Episode 98 :: Jody Hedlund :: Stories of What We Learn from the Past, Knowing God’s Word, and the Prevailing Power of the Gospel
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Today on the podcast is the incredible and much beloved author Jody Hedlund. Jody is the author of a vast array of books ranging in topics, locations, historical people, and places in time. One of her latest novels engages the mystery of the miracles that took place in Canterbury England during the Middle Ages. Come Back to Me is full of early church history, mixed with a little bit of fantasy, the Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden and Revelation, and sifting through what's fact and fiction is absolutely fascinating. Jody is spectacularly gifted at using stories to capture the attention of our hearts, and highlighting where God has moved in the past to help us see where He is moving now.
This is one of those episodes where you I got to unpack all the things that just bring me a lot of joy: the power of the Gospel, the power of stories, what history teaches us (and how much I still don’t know about history) and how allllll of that applies to everyday life. So much of the Church’s history carries deep wounds, but the Gospel survives throughout history even when broken people twist it to their own advantage, because the gift of Christ cannot be tarnished and His Word cannot be stopped. (All the praise hands!)
Jody is just a fascinating woman of faith, and she brings such fascinating insight into how stories hold space for conversations in everyday life. As a Mom of multiple teens and a youth small group leader, she offers poignant perspective about conversations with the next generation about hard things. They are growing up under tremendous pressure, and confusion about who they are, what constitutes a healthy relationship just to name a few things. The importance of knowing God’s Word, and developing a relationship with the Lord so that Spirit can lead you in times of plenty and times of famine is imperative in the lives of all people. If we don’t know how to find and drink from the water of life, we’ll end up digging our own cisterns and that does not lead to the abundant life Christ died to give us. (Jeremiah 2:13, John 10:10)
I hope and pray that we will seek the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength so that those things can be so real in us, it overflows onto others, our neighbors, of all ages, and all struggles. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story. Tell of what God has done in your life. Tell of where you’ve struggled, wrestled and questioned, and then share where God met you in it. It means more than you will ever know. Because you matter friend, your story matters.
Connecting with Jody:
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-Her Young Adult fiction, Fairest Maiden Series and Lost Princesses, etc.
-Heidi Chivaroli (one of my favorite dual timeline authors)
-realistic visions with the Holy Water from the life of Christ
-”life giving” water research, legends about fountain of youth, etc.
-the Christian persecution by Rome
-first 3 YA books with Zondervan’s study guides, here is one of them for An Uncertain Choice
-Purity Culture issues (an example)- ( Additionally Tiffany Bluhm and I talk about this at length in our conversation Episode 79. Her book Prey Tell also talks about this as well.)
-Never Leave Me- pre-order here
-Her new YA series, Knights of the Brethren books 1 and 2 releases November and December
Revelations 22:1-3-Revelation speaks of a tree of life in Heaven
John 8:31-32-the truth will set you free
Ephesians 4:1-live life worthy of your calling
Isaiah 30:21-following the voice of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17-the Word is our sword
John 14:26-The Holy Spirit would come and remind us of what Jesus said
Hebrews 4:12-the Word of God is alive
Ecclesiastes 1:9-there is nothing new under the sun
-we persevere (a great list of verses from an interesting source lol)
Isaiah 55:8-9,-His ways are higher than ours
Hebrews 11:1-Faith comes down to believing that He is doing something we can’t see
John 16:33-In this world we will have trouble
*Intro and Outro music is from audionautix.com