Janet W. Ferguson

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Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

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Janet W. Ferguson I was pregnant with my first child when a car ran a red light and plowed into our vehicle. We spun from the impact and landed (thankfully) on the lawn…moreI was pregnant with my first child when a car ran a red light and plowed into our vehicle. We spun from the impact and landed (thankfully) on the lawn of a fire station. Our car was totaled. Maybe it was the wreck combined with pregnancy hormones, but after that, anxiety while in vehicles plagued me. For whatever reason, it eventually led to panic attacks when I drove on the interstate.
I’m an open person, so I shared my experience when it felt appropriate (or when asked to drive on the interstate, ha). Along the way, I met many other people plagued by either anxiety or depressive disorders. I wanted to write a novel that would encourage people with serious anxiety problems, but I was busy caring for my aging parents. In 2012, both of my parents passed away along with my mother-in-law within a sixty day period. It was a tough time for my family, and I realized that life is short. So I sat down to write.
Leaving Oxford is what came of it. God has still been able to use me as a children’s minister, a youth volunteer, and in so many other ways despite my weakness. Whatever struggles and weaknesses you’re facing, you aren’t alone. No matter where you are in life, you are still glorious and useful in God’s eyes.

I hope and pray that at least one person is encouraged by my story.
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Janet W. Ferguson I know I'm reading these three with one of my book clubs: Breaking Matthew by Jennifer Westall, A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker, A Time to Dance by Patricia Bea…moreI know I'm reading these three with one of my book clubs: Breaking Matthew by Jennifer Westall, A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker, A Time to Dance by Patricia Beals
I'll probably read some waiting on my Kindle or book shelf by Lisa Wingate, Charles Martin, Karen White, Ronie Kendig, Valerie Comer, Michelle Griep, Terri Blackstock... So many books, so little time!(less)
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Her husband had chosen to live in a wealthy fertile land, but a land filled with evil, so wicked that the Lord couldn’t find any righteous men other than Lot. What a place to raise their two daughters. Especially in that city. Had Lot and his family grown accustomed to the sin around them? I think about what’s streamed into our homes on our screens. Day after day we are bom Read more of this blog post »
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A bit of a warning with this recommendation. This is an extremely raw look at alcoholism and a dysfunctional marriage--a painful look even. But the novel is also extremely well written and would provide an interesting discussion for a book club.
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"Got a little frustrated with the main character. But overall a wonderful, clean and heart warming romantic story."
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"Several of Janet Ferguson's books have been on my TBR pile for a while now and I'm sorry I didn't get to them sooner. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook of Blown Together and really enjoyed it. I definitely will be reading the first three books in " Read more of this review »
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"Diaper that man--he needs changing!

A great story, a strong message, Jane Ferguson Does it again. One of my favorite, never heard before stages was that only God can change a male unless he is wearing a diaper. This is a story built with strong charac" Read more of this review »
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This book reads like fiction and non-fiction combined. While parts of the suggested journey may seem a little out there for some readers, I found myself in each of the four women who are portrayed. The story was thought-provoking and made me consider ...more
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If you've read the first two, you'll be happy to get to the resolution of this trilogy. A bit of it seemed a little hard to believe, but I enjoyed this series.
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