About the Book
Book: Truly Known
Author: Jayne Martin Patton
Genre: Christian Nonfiction/Christian living
Release Date: March 9, 2020
Knowing God—really knowing God—often seems like an impossible endeavor, especially when we hardly know ourselves. Jayne Patton saw that truth firsthand after ministering to women at a maximum-security prison. And soon she realized that women everywhere—even sitting in the church pew next to her—were living in emotional, spiritual, and mental prisons within their own hearts and minds.
Truly Known invites women of all ages and stages to discover the life-altering freedom that God richly provides them, so that they no longer have to live within their own prisons but can be transformed in the presence of Jesus. Readers will be asking “So now what?” as they are empowered to snatch each moment and each day that God gives them to make a difference in the lives of others.
All proceeds from Truly Known will be donated to Samuel’s House, an orphanage in Venezuela that seeks to feed, shelter, educate, and evangelize children, bringing life to their souls.
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This is a nice collection of inspiring devotions that are encouraging and filled with God’s Word. It is a short book but I would recommend taking your time as you go through it. I pulled out my journal to take notes so I could remember things that spoke to me. There are several chapters that really stood out to me.
I liked the chapter “When Jesus Qualifies You“ because God has prepared you for what He is called you for specifically. I don’t know how many times I have thought I could never teach Sunday school, yet God appointed me Children’s Pastor over a large church. He equipped me to minister and I knew I was in the right place. It was a blessing to be around the children and watch their faith grow.
“Steadfast Love” was another chapter I really liked. I grew up in a home where I experienced violence and abuse daily. The words “I love you,” was never said by my parents. How could I believe that God loves me? I’m not anyone important, in fact I felt unloveable . I really like how the chapter talks about God “always looks upon us through the eyes of love.” How comforting that is for me to know. He is the one constant in our lives. I have come to accept that God loves me unconditionally and has always been there watching over me.
The book has many subjects that I enjoyed reading. I do wish the chapters were a bit longer and more in-depth though. It would make a nice gift for someone who needs encouraging or just to give to someone to add to their daily Bible study.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
About the Author
Jayne Patton loves crossing over denominational divides to bring the gospel to others in a way that is powerful and relevant. With over twenty years in women’s ministry, she has previously served as a women’s ministry director, worked with government officials in the plight of persecuted Christians worldwide, ministered to women behind prison walls, and more. Jayne is a popular speaker at churches, women’s events, and MOPS groups. She and her husband, Mike, have three children. Jayne loves to read in her spare time, can always be bribed with Mexican food, and never turns down a double-stuffed Oreo. Learn more about her at www.alteredministries.com.
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Let’s be real, prison ministry was never on my women’s ministry vision board. I didn’t lay in bed as a little girl and dream of going behind bars. I didn’t grow up knowing a single incarcerated person, my modern-day world didn’t include those who had been incarcerated, and I never thought it would be the thing that would change my entire life. Until 2017. In the fall of that year, I was given the opportunity to begin ministering weekly at a maximum security women’s prison in Missouri and remember thinking at the time how much it would bless those inmates if I would teach them the word of God. I couldn’t have gone in with the worst motivation. You see, it was the Lord who was bringing me there to be blessed and taught by them!
I soon discovered that Jesus was working hard in the hearts of those women and they were being transformed into Christ’s likeness unlike anything I had ever experienced within the church walls. In fact, I was so dramatically impacted by what I was experiencing, the Lord prompted me to launch a women’s conference style ministry entitled “Altered Ministries”. My ministry team and I began hosting women’s events at local churches sharing the same messages we were bringing to the women in prison. It was remarkable what God began doing! Lives were being restored, addictions were being shed, and relationships were being renewed!
As Altered was moving full speed ahead, I began writing short and pointed daily devotionals for those just beginning their walk with Jesus. Those short devotionals are what soon became my devotional book entitled “Truly Known”. Why that name? Because God is the One who truly knows all the parts of us that we try to hide, and yet still desires that we draw close to Him. I could see His heart for not just the women sitting in church pews often held captive in prisons of their own making, but for the ones that were held behind very real bars. Jesus came to set all of us free. My prayer is that “Truly Known” serves as daily encouragement that is easy to understand for the beginner and serves as a sweet reminder for the scholar.
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