Novelist Jeanine Joyner PGE 55

My guest for this episode is novelist Jeanine Joyner. If you have been listening to podcast, you may remember Jeanine from my interview with the folks of Foundling House in episode 33.

Christians who are artists understand the relationship between their art and their faith in different ways and perceive the purpose of their art in different ways. Exploring this relationship between a particular Christian’s art and that Christian’s faith is a significant part of my interest in interviewing the Christians who are artists that I do.

Jeanine’s novel is Paper Dolls: Trust Your Instincts. I chose Jeanine’s book not just as a specific example of how Jeanine understands the relationship between her faith and her art, but also because of the subject matter of the book. To talk about that subject matter requires a fundamental spoiler, but Jeanine is more concerned about discussing the topic than preventing spoiler.

Paper Dolls is about the sexual trafficing and prostituting of children. It is an open and hard look at a terrible reality. Consequently, as different art forms have always done, Paper Dolls is a means of raising awareness and providing options and incentive for action. Thanks to Theodore Roosevelt’s reading of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, the food we eat is safe and more healthy, due to government oversight and protection. Art can create change. Hopefully your reading of Jeanine’s Paper Dolls will do just that!

Jeanine is a native Texan transplanted into Middle Tennessee. A mother of five, she somehow carved out the time to write her debut novel Paper Dolls: Trust Your Instincts between homeschooling and hosting house concerts. She now lives in a home surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands, appropriately named Arundelle Green, after a character who captured her imagination in the Andrew Peterson book, The Warden and the Wolf King. You can learn more about Jeanine at

The music for this episode is from a clip of a song called ‘Father Let Your Kingdom Come’ which is found on The Porter’s Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter’s Gate Worship Project. You can learn more about the album and the Worship Project at