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Teach Us to Want

Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith

Author Jen Pollock Michel
Narrator Karyn O'Bryant
Runtime 7.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date January 31, 2015
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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."
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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."

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Truthful and practical
Every chapter starts with the Lord's prayer and gives practical examples of desire driven by the will of self, the world, and God.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/8/2018)
a lot of repetition.
The author wrote the book because she desired to write a book and it is about her desire to write the book she is writing.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/18/2017)
Great book about calling and life.
Jen is a wordsmith and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. She deals with the issue of finding and living out your calling in a broken world that attempts to distance you from your heart.
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