Recent Reads: For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

Jen Bradbury
Aug 31 · 5 min read

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.