Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Interrupted: A Review and a Giveaway!

Y'all.  I have an awesome opportunity for you to win a copy of Jen Hatmaker's new book, Interrupted. It is actually a re-release and according to Jen is the most important book she's ever written, "the story of my heart," she calls it.  I admit to being dubious, considering that 7 moved me to tears multiple times and I am still digesting it after reading it in April.

But Interrupted?  It is amazing.  I love Jen's writing and wish I could go grab a beer with her right now. In true Jen Hatmaker style this book had me laughing out loud over and over, which is good because the message of this book is powerful--dare I say prophetic?-- but it is also hard. It has rocked my world, challenging me to see how I live my faith through brand-new eyes. Let me see if I can sum it up--essentially, her message is that the gospel message of Jesus is to become a servant.  That American Christians are missing the point, to our own detriment.  That "the largest factor in feeling unfed is not feeding others."  (p. 232)

pin page 28This book is the story of why and how Brandon and Jen came to found a new church in Austin, but it is bigger than that, too.  It's a call to do better by heeding the most direct of commandments Jesus gave us.  To serve others, feed them and clothe them.  Literally.  To carry His truth to them through service.

I gotta be honest: this book has messed me up.  It's addictive to read, and I couldn't get my nose out of it. But all the while I've had this growing conviction that something in my life needs to change also--that I could do so much more to alleviate suffering, and not only that I could: that I must.  And, strangely, it has also been a relief to read it.  It confirms what has felt like a disconnect for me in my spiritual life, specifically that so much of our Christianity is "all about me."  And I long to do better than that.  What that will look like for me? I have no idea...right now I am just working to digest this message. Not everyone is uniquely positioned to plant a church, of course.  So I'm asking, where will God take me as a result of reading Jen's words?

And I want a generation of Christians to read them, and ask the same question for themselves.  So, I am giving away the hard copy of the book that Tyndale sent me.  To enter, just leave a comment here, letting me know who you will give this book to after you read it.  The giveaway will be open until this Friday at noon, and I will announce a winner on Friday!

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In addition to the giveaway, Tyndale is offering my readers a 20% discount through July 31st!  So if you would rather not take chances on the giveaway, click right here to order your own copy at a discount.

And when you read it let me know!  I am dying to talk to everyone about it.  Good luck!

***This Giveaway is now closed***
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8 comments:

  1. I would love to read this book and pass along to my mother or mother in law.

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  2. I already have it and loved both it and 7. And yes... it's so hard. Mainly, I guess because it flies in the face of our culture. Honestly, it's been awhile since I've read either so it would be cool to talk about it with someone who's been freshly effected. :)

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  3. If I read it I would then give it to a friend that preaches about God but sometimes is very hypocritical. We all take and understand things differently, according to our beliefs, understanding, experiences in life, willingness to be open to what is being said. I know I sure could use some good Christian soul searching. Thank you for sharing this with us. Happy summer days

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  4. I will pass on to Sister and/or Mom! xo

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  5. I would love to read this as I have been struggling with the same thing. I would love to pass this book on to the ladies in my small group.

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  6. Thanks for the review. Haven't read any of her books yet, but heard good things.

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  7. Can't wait to read! J will read it after me...bet you could've guessed that?!

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  8. I would give this book to the ladies in my small group, passing it around so all of them can read it. I'd also like to see if the book clubs sponsored by my church might consider reading the book as one of their group reads.

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