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Following Jesus shouldn't be just one more thing to do

Motherhood sometimes feels like a list of expectations. You may be busy or even overwhelmed. But you are also strong and brilliant. And here's a secret: a lot of those things on your list of expectations are things Jesus never expected you to do on your own.

In Out of the Spin Cycle, author and speaker Jen Hatmaker takes the words and deeds of Jesus, adds the humor of a young mom's life, and offers messages of grace and encouragement. Covering areas such as worry, marriage, priorities, money, and the comparison trap, this dynamic Bible teacher brings Jesus's message alive in short, to-the-point devotionals for your busy life. This is a devotional for you--the woman inside the mom--the Bible student, the learner, the world-changer.

So put aside that to-do list for a moment and discover the ways Jesus can lighten your mother load.


Jen Hatmaker is the author of eight books and Bible studies, including A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study. With a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Jen and her husband, Brandon, reside in Austin, Texas, with their three children and lead the ministry work at Austin New Church. Find out more at www.jenhatmaker.com.

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Jen Hatmaker is the author of seven books and Bible studies, including A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study. With a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Jen and her husband, Brandon, reside in T
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although she has written several "study" books, the only book that I have read of hers is Interrupted. Interrupted is the story of how God turned the Hatmaker family upside-down. It makes account of their journey of starting over and building a missional church in South Austin. (do your self a favor and read it now!)

Needless to say, I am a big Hatmaker fan. You could say this makes my review more biased, but I say it makes it better. Not only do I know about her journey, but also attend her church, serve with her, see her at book club meetings, etc. My expectations of her work is higher... because I KNOW her. These stories are not fabricated to make a good read... they are real and honest. A true slice of her life.

The book is divided into 40 devotions. Each one is complete with a witty title, honest to goodness story from her adventures in motherhood, a bible verse, thought provoking questions and a practical `do it this week' application. As I read each one, it's like we are having coffee and she is there telling me the story. She writes how she speaks, and she doesn't sugar coat anything.

One of my personal favorites comes from Chapter 7, where she shares the time she told her son to grab and shovel and dig his own grave... after he had "opened a fresh, sassy mouth." I had read about this particular moment in Interrupted, and wasn't surprised to see her bring it up again. This time she goes deeper. What is a funny story now, was at the time, a moment of spiritual exhaustion for her. She uses this story to share how important it is to spend even just a few minutes alone with God each day. By putting goodness in, goodness out is most certainly to follow.
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Out of the Spin Cycle by Jen Hatmaker is a sweet little read that I'm sure all moms of all ages and experience will find a delight to read. This 40-day devotional book is full of delicious nuggets of wisdom that will help any mom feel more appreciated and understood, as well as come closer to Jesus Christ daily.

Jen Hatmaker speaks very candidly and honestly about what it's really like to be a mom. She addresses several subjects, including comparing yourself to other moms, feeling like you have to be supermommy, and struggling with being unappreciated in your home. Her candid style brings lots of humor, grace, and love to this book.
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Jen Hatmaker has written a wonderful book for any Mom who needs to lighten her load! Her new book Out Of The Spin Cycle is the perfect gift for any mom...from the Mom struggling with her newborn baby, to the toddler mom wondering if she'll survive the challenging twos, to the more experience mom...who will enjoy looking back and laughing at her mothering trials and errors. Like a comfortable pair of mom slippers, this book should be right next to her bedside as a daily necessity.

Out of The Spin Cycle has one key theme: less pressure for Mom. These 40 devotionals are centered on something that burdens moms as they are parent these tiny little creatures, delivered as a gift from God, without an instruction manual. I enjoyed Jen Hatmaker's perspective of motherhood, as I was the vice-president of the local moms club, listening to other moms pressure one another to have the "perfect child." While moms are busy scheduling playdates, Spanish lessons, enrichment classes, swim lessons for babies, and a variety of educational programs designed to elevate her child in status, Jen Hatmaker reminds us of the true meaning of motherhood: enjoy your child, as God made him or her.

This is the first Jen Hatmaker book that I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I received an advanced copy from the publisher Revell Books, for review.
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Love this book! After a crazy month of a messy kitchen that would fail a health department inspection, several consecutive meals of pizza, and a lot of TV-babysitting, I was feeling like I needed a wake-up call to be a better mother.

"Out of the Spin Cycle" is definitely a wake-up call, but not the one I expected. Jen Hatmaker's hilarious and down-to-earth book has reminded me to give myself a break and to give myself a chance to see God even among the dirty laundry and reheated pizza meals. I'm reading a chapter every morning before the kids get up and am laughing out loud, noting items to share with my friends. As an example from the chapter "Goodness Gracious:" Hatmaker lists the dozens of books and classes she's studied to be the perfect parent, and says, "And then there is real motherhood, which knocks out half of this stuff. Because sometimes, despite your careful strategizing and planning and reading and organizing, your two-year-old takes his diaper off in the middle of Target and runs up the cereal aisle while you scream at him like a mental patient."

But the book isn't just giving me a laugh. It's encouraging me, reminding me that I need to fill my tank with God's goodness so that I have it to pour out on my children each day.

It's not a how-to manual or one on Christian parenting theories. It's just a fun devotional book that will remind you that, between the cadre of other mothers and your God, you're not alone.
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