Jessica LaGrone, Dean of Chapel, at Asbury Seminary released Inside the Miracles of Jesus: Discovering the Power of Desperation on January 15. Her book explores Jesus’ miracles as a way of understanding the story of our human desperation and God’s redemption.

“I became interested in Jesus’ miracles a few years ago when I was going through a particularly hard season in my life,” Jessica said. “I went through the Gospels marking each miracle with an ‘M’ in the margin. After a while, I noticed that right before every miracle, there was someone desperate for God’s help. The miracles were no longer just about God’s power, but his compassion for those who needed him the most. I knew this wasn’t something I could keep to myself. So I shared it with you. I hope you’ll like it.” 

Inside the Miracles of Jesus unpacks the significance and relevance of Jesus’ miracles in our everyday lives. Her book reminds us that our weakness is an invitation for God to work powerfully in our lives, no matter the circumstances. Her book is published by Abingdon Press and is available on and

Jessica is the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. She is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States. A native of Texas, Jessica is an ordained pastor in the Texas Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church and previously served for nine years at The Woodlands United Methodist Church (TWUMC) near Houston, Texas.

Jessica’s books and studies include Namesake: When God Rewrites Your StoryUnder Wraps; Broken and Blessed: How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World; and Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings. These have been used in personal and group studies around the world. She is also a contributor to the Advent study Under Wraps and to the preaching guide A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series. Her study The Rewritten Life received the Abingdon Press James Moore Award for excellence in inspirational writing in 2017. 

Jessica and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate.