You likely haven’t heard the name Jennie Allen before, but remember it, because soon you’ll be hearing it often. Jennie Allen is a raw new force that is changing the way Bible study helps women deal with deep, personal issues while reaching out to an invisible God. A Bible teacher from Texas, she has signed with Thomas Nelson Publishers to create seven Bible studies and two trade books.
Jennie knows the problems she teaches about. She daily faces a deep struggle with being anxious, lonely and afraid. “It’s a war,” she says. “The kind of war that happens inside of you, the kind that nobody sees. God versus me and all my junk.”
The realization that she isn’t alone in this war, the conviction that everyone is fighting something, led her to create studies that will help others in their hidden struggles. She’s willing to bare the messy parts of her soul in order to help others.
“We will be dealing with hidden sin,” she says. “God wants to do something with that. But until we recognize that we are stuck and in need of Him, we will miss what He has for us.”
Jennie’s vulnerability and authenticity shine through in Stuck, her first Bible study, which includes eight DVD teaching sessions, plus other resources. Coming out in September, it will help women address the private struggles of heart and mind which are often masked by a happy face.
For the next three months, Jennie will be sharing exclusive thoughts and hopes with you, the Just Between Us readers.
So who is Jennie Allen? Jennie says she’s just an average woman – but simple, direct and true. A woman who has been given the gift of asking the right questions, she adds – questions that center around a relationship with God. She holds a Master’s of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, but it’s not her education but her passion that draws women to her. She challenges deep Christians and offers a safe haven to unbelievers – all those who are seeking God with their hearts. She lives with her husband, Zac, in Austin, Texas, where they are raising four children and working in ministry together.
“I want to take us all to a place we struggle with,” she says. “To our inner wrestling and our inner feelings. To a place of surrender.”
If you consider yourself stuck, come with Jennie on a journey. A journey where you’ll be honest with yourself and honest with God. After all, He knew the answers before you even knew the questions. Come explore what God means to your mind and your heart. Come explore your soul reflected in God’s love.
Have you ever felt stuck?Jennie Allen is a Bible teacher who is passionate about inspiring a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. Raised in a Christian home, Jennie heard about God her entire life but not until high school did she see her need for Him. Since that time she has been teaching groups of girls and young women about her God. Her first Bible study, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and the God Who Sets Us Free, will release in September 2011. To sample Stuck, visit www.StuckDVDStudy.com.