Monday, March 28, 2011

Jeanne Brooks' "Through the Waters"

We're happy to have Jeanne Brooks with us today talking about her book Through the Waters. To learn more about Jeanne and her book, read on!

Title: Through the Waters
Cover blurb: MADELINE MARIE GALLOWAY is a single, solidly Christian young woman excited about the future until she experiences the loss of her father and a violent attack resulting in a pregnancy. How could God let this happen to one of his faithful? How could she ever offer herself to her future husband now that she was no longer pure? And what about the baby? Abortion, Single parenthood? Adoption?
JIM AND SUZANNE are a young couple looking forward to raising a family and having a loving Christian home. They experience multiple disappointments until tragedy forces them toward a choice they never expected to make. Unexpectedly, the result brings them great joy, but will their happiness last? Why do tragic things happen to good people?
Watch how God carries them through their trials and tears. See how “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:27-29 KJV

1) How did this story come to you?
As a medical professional for over 30 years, I have had the opportunity and challenge to work with many of these situations. Probably the one event in my life that strongly impacted me was when my oldest sister became pregnant after an attack and chose to give up the child for adoption. Combining my personal experience with various individuals I’ve treated helps me build strong characters. Recalling how my faith has carried me through various losses: grandparents, father, daughter, helped me insert that into this story in a realistic manner.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Honestly, I never approached an agent or traditional publisher to attempt to get published. I have been writing for years, but struggled with self-esteem issues, so wasn’t willing to risk rejection. Instead, I decided to test the market by putting this quartet of books out there using self-publishing. I prayed hard about it and felt impressed to go this path, even though I knew that many did not respect self-published authors. I’m glad I chose self-publishing because it has allowed me to continue my primary job, working with soldiers before and after deploying to war. I was even able to freely give copies to soldiers heading to the combat zones without feeling guilty; the cost was on me and my publisher carried no risk.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
 was the first female in my career field in the United States Air Force: Aircrew Egress Systems Repairman,
 worked in a male, medium-high security prison for nine months, and
 married nearly 38 years and have 10 grandchildren (guess that’s a two-fer)

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I tend to work on multiple projects at the same time. Right now I am working on the third in this series, Journeys of Faith, named “Out of the Valley”. The second book entitled “Across the Wilderness” came out in January, so I hope to have number three out this summer or fall. There is a fourth, “Over the Mountain” which will be out early 2012 if all goes according to plan.

5) Parting comments?
Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite Bible verse, “I know the plans I have for you, they are plans for welfare and not for evil, plans to give you a future and a hope.” ESV

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
 Facebook Author page: Jeanne F. Brooks
 Twitter: Author4Him
 Amazon Author Central: Jeanne F. Brooks


  1. What a challenging topic! You've got me hooked already!

  2. What a treat to have 2 books by the same author!!! I have already added your books to my wishlist and want to wish you much success in your career. You are new to me but not for long! margieatmijaresdotnet

  3. Wow! This sounds very heavy and one that is on definitely on my list of have to reads.


  4. Sounds like a heart wrenching story!


  5. would love to read this story....thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. Sounds like a sad story. Please enter me.
    dancealert at aol dot com

  7. My brother is adopted, and in my extended family are also both good and bad foster sister-in-law found her birth mother just a few years before the mother passed away. i would love to read this book by Jeanne Brooks. Thanks for the chance to win. i will be looking for all her books! If i win, i'll blog about it! i subscribe by email, as well. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

  8. I love to read stories about dealing with life's serious challenges, and how God works for our good even in devastating circumstances. Having experienced some losses in my own life, I know how encouraging a story like this can be. Thanks for writing about hard issues!

  9. Wow, I sounds very close to a real life story I know about. I'd love to read it.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  10. Wow, I would love to read that stories! They sound so very interesting! Thank you for chance!!! =)

  11. Very nice cover picture of a beautiful young lady. She does appear to have a damaged complex behind those eyes. I would like to read this book of your works as I can relate to this one as well as your first book in the giveaways with the adoption or about couples who adopt. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway and the chance to win it. I wish to win.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  12. I would like to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance. I'm an email subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. CONGRATULATIONS TO MARIANNE! You win the free copy of "Through the Waters". Please contact me at my email address jeanne@jeannebrooks.comfort information to mail this to you. Thanks to ALL who participated! BLESSINGS and LOVE, Jeanne