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For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards Hardcover – August 18, 2015
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What readers think about "For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker
"If Jimmy Fallon and Ann Voskamp birthed a literary love child, they'd have to name it For the Love." - Danielle Brower, wife, mom, lover of love, orphan advocate
"In the midst of my uncontrollable laugher I saw the ever-present grace and mercy and hope of Jesus shining through. This is a book for the 'every woman.'" - Krista Wilbur, blogger, Netflix aficionado, dog lover
"Don't be surprised if you get to the end and want to immediately start all over again." - April Lakata Cao, military wife, mom of four extraordinary kids, writer
What readers think about "Of Mess & Moxie" by Jen Hatmaker
"I see myself so clearly in Jen's stories that I feel spied on." - Allison Picket, mom of four wild ones.
"Never have I read a book that spoke to so many of my own fears or anxieties about being a wife, a daughter, or a believer." - Jacey R. Nordmeyer.
"The perfect blend of hilarious and touching. Jen Hatmaker's poignant insights are a breath of fresh air for every woman trying to navigate the Christian life in this age of impossible expectations." - Barbar Seidle.
About the Author
Jen Hatmaker is the author of the New York Times bestseller Of Mess and Moxie (plus twelve other books) and the host of the For the Love! with Jen Hatmaker podcast. She and her husband, Brandon, founded the Legacy Collective and also starred in the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV. Jen is a mom to five, a sought-after speaker, and a delighted resident of Austin, Texas, where she and her family are helping keep Austin weird.
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The book is truly funny, easy to read in small snatches and occasionally makes a great point of practical theology. (“If you can make a pot of chili and use a cell phone, then you can create community.” Or, “Anytime the rich and poor combine, we should listen to whoever has the least power.”) However, it is not what I expected because the title suckered me. I thought it was going to be a straight-up education about grace applied to ourselves primarily and others secondarily, something we all sorely need, whether we are coming from the get-your-life-in-line end of the spectrum or the let-it-all-hang-out end. But it's not. After the wonderful Introduction, grace is never directly addressed again, and there are whole chapters which don't even use the word. There IS a chapter on fashion, multiple chapters addressing pet peeves, Jen's life in Facebook posts and several intricate recipes. Yes, there are a couple more serious chapters about missions (seemingly borrowed from When Helping Hurts) and church leaders, but there is approximately one Bible reference (ok, I found three more in the second-to-last, confusing chapter encouraging women to lead more) and for a book touting grace, I felt kind of ragged on a few times.
I could be the author's mother (if I'd had a couple rough and/or promiscuous teen years), so there's one other thing I've got to say: sometimes this good-hearted lady knows not of what she speaks. By her own admission she hasn't been through a lot of hardships. She has a loving pastor-husband, five great kids who are still at home, and she and her friends cheer on one another's published books, released CD's and popular podcasts. Talk to me again when there's only one of you working on your marriage, when your grown child has embraced atheism, when you've had a significant part of your body disfigured, or when your best friend or your dreams have died a slow death. Then you can write a serious book aimed at lifting burdens, explaining modern dilemmas or applying grace to self-condemnation. Until then, please adhere to truth in advertising by subtitling your book: Funny Blogs about Being a Middle-aged Christian Mom.
Please buy this book (seriously, do) if you want to read some light yet inspiring Christian humor. Just don't be fooled by the title like I was. And, Jen, when you decide to write the book you promised in the Introduction, I'll stand in line for it.
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