I’ve just been recently introduced to the life, ministry, grace, humor, and writing of Trillia Newbell. She does some great things for the kingdom in race ethics, CBMW, and for the ERLC. But, today, I’m not talking to her about those things – though I would definitely like to.
I’m getting the privilege to introduce to you her new book, Fear and Faith, by Moody. Ladies (gentleman, keep reading because your wife will thank you for the book) – this is one of those books, and they have been rare in my life – that I think every woman should read. Married, single, mom, widow, barren, adoptive mom, divorced…you name it – its for you. Because I think Trillia has hit on a topic all women struggle with. FEAR.
I’ll save my book review and the GIVEAWAY for next week, but right now you can hear from Trillia herself. And while I didn’t get to sit down with her face to face and have coffee, this is what I would ask her if I could have:
1. You write a part about always being in a hurry. How do you manage to write books, minister to women and others through CBMW, ERLC, and be a wife and a mom?
When I first began writing I had a desire to write as often as possible for as many organizations as possible. In part, I was simply excited to write. I also thought it was a great way to grow. As my responsibilities have increased at the ERLC and speaking opportunities have also increased, I’ve had to say no more often than I’d like to. That, I think, is how I’m able to balance. As new seasons come I have to make decisions to stop doing certain things. Before I was writing books, I was a fitness instructor, as I began to write more and my husband and I saw this as a ministry I ought to invest in, I gave up fitness.
I simply could not do this without my husband’s support, encouragement, and blessing. He helps me evaluate opportunities and balance serving the home, family, church, and broader ministry work. God’s grace is sufficient and he enables me to work.
2. When you got finished writing this book: what had you learned the most about yourself and what would be the first chapter in Fear and Faith part 2?
I’m not sure what I learned about myself but what I did learn is that fear is universal. I knew that it was a common struggle but the response has been such that I realize it’s almost a temptation for everyone. If I had a Fear and Faith part 2—the first chapter might be on finding our identity in Christ as we seek to fight these fears, especially the fear of not measuring up.
3. What verse or advice would you share w women on how to conquer social media and its push on what we do in life?
I think if a woman is secure in her identity in Christ and looks to Scripture to define for her what womanhood is, she will be able to fight the temptation to compare on social media. I don’t think that social media is all bad. I think we should be able to look on these various sites and rejoice with other women who receive what we do not or who are gifted differently than us.
But we also must know that we do not have to be on social media. I think many fear missing out so we check often. But if social media tempts us to sin rather than is a means of grace, don’t get it on it. There’s freedom to miss out—and honestly, we aren’t missing out on much because real life around us still goes on.
I hesitate to throw out Scripture because it depends on what aspect of it someone is struggling on. There’s plenty in the world about running our own race, not looking to the left or right, and encouraging one another. I would say anything in that category would be a good start.
4. Random question just for fun for your readers to get to know you better. If you could go on one trip just w your husband, where would it be and why?
Mine is Paris!! I studied abroad, in Swansea, Wales, and while over there I visited France. I traveled to Paris a few times and it was by far my favorite city. My husband, Thern, has not been to Paris (though he has been abroad). I would love to sit at the foot of the Eiffel Tower with him. Oh man, that would be so wonderful!
5. What is your favorite coffee shop where you live and what is your “regular ” order?
I love to work at the Frothy Monkey and The Good Cup. I enjoy fruit tea and various delicious coffees.