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Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load Paperback – June 1, 2010
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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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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.
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.
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.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've just recently discovered Jen and am loving everything she's written. This book speaks to me as a mom. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MichiganGirl
Good book for mothering our children. It mixes practical parenting advice with scripture.Published 23 days ago by Kim Wattman
This book has been amazing. Jen always seems to speak to right where I'm at that day. I love the length of the chapters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily
Great book. Short chapters make it easy for busy moms to squeeze in a few minutes for themselves.Published 1 month ago by JChap
This is a great devotion book for moms, hilarious and serious at the same time. Jen is a well written woman of faith who isn't pushy and makes you feel comfortable where you are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathryn McMillan