BREAKING NEWS: Girlz 4 Christ is building a freshwater well in India! Read to the end of this post for more information and how you can get involved.
Taylor Bennett is the author of the Tradewinds series, which she started with publishing the book Porch Swing Girl when she was just 17. Now, Taylor is gearing up to publish her newest book, Journey of a Lifetime. This travel-themed devotional releases on May 3rd. We caught up with Taylor Bennett to find out how she wrote this book and what she’s up to now.
Although you’ve written individual devotions before (such as in the Girlz 4 Christ book, ONE True God, 80 Devotions), this was your first nonfiction book! How did your writing process change?
My writing process, surprisingly, got a lot easier. Knowing that I needed to write a set number of devotions (90!) and that they were going to be grouped together according to specific themes, I was able to streamline my brainstorming and take the writing process one step (er…chapter) at a time. Getting to dig deeper into different Biblical themes was really satisfying, and I found that I enjoyed the journey of writing an entire series of devotional thoughts, rather than just one or two at a time.
Is there a section or devotion that particularly sticks out to you?
What sticks out to me the most in Journey of a Lifetime is actually the bonus content! Growing up, I struggled to find devotionals that made me feel like my faith truly was the great adventure I knew it was. That’s why I chose to end each thematic chapter in my book with a bonus adventure–a chance for girls to dig deeper into the Word and spend quality time with the Lord while enjoying an exciting activity or scrumptious snack. It’s so important for us, as believers, to not grow weary of reading the Bible or spending time with the Lord. Instead, we should treat it as the remarkable privilege it is…which is exactly what these kinds of faith-based mini-adventures help us do!
Many of the stories you share in this book are inspired by your Mediterranean cruise. What other trips have taught you about God?
Whenever I spend time at the Oregon Coast, I feel incredibly close to the Lord. I like to say that He speaks to me in sand dollars. It might sound silly, but whenever I’m facing something tough and take a visit to the coast, I find a whole one lying in the sand as I walk the shoreline and pray. They’re like little smiles right from God–a beautiful reminder of His goodness and how He’s always looking out for me.
How does your own personal devotional habit work?
My devotional habit varies depending on what season of life I’m in, but one thing remains constant–dedicated and intentional morning prayer. My mom and I walk together every morning, and we spend that time talking and praying together before the busyness of the coming day. Besides that, I typically work through a devotional or Bible study on my own time. Currently, I’m striving to read the entire Bible in a year–something I’ve never done before. It feels like a pretty massive undertaking, but it’s also an exciting challenge!
What adventures do you have coming up–writing or travel?
As I type this, I’m mentally packing my suitcase in preparation to jet off to Las Vegas for a mother-daughter weekend of shopping, eating, and getting pampered. Aaah…I can’t wait!
Writing-wise, I’m currently up to my eyeballs in capstone papers–not the most exciting type of prose, but I’m only a few chapters away from finishing my master’s thesis! After that, I think I might take myself on a journey through time and dive deep into the world of historical fiction…just for fun.
For more about Taylor Bennett, read her very first cover feature and interview with Girlz 4 Christ Magazine.
Interviewed by Jessica Lippe
Build a well with us! Girlz 4 Christ, a ministry reaching girls around the world in the name of Christ, now wants to reach girls (and boys!) in India through the life-saving and life-changing gift of a freshwater well. This well, which will be placed near home for orphaned children, will provide many benefits for the children and community. It can improve health, allow children more time for school and play, and provide a safe and social gathering place. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us on this project.
For more information, visit The Girlz 4 Christ Well’s page at https://angelhouse.me/fundraisers/the-girlz-4-christ-well