- “Of Mess and Moxie” by Jen Hatmaker
- Christian Non-Fiction
- Read as a hardcover
- 4/5 stars
- Finished September 4, 2017
New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.
Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.
But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.
Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change (“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.
I’ve followed Jen Hatmaker on various social media platforms for a long dang time. I’ve always appreciated the way she approaches life, how realistic she is, and on top of that, how she loves people exactly like Jesus does. Unconditionally and wholly, no matter who you are. In fact, Jen and her husband Brandon came out in support of marriage equality and the GLBTQIA+ community, and they received a ton of backlash. However, it made me love her more than anything.
However, I never had read a Jen Hatmaker book but I had a few on my TBR for awhile now, like “7” and “For the Love” and after devouring this, I know I need to read them. One of the things I love about Jen is that she is completely open and honest, and if you are familiar with her voice, it comes through so strong in this. She’s unafraid to show you the places she’s screwed up and the things she’s learned along the way. I really look up to her, and other authors like her. However, she even challenges that thought in one of the essays in this book, about how the only person we should be looking up to like that, is Jesus.
I’m not a mom of any kids, and I’m in my 20’s and Jen writes from the perspective of a mom of many kids, one is even in college. The fantastic thing about this book is that I didn’t feel like she was ever telling me “You’ll understand this when you’re older”, it felt like she was leading my life group, sharing her life experiences, and talking about very common emotions. I found so many things that I could relate to, but also that I could prepare myself for in life (in a good way). It felt like I had a mentor of sorts, who was just really real, honest about her struggles, and wanting to help other women get to that point.
If you aren’t a follower of Jesus, you will more than likely find something in this book that you can relate to. I highly recommend this book, and following Jen Hatmaker, everywhere, because her posts are hilarious but also right on point.
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