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.


Permission Notes for a Pandemic

By Jen Rose Yokel

I’ve wanted to write for weeks, to speak something hopeful and life-giving into the world’s collective anxiety. But the words feel stuck, dried up. They come flickering in the middle of the night or while I wash dishes, only to evaporate in the cold light of my computer screen.

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Healing with Our Hands: A Review of Handle with Care

By Jen Rose Yokel

I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a touchy-feely person. If you give me a 5 Love Languages test, physical affection just barely sneaks into the number three spot. I know I carry internalized messages for how to touch other people, from determining side hugs versus regular hugs to how many seats to leave between myself and strangers on public transportation. Marriage has done a lot to shrink my personal bubble, but if I’m honest, I haven’t always considered how meaningful touch can be when we avoid brushing against each other in a crowded world.

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More Than My Lonely Nation

By Jen Rose Yokel

The year was 2005. I was a junior in college, and it felt like the world was both beckoning me to a wide open future and coming apart at the seams.

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Introducing Jason Gregori

By Jen Rose Yokel

Sometimes you find great music, and sometimes it finds you. One day, I got an Instagram message from someone I’d never met, asking for some thoughts on her husband’s new independent worship album. A few messages exchanged, and she sent me a link to listen to it.

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The Poetry Pub Presents Our First Community Chapbook

By Jen Rose Yokel

It started with an open mic and a semicircle of chairs in a church classroom in Nashville, TN.

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New Music from The Corner Room

By Jen Rose Yokel

If you’re looking for some new music for the Easter season, our friends at The Corner Room have a new album out this month! Following the tradition of their Psalms records and Love Never Ends, With His Wounds We Are Healed is a musical interpretation of Isaiah 53, told in five elegantly arranged movements.

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Reading The Color of Compromise Together

By Jen Rose Yokel

Lent is a season for looking inward, for seeking repentance for the things we’ve “done and left undone,” as the liturgies say. This Lent, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the “things undone” part.

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Far As the Curse is Found

By Jen Rose Yokel

When I was a child, it was so much easier to answer if a grown-up asked, “What do you want for Christmas?” I’m old enough to remember when there was no event like getting the Sears Wish Book in the mail and spending hours poring through the pages, my sister and I circling our desires in the thin, glossy pages, staged photo shoots of broadly smiling children and the coveted toys of the moment.

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Introducing Folk Hymnal

By Jen Rose Yokel

In a season overwhelmed by Christmas music, sometimes it’s hard to find something unique. But still, we’re always looking for those gems that offer new reflections on the old story, and that’s why we’re pleased to introduce you to Folk Hymnal, a communal music project from our friends at the Church at Charlotte.

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Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making, Week Six

By Jen Rose Yokel

Welcome to Week 6 of The Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making. We’ve reached the end of the book together! As we consider the final chapters this week, we’ll take a deeper look at discerning our unique call to be culture makers. We’d love to hear your thoughts and insights in the comments.

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Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making, Week Five

By Jen Rose Yokel

Welcome to Week Five of The Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making. We’re almost done! This week, we’re looking at Chapters 12 – 14, in which we’re reminded that actually, we can’t always change the world… but maybe that’s good news.

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Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making, Week Four

By Jen Rose Yokel

Welcome to Week Four of The Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making. This week, we’re looking at Chapters 9 – 11 and focusing on the ways the Resurrection and the Spirit have empowered God’s people to make real, lasting change…maybe even eternal change. Read on for this week’s reflection, and share your insights, questions, or favorite quotes in the comments below!

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