ABOUT

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I’m Jen, and I’m practicing a habit called faith.

I’m the author of four books: A Habit Called Faith, Surprised by Paradox (winner of Christianity Today’s 2020 Award of Merit for Beautiful Orthodoxy), Keeping Place, and Teach Us to Want (winner of Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year). I’m an American living in Toronto with my husband and our five children.

I’ve loved stories since childhood: the intrigue of my dad’s boyhood adventures with his dog, Chief; the friendship of books when I was—yet again—the new kid in town. I followed stories into university, then graduate school where I studied literature. After I became a mom, I passed years with my children, crowded around picture books and reading good stories.

As a Christian, it’s always been the stories of Scripture that have interested me most. In the Bible, we come to discover that the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are the climax of God’s story. Though many turn to the Bible exclusively for instructions about what to believe and how to behave, I’ve come to think that it offers us something even more expansive and beautiful and imaginative.

I think the Bible re-stories us.

What does it mean to be re-storied by the Bible? I think it looks like Abraham, obediently climbing mountains, feet dragging with both hope and dread. I think it looks like Hannah, praying indecently till someone takes you for a drunken woman. I think it looks like David, finding grace to catch you the moment you fall. Most of all, I think it looks like Jesus, Son of God, wending his way to a cross for an invisible joy set before him. To be re-storied by the Bible is to discover a God who, taken for missing by many, is the very air in which we live and move and have our being. To take this story seriously, both in the ancient landscape of the Bible and as it unfolds in our own lives, is to trace twists and turns and find surprise.

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A BIBLE READING EXPERIENCE FOR THE convinced and curious