“Instead of waiting for community, provide it, and you’ll end up with it anyway.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Feelings: I follow Jen Hatmaker on all social media outlets because she is my spirit animal. She is bold and honest and absolutely hilarious. I read her Facebook posts all the time and think, “Yes! I completely agree!” She has a way of putting into words the thoughts that can’t quite make it out of my own mouth.
My favorite essays in this collection were “On Calling and Haitian Moms”, “Tell the Truth”, and “Jesus Kids”.
Issues: Her essay referring to school and teachers was really strong. Some of her observations were hard for me to take in because I’m a teacher. On one hand, she was gracious to teachers, giving us credit where it’s due and going to bat for us. On the other hand, though, I was talking back to her. As in, “I have a life, too, you know! I just want to be able to do my job, free of restrictions and checklists from the government.” But that may just be a “me” problem. My reaction here really didn’t take away from my reading experience as a whole.
Final thoughts: I loved the audiobook because Jen is the one narrating it. She has so much love for life and joy for others, it’s like listening to a friend talk for hours. I think overall, Jen makes a lot of great points and has awesome insights. I’m glad I read it and it’s one that I’ll be handing out as gifts. Ha!
Pick this up if you liked:
Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith by Jen Hatmaker
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
Goodreads rating: 4.07/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.7/5
My rating: 4.25/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn