Christine Jeske

Christine Jeske has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches anthropology at Wheaton College. She has lived in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa and authored two books, Into the Mud: True Stories from Africa and This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling. She now lives in an old farmhouse named the Sanctuary, complete with a dozen chickens, three pigs, innumerable weeds, two children, and one wonderful husband.  

Contributions by Christine Jeske
By Christine Jeske

For many people, commuting falls into a category alongside purgatory, jail time, and colonoscopies.  I like to hope these hours we while away in subways, buses, and highways have some greater potential...

By Christine Jeske

In my first week teaching, I printed my syllabi four times. The first time I mistyped dates (despite all my careful checking), the second time I mistyped dates again, and on the third attempt I set the copier to single instead of double sided copies...

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One week before my family ended a ten-month stay in South Africa, I had a dream. In the dream, an old white-haired woman looked me in the eye and said...
By Christine Jeske

Some people easily find themselves in community with friends and neighbors, but what if you’re in a place where that just isn’t happening?

By Christine Jeske

Chrissy Jeske promised to report back on her effort to create margins in her life. How did she do?

By Christine Jeske

Margins make a visual design — and a life — more appealing. But, Chrissy Jeske asks, how do we make that space?

By Christine Jeske

Returning to graduate school and overwhelmed with the added responsibilities of being a spouse, parent, and homeowner, Chrissy Jeske found encouragement in an unexpected place.

By Christine Jeske

With her own experience in mind, author Chrissy Jeske rejects self-pity and bitterness and considers the window God provides.

By Christine Jeske

Chrissy Jeske recognizes the pressures of being “measured,” whether for grad school, jobs, or in relationships.

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Author Christine Jeske finds joy in the mud and muck of life and calls us to enter in.