welcome to my world of words.

Writing can be noisy business, and I can regret adding to the clamor. Nevertheless, I hope to write as one who listens.

"If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow. We should die of the roar that lies on the other side of the silence."
- George Eliot, Middlemarch.

Blog Giveaway: VOTE for your favorite “Found Wanting” essay

If you’ve been reading here over the past several months, you are familiar with the “Found Wanting” guest series that I began at the end of May and ended this week. If you haven’t read any of the essays, this is your chance!

I’m inviting you to reread essays and pick your favorite! You can either vote by emailing me (jenmichel@mac.com) or by commenting on today’s post.

I’d love to give away some books today, both for commenters and those writers whose guest posts “win”!

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Found Wanting: Alisa Luciano, “I wanted to believe God was a good Father.”

This is the last in a series of guests posts for a blog project I’ve called, “Found Wanting.” If you’ve only just arrived, I hope you’ll catch up on the stories below.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, it was not uncommon for him to approach the sick and sin-sick with this question: “What do you want?” In John 5, he speaks with a man lying next to the healing waters of Bethesda, a man who has been an invalid for 38 years.

“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’”

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Breaking the Bread of Belief: Laughter

(Today’s post is the ninth in a series entitled, “Breaking the Bread of Belief.” Read about beginning, dust, home, feast, naked, death, altar and stars.)

All images courtesy of Joetography.

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Laughter

A friend recently emailed to ask if I’d read Lila, Marilynne Robinson’s recently-released novel.

“No,” I wrote. “Stupidly, I’ve decided to reread all of Robinson’s novels before starting Lila.”

A month into this endeavor, and I’ve finished Housekeeping and have arrived halfway through Gilead, the long letter John Ames, a man well into his seventies (and terminally ill), is writing to his seven-year-old son. He pens the letter in the hopes that his son will read it many years after his death, when he’s an adult—as a way to know his father.

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Found Wanting: Kris Camealy, “I’ve wanted to be known.”

I have been curating stories for a blog project called, “Found Wanting.” This series will end in several weeks, and I am thankful for each person who has submitted a guest post. If you’ve only just arrived, I hope you’ll catch up on the stories below.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, it was not uncommon for him to approach the sick and sin-sick with this question: “What do you want?” In John 5, he speaks with a man lying next to the healing waters of Bethesda, a man who has been an invalid for 38 years.

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