Recommended & in the Knox Library: “Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith” by Jen Pollock Michel
Logos Bookstores’ 2015 Best Book in Spirituality/Devotional and 2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year!
As Christians, we’re squeamish about desire. Isn’t wanting sinful and selfish? Aren’t we supposed to find and follow God’s will rather than insisting upon our own? The story of each person is a story of want―desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. Our wants cannot be ignored. But when desire is informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, it can root us more deeply in the fundamental belief that God is good and generous and can invite us into active kingdom participation. Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. That same good God calls us into a new reality in which we seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and we discover our disordered desires burned away while our truest longings are happily fulfilled and purified.
“Jen Pollock Michel fuses three things that make her book essential reading: deep insight, raw honesty and radiant prose. She’s a terrific writer, an agile thinker and―if that were not enough―a fearless witness to her own heart’s darkness and light. By inviting me deeply into the mess and beauty of her own story, she has given me courage to step into the mess and beauty of my own―and, with her, to meet afresh the One who awakens, names, purifies and meets all the desires of my heart.” – Mark Buchanan, author of Your Church Is Too Safe
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