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Finding Holy

60 EpisodesProduced by Ashley HalesWebsite

The Finding Holy podcasts helps you connect the dots between the things that matter and your everyday, holy life. Each week, Ashley Hales sits down with authors, pastors, activists and artists to discuss faith, culture, and spiritual practices and how it relates to ordinary life (with one small step… read more


#28 Advent with Jen Pollock Michel -- Week 1: Embrace the Real

We’re busy and yet we want to connect with God. Listen in to these four weeks of short conversations that you can listen to in the midst of your real life with Ashley Hales and Jen Pollock Michel. We talk about the reality of December with busy schedules and messy pine needles and how to meet God in the real instead of the ideal.

Jen’s reflections on Advent are available to her email subscribers here.

Jen’s book, Surprised by Paradox (which has a section on the incarnation).

Ashley’s book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs, (which is helpful on consumerism and generosity this season).

Other works mentioned:

James K. A. Smith, You Are what You Love and On the Road with St. Augustine

Edith Schaeffer, What is a Family? 

Athanasius, On the Incarnation


“On the one hand I sense a longing for God and yet there are a gazillion things to do.” @jenpmichel on the #findingholypodcast

Listen in to @jenpmichel and @aahales talk about the surprise of Advent in this series on the #findingholypodcast

Incarnation is the death of abstraction. The invitation is for us notice being in a body this Advent. Listen to @jenpmichel and @aahales on #findingholypodcast

“We keep pushing off the ideal for the real” @aahales and @jenpmichel on #findingholypodcast

“Advent had been the occasion of my annual meltdown” @jenpmichel and @aahales on #findingholypodcast


A question for you to ponder:

What would it look like for you to embrace the real rather than the ideal this season? Practice embracing the real instead of pining for the ideal this Advent season?

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