Season 5, Episode 1 of Messy Jesus Business podcast, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh.

“I want to dignify and honor the real emotions that kids have, whether it’s joy or grief.”

– Jennifer Grant



In this episode of Messy Jesus Business, Sister Julia Walsh talks with author Jennifer Grant about how the call to serve can be both internal and external, and the importance of staying focused on the spirit of the call and the work itself.

They discuss how writing about faith and the mystery of God for children has helped Jennifer have fresh eyes when looking at God’s work in the world.

“I’m not interested in complicated theology…but I am interested in sparking kids’ curiosity about the divine and I am interested in learning more about myself and where God is working in the world,” Jennifer explains.

Lastly, they explore how nature can bridge divides among humanity, even in times of polarization.


Jennifer Grant is the author of six books for adults, including, “Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter.” Her latest, “Dimming the Day,” features reflections on nature as night falls. She has also authored a number of children’s books. In addition to writing books, Jennifer works as an editor and editorial consultant, and curates the “Faith and Food” page for

Jennifer received her master’s degree in English literature with concentrations in fiction writing and critical theory from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is a member of the 2030 Collaborative’s Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition, a founding member of INK: A Creative Collective and she serves on the board for

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced and hosted by Sister Julia Walsh, and edited by Charish Badzinski.

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