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The Mary Marantz Show

May 30, 2023

Jillian Benfield’s life changed in the matter of a 20-second phone call.

At the point of absolute destruction, there are more questions than answers, but if you too find yourself surrounded by rubble and ash, Jillian’s healing story is precisely what you need to hear. 

Jillian and Mary discuss the possibility at the other end of your pain and the four things to cling to when it all goes wrong.

Tune in to hear, 

  • The difference between overcoming and undergoing

  • Why you don’t have to call your unexpected circumstances good

  • What our grief can tell us about what we really have propped ourselves on


In the grip of pain and loss, we would give anything to live a different life or change our circumstances so that we can get back to ourselves. But friend, let today's episode be here to remind you that there will come a moment when you realize you wouldn’t trade your story any longer because of who you have become through it all. 

Give yourself over to the process. 

Armorless. Honest. Open. 

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More About Jillian: Jillian Benfield is a former TV News anchor/reporter turned author, speaker, military wife, parent advocate, and mom of three living an unexpected life.  In the last eight years, she and her family have lived in  5 different states, experienced a NICU stay and open heart surgery for their second child, a miscarriage, and then a rare diagnosis for their third child. By far, the biggest unexpected moment came though when, at 27 years old, she and her husband found out their second child, Anderson, would be born with Down syndrome. The most difficult and also the most beautiful experience of her life. In her new book, The Gift of The Unexpected: Discovering Who You Were Meant to Be When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned, Jillian shares how she discovered who she was and who God wanted her to become as she opened herself to the pain of that season. She believes the unexpected can help us live into our God-dreamed entireties- that is if we resist society’s insistence to overcome the unexpected and undergo it instead. Because there can be a gift in the unexpected, you made new.