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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?

About the Author

Jen Hatmaker is the author of A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study: A Refreshingly Unique Way to Look at God's Word and A Modern Girl's Bible Study Series. Her sixth book, "Ms. Understood," released in Summer '08. With a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Jen resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brandon, and their three children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Revised, Expanded ed. edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631463535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631463532
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cassandra Hale on August 4, 2014
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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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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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This was the first Jen Hatmaker book I've ever read, but I've always heard good things and I've heard her speak once so I went in with high expectations. I have to admit I was a little disappointed after the first section. Maybe it was because I set too high of expectations going in - I don't know, but I was tempted to put it down. She seemed to focus a lot on doing things - it was leaning a lot on you're only a Christian by the works you do, and that made me nervous. But by the end I was able to see her point a lot clearer. In one of the last chapters she clearly says: "Serving people is not heaven's requirement, only a response to heaven's mercy." I'm really glad I read until the end. The challenge to 'change the bathwater' as she says -- to not just go through my Christian life blessing the blessed - is one that struck a deep chord with me. I don't agree with everything she writes and I'm weary of some of her influencers, but going along with her analogy, I don't think it's right to throw the baby out with the bathwater in regards to this book.
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This is the story of how God moved Jen and her husband out of a thriving ministry to start doing church a whole new way.

Hatmaker recounts how the Lord moved them from a comfortable church position to a no-job, no-church, no salary scenario. "Since we couldn't rely on our default responses - planning, organizing, mobilizing, controlling - we did the only thing left. We prayed like crazy people... Never have we stood with such open hands, clinging to nothing, ready for anything... When we had nothing left to protect, no position left to defend, no reputation left to guard, and no one else to please, we got our marching orders." (p. 139-141) Then began a roller coaster ride of faith as they reached out to people in whole new ways.

Hatmaker feels there is an overemphasis on Sunday morning church as the "front door." Sharing our lives with dear people to win them to Jesus is the substance of Christianity. A pastor cannot effectively show love to his entire congregation as he preaches from the pulpit. A random group of stangers standing in the church lobby cannot offer legitimate community to a sojourner who walks in the door. One decent sermon cannot influence a disoriented person in the same way your consistent presence in her life can. (p. 205)

She goes on to talk about the cost of pouring yourself out for others so that they might be drawn to Christ (what Oswald Chambers calls "being broken bread and poured out wine.") Unlike many evangelistic methods, this relationship building takes time. "In our community, people are hungry to have a meaningful spiritual discussion, they just don't want to have it with a Christian weirdo who doesn't even know their last name." (p. 236) Indeed.

This book will give you lots to think about. Of all Hatmaker's books, this is the one she most highly recommends.
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