Can your faith become a habit in a spiritual wilderness? Jen Pollock Michel, author of A Habit Called Faith: 40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus argues that faith is a vital spiritual practice in the Christian life. In this conversation, Oliver Hersey and Kelsey Bowse talk to her about faith and fasting in the sacred season of Lent.
She said “If we think about Lent as a season of repentance – it’s a season that we can mark out of our calendar, where we can return to consecrating ourselves to God. I think repentance and return are daily acts. There is something really beautiful to mark out a season of time and dedicate it to God.”
For a Christian writer, living in a secular city, Toronto, CA – practicing habits of faith varies day to day. Sometimes, it just means walking down to her office in the basement, and writing at her desk while her five children are at school. She said “it’s really nothing more fancy or complicated than that.” On other days, it means sharing her faith, and moral convictions at a dinner party, with a writer who doesn’t believe in God.
Read Jen’s article for CT Magazine “Why I Read the Old Testament with Spiritual Seekers.”
Check out what was referenced on this podcast:
- Jen Pollock Michel’s book, A Habit Called Faith:40 Days in the Bible to Find and Follow Jesus (BakerBooks, 2021).
- James K.A. Smith’s book, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural Formation (Baker Academic, 2009).
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Produced by Kelsey Bowse, edited by Alex Carter