If I could describe Jessa Sorenson using just one word, it would be “passionate,” because there is nothing that this young woman pursues without heart.
Known mostly for her musical abilities as a talented R&B singer and songwriter, Jessa recently joined me at the famous pizzeria, Fat Lorenzo’s, on a hot Saturday where we sat over quickly melting gelato to talk about something that she finds very different from anything that she would’ve ever planned for herself. And so we discussed her first book, a devotional, Your Journey, My Journey, Our Journey that will be released late summer, August 2017.
When I asked if she had any experience in the field of writing she laughed, “I’ve never done this before…I don’t consider myself a writer, I just consider myself his [God’s] vessel.” She spoke these words assuredly as she talked about the eye-opening journey that God brought her on when he instructed her to write.
Your Journey, My Journey, Our Journey will include topics like purity, maintaining healthy and holy relationships, what it means to trust God, recognizing your natural abilities and what it means to pursue a life full of passion.
In the beginning stages of writing, Jessa says she felt reluctant to listen to God’s call to write for others.
Jessa was open with me when recalling her experiences often questioning God about whether this was really something that he wanted her to do. For a period of more than a year, Jessa had been facing the most tumultuous in her own life. “I was fighting God…how the heck can I inspire someone, when I myself am not inspired?” she said. But she was astounded at how God used the words that she wrote down, not only to transform her own life but also to become a guide and a tool that will allow God to transform the lives of countless others. “People don’t understand the tears behind all the words that I wrote.”
While the intimate details of Jessa’s personal journey can be found in her devotional book, she shared with me how, throughout the process of writing, God changed how she sees herself and how she wants the world to see her… in the light that God intended for her all along. “Now I’m not ashamed to show the world who I am and the reason is, God told me, ‘the woman you were created to be was not meant to be kept in secret,’” she said, radiantly exemplifying the very words spoken.
Jessa’s journey has truly given her immense wisdom and perspective that is impressive for a woman of 25.
Even as I listened to her divine insight, my own perspective on my life was changed. Your Journey, My Journey, Our Journey is intended for both men and women of all ages with a special focus on ages 14 to 28, “Every generation, every age struggles…” says Jessa.
This devotional is also very unique and unlike most other devotionals because it is not separated into days, but rather into weeks, giving readers time to actually reflect on the devotional they have read and make changes in their day to day life. It will also have journal space located in the back of the book for personal reflection.
While putting her devotional together, God revealed something very special to Jessa that mirrors a popular passage found in Ecclesiastes, “The Lord planted on my heart, that not everything is meant to be shown to the world. There is a time for things to be molded, there is a time for things to be developed and then there is a time for things to be exposed.” In the midst of my own journey even I was brought to tears by this profound revelation.
Following this divine insight, Jessa has been keeping one particular project under wraps, honoring the molding stage, as she’s been writing songs and working diligently to release a certain musical work later this year.
It was an incredible blessing speaking with such a powerful woman of God, humble enough to simply call herself a vessel for God…I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Your Journey, My Journey, Our Journey will be available on Amazon.com and select bookstores August 2017. CLICK HERE TO ORDER!
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