The little things we do on a daily basis don’t just matter—they can make all the difference. Intentional daily acts focused on covenant-keeping will bind us to the Savior as we are deliber- ate and determined to follow Him in small and simple ways. Drawing upon the teachings and lives of ancient and modern prophets, author Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt identifies patterns of truth that encourage increased commitment to covenant relationships while diminishing the binding grip of the adversary. Included are chapters on the need to be consistent in covenant- keeping, on recognizing Satan’s tactics and lies, on undoing self-destructive routines, on the role of the Spirit to help us both feel and follow promptings, and on the power of daily scripture study and prayer in establishing habits that reinforce and sup- port our commitment to the Savior.
Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt is currently an assistant visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University and a recent addition to Deseret Book’s Time Out for Women events. A former seminary and institute instructor, she earned a PhD from Arizona State University in lifespan developmental psychology, focusing on women and social issues. She is married to Jed Platt, and the couple lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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Is this your first book or have you published before? This is my first book!
Are you working on anything else? You bet! I’m having a great time brainstorming the next book- I’m thinking about a book on obedience, gathering, or time as a stewardship. Which of those topics is most appealing? I wonder what a busy mom is most interested in reading about. I’m also working on a few fun projects relative to the research I did in Ethiopia, a paper about the apostle Peter and a couple of other academic things.
Do you have any advice for authors wanting to publish? Write!! Write a little bit every day so you don’t lose momentum and discipline. Set reasonable deadlines for yourself and ask someone to hold you accountable. Then reward yourself when you meet your goals. I think its good to step away from a project for a couple of days and weeks so you can return with new eyes. (but don’t stop writing! Even if its another project… just keep writing! … Think Dory from Finding Nemo)
What is your favorite writing snack? Popcorn. Popcorn goes with everything. Every variety. Every day.
What gets you in the mood to write? A long conversation with my inspiring husband. He is such a creative and visionary man… time with him opens up my creative channels. I can feel completely defeated and go to him and find motivation and inspiration to do just about anything. He’s my perfect partner.
Who is your favorite character and why? This book isn’t a novel but there are a few “characters” in it. The first one that comes to mind is Jamie the violinist. I love her willingness to do something because she feels its the right thing to do. When I asked her if I could include this experience in the book she asked me why it was such a big deal. That inspired me all the more- the humility she feels in just doing the right thing.
Favorite book of all time? That’s such a hard question. There are few books that I read and reread…There are few books that I don’t like. I do love “The Secret Life of Bees” though I really loved “The Poisonwood Bible” OH! I love “These is My Words”… I love something that’s gripping and has great character development.
What made you want to write this book? What I experienced in pushing through my doctoral studies felt so practical and helpful. I wanted to share the simple day-to-day techniques I discovered in a straight forward, applicable way.
I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast? Whole wheat waffles and fresh fruit…definitely buttermilk syrup. YUM!
Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live? I’ve always been intrigued by different time periods. I love Jane Austen or lately I’ve been sucked into the PBS series Call the Midwife. I like to romanticize what it’d be like to live in the 1800’s or 1950s (boy is that a big leap!!) but really? When I’m realistic about it I’m not a fan of giving up technology and modern conveniences (I.e. Toilets!). Not even for camping! (Unless of course its at the beach with quarter showers and public toilets) So I’ll stick to reading or watching beautifully depicted eras and live here and now. Life is just so good.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book! You won’t have to add a single thing to your to do list by reading this book, you’ll just need to do what you’re already doing with greater intention.
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