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Finding Contentment in the Face of Lack and Longing

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Finding contentment when life lets you down.

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Life doesn’t always go the way we hope it will. Whether it’s singleness, childlessness or some other big disappointment, it’s hard to be content when life lets us down.

For many years, author Jennie Pollock has struggled to feel content. With warmth and honesty, she answers common doubts that arise when life doesn't go the way we had hoped: Is God good? Is he enough? Is he worth it?

She walks readers through the process of taking our eyes off the things we wish we had and instead enjoying the character of the God we do have—a God who is good, who meets all our needs, and whose promises are worth the wait.

Drawing on encouragements from the Bible and the stories of others, this book helps readers to trust in God’s plan for their lives and enjoy true contentment through a genuine conviction that Jesus is better than even our most keenly-felt hopes and longings for this life.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Who before What
  • 2. Is God Good?
  • 3. Is God Enough?
  • 4. Is God Worth It?
  • 5. Practising Contentment
  • 6. Burning Questions
  • Conclusion: The Secret

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Author Jennie Pollock
ISBN 9781784984489
Format Paperback
First published November 2020
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.4"
Case quantity 88
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

Courtney Reissig

Author, Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life

If you live long enough, you will be confronted with the crushing disappointment that life in a broken world brings. This presents us with a dilemma: do we run away in bitterness over life’s sorrows or do we run to Jesus for comfort and true contentment? Jennie Pollock understands disappointment and longing and lovingly shows us where lasting peace can be found when life is not what you expected it to be. This book is an encouragement to any who are dealing with their own “if only” questions.

Andrew Wilson

Teaching Pastor, King's Church London

This is a timely message for our generation, filled with the wisdom that comes from living something rather than merely talking about it. Jennie’s meditations on contentment will strengthen anyone wrestling with an ‘if only’ in their Christian life.

Vaneetha Risner

Author, The Scares That Have Shaped Me

This book is for anyone who has ever wondered why God is withholding the very thing their heart desires. I found myself nodding in agreement on every page. Biblical, insightful and immensely helpful.

Independent reviews

"This book is a wise and compassionate answer to our confused hopes and longings."

Matthew Hosier, October 22nd 2020

Through the prism of scripture and the honest telling of her own ‘if only’s’ Jennie guides us through the way of regret and frustration towards contentment and peace. It’s very well done and very poignantly told and I really recommend it.... continue reading


Excellent, compassionate and theologically rich

Rachel Sloan, November 27th 2020

I loved this book. Jennie has written an excellent book to helpful Christians faithfully wrestle with our questions when we feel the life we long for isn’t the life we have?... continue reading


"Take up and read, be encouraged"

Alistair Chalmers, December 16th 2020

Pollock doesn’t offer cheap bits of advise, or ‘the top 10 tips to be content’. She offers sounds biblical advice that points you to the real source of fulfilment and joy.... continue reading

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“A must read for those struggling with disappointment with God”

Jennie Pollock, is transparent and vulnerable in sharing from her heart her journey of disappointments with God. She includes other people's stories and weaves in scripture to help the reader come to the conclusion that "God is enough" in our struggles with seemingly unanswered prayer. This is a must read for anyone who needs to be reassured that God does hear our prayers and that He does love each and every one of us very much!

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