Sample: Teach Us To Want

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We who follow Jesus are supposed to desire God, and in doing so, will ourselves brute-force-style out of desiring anything else this world has to offer. Our desires are wrong and carnal. At least, that's the message we think we're supposed to believe about the nature of our desire.My friend and fellow Her.meneutics contributor Jen Pollock Michel contends in her new book Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith (IVPress, 2014) that God has a different story to tell us about … [Read more...]

Interview: Love Letters From The Edge

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I've been talking a lot about my book lately in this space. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share its message with you! However, this week, I'm looking forward to highlighting the writing of others.Today, I want to draw your attention to an excellent resource for those who've experienced trauma and/or loss. Love Letters From The Edge (free today only on Kindle!) is a beautifully-written series of letters that gives voice to experience of a trauma survivor - and the way in which God would … [Read more...]

Facing Regrets With Prayer And Courage

Here's a link to my interview at today's Parse blog for church leaders at Christianitytoday.com. Please click on the [Read more] below to check out the whole conversation.Today's interview is with Michelle Van Loon. Michelle is the author of If Only: Letting Go of Regret. She is a writer for Her.meneutics and she blogs at Pilgrim's Road Trip. Today, we talk with Michelle about the sanctifying role of regret, the temptation to take shortcuts, and regret as a tutor. 1) Regret is an int … [Read more...]

Speaking of regret: a helpful infographic

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God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life!

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In researching the theme of regret for my book, I learned that a whole lot of us carry regrets about the choices we make as we launch into adulthood. At that stage, we're building our lives via both relationships and educational/career choices. Every time we make a decision to take a step in one direction, we close the door on a number of other options. After all, we can't be in two (or more) places at once.I remember being paralyzed by this notion when I was in my late teens and early … [Read more...]

Two Wildly Different, Strangely Similar Books Asking One Question: Who Am I?

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It's complicated.No, that's not a Facebook update on my relationship status.* Recently, I wrote a short bit as part of a group post for the Her.meneutics blog about the need to embrace complexity in our understanding of maturing faith. There's complexity, then there's the borderlands just beyond complexity. Those lands have names like Chaos, Confusion, and "It's Complicated".Recently, I read two books that captured the complicated nature of being a Jewish person in an Evangelical … [Read more...]

Faith Unsettled

It was an honor to put my head together with two women with deep faith and a gift for insight (who each happen to have wonderful new books out this summer) for the following post. Jen Pollock Michel kicks things off here, and Marlena Graves wraps things up, and my words are in the middle. I'll clip a bit of Jen's words to launch you - click on the link for the full post on today's Her.meneutics blog. * * * * * * * Like a lot of writers, I read about the writing life. (A little bit of company … [Read more...]


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