Here’s what the internet needs to know. Jen Hatmaker is hilarious. And honest. And real. I had the chance to hear her speak at the IF:Gathering and was so encouraged and blessed. It’s no surprise then, that the same happened with her newest book, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.
Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to:
- Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
- Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
- Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right.
- Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
- Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.”
- Laugh your butt off.
In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.
Now where shall I start? I have a few quotes, so maybe I’ll start with some of those.
“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. May the brokenhearted be healed and ashes turned to beauty in our generation.
God, make us worthy of Your calling.”
“Don’t bury that talent, because the only thing fear yields is one dormant gift in a shallow grave.”
This book was refreshing and reminded me how great it is to be a woman, even with all the shenanigans of life. Sisterhood is a beautiful thing. Do you mind if I share a few more quotes?
“Sisters, can you imagine a world where we could be free enough to tell the truth? Letting hard things be hard and confusing things be confusing? If we fought the instinct to prop things up, to polish and tilt and arrange the pieces in just the right lighting, we would be free. We could all exhale.”
“As we witness this beautiful community, we aren’t just observing vulnerability but rather chains breaking, darkness receding, victory riding. We are watching the light win truth by truth, and when enough bright places are created, the dark has nowhere else to hide.”
“Condemnation is a trick of the enemy, not the language of the heavens. Shame is not God’s tool, so if we are slaves to it, we’re off the beaten path.”
“If Jesus is the heart of the church, people are the lifeblood.”
“Don’t fear your humanity; it is your best offering.”
She speaks a lot to wives and mothers, but here’s the great thing about this book: it didn’t matter to me, I was still highlighting and laughing just as much. Many of the issues she deals with aren’t just things moms deal with. Like comparison? Yeah, I’ve been known to come across that a time or two.
There’s wisdom doled out in Jen’s humorous style and I think all women should read this. From beautiful thoughts for her kids, to the chapter on marriage, to encouraging women, friendship, social justice, the church and our calling as believers, this book will not only make you smile (and laugh out loud), but encourage you in so many ways.
“May we show love in big and small ways, and may that love reach people accustomed to being shamed or ignored. The bright stars shouldn’t get all the attention; let’s search for those whose lights are dimmed, because we are not a tribe of supernovas but of steady, collective light.”
Have y’all heard of Jen Hatmaker? Who are some of your favorite life/faith/women bloggers?
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)