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Of Mess and Moxie

Wrangling Delight out of This Wild and Glorious Life
Narrated by: Jen Hatmaker
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures listeners they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing "right". Struggle doesn't mean they're weak; it means they're alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, big sister emeritus, and chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change ("Everyone, be into this thing I'm into! Except when I'm not. Then everyone be cool.") or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip ("Why are we in San Antonio?"), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted in the moment no matter what the moments hold.

©2017 Jen Hatmaker (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The self-described low-grade Christian author narrates her own story. She provides anecdotes not included in the written text, which add more fun to the listening experience.... Hatmaker's use of sarcasm and self-deprecation is disarming as she tackles varied topics, making this book sound like a conversation with a trusted friend. Listeners should have a pen and paper ready to take down her recipes and helpful tips." (AudioFile)

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Laugh out loud funny, insightful and moving

Loved Jens humour and tone. Such a refreshing take on so many 'life' things.
sent it to all my gal pals encouraging them to listen too:)

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  • Amber Snow
  • 16-10-2017

Not even Christian and I was LOL’ing

Despite my personal not-a-fan-of-religion beliefs, Jen had me laughing out loud to her funny stories about life, family, and all the food. She’s a great story teller and has a relatable outlook on life, if you’re the funny, don’t-take-everything-so-seriously sort. It’s a light and entertaining listen, glad I got the audio version.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2017

Jen Hatmaker has nailed it again!

In Of Mess and Moxie, Jen uses her life experiences as a woman of Christ, mother, wife and author to depict the trials and triumphs of life. She is honest about what life throws at you, whether it's funny, serious, happy or sad and always leaves you with encouragement. I love how she interjects a few additional notations in the audio version of the book because she can, it's her book after all. : ) I also loved the "How To" topics she discussed and the recipes she always incorporates into her books. Her humor and relatable personality makes it very difficult to pause the book before the end.

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  • Kat Koehle
  • 26-08-2017

Loved this listen so much!

Because I just barely finished this listen as I am writing this, so I haven't taken the time yet to fully let this book sink into my head. Yet, to say I LOVED this book seems small and simple. Jen had me laughing out loud, tearing up, relating to others and generally questing to be a better person for the time I spent with her story. For me, that says it all. I just ordered the hardback cover so that I can revisit the recipes and build my Netflix 'to watch' list. Couple that with a deep love and testimony of Jesus and this is the book for me.

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  • hbhighfi
  • 04-09-2017

Christian Brene Brown

I did not realize that I had downloaded a Christian book, and I knew nothing about the author. Similar flavor to Brenda Brown but without the researcher/academic vibe.

I loved the genuine quality of her story telling and her brass humor.

I find it unbelievable (from a psychological perspective) that she had nothing to heal in the respect to her parents/childhood. The idealized parent section was the only part that gave me pause.

But very enjoyable! I cried, I laughed, I'll recommends it to others.

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  • Robert W. Steele, M.D.
  • 03-09-2017

THE Best!!

I just knocked this bad boy out in two days. Jen is just the best. Not that I'm fan girling HER (read the book), but she is like America's BFF. She makes us all feel normal for being average, PTA-detesting, gluten-eating, non-gym membership using mamas. Love her!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2017

Outstanding

My book heart is full after listening to this book. I have never read one of Jen Hatmaker's books in the past, but I am so so happy I did. I follow her on Facebook and so enjoy her posts. Her sarcasm, sense of humor, and her unique phrases are like jelly to my peanut butter. But most of all her outlook on girlfriends is my favorite. Fan-girl your girlfriends. Yesssss. Just yes.

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  • Cher
  • 24-08-2017

Hiding in the car listening to Jen

Jen hits it out of the park again. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the things.

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  • Stephanie
  • 23-08-2017

Even better than the book!!!

This was amazing! I didn't want it to end and I love that Jen has "off book" parts all along the way. SO good!!!!

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  • Karen Lumpp
  • 12-01-2019

Perfection

Best book ever, the most incredible combination of entertainment as well as the most practical and real Christian perspective I’ve ever read, recommending it to every that’s had motherhood on their resume, either in the throes or one of adults, you will laugh and be inspired as well but not one bit of a guilt format

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-2019

Love love love

Listening to this book feels like I am sitting on Jen’s front porch sorting through our mess and moxie. I love how when she refers to her sisters she includes women at every stage of life. Being a young mother it is nice to be remembered that we exist and struggle sometimes too and that things will get better.