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Big Idea Food: A Weekly Devotional for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers & Dreamers

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"My morning routine is reading a verse from the Bible and from this devotional for entrepreneurs."

- Yvonne Orji, Emmy-nominated actress & comedian from the hit HBO series “Insecure”

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BIG IDEA FOOD™ will give you the energy to finally:

Push past paralyzing fears & mental blocks keeping you from building the business you know you’re called to build

Get started (or re-started) on projects you’ve been procrastinating on

Build more time with God into your daily routine

Understand how to apply the Bible to your everyday business struggles

Gain clarity on your next steps so you can walk confidently in your purpose

  • "Because of this book, I've let go of the paralyzing fear that once held me back from starting my design business. Fear of failure does not reside here anymore. Thank you for your obedience.” - Kristina Soline
  • "I have been getting my entire life with this devotional! It's really inspiring! You're giving me the courage (and kick in the butt) to publish this journal I've been sitting on for 3 years now. You + your faith + your authenticity is everything!” - Zakia Haughton
  • "I take Marlena Banks' devotional with me everywhere I go. Reading her devotional has helped me commit time to God on a daily basis. I am so thankful God chose her as a vessel!” - Jasmine Marie
  • "This devotional has been GOLD! It has been a STAPLE for my daily walk. I keep it in my purse and it has been a fav for everyone I’ve gifted it to. Marlena makes our daily walk with God relatable to our current times. It’s scripture sound and encourages me on a daily basis.” - Ola Kimble
  • "Big Idea Food has been a well of inspiration for me, and at times serves as confirmation when I feel stuck or unsure about my next move. Marlena Banks has an amazing knack for modern application of timeless scriptural values and messages. In other words, she knows how to “make it plain”, and guide her readers in the directions of their own dreams. I appreciate this book so much and I co-sign it’s tagline, this is the perfect book for entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and dreamers!” - Ashley C.
"Because of this book, I've let go of the paralyzing fear that once held me back from starting my design business. Fear of failure does not reside here anymore. Thank you for your obedience.” - Kristina Soline
"I have been getting my entire life with this devotional! It's really inspiring! You're giving me the courage (and kick in the butt) to publish this journal I've been sitting on for 3 years now. You + your faith + your authenticity is everything!” - Zakia Haughton
"I take Marlena Banks' devotional with me everywhere I go. Reading her devotional has helped me commit time to God on a daily basis. I am so thankful God chose her as a vessel!” - Jasmine Marie
"This devotional has been GOLD! It has been a STAPLE for my daily walk. I keep it in my purse and it has been a fav for everyone I’ve gifted it to. Marlena makes our daily walk with God relatable to our current times. It’s scripture sound and encourages me on a daily basis.” - Ola Kimble
"Big Idea Food has been a well of inspiration for me, and at times serves as confirmation when I feel stuck or unsure about my next move. Marlena Banks has an amazing knack for modern application of timeless scriptural values and messages. In other words, she knows how to “make it plain”, and guide her readers in the directions of their own dreams. I appreciate this book so much and I co-sign it’s tagline, this is the perfect book for entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and dreamers!” - Ashley C.

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Who is BIG IDEA FOOD™ for?

🙇🏾‍♀️  Dreamers who dream about starting a business or creative project one day but haven’t gotten started

👩🏾‍⚕️  Side Hustlers who work a 9-5 but desire to go into business full-time

👩🏾‍💻  Full-time Entrepreneurs already in business full-time and looking to add more encouragement into your day

✝️  Christians who want an entrepreneurship devotional that “gets” you

💚  Non-Christians who could use some positivity and direction 

BIG IDEA FOOD™ was written by a black millennial Christian woman in a voice we could relate to since there was nothing else quite like it out there at the time. That said, women (and men!) of various ethnic & spiritual backgrounds have enjoyed reading it too!

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"If you're an entrepreneur building up your sh%t, I def recommend this read. It has faith based quotes, but you don't gotta be Christian to appreciate it (I'm not).” - Cindy Chu

Designed for the creative eye.

Video credit: KayeMcCoy.com

The cover and interior feature dope art that will keep you inspired while you read.

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“What can I say besides this book came at the right time in my life. It mixes scripture with real life experiences. I find myself frequently going back to the book for a quick pick me up. Sometimes just looking at the book cover reminds me that God has my back!” - Marsha “Summer” Hoffmann

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How it Works

Each of the 52 devotions include four core elements:

FAQ'S

I know it says it’s a “weekly” devotional but I find myself wanting to read it daily or read more than one at a time, what’s best? Feel free to read it at your own pace, whatever that looks like. Many people read it one sitting because they can’t put it down but then go back and read it daily as a part of their daily routine. Others stick to weekly or just pick it up and open to whatever page they land on and read that for the day. It’s designed to be versatile enough for however you need to use it in whatever season you’re in.

What translation of the Bible does it use? It uses multiple translations from the Bible in order to provide variety & clarity. 

When is the next one coming out?! Many readers have expressed that they’re ready for another version yesterday so we are working diligently to create it! Coming soon! Make sure you’re on our email list so you can be the first to hear when it drops (we’ll also send you a fresh new devotional every Tuesday).

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what people are saying

Highly recommend this book Big Idea Food. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Melissa Kimble, founder of #blkcreatives

"Big Idea Food was the book that got me together, inspired me and kept me focused when I started to grow my business. Although it's a 52-week devotional, I devoured it in less than a week. It's THAT GOOD. This faith-based devotional for entrepreneurs was just what I needed when my faith was about to be stretched"

Tamera Darden, DC Product Photographer & Educator

Marlena’s tell it like it is, no holds barred is just the motivational nudge (kick in the rear) that I needed.

Black & Brilliant Entrepreneur Magazine

I take Marlena Banks’ devotional with me everywhere I go. Reading her devotional has helped me commit time to God on a daily basis. I am so thankful God chose her as a vessel!

Jasmine Utterback, founder of Creative Women Build

Thank you so much for being obedient to the Lord and writing your book! It has been a blessing to me and you are speaking my language!

Angela Christine, NY actress & model

I'm already in love with this devotional. Every entrepreneur should own a copy.

Breyley Ann, founder of White Collar Professional Wear

Needed a business meeting with God this morning. The perfect time to reopen Big Idea Food.

Shay Duriel, founder of the BronzeHustle.com

Big Idea Food has been the "edge-snatcher" I've needed in this season. Marlena uses the Word to give clear inspiration, encouragement & strategy for the Kingdom creative. I felt like it has been a great way to start off my work weeks and maintain my focus on God as my source and CEO."

Arica, food, beauty & fashion entrepreneur