I feel like most of the “Christian” books I’ve read lately have missed the mark for me, and I was starting to wonder if I was just expecting too much. Was I a cranky reader?
Then I read Hatmaker’s latest and LOVED it. Her humor makes me laugh, and her perspective enlarges mine. I highlighted entire swathes of the book, and couldn’t even begin to pick out my absolute favorite parts.
(But I think her Thank You Notes are the funniest.)
I’ve found myself continuing to think about sections of it, especially how she cuts through the cultural trappings of Christianity in America by distilling it down to one question: Is this also true for a single mom in Haiti? Because if it’s not, than it’s not true for us. The chapter on youth groups is also stellar, and gives me plenty to ponder as I think about the church environment I want to find for my children.
Does this mean I agree with her 100%? No, and one chapter in particular I kept wishing I could talk with her about it and why I think it was missing a little bit of clarification/expansion. I was also initially confused on the overall theme of the book (admittedly I was reading in snippets while watching kids, so sometimes I can miss things like that), so I went to reread the description to see what it was supposed to be. Oh there it is – dealing with PEOPLE. Ok, yeah, I see it now, and yes, that makes more sense of the organization of the book.
That minor issue aside, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I want to form a Supper Club like she mentions. I want to have Sunday Night Church on my porch.
I think I’ve officially crossed the line into a total Jen Hatmaker Fan Girl. Get her book & read it – it’s so worth your reading time. Any book where I highlight THAT MUCH is one that I think is worth reading.
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.
Title: For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards
Author: Jen Hatmaker
My Rating: 5 Stars
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