My name is Jennifer Rothschild – with a silent “s”. I am an author, speaker, Bible study teacher, wife and Mom.
And, I happen to be blind.
I’m just like you. I just do things a little differently.
I write about real life and share what I’m learning from a real God. My goal is to create inspiring, relevant, and practical content that will empower you to
live beyond limits.
When it comes to faith, I don’t like fake, shallow or irrelevant; so you won’t get that here! I do like to laugh, think and be happy; so, you will get a Venti Size of that from me! The best gift I can give you is my most honest self. So, not everything I write is tied with a neat Christian bow, but it will always be tied to my deep trust in the God I love.
Some people think I’m poised, polished, graceful, and have it all together. You can thank my mother for all that! Anything that suggests I have it all together is not telling the whole story. By the grace of God I am what I am. I live my life with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of God’s grace.
I can teach you something about having grit – because I must have it to survive my world. But, I’ll also point you to God’s grace more often (because we all need that to survive our world).
If you’re a woman who wants to know God more; live life better; think more deeply; get practical tips for practically everything, then this blog is for you.
When you visit me here, I want you to feel like you just walked into a warm cozy coffee shop where you can hang out and feel loved and welcome! We can share our perspectives about life and faith to help us think, grow and stay encouraged.
And, I’ll always ‘Spill the Beans’ if you ask me a question!
Growing up, I lived in Clearwater, Florida, Costa Rica, and Miami. I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (home of the fighting Sailfish) in 1986 with a BA in Psychology, and minor in Communication. I married my college sweetheart when I graduated, and now, for the past 31 years I call him my own personal Dr. Phil (since he has his Ph.D.!) We have 2 sons. Clayton was born in 1989 and Connor was born in 1998 – yes, they’re almost ten years apart! In May of 2012, we finally got a daughter – Clayton married his college sweetheart recently and our whole family is so grateful. Caroline Gear Rothschild is a delightful addition to the family.
Phil, Connor, and I live in Springfield, Missouri; Clayton and Caroline have returned to Springfield from Texas. The actual head of our home, so she thinks, is our very prissy Shih-tzu, Lucy. She usually wears pink bows on her well-trimmed ears and eats from shiny food bowls with crowns embossed on them! She refuses to place her paws on wet grass and has never met a stranger.
I love thin crust veggie pizza, dark chocolate, coffee, interesting conversations, and reading books by dead authors… I’m most crazy about C.S. Lewis, but Henry James and Jane Austen are close seconds! Joni Eareckson Tada totally inspires me to keep walking by faith. And Michael O’Brien’s music uplifts me and brings me joy. I’ve been known to get a little over zealous about The Antique Road Show, American Idol and Georgia Bulldog football.
I’ve written 17 books and Bible studies and recorded several music CDs. Lessons I Learned in the Dark has been a best seller along with the popular Me, Myself and Lies: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. The heady, but very readable book I wrote is God is Just Not Fair: Finding Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. The most “giftable” book is the beautifully designed, 66 Ways God Loves You: Experience God’s Love for You in Every Book of the Bible.
I’ve had the privilege of appearing on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Life Today, and the Billy Graham Television Special. I travel between 25-30 times each year to speak to groups – mostly women. I also love to bring Fresh Grounded Faith to different parts of the country about 12 times a year. These are my own conferences where local churches come together and bring a kingdom-minded event to their community. It’s always a time of refreshment and healing for women.
My Dr. Phil and I founded the womensministry.net Leadership Library in 1998. It is a website where we equip women in ministry to lead well. If that’s you, I invite you to check it out!
And, did I mention I’m blind?
I lost most of my sight as a 15-year-old girl due to a rare form of the disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. I have now lived longer in physical darkness than I ever did in physical light. Blindness is hard, but it’s been a place where God has shown Himself to be so kind, strong and faithful. That’s why I do what I do – because God has made it well with my soul, and I want others to experience the same kind of peace.
This may not be a typical part of a bio, but I just must include this last fact. Ministry for me has been received, not achieved. Where I am is where God placed me. What I apparently have accomplished is just what God has provided and brought to fruition. So, my bio is just a few chapters of His story. And, I hope He’ll keep writing it for years to come because I want to be a centenarian! (Okay, I like big words, but I’ll keep them to a minimum in the blog. But, “centenarian” was just too good to pass up!)
Thanks for stopping by – As you get to know me better, I hope you’ll let me get to know you too as you leave comments and ask questions.
May it always be well with your soul.
The Formal Biography
For Jennifer Rothschild, these words are much more than the lyrics from a familiar hymn; they represent a foundation upon which many life lessons have been learned… in the dark.
At the young age of fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. It was more than a turning point for the Miami, FL, native. Her dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Words and music have replaced her canvas and palette for more than 30 years.
Known for her substance, and down-to-earth style, Jennifer weaves together colorful illustrations, universal principles, and music to help audiences find contentment, walk with endurance, and celebrate the ordinary. Through her signature wit and poignant story-telling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique “gifts,” in unusual packaging.
Jennifer has taken her message of encouragement across the country speaking at national and regional gatherings of busy professionals, dedicated volunteers, and overwhelmed moms and dads. Jennifer has been a featured speaker for the nation’s largest conference for women, Women of Faith, and has teamed up with Beth Moore and others to lead national women’s conferences. Thousands have come away with a new vision for their future, their family, and their work.
She is the author of 17 books with combined sales approaching one million units, including the newest video-based Bible study, Take Courage: A Study of Haggai and the best-selling Lessons I Learned in the Dark. In addition to her writing and speaking, Jennifer is an accomplished songwriter and recording artist, with six albums to her credit – including Remember and Walking by Faith: The Music Captured Live, among others.
Jennifer has been featured on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, ABC’s Good Morning America, and the Billy Graham Television Special, and on other national TV and radio programs including Hour of Power, Life Today, Family Life Radio, TBN, and others. Her life story and message has been the cover story of numerous national publications including Today’s Christian Woman, Virtue magazine, Becoming Family magazine, HomeLife magazine, and others.
Jennifer is also the founder and host of Fresh Grounded Faith Events and the womensministry.net Leadership Library that equips women in ministry to lead well. She resides in Springfield, Missouri with her husband of 31 years, Dr. Philip Rothschild (a professor). They have two sons, Clayton, married to Caroline, and Connor. And her favorite title is Gigi to her three grandsons. Jennifer enjoys visits to theme parks and riding a bicycle built for two. She got a real charge singing the national anthem for the Atlanta Braves and bungee-jumping from seven and a half stories. Jennifer is a voracious reader; she loves classical music, dark chocolate, and the smell of a hazelnut-coffee candle.
My Contact Information
Jennifer Rothschild Ministries
Fresh Grounded Faith Events
4319 S National Ave, Suite 303
Springfield, MO 65810