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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

Back Cover Copy (Revised): Tell me what you think!

First giveaway EVER here on the blog: this is fun for me. I am grateful for the comments I've already received. You can still comment today on what might be the back cover copy for my book. (If you've already commented, you can comment again on the revised copy and have your name entered TWICE.) You're on your way to winning a $10 gift card to Starbucks. Here's take two of the back cover copy: tell me what you think!

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Found Wanting: At the Intersection of Desire and Faith

Wantologists are psychology’s newest experts. They help clients identify what they want and how to get it. We’re paying them because we’re confused. And if average Americans are puzzled over questions of desire, imagine the bewilderment of Christians. Isn’t desire selfish? If I’m supposed to find and follow God’s will, can it matter what I want?

Jen Pollock Michel knows that life doesn’t always turn out as we want - or plan. She was 18 when her father died suddenly, 23 when her brother committed suicide. Years later, when she was the mother of three young children and planned for graduate school, Jen learned she was pregnant - with twins.  Her life, with its hatful of surprises, looks a lot like yours and mine. Whether we’d planned to be married, hoped to be parents, or counted on the next job promotion, we’ve met disappointment. Jen admits that life is beyond our control, yet she nudges us toward the risky business of wanting - and praying.

Of course not all we want is good. As a devotional author, Jen brings theological clarity to the complex subject of desire, helping us to identify potential missteps and misunderstandings.  In the final section of the book, she explores the language of the Lord’s Prayer as a template of holy desire and a means for making God’s desires our own. Teach us to pray, the disciples asked Jesus. Jen Pollock Michel adds: Teach us to want.