Today, the first review of “Teach Us to Want” has been published. Bethany Jenkins, from The Gospel Coalition, has written a review that is wonderfully generous, and I think she’s understood the book well. I only wish that in the book, I had used her opening quote from Jonathan Edwards! (“Free moral agents always act according to the strongest inclination they have at the moment of choice.”)
“In other words,” Jenkins writes, “we always do what we most want to do. The real work, therefore, takes place not on the ground of our behaviors but in the soil of our desires.
Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith by Jen Pollock Michel is an excavator for the heart; it digs into our foundations and helps us plant new roots. Not content to offer a rake when a shovel is needed, Michel is intricate in her examination of the human heart and its many facets―our fears to want, our disordered desires, our kingdom longings, our opportunities to surrender, our practical needs, and the boundaries that rein in our desires. By exposing our common temptations and offering visions of reoriented affections, she empowers us “to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:12).
Read the rest of Jenkins’s review here.