Monday, June 22, 2015

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

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.

For the Love is a funny, real, transparent read about people. The book is structured into four main parts: 
  • The first part deals with the inner self - character traits, self esteem, fashion concerns, insecurities that keep us from being the real us.
  • Second part talks about family - how to deal with family, some wisdom words about kids, marriage and school. 
  • The third part deals with other people like: friends, neighbors, strangers and enemies.
  • And the final part tackles the church issues, its people and the non-church people as well. The author focuses on issues like: dissatisfied church members, exhausted church leaders, poverty tourism, social media, criticism etc. 
The first time I opened this book I couldn't put it down. I laughed out loud so many times while reading it! Especially while reading The Thank You Notes & Fashion Concerns!
One think I really liked (besides her humor!) was the fact that she was real with issues, she didn't sugar coat difficulties and ambiguities of life and Christian Faith. I particularly enjoyed this when she talked about short-term mission trips and parenting. She was honest, raw-honest, funny honest - it was really good!
I appreciate the fact that the author hasn't structured this book as a guide or a 5 step program. She promotes a Jesus-centered life, a simple way of living, living intentionally, finding joy in little things of life and loving well. I felt like the motto of this book was - Love God and love people and everything else will fall into place.
It was a really good book! I contemplate re-reading it in the future. (5 star rating)

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 Texas with their five children, and lead the ministry work at Austin New Church. 

*I have requested this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.