(artwork by Jenny Johnson Ross)
If you have ever read anything by Jen Hatmaker, participated in one of her bible studies or watched her precious family on HGTV’s My Big Family Renovation, you too probably refer to Jen as your BFF. She just has that kind of personality. You feel like you’ve known her your whole life, that you can hang out with her and that she would find you totally cool, too! I can right now think of about 500 women who think of Jen as her best friend!
The #500 came to be because of a post about joining Jen Hatmaker’s launch team for her new book, For the Love. I happened to be online when the post came out and jumped on it. Out of 5000 entires, 500 were chosen to make up the team. And a team it is! It has become community. It has become a group of people who deeply care for one another. A group of people who have dug into their pocketbooks to help others in need. A group of people who pray for one another. Who have shared in losses and celebrations. A group who intends to remain a group long after the book has been released.
Jen’s book, For the Love is a compilation of essays written in Jen Hatmaker’s style of sarcasm and wit. What makes Jen so relatable to people is her self-deprecating humor. If she is busting on someone “Christians give me a migraine”, she is busting on herself equally. Or more.
Her essays take no prisoners. If you are in the least bit offended by some of what Jen is saying to you as it relates to your faith or your church, it’s probably because there is a flashing neon sign in front of you saying “pay attention to this!!”. I saw that neon sign many times in this book and in two of Jen’s previous books, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and Interrupted. My eyes are still stinging!
Jen speaks into grace. She speaks into love. And she tells us that it’s okay. We are going to feel overwhelmed. We are going to feel like we aren’t enough at times. We are going to want to bury our heads in the sand and make it all go away. Jen reminds us that we are not alone in this journey. That store bought cupcakes are OK.
Some favorite quotes from the book:
“We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.”
On Theology: “If it isn’t also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true.”
“We are called to this work, and it might not seem like much, but if you play your one note and I play mine and she plays hers, together it will create a beautiful song that sounds like freedom for the captives and good news to the poor.”
Regarding a short term missions project in Ethiopia: “So before they arrived each July, the children rubbed the pristine walls with dirt and debris so the Americans could repaint and feel good about their “helpful yearly trip.”
So today is launch day for the new book, For the Love! Women, this book will help you down off that ledge of perfectionism. It will help you to not always feel like you have to have all of the answers or throw the most perfect 1st birthday party ever from your favorite 300 Pinterest posts. It’s liberating, brutally honest and refreshing!
You can order a copy here:
And you can win a FREE copy of the book from me by doing the following:
- Like and Share this blog.
- Leave a comment below to let me know you did.
- Go follow Jen Hatmaker on her blog and Facebook page.
The FREE book giveaway will happen on Sunday, August 23, 2015!
Friends, I get nothing out of promoting this book but the sheer joy of knowing that along with me, you will come down off the ledge a bit! You won’t regret it!
For the Love of Free Books, share away!
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