Sunday, January 24, 2016

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker - Review

I finally finished Jen Hatmaker's new book For the Love.  It was awesome!  I love how down to earth Jen is in her writing.  I love her passion and conviction, it is refreshing and encouraging.




From the Publisher:


The popular writer, blogger, and television personality reveals with humor and style how Jesus' extravagant grace is the key to dealing with life's biggest challenge: people.
The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning first with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, live for, go to church with, don't like, don't understand, fear, struggle with, compare ourselves to, and judge. People are the best and worst thing about the human life.
Jen Hatmaker knows this all too well, and so she reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us. By doing this, For the Love leads our generation to reimagine Jesus' grace as a way of life, and it does it in a funny yet profound manner that Christian readers will love. Along the way, Hatmaker shows readers how to reclaim their prophetic voices and become Good News again to a hurting, polarized world.
When I first picked up For the Love, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I try not to read too much about books before I read books.  I like to experience the whole book without preconceived notions.  That may not have served me well in this case!

I think that I was expecting a long memoir, instead what I found were short stories and encouraging words aimed at moms and women.  I enjoyed all the writings in this book, although I wasn't entirely sure what the purpose was through the majority of the book.  I think I was mainly expecting it to be similar to the previous books of hers that I had read - 7 and Interrupted.  It was completely different than what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

At the end of the book when she started writing as if twitter and hashtags were around back in the 80's and 90's, I laughed out loud and renewed my love for hair bands.  

Overall, it was a great book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for encouragement in their daily life and walk with God.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in return for my review.  The opinions are all my own.

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