A Habit Called Faith with Jen Pollock Michel
What does faith look like to you? Have you ever thought of faith as a habit? Today’s neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it’s exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won’t stick.
What would happen if we applied the same kind of daily dedication to faith? Could faith become a habit, a given—automatic? Jen Pollock Michel, today’s guest believes it can be, and she’s created a wonderful resource for those who wish to develop this habit. A Habit Called Faith is divided into 40 daily readings, and it’s for anyone who wants to grow closer to God … or even those who want to know more about Him.
“Wherever you find yourself across the spectrum of faith, whether you’re more hostile or more indifferent, more curious or more convinced, I think that the commitment to forty days of reading the Bible might open some back door of faith without your even struggling to open it,” says Jen “It’s an ordinary habit with extraordinary results.”
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Who is Jen Pollock Michel?
Jen Pollock Michel is the award-winning author of Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox. She holds a BA in French from Wheaton College and an MA in Literature from Northwestern University.
An American living in Toronto, Jen is a wife and mother of five. She is the lead editor for Imprint magazine, published by the Grace Centre for the Arts, and host of the Englewood Review of Books podcast.
You can order A Habit Called Faith HERE.
About the Book:
Today’s neurological research has placed habit at the center of human behavior; we are what we do repetitively. When we want to add something to our life, whether it’s exercise, prayer, or just getting up earlier in the morning, we know that we must turn an activity into a habit through repetition or it just won’t stick. What would happen if we applied the same kind of daily dedication to faith? Could faith become a habit, a given—automatic?
With vulnerable storytelling and insightful readings of both Old and New Testament passages, Jen Pollock Michel invites the convinced and the curious into a 40-day Bible reading experience. Vividly translating ancient truths for a secular age, Michel highlights how the biblical text invites us to see, know, live, love, and obey. The daily reflection questions and weekly discussion guides invite both individuals and groups, believers and doubters alike, to explore how faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, might grow into a life-defining habit.
Walk It Out Scripture
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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Resources, books, and links mentioned in this episode:
- A Habit Called Faith | Jen Pollock Michel
- Teach Us to Want | Jen Pollock Michel
- Keeping Place | Jen Pollock Michel
- Surprised by Paradox | Jen Pollock Michel