I've been talking for months now about the book. And I've decided that writing a book is a lot like pregnancy. There are months of invisible growth - of gestation - that advance before anything is visible to others. You, the mother - the writer - are always conscious of how the baby - the book - is growing strong, taking on a movement all of its own. You share secrets - you and the baby, you and the book - that you cherish and nurture with silent awe.
Writing this book hasn't all been secret work. There are a small handful of friends who have been reading what I've been writing. I am grateful for them. And of course Ryan is always my best critic, and I trust him fully to tell me when something is unclear or cliché. He's generous with the tough stuff.
Although I haven't told you much about the book here - just sketched it in bare generalities - today, I'm posting what could be the back cover copy of the book. I want to know what you think.
A back cover, as I'm sure you know, should give a general sense of the book's topic and approach. It should also make you want to read the book.
And that's where I want to you weigh in.
Today, would you do two things for me?
1. Leave a comment here on the blog, giving me some feedback. Be as specific as possible: if you feel like I left out an important dimension of my book's topic, tell me. If a certain sentence packed a punch and grabbed your attention, show me which one. Don't be afraid to criticize. You're the real audience.
2. Share this post with friends. People who don't know me and haven't been reading here may be my most objective critics. And certainly it can't hurt to gain more exposure as a writer.
I will be shameless and do something I've never done before. Because I'm sitting here in Starbucks (and this is the easiest giveaway I can think of), I'll pick a name randomly from the commenters at the end of the day tomorrow (Nov. 2), and send you a $10 Starbucks gift card.
That's just my way of saying thanks. Now, on to the real task at hand.
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Found Wanting: At the Intersection of Desire and Faith
“We spin, catch, break free, drown and surface, all the while driven by the fickleness of time’s wind and weather. Whatever awaits us tomorrow, it is quite possibly not a scene we have expected, nor an act for which we have prepared.”
Jen Pollock Michel knows that life doesn’t always turn out as we plan. Jen was 18 when her father died suddenly, 23 when her brother committed suicide. Years later, when she planned to begin a second graduate degree, Jen learned she was pregnant - with twins. Jen admits that life is beyond our control, yet she nudges us toward the risky business of wanting - and praying. She illustrates how exploring our desires can deepen our intimacy with God and inspire our participation in his kingdom.
Of course not all that we want is good. While many affirm that we have deserved everything we have wanted, Jesus has called his followers to carry a cross. Lose your life to find it. As a devotional author, Jen brings theological clarity to the complex subject of desire, helping us to identify potential missteps and misunderstandings. In the third part of her book, she explores the language of the Lord’s Prayer as template of holy desire and a means for making God’s desires our own.
Teach us to pray, the disciples asked Jesus. And Jen Pollock Michel adds:
Teach us to want.