Jan. 6 – Curt Thompson – The Soul of Desire [Christmas Calendar]

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January 6


The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
Curt Thompson

Hardback: IVP Books, 2021
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Curt Thompson invites us to pay attention to the world in a different way. He wants us to look at what we stuff down and what impedes a robust, fructifying spiritual life. He wants us to truly see others and connect with them in confessional communities. He wants us to consider our deepest longings, our true place, and find reality in the beauty both God and we create collaboratively. He wants us to enter into the new creations we have become and are becoming. And our triune Creator has made us to be creative. We are “practicing for heaven” even as we are on our way.

This is why we are people of desire. We think of desire as such a naughty word, something we continually have to squelch, kill. But desire is something that is part of the essence of who we are as human beings, differentiated as men and women, icons of the triune God. God desires his people, and our own desires are meant to be fulfilled in his gaze.

Because we are human, we long for beauty. It’s the aching that all of our senses pine for—what Thompson calls a holy longing. Therefore, this holy longing can only be satiated by the triune God. He beckons all of our senses in communion with him.


***WATCH a conversation with Curt Thompson about this book…



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