Season: 9 Episode: 149
After watching her husband commit suicide, Jennifer was plunged into an emotional whirlwind. The apologetics training she underwent to equip herself to witness to her husband and reassure him that God exists was the same evidence that anchored her during this time of tragic loss. She had to rely on what she knew instead of what she felt and that is what anchored her. She now speaks and writes to help others learn to defend the faith.
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Jennifer DeFrates is a blogger, author, homeschool mom, and Gold Star Wife who continues to be connected to military wives and families. Jennifer helps women build a firm foundation in Christ as women, wives, and mothers by encouraging them to be excited about their Bible reading and embracing a deeper relationship with God. She is also passionate about Apologetics and inspiring women to learn why we have good reasons for what we believe so that we can spread the love of Jesus. Jennifer has contributed to two devotionals – Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character and The Power to Make a Difference: Strategies, Insights, and Encouragement in Forty Short Bible Studies, and can be found at her main website Heaven not Harvard and new website theMamapologist, along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
It seems we all have our story about how we got into apologetics and yours was to help someone in your family with skepticism and questions they needed answers to. Tell us about it.
Something tragic happened in your life. Can you tell us about it and how what you knew about God and your study in apologetics helped you when what you felt was overwhelming?
You’re an example of why apologetics is for everyone – not only scholars and social media influencers. You wrote a blog post about the 5 reasons every Christian should study apologetics. Can you tell us what those are?
You run TheMamapologist (love the name) and Heaven Not Harvard. What inspired you to do this and what are they about?
You are an honest writer. I appreciate that about you and you write well and you connect so well with your audience. I also see you get pushback on your site but you handle it with grace. How do you prepare yourself for that sort of pushback and what keeps you from shying away from it? How can you encourage other Christians to stand up to opposition, not shy away from it?