Monday, September 21, 2009

A little bit about Letters from Leanne and a give-away too!!

This October 20th, Letters from Leanne - The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship will officially be released. Today I'd like to take a little time and share some of our thoughts with you and give you the opportunity to win a copy for yourself. This is a book that has been on my heart for 3 years and on paper for nearly 2 and now I'm grateful for the opportunity to share it with you.

First of all a bit about the authors - My spiritual mom, Leanne, and I are co-authors and though I penned many of the words between the covers, emails and letters from her are woven through the pages. And the Titus 2 relationship is something that is important to both of us. We each make our homes in Northeast Iowa and feel our family is our priority. Leanne has three grown children and I have 3 under the age of 7 and a baby on the way. I spend my days homeschooling our oldest and coordinating a MOPS group, while Leanne designs fabric, runs her own company and works with youth ministry. Together we pray our story will touch your heart and not only encourage you to connect with other women, but also inspire you to draw closer to God - the One who's made this all possible.
Tell us a little about the book - Letters from Leanne is a look at what the Titus 2 relationship looks like today. The book is basically the story of our friendship over the last ten years and how God has worked through it in wonderful ways. As you read you will share in the joys and get a glimpse of the trials we have encountered on our walk of faith, but ultimately we pray you will see God’s hand in every situation. Letters from Leanne is a real life look at how we don’t always know the plan God has for our life, but when we trust Him, He will provide, strengthen and bless.

Why did you write this book? - To be honest, my initial comments about writing this book were in reference to a comment I made to Leanne in attempt to thank her for the role she played in my life. I knew I had been blessed by her presence - the perspective she offered as a Mom, the acceptance she gave as a friend, the guidance she provided as an older woman and especially the love she poured out as a sister in Christ. But as the writing process progressed it became more than that - this isn’t just a thank you for Leanne, it’s also one for God. I once heard someone say, “The best way to thank God is by sharing what He’s given to you.” Spiritual mentoring has been and still is a gift in my life and I pray by reading the story of our friendship, others will be encouraged to pray for one of their own.

I also believe this book is an answer to prayer. For a few years I’ve been asking God how I can better share my faith and with the words on these pages He’s given a quiet girl a voice. The book is not simply about spiritual mentoring, but ultimately about our relationship with Christ.

What do you hope readers will gain? - As women read our story my prayer is they will be encouraged in their faith and inspired to find a mentor or be one. I also hope they see a clear picture of what mentoring is all about - not having all the answers, but simply sharing your life with one who is following in your steps. Along with that we want readers to see the power God has when we simply surrender to His plans and follow His ways.

What unique elements are part of your book? - As God put this project on my heart one of the first things I did was really look into resources already available on mentoring. There are numerous beneficial materials on the shelves, but I believe our book is unique for two reasons. One it is a look at a specific spiritual mother-daughter relationship and takes you on the journey of how the friendship has grown. The other unique factor is for the most part the story is told from the younger women’s viewpoint, which is beneficial for all women to understand.

We have also included questions at the end of each chapter and hope women can take our story a step further. Rather than simply reading a story about two friends, you will be encouraged to slow down and find lessons in the letters applicable to your own life.

What others are saying - “This book is a beautiful picture of what a mentoring relationship can be - whether face to face or long distance. Many women today need mentors to learn from. I pray this book will inspire all of us to pursue finding a mentor, or being one!”

“What a beautiful look at what the Titus 2 relationship is today!”

“I finished your book- I loved it!! Thanks for being transparent and allowing God to work through you. Loved all the thought provoking questions in the back too.”

“I just wanted to let you know that I can't put your book down. It is such a beautiful story and so sweet to read.”

So that's a bit about our book and remember you have the opportunity to win a copy - simply leave a comment with your contact info and I will post a winner on Friday! In the meantime, I'd also love to hear how a spiritual mentor has impacted your life!


  1. My name is Janet Thompson and I am the founder of Woman to Woman Mentoring and have a resource by the same name that helps churches start, grow, and maintain a mentoring ministry (LifeWay). I am thrilled to hear about your book...especially written from the mentee's point of view.

    If you would like to send me a copy, I would be happy to review it and feature in my online newsletter. I also have a Bible study series, Face-to-Face, (New Hope Publishers) and I might be able to quote you in one of the upcoming books.

    To contact me you can go to or
    Blessings on your release,
    Janet Thompson

  2. I would love to read this book! Our church is just launching a mentoring ministry (and we're actually using the AMAZING program created by Janet Thompson, Woman to Woman Mentoring), and we are eager to learn as much as we can about mentoring. Thank-you for writing it and for giving away a copy. :)

  3. Hi Jill,

    First of all, wow on Janet's comment. God is granting you diving hook-ups, girl!

    Congrats on the release of your book! You're on my regular prayer list because of Word Chicks, but I prayed specifically for you today, and am confident that the Lord will accomplish His plans and purposes through your interviews and the book.

    I'm so excited for you and pray that God uses you and this book mightily!

  4. I read your comment on Lysa TerKeurst's blog and had to come over and check out your book. It looks wonderful!! I pray you have much success with it. How exciting! I would love to win a copy, too. Blessings!

  5. Hi!

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today :)

    Your book sounds awesome! How wonderful! I'm sure it will be a fine resource for many women and many ministries :) Very cool! Congrats!

    Blessings to you,
    Kate :)

  6. First, I want to thank you for stopping by my blog today!! Your words blessed me. And I LOVE the name of your blog.

    I am so grateful that your visit led me to your post today. I have an INCREDIBLE spiritual mentor. She was my first Bible teacher...the woman who taught me God's Word is and active...meant to speak into our lives today. It was because of her love of the Word and her passion for teaching it that I eventually wrote my book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner: The Transforming Power of God's Story. I write about my spiritual mentor, Jan, in my book.

    What a wonderful book you have written. I pray that many women will be moved to be spiritual mentors. It is a precious way to step out in faith and give of yourself to another, and the blessings you receive along the way are AMAZING.

    I pray much success with the release of your book and that many lives will be changed.


    Wendy Blight
    Author, Bible Teacher, and Speaker
    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    Charlotte, NC

  7. I have been blessed with an advanced copy of your book, so don't enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted say thank you! It has inspired me so much. Thanks for writing it, Jill, and sharing it with me! : )

  8. Forgive my ignorance in my previous comment about your book on shelves and the sales. I see it's not due to be released until the 20th. I guess I'm just fascinated by an "ordinary" person publishing a book, the process and prospects of how a "common joe" does it verses the "famous" people.