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For the Love by Jen Hatmaker – Book Review

ForthLoveBook Description:

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. By doing this, "For the Love "leads our generation to reimagine Jesus' grace as a way of life, and it does it in a funny yet profound manner that Christian readers will love. Along the way, Hatmaker shows readers how to reclaim their prophetic voices and become Good News again to a hurting, polarized world.

Review:

Oh where do I start?!

"Live long enough and it becomes clear that stuff is not the stuff of life. People are." This is just one quote. I'd like to quote the whole stinkin' thing!!

Great book! Love this book! You have to read this book!! Seriously!

Have you ever liked something so much before that you can't even find the words to describe how it made you feel? That is exactly where I am today!

For the Love is written in such a way that you feel like Jen Hatmaker is sitting there with you, chatting like you were best of friends. You feel like you are laughing with her, crying with her, and learning more about grace with her. If you are familiar with her voice, as I am, then you hear her speaking each word you read. She's my new BFF (she just doesn't know it yet)!

There is humor out there in the real world we live in, and Jen points it out. She doesn't sugar coat things, so don't dig into this book expecting it to be all hilarious. There are some jagged points in there too. Maybe it is different for everyone. It will all depend on you, and what you need to get out of her writing.  Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of humor in there especially in the Thank You Notes. I found myself making thank you notes to people in traffic, in line at the grocery store, and even in church. Wouldn't you like to know what they are!?

This book has challenged me to live life with more humor and integrity. Jesus' extravagant grace IS the key to dealing with people. I will re-read this For the Love again, and again because I need a little bit of her wisdom each and every day!

P.S. Have tissues for Chapter 11, and be ready to laugh out loud in Chapter 12! I can't say too much about this book without giving it all away!

Jen Hatmaker, I sure wish there was a devotional book to pair with this title. 🙂 Signed, Your new BFF!

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced reader ecopy of this book!

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