The Now Go! Podcast with Jenna Van Mourik
By Jenna Van Mourik
Did you know the word "GO" appears in the Bible over 1,500 times? In 2017, Jenna Van Mourik felt called by God to go create an online blog where she could share uplifting fiction, encourage others, and maybe even publish something of her own one day. She eventually published her debut novel, Jerusalem's Daughter, in 2021. Through her experiences, she hopes to inspire others to live what she calls a "Now Go!" lifestyle and follow God's leading in their own lives. This podcast is perfect for readers and writers of Christian fiction, as well as others looking for uplifting, relatable content.
Even If: Praying for God's Will in Our Lives
Sometimes in the midst of a difficult time, it can be easy to just make requests of God that we as humans think will fix all of our problems. Our prayers have a lot of requests, sometimes some praises, but they don’t always allow much room for God to work in different ways. What if we are worshipping the things we want more than we are worshipping the God who can fulfill all of our desires in miraculous ways, but only if we allow Him the space to work? In today's episode of The Now Go! Podcast, Jenna talks through the Lord's Prayer, Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and some recent experiences in the last year of her life that have reminded her of just how much God cares about His children, and what a privilege it is to be able to carry everything to Him in prayer! Sometimes, when we are looking for God to heal the physical, we need to let Him heal our hearts first. Connect with Jenna at www.authorjennavanmourik.com or @jennavanmourik on Instagram and Facebook.
October 17, 2022
Garden Your Heart: Planting Spiritual Roses, not Thistles
Reflecting back on past experiences and sharing stories from her life, Jenna discusses "gardening our hearts," practicing good habits that draw us closer to God, and the importance of spending time in The Word. She also talks about the parable of the sower, encouragement and motivation from scripture, and three ways to avoid allowing "spiritual thistles" to take root in your life. Learn more about The Now Go! Podcast, and connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com or on social media @jennavanmourik
September 21, 2022
Books that make me want to go to Egypt! (+ BOOKISH GIVEAWAY DETAILS)
Welcome to "Books that inspire me to GO," Part 2. This week, Jenna Van Mourik shares seven Biblical fiction recommendations that inspire her to visit the land of Ancient Egypt in her imagination, delve into the scriptures in Genesis and Exodus, and learn lessons from then apply to today. Jenna will also be sharing her full thoughts on Potiphar's Wife, the latest release from Mesu Andrews. Be sure to listen all the way to the end to learn how you could win your own FREE copy of Potiphar's Wife, plus other books by Mesu Andrews, and some Biblical-fiction-themed goodies! Giveaway is US only, ends 7/29/2022. Connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com or @jennavanmourik on Instagram and Facebook. *I was provided a copy of Potiphar's Wife by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
July 21, 2022
What Chronic Illness Taught Me About Life (and Writing a Book!)
This week on the Now Go! podcast, Jenna Van Mourik shares what her chronic illness taught her about life, faith in God, and writing a book. Often times when we are presented with hardship in our "life story," our natural instinct is to wonder why it is happening. We might question the Author (God) and wonder what purpose such things serve, but the truth is, we can trust in Him to write our stories because He knows what is best. Sometimes, in life and in fiction, all we need is a shift in perspective. Authors and non-authors alike will find something to relate to in today's episode! Learn more and connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com
April 12, 2022
Now Go and Pray About It!
In today's episode, Jenna discusses the power of prayer and shares a few anecdotes from different parts of her life where she saw God answer prayers in ways both big and small. She also discusses prayer from the perspective of dealing with her chronic illness, where sometimes the answer we get to our prayers isn't always the answer we wanted. Jenna shares her realization that our hope should not be in getting the answer to a specific prayer, but in the One who listens to our prayers! Learn more and connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com
March 23, 2022
God Can Use You!
In today’s episode, Jenna discusses service and her experiences of coming to understand what it means to serve others and respond to the Great Commission. As the Bible says, “For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If wall were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body" (1 Corinthians 12:14-20) You’ve been given the talents you have and the experiences that you’ve lived through for a reason, and in today’s episode, Jenna tries to share some encouragement and advice for opening up your heart to being used by God in ways both big and small. Learn more and connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com
March 16, 2022
Books that inspire me to GO! Part 1 (Defending David by Barbara M. Britton)
Welcome to a new segment of the podcast, "Books that inspire me to GO!" where every so often, I will share or highlight a book that inspires me to "GO!" in some way, whether that's go out and share the gospel, or go into my community and serve, or go in a new direction in my own life. Today, I'm highlighting Defending David by author Barbara M. Britton. This book was recently released last week and I had the opportunity to read it ahead of its release and write an endorsement for it, and I can confidently say, the book and Barbara deserve all due praise and accolades! Set against the backdrop of King David's reign and Absalom's rebellion, Defending David: Ittai's Journey is one you won't want to miss. Learn more about Barbara M. Britton and Defending David here: http://www.barbarambritton.com/books.html Join my online book club, Biblical Fiction Buffs (We're studying Defending David this month!!!): https://www.instagram.com/biblicalfictionbuffs/ Shop my NEW whimsical, pastel reading journals and keep track of all the books on your shelf as you read them: https://www.amazon.com/author/jennavanmourik *I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
March 02, 2022
What is a "Now Go!" Lifestyle?
Hey there, and welcome to the podcast! In this debut episode, author Jenna Van Mourik discusses what the inspiration for the podcast is, what living a "Now Go!" lifestyle means, and how you can live one too. Jenna also discusses a few times in her life where she felt called by God to do a specific thing, how she responded in those situations, and what she learned about trusting in God's plan and following His leading in all things. Learn more and connect with Jenna at https://www.authorjennavanmourik.com
February 23, 2022
Now Go! Podcast Trailer
Welcome to Now Go! with Jenna Van Mourik, Christian author and blogger. Jenna likes to tell people that she lives a "Now Go!" lifestyle, and would love to use her journey and experiences to encourage others to do the same. On this podcast, Jenna talks about life, books, her writing journey, but most importantly, her faith and how that impacts her on every level. Make sure you are subscribed so that you never miss a new episode!
February 16, 2022