Jess Connolly can’t watch a Disney princess or have coffee with a friend from church without wanting to pray wild freedom for both women. The Lord used heartbreaking failure to crush her ability and desire to live a small, scared, tidy life and He used the tender truth of His Word to show her what wild can really look like. On the outside, people see red lipstick, small business, church planting, and messy hair and think those are the things to replicate—but she knows the freedom that intimacy with Christ can offer is so much greater. Jess has been speaking publicly to women about Jesus and the Bible for over ten years and blogging to women in the thick of it since 2006. Jess started Naptime Diaries in 2011, a scripture print shop that now serves thousands of customers each month. She leads thousands of women online at JessConnolly.com and also treasures her roles of leading the dozens of women in her church plant, loving her husband and their four crazy kids.
Jess now has four books in print—Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough, coauthored with Hayley Morgan, (Zondervan ‘2016), Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground (Zondervan ‘2017), Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free, coauthored once again with Hayley Morgan, (Zondervan ‘2018). Her latest is You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You (September ‘2019 - available with DVD + Study Guide). You believe (or want to believe) God has called you and given you purpose, but where do you start? How do you get from feeling stuck to making a move? If this sounds familiar, Jess has a message for you: You Are the Girl for the Job. But this is not simply a peppy catchphrase. This is the straight-up truth God has proclaimed over your life from the beginning, and it's not dependent on what you can do or achieve but based on His power, capacity, and character. With passion and heart-pumping hope, Jess shows that being the girl for the job doesn't depend on your capacity. Rather, it has everything to do with God's capacity and our willingness. It has everything to do with believing we are who God says we are, and quieting any inferior word spoken against us. Are you ready?
Jess lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband Nick and their four children.