Recent Reads: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

For The Love

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. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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A Mission That Matters: How To Do Short-Term Missions Without Long-Term Harm

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