Jen Hatmaker is the kind of woman that you hope enters and stays in your life. The friend that will be there to make you laugh when you need to and that will be on your doorstep asking for a cup of sugar to finish dessert for her five children. I have read all of Jen's books. They. Are. Amazing. So when I heard about a new book Interrupted it wasn't really new to me because I'd already read it. Twice. But it was new, Jen revised and expanded her first edition and I think she did it just for me :) Thanks Jen! Here is a trailer for the book:
When Jesus wrecks your comfortable Christianity is the subtitle on the book cover. And to me that says it all. Jesus lived a simple life, he didn't wear the male version of Jimmy Choos but sandals that were probably a pinterest worthy DIY job. He had his 12 people that He was able to pour into and the rest of his days were filled with people. Sinners. Not religious people but the unsaved. He never said (to my knowledge) that by following Him our lives would be comfortable.
If we are made in His image and as Christians strive to be like Him, then wouldn't it make sense that we would do the same? One of my favorite verses here of late is Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." I think that is the basis for what our lives should be like. Love God, love people.
Jen's book is how that started to make more sense than anything else to her. "Their is no substitute for a gathering of missionaries in love with God and their community ... people are truly the church ... It is you. It is me ... activated through the body of Christ daring to be faithful everywhere we've been planted."
They are just people. Sinners, are just people. No matter the sin. Some sins are hard to imagine on any scale of what you would think of doing, but you never know. You never know when that glass of wine turns into a few whiskey and cokes, that turns into a few more whiskey shots, that turns into a DUI, loosing a job, alienating your spouse and family which eventually leaves you living under a bridge with a paper bag that holds your bottle of whiskey, AKA your only friend. That could have been my story. All the way to alienating your spouse and family that was me (with a substitute for vodka in place of whiskey). Chad was planned by God to be my warrior when I was too weak to be my own, and He gave me a wonderful supportive family. But not everyone has that support. Alcohol is proven to increase the odds of having depression. Depression untreated and mixed with alcohol can lead people to do things they never imagined. "It is you. It is me."
The parable that Jesus told in Matthew 25:32-40 mentions the hungry, thirsty, lonely, naked, sick and imprisoned. Jen chronicles how her family evolved from "comfortable Christians" to a family who loved God and all His children. They became a church of people instead of a church full of rules and regulations that judges the outside world.
I want that. I want to live my life everyday whether waiting at a gas pump and helping an older lady by washing her car windows or helping buy Christmas presents for children whose parents can't afford to. It is so easy to show God's love if we just opened our eyes.
Jen so graciously sent me a book to giveaway to my readers. Because this book is so special to me I am going to make this exclusive to my friends who get my monthly newsletters. So if you haven't already be sure to sign up for my newsletter by clicking this link. It will be sent out the middle of this week with instructions on how to enter (I promise to only send nice things to your inbox).
Here is another word from Jen:
Here is a link to lots of other bloggers that have reviewed the book and may be also having a giveaway. Be sure to check some out ... About the author:
Jan Hatmaker is the author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and A Modern Girl's Bible Study series. With a heart for her generation, she speaks at conferences around the country. Jen resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brandon, and their five children. To learn more about Jen and follow her blog, go to www.jenhatmaker.com.