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About

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I’m Jen, and I write to find surprise in God’s story.

Here’s what I mean by that:

  1. The central surprise of God’s story is Jesus Christ, baby and carpenter, healer and cross-bearer. To read the Scriptures is to find Jesus Christ at the still point of God’s turning world.

  2. To say that God’s story is full of surprise is to say that reading Scripture requires competencies like curiosity and humility. We don’t ever get it all figured out.

  3. God’s story has hands and feet and reads like the genealogies in Scripture. I make the case for finding interest in those long lists of names.

  4. You and I are part of God’s story. When the Apostle Paul addressed a crowd at the Greek Areopagus, he said it like this, borrowing from one of the Greek poets: “In him we live and move and have our being.”


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A little more about me:

Where I live: I'm an American living in Toronto. My husband and I and our five children moved here in 2011 planning on a two- or three-year adventure. We're still here and quite naturally finishing our sentences with "eh?"

What I do: In the daytime hours, when the house is emptied of backpacks and bodies, I write. I published my first book, Teach Us to Want, in 2014. I used to believe that desire was the thing to lead us off the proverbial cliff, but I’m not so convinced anymore. I suppose you could say that I’m believing the promise of the gospel a little bit more everyday. I published my second book, Keeping Place, in 2016. Living as an ex-pat for several years by then, it’s probably no surprise that I would write a book to explore the longing for home. My third book, Surprised by Paradox, releases in May 2019, and it traces four themes in the Bible—incarnation, kingdom, grace, and lament—as a way of discovering some of the surprise of God’s story. As part of my volunteer work with my local church, I am the lead editor for Imprint magazine.