Jen Rose Yokel

Jen was born and raised in central Florida, but now lives in the strange land of southern New England. Her words have appeared in TS Poetry’s Every Day Poems, CCM Magazine, and other publications, and she recently released her first poetry collection Ruins & Kingdoms. Some of her favorite things include used bookstores, good coffee, messing about in the kitchen, and local adventures with her husband Chris.


Psalms of Praise: An Interview with The Corner Room

By Jen Rose Yokel

Sometimes, especially if you’ve grown up in the church, Scripture becomes so familiar that it’s easy to miss the beauty and poetry of those old words of life. So we look for ways to shift our focus—trying out a new translation, diving into an intense study, or learning ancient prayer practices that engage the text. And for the Psalms, there is nothing quite like hearing them sung.

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Somewhere In Between: An Interview with Christa Wells

By Jen Rose Yokel

Chances are, if you listen to much Christian music, you’ve come across Christa Wells’ songwriting without even knowing it. (She wrote Natalie Grant’s big hit “Held,” along with songs for Plumb and Ellie Holcomb.) But Christa has been quietly crafting her own singer/songwriter indie pop songs for years, even though she feels most at home behind the scenes.

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Rabbit Reads: Coming Clean

By Jen Rose Yokel

What do you do when life gets hard and you just don’t want to feel anything? There are so many ways to hide from suffering, but real change comes in facing the pain, with the hope that Jesus will meet us there. This week’s Rabbit Reads selection is an excellent memoir about sobriety and so much more. Let us introduce you to Seth Haines…

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Doubt Becomes Wonder: An Interview with Audrey Assad

By Jen Rose Yokel

Last month I had the chance to ask Audrey Assad, one of my favorite songwriters / thinkers / poets / Twitter-ers(?), some questions about her new record Evergreen for CCM Magazine.

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Rabbit Reads: The Jubilee

By Jen Rose Yokel

We are beyond overdue for a poetry recommendation in Rabbit Reads. Wading through the abundance of poetry out there can be intimidating, but we’re here to help! Read on to find out more about a beautiful new poetry collection from Colorado author John Blase called The Jubilee.

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Rabbit Reads: The Exact Place

By Jen Rose Yokel

The Exact Place by Margie L. Haack (Kalos Press, 2012)
Memoir / Home and Place / Rural Life

Why We Love It: “Poverty and a stepfather who liked me about as well as a broken trailer hitch were more difficult to receive, and yet I sense the danger that awaits one who refuses such gifts. Read More ›

Rabbit Reads: Sacred Pathways

By Jen Rose Yokel

Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas (Zondervan, 1996)
Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

Why We Love It: If you’ve grown up in the evangelical church, you’ve probably heard plenty about the importance of “quiet time.” I know I have. And yet, prayer (at least the “close your eyes and talk to Jesus like he’s your buddy” approach) has often been Read More ›

Rabbit Reads: The Boys in the Boat

By Jen Rose Yokel

The world is full of audiobook enthusiasts, but I admit I’ve never listened to a single one. (Blame a wandering attention span that likes to reread sentences I missed?) So I can’t speak from experience about Read More ›

Love Never Ends: Meet The Corner Room

By Jen Rose Yokel

When it comes to worship music, there’s no better place to start than Scripture. The Psalms give voice to our deepest longings and highest praise, and the words of truth are words of beauty. Read More ›

RR Book Group: Just Mercy Week 4

By Jen Rose Yokel

In Week 4 of The Rabbit Reads Book Group, we’re wrapping up Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy. We’ve been having some great discussion about race, justice, reconciliation, and hope, and if you haven’t joined in, we’d love to have your voice in the conversation! Read More ›

RR Book Group: Just Mercy Week 3

By Jen Rose Yokel

For this week’s reading and discussion, we’re digging into Chapters 9-12. As Walter’s story progresses and we come to the conclusion of Stevenson’s efforts to free him, we’ll also take a look at justice regarding the mentally ill and women in poverty. Read More ›

RR Book Group: Just Mercy Week 2

By Jen Rose Yokel

This week, we’re looking at Chapters 5-8, but please feel free to continue talking about last week’s questions if something catches your attention. You’re welcome to jump in on Read More ›