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If Only: Finding Joyful Contentment in the Face of Lack and Longing (Pollock)

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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.


Jennie Pollock is a writer and editor who lives and works in central London. She’s involved in various ministries at her church, Grace London, where she is learning a lot about the joy and power of community. She loves books and plays, especially ones that dig deep into questions about life, faith, ethics and what it means to be human.


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. -Courtney Reissig, Author of Teach Me to Feel and Glory in the Ordinary

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. -Vaneetha Rendall Risner, Author, The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering