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Divine Dining

Posted by on December 27, 2012

I’m pleased to introduce my friend Janet Brown. Janet has published a book based on her own experience with weight loss and management.

DivineDining smaller sizeJanet, where did you get the idea for Diving Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness?

I lived these words every day of my adult life. Nineteen years ago, God healed my emotions. With Him carrying me, I lost ninety-five pounds and have maintained it since then.

  I’ve taught classes on weight loss. I’ve written curriculum for many of those times. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about allowing God to control my compulsive overeating. I searched for more books, more inspiration, more help as I walked this path of healing.

 One night four years ago, God woke me up in the middle of the night. I went to my computer and quickly wrote fourteen devotions. That has never happened before or since. God spurred me to finish what I started that night and add 351 more to minister each day of the year. This is truly one woman’s journey, and the story of my heart.

 Thank you, Duke Pennell, at Pen-L Publishing for taking a chance on this book.

So, does that mean you plan to continue writing nonfiction now?

No, I love writing fiction. My debut novel, Victoria and the Ghost, was an inspirational YA. It was published by 4RV Publishing. I’m busy writing the sequel to it. I also have sent the requested full manuscript to an editor, and that is an adult inspirational romance.

Fiction is my passion. I could no more quit writing fiction, than I could quit writing period.

 Tell us a little about yourself.

My husband and I live in Wichita Falls, Texas. We love to travel with our RV. He is my sweetheart and my best friend. I have three beautiful grown daughters, two great sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.  I sing God’s praises for the emotional healing He gave me nineteen years ago. I enjoy reading, traveling, line dancing, Bible studies, and lunch with my friends.

Tell us a little about your writing journey.

Writing has always been a big part of my life, but when I retired from my medical secretary’s job six years ago, God led me to see it as a ministry. I first sold short stories for both teens and adults. Though I’ve completed seven books to date, Victoria and the Ghost  was the first to be published, and Divine Dining, the second. I praise Him for allowing me to do something I love that also, I hope, brings glory to Him.

Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?

Three years ago, I was obsessed with being published. Since I’m older, I saw my time running out for the opportunity. Rejections came faster than I could file them away. I fell into a pity party with only one guest.

God set me down and told me, “I don’t want you to write anymore, at all.” I obeyed, though my heart broke. I spent three months with no writing, no editing, nothing. God walked with me. He became more dear, far greater than any by-line that I envisioned on a book.

God spoke to my heart one day of a story He wanted me to write. I started writing again, but the obsession had lifted. God showed me when I put Him first, He gives me the desires of my heart.

How do you feel this book will encourage people that fight weight, and did you think about that when you wrote it?

 It’ was my motivating factor to write the book though I believe God would’ve urged me to write it if only to minister to myself. Isn’t that just like God? We know Jesus died on the cross for all mankind, but we believe He would’ve have made that trip to Golgotha for just me.

I rarely teach classes anymore. I prefer encouraging and praying for one person at a time. Ladies contact me to pray or to give advice. It’s all about God. Oh, how I pray He continues using me. God can bring good out of bad.

Anything more you’d like to add?

I tell people to beware. This book tells all the good, bad, and ugly of my life. I try to be an open book. Compulsive overeating, as with all compulsions and addictions, is a lonely life. God cannot heal us until we are willing to show the ugly secrets to others. My message is you are not alone. What God can do for me, He can and will do for others if we relinquish our Won’t Power.janet (3)


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Here is the link where the book can be ordered:

The book won’t be available on Amazon and other sites until January.

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One Response to Divine Dining

  1. Janet K. Brown

    Thanks, Mary, for keeping on trying to get this comment thing worked out. Now, it finally lets me comment. Nice visiting with you on your blog yesterday. God bless.

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