Author Interview: Lisa Pennington

March 15, 2017 Author Interview, Lisa Pennington, nonfiction 9

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Join me in welcoming Lisa Pennington to the blog today!

Lisa has a passion for helping women find JOY! She is the author of Mama Needs a Do-Over and Tightropes and Teeter-Totters.

She loves her Texas country life with her CPA, receipt-loving husband of 30 years and their nine children, some of whom have left home and made their mama sad. She has homeschooled all of them and hopes to someday have grandchildren she can cuddle and share the love of Christ with.

On her blog, The Pennington Point, Lisa shares her passion for life through home décor, natural health, travel, parenting tips, and shopping. She tells it all, letting her readers be a fly on the wall of her life.

Lisa has been a contributor for Thomas Nelson blog, The THSC Review, Hip Homeschool Moms, Relevant, and Crosswalk.com. She speaks at women’s groups and conferences and would love to come share the joy of living for Jesus with your group!

You can connect with Lisa on her website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Her newest book, Tightropes and Teeter-Totters, released February 1st from David C. Cook Publishing.

Lisa Pennington knows how to get up after losing her balance, even with a full house, a not-so-full bank account, and never enough energy. In her latest book, she offers readers:

  • Strategies for finding balance in marriage, motherhood, and bad moods
  • Playful yet biblically based tips for turning hard days around
  • Inspiration for shaping obstacles into opportunities
  • Ways to respond to irritations with gratitude
  • Enthusiastic encouragement for living out God’s purpose.

For every woman who wonders if her satisfaction in life will ever match her dreams, Pennington has real-life answers full of hope and humor.

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Hi Lisa! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:

apples or oranges

Lisa: I am all about a Honeycrisp apple in the fall. I’d choose it over chocolate, and that’s saying something.

Carrie: YUM. Me. too.

winter or summer

Lisa: Winter.  I love the cold, wearing layers, crisp afternoons and snuggling under a blanket.  But since I live in South Texas you have to keep perspective that winter to me never gets below 45°.

Carrie: This winter, Kentucky seems to be masquerading as South Texas.

dogs or cats

Lisa: I adore my little dog, even though, if I’m being honest, I don’t particularly love other people’s dogs.  But cats I have no particular feeling about one way or another so I’ll go with dogs.

Carrie: Dogs rule!

coffee or tea

Lisa: Tea.  I do appreciate people’s passion for coffee, but I never got into it.  I do love a hot cup of herbal tea though.

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Lisa: Hmmm….with 9 kids I could say giving birth, but since I don’t expect to be doing that again I should pick something more useful.  I do love to enjoy life no matter what’s happening around me, so my current superpower is finding joy in every circumstance.

Carrie: I would say giving birth – whether it’s to one child or nine – is definitely a superpower!

Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Lisa: When I was a girl I read one book over and over called, “Merry, Rose and Christmas Tree June.”  It was about a doll who sat way up on a shelf and was lonely.  I loved her because I related with that feeling and how she was loved in the end.  I think I’ll go read it again now! 

Carrie: Doll stories normally creep me out, but this one sounds really sweet!

If I snuck a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Lisa: You would learn that I am a neat freak. I clean out my purse every evening (if I’ve used it that day).  I like to know how much cash I have, make sure my lip balm is there, put the receipts away (that part is for my husband) and unload whatever got dropped in there.  It’s just a quick thing I like to do at night that makes me feel ready for the next day.

Carrie: I’m pretty sure cleaning out your purse every night is a superpower too 😉

Why write about balance? Why is it important to you?

Lisa: I wrote a book about balance not because I never fall, but because I fall constantly and have learned a lot about getting back up again. Women these days are so busy and balance alludes them.  I wanted to encourage them that being out of balance is where the great lessons are and it’s possible to pull yourself out of any situation!

Carrie: Getting back up is key!

What is something that surprised you the most while researching Tightropes and Teeter-Totters?

Lisa: I decided to do a little study about physical balance so I could have a well-rounded perspective on what balance really is.  I was surprised about how much it takes for a body to actually stay balanced to walk or stand.  It’s just one more incredible thing that God designed and we don’t even think about it.

What do you most want readers to take away from your book?

Lisa: I want readers to feel like they’re not alone in their struggles, no matter what the situation, that they would feel like they have a friend in me and someone who cares about them.  I want them to see every obstacle as an opportunity and have hope for the future. 

Carrie: So important!

Again thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Lisa: My daughter is getting married this month.  It’s our first child to get married and we are all excited.  Life has stopped while we plan for this celebration.  After that, I may take a long, long nap!

What about you? How often do you clean out your purse?

Carrie

9 Responses to “Author Interview: Lisa Pennington”

  1. Paula S.

    Not often enough. But I have to make sure tissues are in there– cause my husband doesn’t carry a purse!LOL, Also lip balm and those three or four lipsticks I put in there before Church and then forget to put on! Gotta make sure the library card is in there, too!

    • Carrie

      our lives would be so much easier if our husbands carried purses, right? 😉

  2. Kay Garrett

    I take out receipts and file them when I get home. However, as for cleaning my purse completely out would be when I change purses – which isn’t often. I seem to add more to it than take out. Like if I’m going to be gone for a few days I make sure to have tissues, medications, etc. Getting older and more times than not I seem to be leaving my purse either at home or in the trunk of the car since hubby is retired and we shop together. The weight on my arm and/or shoulder bother me now where I use to be able to tote a purse all day and not think anything about it.

  3. Robbie Pink

    I don’t clean mine very often. However, I don’t like to carry a purse. I don’t carry one as often as possible, and when I do, it’s a microscopically small one, so it doesn’t get too cluttered (cough, cough!).

    Thanks for the interview-9 kids, WOWZER!!!! Thanks for the giveaway, too!

    Blessings~

    Robbie
    (aka RobbyeFaye, aka Robbye)

    • Carrie

      I’m the other end of that extreme. I don’t carry a purse either – i use a tote LOL

      • Winnie Thomas

        I always have a tote when I’m traveling, Carrie! How else am I going to make sure I have something to cover every contingency?? And . . . plenty of books! 😀

  4. Winnie Thomas

    I make it a rule to clean my purse out once a year whether it needs it or not. LOL I don’t like huge purses, but it has to be large enough to keep my necessities in–wallet, reading glasses, sun glasses, pens, keys, tissues. And I like several zipper compartments to keep things semi-organized. It also has to be large enough to fit my kindle in. I’d love to not take my purse everywhere, but invariably I need something that’s in it if I don’t take it.

    Nine kids! More power to you, Lisa! I come from a family of nine kids, and I’ve loved it. However, my body and sanity made me stop at five kids. Your book sounds wonderful!

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