Q&A With Author Jane Asamoah

Jane Asamoah

Q: How did God’s Unblinkable Eyes get started?

A: In March 2018, God asked me to be more intentional about teaching my three boys to know Him so I started doing one on one Bible “sessions” with them. I thought I was going to be doing all the teaching, but God has used them to teach me so much—and they are still teaching me. I refer to them as both my students and teachers. God's Unblinkable Eyes came out of one of those Bible sessions.

My eight-year-old son is the type who likes to ask questions. He is very inquisitive about life, family, random observations, and most of all, God. We were reading Psalm 34:12 and Psalm 121. In verse 4 of Psalm 121, the passage talks about God do not slumber nor sleep so my son wanted to know what the meaning of slumber was. I tried my best to explain the differences between slumber and sleep to him with the help of a dictionary.

He then asked how come God didn’t need to take naps but he had to. He went further to ask more questions, which brought our discussion to the differences between God’s eyes and human eyes. He also asked whether God had multiple eyes all over His body that makes Him see everything at the same time and how interesting it would be to have a staring contest with God. Did I tell you he asks so many questions?

Most of the time, my son puts me on a quest to dig deeper into God’s Word. Answers come through reading a scripture verse, or by way of a television program, a church service, a conversation with my spiritual mom, conversation in a small group fellowship, an encounter with a total stranger, or life experiences.

Through Him, I’ve learned the importance of being able to say to someone “I don’t know.” Such simple three words yet very freeing. And the thing about telling someone that you don’t know something is not to leave it at that. If that individual is someone who cannot find out about things on their own like a child, then it’d be wise to add that even though you may not know what they are asking now, you are determined to do some research and share your findings with them. It teaches kids about learning to accept their limitations and the option of exploring for answers.

The mom in God's Unblinkable Eyes encourages her son to ask questions and that is very important. With all the hustle and bustle in today’s world, it is so easy to quickly brush kids off and extinguish that curiosity God placed in them. As parents, we shouldn't brush our children off when they ask questions but try to nurture their curiosity. 

As children of God, it is vital for us to ask Him questions. He longs for us to come to Him with questions. He is not the type of a person who folds His arms and enjoys watching us try to figure out things on our own. That’s not the kind of Father He is. May I encourage you to start building a relationship with Him? A great way to start is by asking Him questions. His Word–The Bible is where most of the time you will find His answers.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Don’t Limit God by Andrew Wommack

Q: If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
A: Joyce Meyer –She’s one Bible teacher who has positively influenced my life. God has used her to help me deal with so many emotional issues especially in the area of unforgiveness.

Q: What is your current work in progress?
A: I’m working on my third children’s book. About 80% of the work is done but it’s not quite there yet.

Q: What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
A: For me, English is my second language so I spend so much time on constructing sentences. I’d like to make sure it’s exactly what I’m trying to convey on paper and that can be time consuming and expensive as I seek professional editing a lot. I’ve found out that if I can give myself time, I’m able to gradually polish it and avoid having to pay all the time for editing.

Q: What advice would you give to a beginning author?
A: Be your authentic self. Write in your voice and it’s very important because that’s the one thing that’ll set you apart from others.

Also, run your own race with patience (Hebrews 12:1 KJV). The KJV has the word “patience” in that scripture verse and I love it as it gives me a beautiful mental image of a group of people in a race against an individual running by him or herself.

When you are running with a group of people, it’s called competition and there’s no room for patience because your main aim to run fast and win. But, if you are alone in a race, there’s nobody to compare yourself with. You can do it at your own pace. No pressure.

It is you letting God guide you one step at a time. There’s no need to compare yourself with other authors who have sold thousands of books while you may seem to be crawling.

You are in your own race and they are in theirs. Taking advice and learning from them is different than wanting to be exactly at their level within a short amount of time. That will cause you a lot of frustration. God sees differently so be thankful for the people He sends your way who’ll purchase your book. Appreciate the little things while you aim higher.

Q: Is there one particular message or "moral of the story" you hope readers walk away with?
A: The book teaches kids about the unique nature of God's eyes. The word Omniscient is broken down to a level where children can easily understand.

The other thing too I want readers to see is, encouraging kids to ask questions. These days, it’s so easy to brush their questions off especially when we are clueless about how to answer them but readers should see that as a teachable moment. 

Q: What’s on the horizon for you?  What will you be writing next?
A: Lately, God has been polishing lessons He gave me awhile back from my personal devotional journal. I’m getting motivated to put together the little things I’ve been sharing here and there on my blog into a devotional.

Q: What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
A: I love cooking and hosting people.

Q: Where would you go on your dream vacation?
A: Singapore

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