Okay guys, this is it.
For awhile now I’ve been telling you that I’m reading this book by one of my favorite ladies on the planet (though I don’t technically know her, I consider her a friend… I’m kind of a stalker). If you’ve not heard of Jen Hatmaker yet you have been missing out. She is hilarious. She does motherhood with honesty, which I love, because it’s not an easy job so when another person shares what they’re REALLY feeling in the moment, peppered with a sense of humor, that person has my attention.
So. A few years back Jen released this book, Interrupted.
It was wildly popular (for reasons you’ll learn soon). It was so awesome, in fact, that this year NavPress is RE-RELEASING it! WOO HOO! Jen has made a few changes and updated some things here and there and those little tweaks have made it even better. And I have had the privilege of reading it before its big release and telling you all about it.
Here’s a real quick summary: Here in the US of A we as Christians tend to get pretty comfortable. We go to our big churches, wear our pretty clothes, serve in the nursery on Sundays and often times call it “good”. We hear the Word of God and agree wholeheartedly. But what happens when we feel the Lord calling us to something more than our daily comfort? What if He pries open our hearts, plants a desire for something more? What if our comfort isn’t enough?
Interrupted is the kind of book that asks those types of questions and allows the reader to walk with Jen and her husband through their journey past comfort and into obedience.
It is a book that, honestly, I have stayed up WAY too late reading and then purposefully staying away from for a week at a time because I’m actually afraid of what God might call me to through it. Not that my story and the Hatmakers’ is the same. At all. But what if God used this book to disrupt my comfortable life and turn my eyes away from myself and pry them wide open, forcing them to look at what He sees that I have been avoiding eye-contact with? Like the suffering around me. Or the needy. The heartbroken.
And yet I keep picking up the book. I long to read more and more of it, re-reading sections over again with my highlighter and pencil, taking notes and praying that God would etch them on the fleshy tablet of my heart so I won’t forget what I’m learning and go about my business as if I’d never read the thing in the first place.
So, friends, you NEED to read this book. Not because I think you aren’t “good enough”, but because if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, this is the kind of book we need to remind us what Jesus called us to; to remind us that the Bible isn’t a book that should collect dust on the bookshelf, but rather that it is living and active and that every word in there is still applicable today. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we live comfortably, but rather ETERNALLY. He calls us to love one another… not just our BFFs, but our neighbors (pretty much everyone we see around us!).
Now for the fun part: You can enter to win a copy of Interrupted right here at the Transparency Project. To enter, just sign up at the right side of the page (click: Follow) no later than 11:59pm PST 8/9/2014. You’ll get blog updates delivered right to your inbox too, so you don’t have to wait for me to post about it on Facebook. Double win! The winner will be notified via e-mail and Facebook post.
If you want your copy ASAP, you can order yours at a DISCOUNTED PRICE through 8/10 from NavPress here:
Happy reading friends!