Thursday, August 20, 2015

I Love Jen Hatmaker Like Brussels Sprouts

The first time I "met" Jen Hatmaker, we had just sold the farm and I was living in the Betty Draper Rental, trying to potty-train a tiny person bent on making me pay for every sin of humanity. Calvin was having his sickest year to date. And Robert had just been arrested.

She found me in a most fragile state, but not so fragile that I wasn't convinced to rotate my red henley and my oatmeal-hued (read: bland and humorless) sweatshirt-thing for thirty straight days. (I'm assuming this mutinous experiment had little to do with my near-death experience, but who can say?)

She had some kind of pull over me, and it had a small bit to do with her commitment to rogue, unprovoked cusses, but far more to do with her guts and her heart. She seemed to share my worldview of telling the truth about things, and she's crazy-wild about the Jesus who never stops rescuing her. She seemed to be the singular human in all the world who best understood the world as I was beginning to see it - that down was really up and that God wasn't playing when He said our job is to love our neighbor and be about His business of caring for the poor. Of course I fell in love with her. Yes, duh, I promoted her to Top Imaginary Bestie.

I wanted more, so I devoured Interrupted, and it was like reading my own mind for 50,000 words, which was more worthwhile and interesting than it sounds, largely because she's funnier than my own mind.

I trust her because she listens to the Holy Spirit. God has used her bold, tender heart to guide mine through both a season of jangled nerves and the one that came next, when we realized most of the world around us didn't understand our choices, but oh well. 

She's a champion for the marginalized and a cheerleader for weirdos like me (and you, no offense.)


(Nevermind about my waxy, death-hued hand.)


I'm tremendously geeked to hold her newest book in my claw hands and see how it further rearranges the emotional furniture of my heart.

I have a hunch we're all on to Jen's wonky brand of awesome, but on the off-chance you haven't ordered For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards, well, do yourself a solid and get on it already.

And be sure to report back, as always.

Ever,
FPFG


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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the suggestion. I also love Jen….time to place an order!

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  2. I hosted a Noonday party last week (win) and got the book free (win-win) and then I read the whole thing in about 3 days (because you know how good it is).

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    1. Gah! I have only read the intro then forced myself to stop because if I don't, I'll quit my life and read until it's done. And I sort of can't do that right now. But - it's one of the carrots dangling at the end of the stick. :)

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  3. Got mine day before yesterday and am trying to pace myself in the reading….so I don't run out!

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  4. Oh, girl. You must stop your life and finish it. She had me at "the world is SO tired of being painted by American churches." That chapter will leave you breathless.

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  5. My copy of Jen's book will be arriving today! One day it will be your book arriving at my doorstep 😃

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  6. Shannan, I have been reading your blog for about a year, and I have to say, you are just wonderful. Thank you for your words here. You make me laugh and you are honest and real and I really appreciate that about your blog and you. I love checking in here at naptime. We are an adoptive family, too, and I just really love your heart for others and decorating and Jesus...and your hilarious observations..."death- hued hand"...that was awesome. I can't wait to read your book (Jen's too).

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  7. The first Jen Hatmake book I ever read was Interrupted and, like you, I felt like she was giving voice to all of the thoughts trapped in my mind. I am NOT a writer, but on a whim I applied to be on the Launch Team for this book---and was chosen. So, I got to read the advance copy of the book---what a blessing!!!! Words that I needed to hear and delivered straight to my heart!!

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  8. I loved, loved, loved this book. I read it cover to cover overnight. Gah! I zombied my way through the following day, but totally worth it. I couldn't put it down!

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  9. I pre-ordered and it Still.Hasn't.Come. Everyone in the world has finished and I'm still waiting. I know pre-orders help you authors, but I swear, Shannan, if I'm the last person in America to read your book, it's the last pre-order I'll ever do. :-) But Emily's book FINALLY arrived today (another pre-order), so there is some good news.

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  10. I'm up (yes, at 1:30 in the a.m.) after just finishing a book so I thought I would get caught up on the past month or 2 of FPFG. (I took a bloggy sabbatical.) And, I see this post. Guess what book that I just finished that had me up at 1:30? THIS ONE! I *heart* Jen. She's my imaginary little sister. The tall one, with the cool clothes. ;)

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  11. I'm up (yes, at 1:30 in the a.m.) after just finishing a book so I thought I would get caught up on the past month or 2 of FPFG. (I took a bloggy sabbatical.) And, I see this post. Guess what book that I just finished that had me up at 1:30? THIS ONE! I *heart* Jen. She's my imaginary little sister. The tall one, with the cool clothes. ;)

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