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Teach Us to Want

Teach Us to Want

Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

by Jen Pollock Michel

"A practical theology of desire, a richly narrative exploration of longing."

—Katelyn Beaty, Christianity Today, from the foreword

Teach Us To Want: About the Book and Author

Teach Us To Want: About the Book and Author

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.

Delving Into Desire: A Q&A with Jen Pollock Michel

Delving Into Desire: A Q&A with Jen Pollock Michel

"Desire may be the very catalyst we need to move us beyond our spiritual sluggishness."

Praise for Teach Us To Want

Praise for Teach Us To Want

"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.

Teach Us To Want: Read an Excerpt

Teach Us To Want: Read an Excerpt

"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?"

Jen Pollock Michel's Blog

Jen Pollock Michel's Blog

Found wanting? Share how your desire has played a role in your own faith journey at Jen Pollock Michel's blog here!

Transforming Our Desires

Transforming Our Desires

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.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

To Be Human is to Desire

To Be Human is to Desire

Amber Stamper

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.

Learning of God's Desires

Learning of God's Desires

Christopher Smith

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. 

Wrestling with Desire

Wrestling with Desire

Elizabeth Nordquist

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.

Big Enough Desires?

Big Enough Desires?

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.

Teach Us to Want Teaches Us to Pray

Teach Us to Want Teaches Us to Pray

Alexis Neal

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.

What of Our Longings?

What of Our Longings?

David Swartz

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? 

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