book? Do you have any stories you can share of how you gathered specific quotes or advice?
You could say the book took most of my life to write, as my experiences growing up and parenting are what shaped it. But, in actuality, it only took about a year to record them and fine-tune them. Most of them wrote themselves. I would be having a conversation with my kids, and all of a sudden I would give some advice. If I liked it, I would later record it. In fact, as I was compiling the tips, my kids would remind me of the things I had told them through the years.
Some of the tips are just reflections of the advice my mother and father passed on to me. Of course, they needed a little tweaking. I didn’t have to deal with the pressures of social media and cell phones when I was growing up.
5. Did you have any challenges when writing this book? If so, what were they?
The only challenge I really faced was stopping. At some point, I had to say, this is enough. I will most certainly continue to give my daughter (and son) advice as they continue to mature, but there definitely needed to be a stopping point for the book.
6. We would love to know more about the woman behind the book. How would you describe yourself?
Practical. Organized. Planner. These are some words that my close circle of friends and family would use to describe me. And I can’t argue with that. But, when the Holy Spirit asks me to do something, all that goes out the door. Jesus’ love for me is the most important thing in my life. My goal is that everyone would experience this type of love, which is why I am so quick to abandon my plans and do what God wants me to do.
On a fun note, I am married to my high school sweetheart. I was only 16 when we started dating. He was a football player and I was a cheerleader. You don’t get any cuter than that! God has blessed us with two beautiful children who are my absolute joy.
Also, I just love Yorkies, which is why you see them all throughout the book. One day, when the timing is right, I will add one to our family.
7. What do you hope readers take away from All Mascara is Not Created Equal?
I hope women learn that pop culture shouldn’t define the kind of women we become. I hope that they see that life is hard, but Jesus will be your comforter and strength. I hope that every woman sees her beauty, even before she puts on her mascara. Our inner beauty is so much more important than anything on the outside.
8. Can you tell us more about the ministry behind the book, Women Get Real?
Women Get Real Ministries is all about “getting real” with other women. All too often, women put on the façade that everything is just perfect. But, in reality, they are silently suffering with issues like fear, anxiety, depression, body image, and faith. We break the rules about what is and is not acceptable to talk about, to try and reach the hearts of women providing them with hope and healing.
9. Where can we find you online and purchase the book?
Books are available through my website, www.womengetreal.org and on Amazon. It is also being sold at many boutique stores in Connecticut.