Sunday, February 11, 2024

"Reckless Yes" by Johnna Hensley -- Author Interview


About the Book

Book: Reckless Yes: Exchanging Worldly Ease for God’s Eternal

Author: Johnna Hensley

Genre: Christian memoir

Release Date: June 6, 2023

After a shocking diagnosis in 2007 sent her life in an unexpected direction, Johnna Hensley had a decision to make. Though she had walked with God for nearly two decades, she had to choose whether she would follow His leading on a strenuous journey to find the narrow gate that leads to eternal
life; or would she take the easy, wide path offered by the temporal world? As she chose to say yes to selfless love, through God’s guidance, she discovered this was the first of many forks in life’s road that would ultimately lead her to a life full of adventure, surprises, and sometimes,
even hardships.

Inspiring and encouraging, this true story of one family’s journey is intertwined with relevant teaching of who God is and why we can trust Him in the midst of life’s chaos. Through relatable storytelling, wit, and wisdom, readers will be challenged to shift their perspective toward God’s eternal adventure.


Click here to get your copy!


Author Interview 

1. If you could spend the day with anyone (living or dead) who would it be? Why?

If I could spend a day with anyone, I would choose my Mamaw (paternal grandmother) Betty Jo. She died when I was in college and I would love to spend a day telling her about my life and my children and updating her on how my life has gone. I would also ask her lots of questions that I didn’t have the insight to ask when I was a child and a teen. I’d also play a quick round of Uno with her just for old time’s sake.

2. Do you have a special writing area? 

My writing space is wherever I am at the time - I bring my laptop and a journal with brainstormed ideas everywhere! I often write in my bed under my weighted blanket, in a coffee shop, at my husband’s home office. I don’t have a dedicated writing space at this time, so I live a messy, chaotic nomad writing lifestyle.

3. How do you balance writing time with the demands of life/family?

Balance as a busy mom of six who also writes and runs a ministry is a challenge. It’s about utilizing little tiny pockets of time any chance I get. I also make so many lists! If I have a blog post idea or a social media content idea, I just write it down because usually there’s no way I can take care of the task right then in the moment so instead I am always brainstorming and jotting things down for the future. 

4. How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Writing my memoir meant there wasn’t much for me to research - it was my own life’s experience I was reporting. Although, I did reference years of journals and blog posts to create a fluid story and organize my thoughts into a timeline of sorts. Half of Reckless Yes are biblical teaching chapters and those did require a bit more research, certainly. So many of those lessons, though, I had gathered over years and years of Bible study. When I was constructing those chapters, I would spend time each day in my commentaries and reading various articles to make sure I had all of the facts straight before writing and connecting the teaching chapters to my life’s personal chapter. I learned a lot throughout the process and enjoyed it a great deal.

5. Do you read much?

I do love to read though I don’t get to do it nearly as much as I would like to in this busy season of “momming.” I love to read Christian historical fiction and also memoirs. I’m usually so tired these days, though, that just a few pages put me right to sleep at night. I’m sure there will be other seasons in life when I’ll have more energy to get more reading in. 

About the Author

Johnna (pronounced John-NUH) is an author, blogger, and all-time coordinator of chaos. Managing her family of eight, built through biology and adoption, means there’s rarely a dull moment in her days. Through her writing, she boldly shares the eternal hope and restoration heaven offers.
She and Ryan, her husband of eighteen years, reside in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas and are avid supports of foster care, adoption, and disability awareness and advocacy as each has impacted their family. When the chaos subsides, you’ll find Johnna spending time outdoors, enjoying an early morning workout, or on the patio of a Tex-Mex restaurant with friends.


More from Johnna

Reckless Yes is Johnna’s first book, although certainly not her last! This book was years in the making and began through blog posts where she would chronicle the insights she gained from living life caring for her disabled son. It was her insights and experiences during her son’s grand entrance into the world, and many years following, which began to shape and solidify her eternal perspective and the hope of heaven. Reckless Yes is a Christian memoir that reads nearly like a Bible study as Johnna uses a unique strategy of alternating teaching chapters with memoir chapters. Not only will you see her life unfold on the pages, but you’ll see the character of God come to life as well with Johnna’s simplistic, yet interesting, explanation of Scripture. When you’re done with this book, you’ll be asking yourself what YOUR next yes will be! You’ll be equipped and capable, ready to move your life forward into action and be reckless for the Kingdom.

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To celebrate her tour, Johnna is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed copy of Reckless Yes, a gold Reckless necklace, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. 


Michael Law said...

This looks like a great novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

K said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this! Thanks so much for sharing!

traciem said...

What was the last movie you saw?

Jodi Hunter said...

Sounds like a really good read.