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.
"Desire may be the very catalyst we need to move us beyond our spiritual sluggishness."
"I've been waiting for this book for a long time." Read what author Leslie Leyland Fields and others have to say about the new book.
"How do we ever know when desire isn't the apple of self-actualizing promise leading us far from God? Can it ever be possible to trust our own hearts?"
Found wanting? Share how your desire has played a role in your own faith journey at Jen Pollock Michel's blog here!
We do ourselves a great misdeed to ignore desire, to demonize it, or to attempt the impossible project of abandoning it. Here are six biblical reasons why we need desire.
Michel’s book is an important contribution to the shift that’s underway in the evangelical thinking away from the rationalistic moralism of Kant back to the virtue cultivation of Aquinas.
Michel’s goal—to establish and explore a theology of desire—is decidedly academic. And yet, her ability to weave personal anecdote with scripture and the depth and breadth of her sources is more akin to poetry.
Community – neighborhood, family, but most importantly the local church community – is where we learn habits that form us to desire the things that God desires.
Jen Pollock Michel endeared herself to me especially in her clear stance on the Grace of God, overriding many of the obstacles that are tossed up by naysayers and critics.
Bruce G. Epperly
God’s will – I prefer vision – is intended to nurture creativity and freedom, not eliminate it. We are to desire the most creative, innovative, and freeing possibilities and test them through the crucible of prayerful actions.
If you’re looking for a well-written meditation on the Lord’s Prayer presented through the narrative lens of personal experience, I happily recommend Teach Us to Want.
Right on the book’s cover, the author taps into something deeper with the idea of “longing.” What about the things that keep rising out of our hearts and minds, unbidden, with a seeming life of their own?