Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

by Jen Pollock Michel, Katelyn Be


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Logos Bookstores' 2015 Best Book in Spirituality/Devotional

2015 Christianity Today Book of the Year!

Honorable Mention, 2014 Best Book of the Year from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore

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. The disciples asked Jesus to "Teach us to pray." This book asks, "Teach us to want."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830843121
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/06/2014
Pages: 221
Sales rank: 826,357
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today and Moody Bible Institute's Today in the Word. She earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in literature from Northwestern University, and she belongs to Redbud Writers Guild and INK. Wife and mother of five, Jen lives in Toronto, Canada, and is an enthusiastic supporter of HOPE International and Safe Families.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Katelyn Beaty
1. Afraid to Want: Fear
2. Aperture of the Heart: Courage
3. Precipice of Hope: Grace
4. Project Kingdom: Good News
5. Visions of Sugarplums: Scripture
6. The Business of Holy: Prayer
7. Bread and Butter: Petition
8. If the Shoe Fits: Confession
9. Be My Neighbor: Community
10. Ruby Slippers: Commitment
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