Book ‘The Gift of the Unexpected’ by Jillian Benfield

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Discovering Who You Were Meant to Be When Life Goes Off Plan. “Intense. Stunning. Needed. Jillian’s words will help you discover beauty in the unexpected.” — LESLIE MEANS. “Thoughtful and honest, Jillian’s story of transformation reminds us that God is present and pursuing us, even in the most unexpected moments of our lives. Read and be changed.” — KAYLA CRAIG. What if the unexpected is the beginning of becoming your truest self? Jillian Benfield was living life in the spotlight as a TV journalist, but after receiving a life-altering diagnosis for her unborn son, she realized no camera-ready outfit could dress up her grief. Overcoming this unexpected circumstance wasn’t an option. She would have to undergo it instead. In doing so, she discovered who she was and who God wanted her to become. In this riveting story filled with grit and grace, Jillian helps you break down the false constructs you’ve built around God and your identity…

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 17, 2023); Pages: 224 pages; ISBN-10: 0764240498; ISBN-13:‎ 978-0764240492; ASIN:‎ B0B6Q2FGJ6

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Author’s biography: Jillian Benfield ( is a former journalist and news anchor. She holds a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Georgia. As a freelance writer, her essays about living an unexpected life have appeared on sites such as TODAY, Good Morning America, Yahoo! News, and ABC News. Jillian regularly advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in her writings, community, and as a part of the National Down Syndrome Congress’s National Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition. Jillian and her husband, Andy, and their three children make their home on Florida’s Space Coast.

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