Meet Jennifer

BioPhotoWebSizeJennifer Slattery is the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, and in that capacity, helps women embrace and live out who they are in Christ, find healing and restoration in His unfailing love, and enjoy the deep emotional and spiritual freedom only He can provide. (Go HERE to learn of upcoming Wholly Loved events.) She loves interacting with women and women’s group on a personal level and speaks locally and nationally on topics pertinent to women juggling all the demands and uncertainties in today’s fast paced, ever-changing culture. (You can find out more about her speaking endeavors HERE.)

Read her latest blog post HERE. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

As a multi-published author, Jennifer also has a deep love for story and has five novels out with New Hope Publishers with a sixth releasing independently this summer. She’s also a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com where she writes Christian living, parenting, and marriage articles and functions as one of their featured bloggers. (You can find and follow her Crosswalk Blog HERE.) As the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light women’s Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, she loves working with writers to help them strengthen their manuscripts and grow in their gifting. When not writing, you’ll likely find her at one of Omaha’s many coffeehouses.

Jennifer’s Books

cover image for Dancing in the RainDancing in the Rain

Genre: Women’s fiction/romance

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

Healing Love

Genre: Women’s fiction with a strong romantic thread

Dual setting—Southern California, and El Salvador

A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?

Read what others are saying about it HERE.

Buy it HERE.

Beyond I Do

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist.

But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here.

 

When Dawn Breaks

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

 

 

Intertwined

Abandoned by hubby for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator finds herself in an altercation with a doctor. Now she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, they soon discover their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? This could this be where life begins again.


Read a free sample excerpt HERE

 

Breaking Free

Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters. 

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage? 

Breaking Free, part of NHP contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder that God can take any broken life and redeem it for His plan and purpose. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion, and humor that makes Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to break free and find God in the complexities of their own lives!

This book is a great resource for a book club, discussion group in women’s Bible studies, or as a ministry resource to spark conversation about practical ministry needs.

restoringlove_n174111Restoring Love:

Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration.

While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

Read an excerpt HERE.

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99 thoughts on “Meet Jennifer

  1. Jen;
    When you slow down and take a breath would you let me know? I don’t come across many women who can sustain the level of activity you do and accomplish so much. I’ve been wittness to the growth of your writing just since I came into ACFW in April and am impressed by the level of GREAT posts in your blog postings.
    I’ve been married 36+ years and still have to deal with the ‘egg-on-my-face’ more times than I care to admit (or experience). Your work is a real testimony of your heart for God and I appreciate it very much. Keep on encouraging me and others and may God bless you richly as He’s promised.

  2. Jen,
    I’m glad I visited this page after I read your blog. I’m intrigued by the question you asked in the last paragrah. I never looked at it that way, but yes…I am an overcomer of fear and depression. I have a second book coming out soon titled “Growing Up And Liking It” where I explain some of the lessons I learned. Maybe I’ll be able to share it with you down the road.

    I really enjoyed your post and my visit with you today! Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Thanks, Dolores. Shoot me an email. I’m starting to gather stories for a column that’s spinning in my head. Personally, I believe in Christ, we’re all over-comers. (If you read my post about self-imposed bondage, you’ll know what I mean.) The question is, do we realize what we are bound to (before Christ) and do we realize the extent of our freedom. (Once in Christ.)

    Love the title of your book, by the way! I’ll keep my eye out for it.

  4. Jennifer,

    Thank you for taking time to comment on my blog. I’m glad you did because it caused me to visit your blogs. Oh how well I could relate to your tale of the crabcakes! And thank goodness the Holy Spirit convicts us in such circumstances.

  5. Enjoyed your piece titled “How to Deal With Unemployment”. I’ve experienced significant depression and anger after my husband lost his 9 year engineering job in 2009. He has still not recovered and has lost three other jobs since. I was wondering if you have any articles or could refer me to anyone else’s blog/writings regarding the combination of “respecting” your husband while living with unemployment or a “struggling husband”. I’d appreciate any direction you could give me. I’m currently struggling with “isolation” because of the judgment that “humanly” comes from the church regarding his employment status. Even my own desires to isolate from him. I’m having a difficult time finding any books or writings on the subject. Feel free to e-mail me as well. Thanks, Lori

  6. Dear Lori,
    I can’t remember if I emailed you back or not but I would like to share with you that I’ve been down the road you are traveling several times. It is frustrating and tugs at the heart. It is hard to keep your eyes fixed when they are clouded over with tears. I totally get the isolation thing too, for my own reasons, ie. divorce. The church can be very hard on the “different” and yet they can be caring and loving. Please don’t isolate. You are only allowing the enemy to take your thoughts. If you would like to chat privately, you can email me at bethfarley_3@yahoo.com.
    Many blessings.
    Beth

  7. Hi Jennifer, I loved your letter about deciding to go to the conference after all. I’ve been in your shoes many times over the years and every time I decide to go with the “first” word, the first leading, the blessings and rewards of the Lord are so rich. I hope you are fully recovered now on on the road to being well.

    I’m now in my early 70’s and I traveled to speak and teach the gospel for over 35 years. Now I’m staying home to learn to write the messages I’ve taught. It’s been not quite eight years of writing and three books are out (filled with mistakes, ha!) and the Lord has opened overseas doors for the two Biblical studies and the young person’s fiction just came out last fall (8 years old and up). Four more books are in the chute and hopefully, two will be out this year. I also have a monthly teaching newsletter by snail mail where I share rough draft chapters of various studies, etc. The next venture for this old head is learning to blog. So, I’m blessed and excited about the many wonderful things to learn that will help spread the good news about Jesus.

    You go girl! Your schedule sounds full and wonderful and I pray God will bless you richly as you pursue the Lord and your dreams of service to His kingdom. In the meantime, I’ll keep on writing and serving in my corner, and Lord willing, one of these days I’ll be able to attend that conference and meet you and so many of my preaching, teaching, writing-happy sisters in Christ.

    God love you and hug you today.

    Nita Berquist, Kent WA

    • Nita, what a beautiful message! It sounds like God is really using you! I enjoy blogging and hope you do, too. 🙂 Have you ever taken any of Edie Melson’s social media classes? She’s the social media guru! (And she has such a heart for Jesus. 🙂 ) How exciting about all your projects! Can you share a link to your books here? I’d love to check them out. And it would be lovely to meet you in person! God willing, I’m hoping to go again next year. 🙂

  8. Jennifer. I’d share a link to the books if I knew how to do that. My computer skills mainly are simple typing. But, you can see what I’ve written by going to my publisher, OutskirtsPress.com (they maintain a page for me); Barnes&Noble, or Amazon.com. One of those even printed a page from my kid’s fiction (I forget which one).

    The Biblical studies are being used to help train pastors in a number of nations now; taken there by a ministry dedicated to encouraging/instructing new (or established) ministers who have very received very little Biblical training. These are very simple messages but geared to ground folks in the word. The first book is about God being a Healer as well as a Savior and is called, The Greatest Physician. The second is on being led by the Holy Spirit and is called, Somewhere With God. The kid’s fiction is called, The Song of Pounce and is about finding a place to belong and becoming useful to those around you (told by a cat and his friends on a farm).

    I’ve never taken any social media classes, but I do maintain an account with my local Apple store (I use Mac machines) and have taken some classes from them to help with navigation issues. Yup! Perhaps a social media class is a great idea. I do have a face book page where I re-post issue items I wish my friends to “think” about, mention prayers, talk about my cats and place here and from time to time post devotions, etc. Someone told me to consider posting parts of my books online too. I did that once, I believe.

    Thank you for your reply. What a treat to hear from you.

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  44. Jennifer, I just read your article on Crosswalk.com about Reviving Your Dead Marriage. My marriage isn’t dead but it is holding on by a string. It is a long story but to sum it up my husband made some mistakes and then I didn’t have anyone to talk to so I talked to our children (one in particular) and I believe I have hurt him terribly bad and undermined his position as husband, pastor, father and leader. I continuously apologize and ask his forgiveness but he is so distant. He keeps saying he needs his space to work through it all and tells me I need to quit pushing so hard but I’m afraid if I quit pushing nothing will get fixed. We are seeing a counselor (1 appointment so far). All this to say please be in prayer as we try to work through all this and thank you for your article it really helped.

    • Oh, my, Kareen, I can really feel your heartbreak in this comment. I’m so sorry. 🙂 That is hard. It sounds like maybe your husband needs to heal. I’m so glad you guys are going to counseling! That will give you both a safe place to talk, and hopefully, he will begin to feel comfortable sharing his feelings. If it were me, I’d maybe write my spouse a letter letting him know much I love him, how I’m sorry I’ve hurt him and how I want to do whatever I can to make things right but that I also respect his need for space. Then I’d say something like, “I do hope we can talk about this, when you are ready.” It could be some of his pain is from regret of his own mistakes, and that might be something he needs to work through. We’re all different in how we process, and I do think some of us need more time. Again, I’m so very sorry. I know how much that can hurt, to have the one you love so deeply pull away. But I can tell you, God is bigger than our worst mistakes and even than our emotions, and He is fighting for your marriage even more than you are. Turn to Him, lean on Him, follow whatever He asks you to, and trust Him. I know that’s the hardest part–trusting, but He is the God of reconciliation. Hugs my sweet sister!

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  60. Read your article on Dying to onneself in a marriage. Great points made. Not an easy task and impossible without the Holy Spirit guiding.i am in the early stages of applying these principles to my own life. Over 30 years of heartache I have caused my wife. I pray I can turn it around. I love her dearly but a lot of the offensive traits in your article always applied to me. Time to go 100/0. Help me Jesus.

  61. I shared three of your books recently with my 87 yr young neighbor (I won these books from you a few years ago).. since then she has been reminding me how she so wants to read more of your books. I believe she read all three books in a week. You are now one of her all time favorite writers. She is like another Mom to me, as we have known each other for 22 years. Yet we share so much in common; I can’t begin to tell you the impact this Christian woman has had on my daily life.. and my walk with God. I hope to surprise her soon with more of your books. In the meantime, she has been reminding me to begin writing again. I write short devotionals, and have off and on for many years. Now that I am not working outside the home, I hope to make this happen. Every single day is a gift indeed and with it comes daily reminders.. those are what I like to convey in my writings. Thank you for being here, and for ALL you do -:)

    • Hi, Momtocam, thank you so much for the kind words, and for sharing my books with your friend! I’m so glad she enjoyed them! That’s so exciting regarding writing devotionals! God’s abundance blessings to you as you seek to serve Him with your gift of writing! ❤ ❤ ❤

  62. Hi Jennifer my name is Malikah Harris the author of Generational Curses. I wanted to know if you are still doing reviews for novels and if so would you like to do a review for my book. Description is below. If you like please reach me through email

    Generational Curses is based on one of the most controversial topics known to man… GENEALOGY. Where do you come from? How can one lie alter your entire existence? Set in the fictitious town of New Metro, this story is the journey of Joanna Karen Smith who tried to raise her five daughters without the influence of their fathers. Joanna a victim of rape and abuse as a young child has grown and over come many obstacles and hardships which lands her in the eye of the storm. She notices that the eye is a very peaceful place until… after she received a package from her deceased grandmother. Shifting her entire family tree leaves her wondering who her real father is. Finding out the truth takes more than a D. N. A. test.

  63. Hi,
    I am a baby to the blogging world and yours is one of the first I am reading. I am trying to learn what blogging is all about so I can share what the Lord has taught me like you have done. I love the content and voice your blogs have. Thanks for sharing so others can learn from you!

  64. Praise the Lord! I’m a Christian and pray daily, I was once that person you spoke of not giving God any recognition and if I did it was not for long or sometimes forgot all together. I pray to get a closer relationship with the Father. I do feel like my prayers were for nothing, yet I still prayed. I know that nothing is impossible for you Father God, so I’m asking for your guidance and direction in this, so I’m faithful Father that you’re in the midst and all things are possible in Jesus name. Amen

    • Jowanda, I can sense by your comment that you perhaps in a difficult or uncertain time. I’m going to pray for you right now. You are so right–God is always faithful, and always has a plan! He does everything in love and is continually thinking of us, His children. His heart is for us!

  65. Hello! I wanted to reach out to let you know your article “Does Honor Your Father and Mother Apply to Deadbeat Parents?” touched me to the core. I wept bitterly while reading it. Thank you for the scriptures you included in it. They cut me deeply in a good way! Cindy’s testimony was awesome. I’ve been struggling with how to honor my deadbeat dad my whole life. Now that I’ve dedicated my life fully to Christ and his work, I’m really trying to forgive and fulfill God’s commandment. It’s an uphill battle but I’m hoping this revelation I received though your article puts me on the right path. I love you sister and may God bless you like you blessed me!

    • Hi, T. Burton, thanks so much for reaching out! I’m sorry you’ve experienced the pain of parental abandonment. That cuts so deep. But praise God that He used my article to bring you some comfort and healing! What a loving Father we have!

  66. Read your 10 times Jesus in OT. As a Bible Teacher: it was great. As a Baptist Pastor I taught Pre-incarnation appearances. There are more. I believe that you studied Daniel. One of His visits was as Prince called along side by Gabriel [who couldn’t overcome satan’s angel] and He was called Michael [‘who is like God’. I don’t believe that it is a question!] In the Bible there is only one Archangel and that means First over all the angels. As Rev shows that is how Jesus returns to capture Satan and his henchmen. He is over all the angels including Gabriel and leads them out in Chapter 16. I believe that His first appearance was at Creation and John supports this ‘In the beginning was the Word’: Jesus. Thank you for your writing: keep going.

    • Hello, Dr. Heyworth! Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to me and leave me an encouraging comment! I’m thrilled you enjoyed my article! It certainly is a fascinating topic! I love researching all the ways and times Jesus and prophesies of Him appear in the Old Testament!

  67. Here because of the words from, What kind of love…A mother… Moving and even though I am a man it was something the Lord wanted me to hear! So thank you and I do hope you do not mind that I subscribed. Even men need teaching in what ever ways the Lord chooses to do so.
    Ben

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