Meet the writer: Jane Walters, New Daylight May–August 2021
Jane has always loved playing with words. One of her earliest memories is of carving her name (a neat skill for a 4-year-old) into the new wallpaper in the hallway of the family home! These days, she spends much of her time writing at her Norfolk home: a mix of book reviews, blog-posts, Bible commentaries, pieces for UCB radio, writing-retreat preparation and the latest novel. In 2018, her book ‘Too Soon, a mother’s journey through miscarriage’ (Jane Clamp, SPCK) was published, sharing her story of baby-loss in a comforting, devotional format.
Jane gives music lessons from her home, having spent many years teaching peripatetically in local schools. Her particular love is playing the alto saxophone, whether as part of a worship band or at functions. A career highlight was being in the band for the Christian festival One Event in 2017.
She is also a qualified interior designer and enjoys the whole process of doing up property. Restoration is a frequent theme in her writing and is reflected in her preaching and speaking ministry – as well as in her hobby of making clothes from cast-offs.
Another of her ‘hats’ is that of vice-chair of the Association of Christian Writers; but her favourite hat of all is being grandmother to two gorgeous little girls.
We asked Jane about her new series for New Daylight.
What do you enjoy/value most about writing for New Daylight?
I love making the Bible accessible, helping readers connect with its stories and the God who appears behind and through them all. New Daylight offers sound Biblical exposition in a down-to-earth, easy-to-read way which really suits the way I think and write.
What inspired your series on 1&2 Timothy?
So many Christians find Paul’s teachings to be difficult but when we read this letter to his dear friend, it helps us understand the man behind the message. I wanted to bring out Paul’s heart for Timothy, for the church and for the truth of the gospel. It’s also a really practical book, so I hope that there are things that readers can embrace in their own walk with God.
What did you learn from writing it?
I’m used to writing Christian devotionals and commentaries but I felt a sense of responsibility in writing for New Daylight. Adapting my style to their guidelines was a challenge but I was happy to rise to it.
What is the key thing you hope your readers might take away from the series?
One of the things that comes through is Paul’s fervency. He’s passionately supportive of Timothy, eager to halt the false teaching that was rocking the church, urgent regarding his pursuit of God. I’d love New Daylight readers to become fired up again in their faith as they seek to serve God where they’re called to be.
If you'd like to read Jane's notes, you can find them in the May–August 2021 issue of New Daylight. Jane's notes are also being used in our daily prayer videos from Monday 31 May until Friday 11 June and you can find these videos in our YouTube playlist.