The Word Among Us

January 2023 Issue

Powerful Questions, Energizing Answers

A New Book Helps People Identify Their Deepest Longings

By: Michelle Nemer

Powerful Questions, Energizing Answers: A New Book Helps People Identify Their Deepest Longings by Michelle Nemer

Did you ever notice how Jesus liked to use penetrating questions to help people understand their calling? For example, when Andrew and Simon Peter began following him, he turned around and asked, quite simply, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38). That one question changed their lives and launched them into their calling to be apostles. And it’s not just Jesus’ questions that help define people’s lives. When the angel Gabriel appeared to a young maiden and told her that she had been chosen to give birth to the Messiah, she asked one powerful question: “How can this be?” (Luke 1:34). Mary pondered the question over and over again as she developed the habit of reflecting on God’s work and his words (2:19, 51).

When Dr. John Olesnavage first gave Michelle Nemer his book, Your Most Powerful Question, on a flight from Milwaukee to Atlanta, she...


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