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Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity [Kindle Edition]

Jen Hatmaker
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Interrupted follows the author’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.

Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.


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Have you ever felt like you are completely missing the point?
Are you one of the millions who crave a new direction in the church, fed up with religious games, empty promises, and cultural Christianity? You are not alone. You are not crazy. Maybe Jesus is ready to interrupt your life.

In 7, Jen Hatmaker and her family started an experimental mutiny against excess. Interrupted is the prequel, the story before the story—when God stepped into their comfortable faith and called them to join Him in something greater. Walk with Jen into a transformational journey that began with one dangerous prayer: “Raise up in me a holy passion,” and concluded with a life of service to the last, the least, the forgotten, and the forsaken. Transparent and imperfect, Jen will engage and inspire you to go beyond comfortable and answer for yourself the question she faced: Is there more to faith than just safe and sequestered, predictable and boring?

God is moving and stirring our generation. Are you ready?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1785 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1631463535
  • Publisher: NavPress; Exp Rev edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J37KDIK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interrupted: A Review August 4, 2014
Format:Paperback
There is nothing I more enjoy than reading a book that forces me to step outside of myself and re-evaluate what I think (and feel) about certain ideas. I love reading books that strengthen my faith
while challenging me to take the next step on my journey with Christ, and propel me into real action. Yes, the Bible alone is certainly efficient enough to spur such change, and only with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, he did place prophets (and prophetesses) in our path to give us a good kick in the pants when we seem to completely miss the point or disobey in general. "Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity" by Jen Hatmaker was that book for me. She was the prophetess the Holy Spirit sent to give me a swift kick in the pants, AND to confirm all the wrestling/longings/desires I had been trying to grapple with as a follower of Jesus as well.

This is one book I do not want to spoil for you by giving you too much "play-by-play" action, so let me just hit on a few things. First, the title alone should pique one's curiosity. Some of you may be in the camp that thinks, "I've never been comfortable," while the other group may be in the category that thinks, "there is not a thing wrong with my being comfortable." I fall into a third group, and one I believe Jen is speaking directly to (though she really is speaking to all 3). My camp is the one that says, "There has GOT to be more to this Jesus walk than this. Why do we look so rich while the communities around us are struggling so much? Why does 'church' look so different in America than just about anywhere else? Am I obeying Jesus??"

I am not comfortable, and I haven't been for a long, long time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with Humility and Honesty July 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not sure what I was expecting from the book Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker. Besides reading her blog faithfully I've only read her book Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study. Regardless, this is a book that anyone who has grown up in the church needs to read.

Written in the same style as any blog post, Facebook status or what I imagine a conversation with Jen would be like, Interrupted is really 2 books in one. The first part of this book is the back story behind how Jen and Brandon Hatmaker began to understand with clarity the unique call God has placed on their life. I really appreciated how Brandon wrote his parts, allowing the reader to understand how partnership in marriage and ministry can work. The second part of this book is really a call to action.

I cannot put into words how deeply I appreciated the honesty and humility with which this book is written. Each section lists a wealth of resources to help the reader process the steps previously introduced. The Hatmakers are very passionate about their ministry and church and it shows on the pages of this book, but more specifically, it shows in their daily actions. This is a book about showing people who Jesus truly is in a time when people are leaving the churches in masses.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Every Church-Goer August 8, 2014
Format:Paperback
Author Jen Hatmaker, in Interrupted takes readers through a journey of figuring out what following Jesus looks like in our post-modern world. The book is broken into five phases in which Jen, in her typical style, walks you through the journey of starting Austin New Church. Her writings made me laugh, cry, and put into words so eloquently the deep wrestling of my soul. She doesn't write from a place of having all the answers, her book is more like a conversation. One between close friends sharing the victories and the struggles. When I finished the book, I breathed a sigh of relief. I felt like I had permission to make mistakes, engage culture, and be about the business of loving people like Jesus loves them. This is not about us. It is about Jesus and His kingdom. We may get to play a small role in the big picture, but never ever is it about us or our church or our program or our ministry. And amen to that because if it is all about Jesus, we have the freedom to love and to admit mistakes and to try again.

I could write all day on this, but I will sum it up by saying if you go to church, lead in church, or serve in church, you need to read this book. The message is overwhelmingly clear. It is not about the church. It is not about the band or the building or the programs. It is about the kingdom of God and the bold message of Jesus who proclaimed light in the darkness, commanded his followers to love the least of these, and offers hope and salvation to anyone who would believe in His power to cleanse their sins. He doesn't demand perfection, He demands sacrifice, bottom-dwelling, and death to self. As Jen puts it at the end of the book, "the battle is for the souls of humanity, and our secret weapon is love."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 27, 2014
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Amazing, life changing perspective. I hope everyone would read this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convicting and Eye-opening August 5, 2014
Format:Paperback
I was skeptical that "Interrupted" could rival her book "7", but after reading it I assure you that "Interrupted" has the same turn your world upside down and punch you in the gut conviction. This book does a great job of questioning some of the habits we have made a staple of Christian living and gives Biblical alternatives that will cultivate true life change. Interrupted has given some voice and some closure to old tensions and given rise to new tensions, new inspirations and new desires. I would encourage you–Christian or not–to read this book. This is not a book that tries to convince you to jump on board the Jesus train. It will more likely show you why Christianity has rung hollow with you in the past. If you are a Christian I hope that it will challenge you to question some of the things you do or at least why you do them. I hope that it will push you away from comfortable and into the exciting, difficult (yet rewarding) and transformational life God has called you to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
Just don't know what to think. Does Jen Hatmaker really live out the words on these pages? I've heard otherwise...which is actually a relief.
Published 2 days ago by joyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Convicting in the best ways!
Loved this book as I read and studied it in a small group setting. We were convicted and charged by Scripture and Jen's words to truly become people of action in sharing Christ... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jason & Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining read with a lot of meat
I love a good story & Jen's style of storytelling is compelling, entertaining & intriguing. But it's a story with a life-changing point. Win hearts to Christ by loving them. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Songirl55
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for spiritual misfits
I would give this book more than five stars if that was an option! Interrupted meets me where I am in my spiritual journey and answers questions I didn't know I had about living on... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lisa Bartelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book has crushed something in me that needed to be crushed. Thank you Kristin for the suggested read!
Published 11 days ago by Crisi
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Fantastic.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
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on time
Published 20 days ago by Shawn J. Doniger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book! It really makes you look at church differently and your relationship with Jesus. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Leigh wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book deal!
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This book is amazing. Jen's style of writing is so down to earth and she is totally relatable. If you're feeling like the American church just isn't doing enough for you, this will... Read more
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