The book's cover drew me in with the beautiful face of a small child, painted in colors though not true to life, seem true to this child. I admit to "cheating" with this book. Encouraged by the cover, I began with flipping through the pages to admire Jenni's amazing paintings. Portraits (including 3 wonderful ones of CAMELS) and landscapes done in a style of realism alternate with paintings of dancers and beings of energy in a modern style which Jenni calls "energetic art."
I was immediately intrigued and eager to know how Jenni came to be painting in 2 such different styles. Her story of searching for spiritual answers intertwines with the stories of her paintings. Sometimes, they are the direct result of her spiritual quest. Other paintings seem started for other reasons, but her prose makes it clear they all circle back to her faith. Jenni's story draws me in because it is, in many ways, so similar to my own spiritual quest, but begins from such a different point. I marvel at the places her faith has taken her art, and, knowing the story behind the paintings makes them all the more exciting. If you love knowing the story behind wonderful works of art, then Jenni has truly opened her world to you. ~ Jeanne Andrus
From the Author
I was so inspired by my spiritual journey and grateful for all the experiences and opportunities coming my way that one day I asked aloud, what could I do for you?
The answer I received was "whatever you do, just don't deny me".
This meant that after 20 years of having a very private relationship I had to bring it out into the public arena.
This launched me on yet another ride and boy what a ride it was. I battled with my ego, I battled with my fears and questions such as: who am I?, what would people think of me? And would I lose friends as a result of 'coming clean' as a believer?
One of the hardest things was admitting to my family that all along I had received counsel and guidance from an incredible source and that I hear a voice in my head, I mean, come on! People have been locked up for that very thing. I was a white European citizen living in a Muslim country, you didn't have to search too hard to find stories of religious intolerance in the popular media.
This was in 2006 but as a result of 'coming clean', I found I was experiencing greater success as an artist. In 2007, I was asked by the same source- God, to write a book about it all and so I have.
After writing the book and finally receiving a printed copy of it in 2010, I was excited but embarrassed. I wanted to shout about it, but I also wanted to censor it too, and I was locked up in a repeat of old tapes and fears about my worth, what people would think and fears as to whether they would now reject me.
I realised in 2009 that I was blocking not only myself, but the book too. I kept asking God what was wrong with the book, to be answered all the time with "why do you think there is something wrong?" I believed the book could be nothing short of successful, given that many of us are becoming aware of manifesting and the Law of Attraction and my book was all about this. But I did not get very far with getting it out to the masses. After much deliberation, ranting and raving I came across the Sedona Method, which is a releasing tool. I was guided to it when I asked the source if there is nothing wrong with the book, then why couldn't I get it 'out there'.
I released finally on my fears, on my limiting beliefs, on my negative conceptions about who I am and I let go of wanting approval.
The whole process of the book has been a huge transformational journey for me, and as a result, I am no longer bothered about what people think of me as a result.
I have become more tolerant and understanding, more open and courageous, more loving and patient.
I have come to see the good in me, I have learned to stop rejecting myself, and I now love myself.
I share the book with the sole purpose of encouraging others to find their inner beauty and stand firmly in their power of creation. Because I have discovered all we desire is available to us, once we stop standing in our way and flow with the creativity of the Universe.
It is my first book, but I am writing a thriller next time! I am hoping it will be less challenging for me!