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From Tested Faith to Teacher of Hope
9-11 Widow's victory over tragedy leads to second book and national speaking engagements.
BRICK, NJ -- Nov 19, 2005 --


When Jennifer Sands’ husband Jim was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, her life was forever changed.  Yet she would come to realize a new life far beyond anything she could have asked or imagined:  She became a new creation.  The old is gone, the new has come.

Jennifer is the only 9/11 widow to have written two firsthand-account books tracking her spiritual conversion from Biblical illiteracy to becoming a Christian. She candidly detailed her raw emotional and spiritual journey in her first book, the critically acclaimed A Tempered Faith (The Olive Press, September 2003), endorsed by Joni Eareckson Tada and Philip Yancey.  Now, in her second book, A Teachable Faith, Jennifer openly shares her own struggles and faults with lighthearted, entertaining candor, as she illustrates the lessons and spiritual truths that God has taught her. Together, the two books track her 4-year post-9/11 transformation from tragedy to victory in Christ. 

In A Teachable Faith, Jennifer addresses issues such as:

  • Choices:  Sometimes we have ‘em, sometimes we don’t.  “Often, the choices in our life are as easy as ordering from a menu at a restaurant… other times, we have no choice as we are served a combination platter of heartaches and disappointments… but the most important choice that we will ever make is where we spend eternity – and that choice is ours.”  (p. 9-10)
  • Obedience:  Aligning ourselves with God’s will.  “Conforming to God’s plans for my life was a difficult exercise, but the results have far exceeded the effort.  I used to believe that everything in life would be so much simpler if the world just did things my way.  Now I have learned that my life has been made simple – by doing things God’s way.”  (p. 16)
  • Idolatry: Loving the gift more than the Giver.  “Every good thing we have is a gift from God. But where do those gifts appear in our field of vision? When we look at the eye chart of our priorities, what figure stands out like the big, bold E on the top line?  When I asked myself that question, the truth alarmed me – I realized there was a giant J at the top of my eye chart… but it stood for Jim, not Jesus.” (p. 31)
  • Forgiveness:  Don’t make a bad situation even worse.  “What would I say to Osama Bin Laden or a 9/11 terrorist if I ever found myself face-to-face with them?  I would pray for God to give me grace and restraint… and I would recall Genesis 50:20, where Joseph said to his brothers, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (p.87) 

Jennifer is quickly gaining a reputation as one of today’s most dynamic Christian authors and speakers. Her powerful and universal message – that trials can be overcome through trust, obedience, and faith in God – touches everyone, regardless of their own life circumstances.  Jennifer’s wisdom and insight will provide guidance and direction to new believers… and will greatly inspire and refresh veteran Christians as well.

 <All excerpts from the book A Teachable Faith and have been reproduced here with permission from the publisher.>