What the book's about: For the Love is a collection of essays from Jen Hatmaker about topics including parenting and faith.
Why I read this book: Ever since reading Seven, I've been a fan of Jen Hatmaker. Naturally, I was eager to get my hands on her new book.
My favorite quotes from the book:
- "We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise."
- "If it isn't also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn't true... Theology is either true everywhere or it isn't true anywhere."
- "The perception of calling is a luxury of the privileged."
- "When I present a fabricated version of myself - the self who knows all, is ever certain, always steps strong - we all lose, because I cannot keep up with that lie and neither can you."
- "We have to raise the kids we have, not the kids we were."
- "Humility attracts the next generation as easily as arrogance alienates them."
- "Instead of waiting for community, provide it, and you'll end up with it anyway."
- "Jesus was tender toward brokenness but impatient toward egotism."
- "Spiritual abuse thrives where pastors are untouchable and people are commodities."
- "There is a clear correlation between how we treat each other & how a watching world will feel about Jesus."
- "Our siblings in Christ don't need another parent; they have God."
My favorite essay in the book: Dear Kids. As a new parent, I'd say this essay alone is worth the price of the book.
Who I'd recommend this book for: Fans of Jen Hatmaker will enjoy this book, especially because parts of it (Like Thank You Notes Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 as well as If social media were around) are laugh-out-loud funny. This book is also well-suited for those curious about Jesus but hesitant about the church.