Teach Us to Want

Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.68 hours)
Product Number: Z100117259
Released: May 17, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781633892200
Narrator/s: Karyn O'Bryant
Publisher: ChristianAudio.com
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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."

Author(s): Jen Pollock Michel
Genre: Religion
Original Publish Date: Jan 31, 2015

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Professional reviews

"In this audiobook on human desires, the author intersperses extensive doses of Christian logic with autobiographical anecdotes of her own experiences with errant desires. Her thesis that desires are God given and, therefore, have the potential for good is expertly handled by narrator Karyn O'Bryant. As the mother of five children, Michel has had her share of errant desires. O'Bryant injects the right amount of sincerity into Michel's imagery to give listeners a clear picture of her life choices and brushes with wrong-thinking desire. Her inflections and dramatic pauses help strengthen Michel's arguments for inviting God into the process of handling desires. To interpret religious-based apologies is difficult, and O'Bryant's energy and enthusiasm enhance this production. E.E.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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