Monday, July 18, 2011

Do you feel stuck?



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. 

1 comment:

  1. Leslie Dawn NeagleJuly 19, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Hi Jennie Allen, When you mentioned the word authenticity my blog at Revive Our Hearts came to mind. This is what I jotted on the May 4th 2007 page:
    "Thank you Nancy & Steve for all the good teaching. Today I'm copying out the word
    "authenticity" to put on my wall to pray and ponder. I liked how you mentioned to the lady at church; Why would you want to rebel against authenticity? And I thought, what a unique word to put in the place of the word authority. It is sort of comparing grace & law. Serving God because I want to verses just obeying the rules. Totally free to obey God- children/adults...AWESOME!!!
    Father, Please Help us to catch the vision for our families & run with all our might!"

    Bless The LORD O my soul and all that is within me Bless His Holy Name.
    Dear Canfields,
    God is sooo in control. Here @ home I came across Howard Hendricks Book "Living By The Book". And so I was remembering how he was such a gifted Bible teacher on the radio; long ago. (I'm 52 in October). And so I looked him up tonight on the computer /Google. And came across this line to emphasise your word "authenticity"...
    I think the great need among God’s people today is to get into Scripture for themselves. And because they are not doing so, they are losing the fizz in their spiritual life. They are flat and lukewarm. Nothing is more repulsive. People are weary of words, but they are starving for authenticity. -Hendricks, Howard (1991). Living by the book. Chicago: Moody Press
    Love in Christ & Loving Jesus,"

    "Please pray for our daughter Laurie. She got in a car wreck and had to be air lifted. She is in a coma with her brain bleeding and they put a bolt in her skull to test the pressure. Her liver and kidneys are lacerated. Her vertebrae is cracked. And six broken ribs. And a punctured lung Her blood is thin so they has to give her blood to clot it. She is only 20 years old. Please pray for God to encourage her heart and bring healing into her life. And for all the family and friends too. Thank you for praying. Harborview Hospital Seattle WA.
    Love in Christ,
    Leslie; mom of 12 including Alicia in Heaven."

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