Jodi Benson, more widely known as the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid, has had an EPIC career! Jodi has been on all kinds of stages, from Broadway to Disney, playing characters that are still known as some of the best in entertainment history. However, it’s Jodi’s faith in Jesus that is the real shining star of her life. No matter what she does, Jodi’s first priority is to honor God and share His love with everyone she meets. In a collection of stories titled Part of My World, Jodi details her greatest highs and lows and how God gave her strength through it all. Jodi Benson’s story, written with transparency and hope, will not only touch readers’ hearts the way her magical voice does but inspire them to deepen their relationship with the ultimate source of life, Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach)!
“I really do believe that when God gives you a gift, He’s going to give you a way to use it—not just for your own enjoyment, but to bless others as well.” ~ Jodi Benson
The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. As a kid, I used to dream of swimming with a mermaid tale (okay, maybe I still dream of doing this), and, to this day, Part of Your World is a song my mom and I randomly belt when we can’t think of a word. Yet, until the movie Enchanted was released, I had no idea I had Jodi Benson to thank for these childhood dreams and memories. Reading Jodi’s life story has given me so much respect for her! The way she writes about her faith, shares wisdom from times of hardship, and passionately speaks about her family and work is beyond encouraging! I love reading people’s memoirs, but Jodi’s was exceptional.
“Over the years, I’ve learned that if God really wants me to do something, He will give me the courage, the strength, the endurance, the patience, and the ability to do it—and do it well. All I have to bring to the table is an open mind, an open heart, a willingness to try, and an obedient spirit. He’ll do the rest.” ~ Jodi Benson
Writing this review was the first time in a month that I’ve been able to put my fingers on my keyboard pain-free after getting tendinitis. Being restricted from the work I know God has called me to do was very disheartening; however, reading Part of My World during this time brought light into the darkness, boosting my spirits and reminding me that “All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose!” (Romans 8:28)
“You’re a work in progress, and this is all part of the journey. You’re going through a rough patch right now, but God has a plan for you. He loves you, and He’s going to get you through this.” ~ Glen & Linda Keanes (Disney animator and friends of Jodi Benson)
Jodi Benson’s testimony will impact everyone who picks up this book — and I highly recommend you do! Thank you, Jodi Benson, for opening the doors of your heart and giving us a glimpse into your life. I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to climb all the mountains you have, but I’m so glad you finally said yes to writing this book!
“God can do extraordinary things through very ordinary people. I’m living proof of that.” ~ Jodi Benson