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:
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.
©2015 Jen Hatmaker; 2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers
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"She read my diary"
Just do yourself a favor and buy this book. However, if you buy the audio version, buy the print version too. I promise you won't regret either purchase.
Let me start with my favorite part of the audio version: Jen Hatmaker reads the book herself. I felt like she was sitting in front of me, talking to me. I also felt like she had just read my diary, because she seemed to know every struggle in my life.
I bought the Audible version because I do a lot of driving. Here's what happened when I listened.
1. I cried. Because she gets it. A sob session while driving, umm, maybe not so safe, but I survived and so did everyone else on the road.
2. I wanted to underline, copy, or somehow save particular sections of the book. So strong was my desire to remember these sections, that I may have grabbed my phone, paused the book, and attempted to dictate certain lines into a note on my phone. Did I mention I was driving?
3. I didn't want to get out of the car when I reached my destination. I just wanted to keep listening. How bad would it be to walk through Target with my phone on speaker trying to listen to the book?
4. I laughed. Because she's hilarious. HILARIOUS.
So, why buy the audio and print version? Because it's so cool to hear Jen read the book and you will want to listen to it more than once. But you will want the print version so you can highlight certain sections and refer to it later.
This book was what I needed at this time in my life. Also, I now have the courage to make beef bourguignon. How did Jen know that that I made a goal at the beginning of 2015 to make beef bourguignon and I keep eyeing Julia Childs' recipe in fear and trepidation? See what I mean about the diary part?
"My favorite listen this year!"
I just love this book. There's a little bit of everything all wrapped in to one big ball of grace and love. You will laugh and cry right along with Jen as she reads it to you. Definitely worth the listen!
"Many laughs, if you can endure the delivery"
I would probably be willing to read more of Jen's books, but I would not want to listen to an audio featuring her again.
While I think Jen is probably a very wonderful and caring person, her reading style was tough to take. She has a very forceful, scolding quality to her speaking that I found really oppressive over time. There was very little variation in her speaking style, even when the subject matter was different. It would have been nicer to have a less severe delivery, with more appropriate variation of tone.
There are many laughs in this book, and there were several things that I found encouraging as well. Overall, I did not really feel like the content of the book had anything to do with the title/tagline, so if you're counting on that, don't. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had just read it instead of listening to the audio.
"A MUST READ! Enjoyable and encouraging. Prepare to laugh."
After listening to this book, I feel like I just had a fun filled afternoon with a good friend that encouraged me in my walk with Jesus, shared my love of being a mom, oohed and ahhed over 20+ year marriages that have blessed our lives and made me laugh out loud over fashion disasters, etc.
This girl, these stories, the overarching theme--all the things. Together they make this such a warm, wise and wonderful book that I am going to listen again AND I bought the hardcover AND I'm thinking of all the people I want to gift copies to.
I laughed a lot and cried a little which is my qualifier for the very best stories. Plus, this one made me want to always be better--for the love.
"For The Love is Funny, Smart, Insightful"
Jen Hatmaker has a way of making even the most profound biblical concepts (grace, atonement, sanctification) SO accessible and fun to read! This book is an encouragement for anyone in ministry trying to "hold it together" while the world continues to fly apart. Her humor and wit keep me laughing while she tackles tough issues common to every Christian: How do I love people who are very different than me (even anti-Christian)? How do I care for myself amidst all the burdens and demands of ministry? How do I (as a mom, wife, mother, minister) juggle (and keep my sanity) family, friends, spouse and ministry? I LOVE her grace-filled and grateful approach to sharing Jesus with the world. A really inspirational read. Love it! Love HER!
"Required reading for church/ministry leaders"
Jen Hatmaker has put to words what so many of her generation are feeling, noticing and reeling from. Her chapters on church are incredibly insightful. Churchgoers will learn how to love and support a pastor well. They'll learn how to live in community and take risks. And they'll learn how to do the only real things God asks of us: to love him and his people.
In general, "For the Love" reads like a "Bossypants" for disciple-makers. Like Tina Fey's terrific book, "For the Love" is quirky and witty and sometimes is completely from left field. At other times, it's poignant and stirs up self-examination.
It'll make you want to build relationships and be truthful and be kind. And in the end, isn't that what church is supposed to be?
"Such a gift!"
I normally buy the book book, not always the audible version, but for some reason I made a change. What a blessing... I LOVED listening to Jen read this book. I know I will go back and listen to it again even just to get a few laughs...fashion advice or her thank you notes! Thank you for sharing your gifts...for the love!
Sometimes you find a book and feel that God himself put it in your path. That is how I feel about this book. Starting another Jen Hatmaker book asap.
"Listen to it NOW!"
I didn't want it to end. I thought Amy Poehler's audiobook of Yes Please would be my favorite of the year, but For The Love either just tied or surpassed it. Be my BFF, Jen?
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