Welcome to Living Your Covenants Every Day Author Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
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.
Living Your Covenants Every Day Interview with Jennifer Brinkerhoff Platt:
Do you bake? If so, box or from scratch?
Before I went to grad school I made all my bread from scratch and loved it… it was a great stress reliever. But so was eating all the bread. I don’t bake very much anymore!
What book is on your night stand now?
There are 4: Act in Doctrine by Elder David A. Bednar What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey The Book of Mormon Reader’s Edition Edited by Grant Hardy One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
At what point in your life did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
When I was a child. I have been writing since I could hold a pen in my hand. My mother has been a huge nurturer of my writing and encouraged it for as long as I can remember.
If you could get front row tickets to watch any performance live, who would you like to go see?
I LOVE Owl City!
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ TV show?
I don’t watch a lot of TV… but I never miss The Biggest Loser (though I’ll admit that I fast forward through a lot of Jillian’s therapy)
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, what did you do about it?
You bet. I start to write my thoughts- anything that pops into my head. Usually my free flow of thinking will lead to something. It may not be coherent or useful but at least it taps into a more creative space… I learned a similar technique in drawing- doodle or scribble until something comes.
What is your writing process like? Do you follow a regular routine?
I try to write for a couple of hours every day. Morning is best for me. If I wait until later in the day to write, my time will have been given to so many other things that there just isn’t time to write.
What book(s) or author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
Virginia Pearce… Her book Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes completely shifted my way of thinking
What is your favorite genre to read/write?
Favorite places to vacation?
The beach. I LOVE the beach.
What does your workspace look like?
Well. I’ll admit that I do a lot of writing sitting on my bed. (I call it my office!) There’s good light in my bedroom, it’s comfortable and there’s lots of room on the bed to spread out research materials. (When I saw the cover design for my book I was thrilled- it looked like my bedroom that so much of the writing for this book was done in. Seems kind of perfect, doesn’t it!?)
Where did the idea come from for the book?
As I was starting my doctoral studies, I felt that I was in way over my head. (I actually felt that way the whole time!) The thought occurred to me: if I could align what I was learning with what I believe it’d become a game of sorts that could help me to decide what direction I wanted to head with my research. This really streamlined my studies. More than that, it inspired me to live some of the theories and methods I was learning… resulting in this book!
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
jenniferbrinkerhoffplatt.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBrinkerhoffPlatt?ref=hl
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
My hope is that this book will be a blessing to people and inspire them to live their lives with greater intention. I was very careful in choosing homework assignments and extra readings for the end of each chapter. These assignments are all things that I do and have done. In fact, I’m in the process of reading the book with the intent of learning from it and improving the way I live every day. We all need reminding to focus ourselves on what matters most.
Living Your Covenants Every Day
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 deliberate 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 covenantkeeping, 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 support 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.
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