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For The Love by Jen Hatmaker has been on my nightstand since I received it as a gift for Christmas. I picked it up and read halfway through, only to get side-tracked by life. I have such a busy schedule of teaching during the school year. So what better time than this summer to pick it up and start it over! I’m so glad I did!
In Jen’s book, she is fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards. This is word for word her tagline. I think it’s absolute perfection. If that line doesn’t make you want to pick up this book alone then you must be crazy! Okay, not really but it’s such a good descriptor of the book.
This book, containing 26 chapters, is full of hilarious stories about Jen and her family, truth from the Word of God, and so much grace. In a world where Christianity isn’t seen as a good thing by a large population of people, this book gives insight into reasons why that’s true, and how we should give grace in all situations of our lives.
Jen dives into topics such as parenting, missions, church life, the struggles of the church, vulnerability, and so many more important topics. The common denominators of all of these chapters are Jesus and grace. These are two of the most important things in life. I’m so glad Jen gives such a real and raw perspective. Not to mention, her writing style is incredibly engaging. She is hilarious!
One of the biggest things that speaks to me from her book is vulnerability. Being vulnerable with each other instead of hiding behind a fake wall of perfection can be hard. Sometimes we don’t want others to know what is really going on or we don’t want to disappoint others with our sin. But when we open up to each other and show vulnerability there is so much room for grace and connection. I would rather live my life feeling connected and have breathing room to be the human that I am (not to be confused with justifying my sinful nature) than to have to pretend all the time that I’m a perfect being. Because let me tell you, I’m not, I’m the furthest thing from that!
So thank you Jen for writing such an inspiring book about grace because it is what so many of us need to hear.