Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book review and giveaway: For The Love

I have been a huge fan of Jen Hatmaker's writing for quite some time now, so was very excited when her new book, For the Love, came out recently. I was planning to read it right away, since I'd heard great things from my mom, who had received an advance reader copy. However, the book arrived about the same time that my father-in-law passed away and then right at the same time my kids were starting school.

So life kept me from picking up the book until this week, which is probably a good thing, since I didn't want to stop reading it once I started. Before I go on, here's a bit about the book from the publisher's website:

Jen Hatmaker reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ embarrassing 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 with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. Jen reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us.

If you're not familiar with Jen Hatmaker's name, chances are you are familiar with her writing. She came to the attention of a lot of moms with her honest and hysterically funny blog post about the end of the school year and in particular, her son's thrown together Ben Franklin costume. It cracks me up every time I read it. She brings that same humor to this book (and all of her writing), but also approaches faith and family and loving Jesus with the same level of enthusiasm and honesty. This book made me laugh, it made me think, it made me have some discussions about various things with my husband, it made me want to pass a copy of this book on to every Christian woman I know. Seriously, read it.

I accidentally bought two copies of this book, so am going to pass a copy on to one of you. I'm not going to use Rafflecopter for this, I'm just going to pick the comment that speaks most to me. So leave me a comment below and let me know why you need/want to read this book! I'll give you guys until October 22, 2015 at noon Pacific time to enter and then I will choose. Open to US/Canadian mailing addresses.


Birdie Bee said...

I would sure love to read this book. I have been challenged the past few years in dealing with people after having to help my disabled daughter jump through so many hoops just to survive as well as dealing with my brother's estate after he died suddenly & the vultures who wanted my deceased brother's bills paid immediately when I had no access to accounts. These situations have made me a bit angry and not wanting to deal with people.

Anonymous said...

Bless you, Birdie Bee. I hope things are improving for you. I have to guard myself against becoming bitter, also. People most certainly are the biggest challenge in life, but also the greatest joy.

Angela Blandsbury said...

I developed a panic disorder after my 1yr old, at the time, began having seizures. I lived in constant fear, and I was having panic attacks in droves. Sometimes 10-12 a day. I was in misery and unable to leave the house. I started seeing the negative in everything and everyone, and using it as an excuse to hide inside, so that I didn't have to deal with other people. Only now, as I am further into recovering, through the grace of God, have I started to see the good in people again. Strangely enough, interaction with strangers, has been a wonderful help. I still find it difficult to deal with most people though. I think this book could be of tremendous help to me. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Carrie said...

Angela- can you email me your mailing info so that I can get a copy of the book to you? Thanks! growingababyreviews at