Stephanie, describe yourself for our visitors
I am a Christian woman who happens to be a minister of the gospel, pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, student and an author all wrapped up in one. Whew! I didn’t realize I wear that many hats! I have always had a love for books and I have being writing on and off since I was a young girl.
How do you find time to connect with God?
Usually my time with God is late at night while everyone else is asleep. I’m really not an early riser, but I’m usually on the night watch.
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
I have two favorite Bible verses that constantly remind me of what God is going to do for me and through me.
Proverbs 23:18 – For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Tell us about your current book.
My current book is called, Clutch Your Pearls, Girl! – Sister Wisdom to Protect Your Heart. Any woman can read this book and glean wisdom from it, but there are specific messages for single women within each chapter. The book can be purchased online at www.stephaniemckenny.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.
Relationships are what keep us all connected. Every woman wants a man of her own whether she wants to admit to it or not. We all have an innate desire to love and to be loved. However, there are some relationships we should never entertain. Getting entangled in unhealthy relationships can damage a woman emotionally and physically; leaving scars that may last a lifetime, which causes many women to settle for mistreatment in relationships.
This book is filled with woman-to-woman wisdom on bringing awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationships, exposing unhealthy characteristics in men and pointers on helping you women to recognize their value.
What influenced you to write the book?
I was influenced to write the book based on some of my own personal experiences and because I recognized that many women were experiencing different kinds of abuse and mistreatment in relationships. I would often see women in churches who loved God, but were ensnared by the wrong kinds of relationships.
This book was also actually birthed from the scripture, Matthew 7:6. I read that scripture one day and it was as if the text jumped right at me. As a result, it became a teaching at a women session at my church and from there God continued to whisper the words into my spirit, which formed into a book.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
I hoping that women would begin to love themselves and see themselves the way God sees them so that they won’t settle for mistreatment in their relationships. There is some wisdom shared about relationships, dating, your children and also some signs for women to look for while dating to determine whether they are hooked up with a man with unhealthy characteristics or a good man.
What’s next for you?
I am continuing to write. I am going to be working on a Clutch Your Pearls, Girl! – Things to Consider Before You Marry (book 2 in the series) and Clutch Your Pearls for Intermediate and Teen Girls. I’m also working on two novels. One of which I am revising and the other novel is something new. The revised novel is, Issues of Life (received a 4.5 review from Rawsistaz.com in 2006) and the new one will be called, Lies that Divide.
I will also be working on putting together Clutch Your Pearls Workshops for women around the world. The first Clutch Your Pearls Singles Getaway will be held Friday, September 16 through Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Ridgecrest, NC. More details can be found on my website.
The Clutch Your Pearls Radio show can be heard every Friday at 8:00 p.m. at www.blogtalkradioshow.com/pearls-b4-swine. The call in number is (917) 388-4406.
Where can visitors find you online?