Back in March I became part of a book launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards.
The book is being officially released tomorrow, Aug 18. I have surely received so much more than ever imagined by being part of this book launch team.
To be perfectly honest before reading my advanced copy of For the Love I had never read Jen Hatmaker’s blog or any of her other books. I had only discovered her on Facebook about a week before being selected to be on the launch team. I immediately enjoyed Jen’s refreshingly honest, engaging, witty and bold writing. After I received and read my copy of For the Love I experienced compassion in her words and uplifting encouragement. Jen says all the things I find myself thinking and wanting others to know. She just says it so much better than I ever could. 🙂
The entire book is quotable. Every sentence impactful. But, below are 5 of the quotes that impacted and encouraged me the most through this experience on the launch team and helping bring attention to Jen’s latest work.
1. On the importance of truth and transparency as a lifestyle: When you tell me the truth about yourself, I no longer hide from you. You become safe for me. So guess what? You are now the recipient of my truth too. I am drawn to you. Your vulnerability makes a path for my own. Your truth telling says to me, “I will not despise, judge, or abandon you.” Ironically, it gives me the courage to be afraid, the strength to be weak.
2.On the dangers of Theology being more important than people: Theology is either true everywhere or it isn’t true anywhere.
If a sermon promises health and wealth to the faithful, it isn’t true, because that theology makes god an absolute monster who blesses the rich westerners and despises Christians in Africa, India, South America, Russia, rural Appalachia, inner city America, and everywhere else a sincere believer remains poor.
God does not promise to bless the faithful with wealth. The prosperity gospel is not what you may want it to mean.
3. On Community: The love of God and people is the whole substance of life. Nothing is more important. This is sacred work and very much counts.
4. One Christians being crappy toward one another: We needn’t mistake unity for uniformity; we can have the first without the second. The breadth of God’s family is mercifully wide. Grace has no discernment, apparently.
5. On the state of the Church and it’s leaders: We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.
Woven throughout the chapters of soul filling truth there are nuggets of hilarity regarding fashion, the love and necessity of coffee and the love-hate relationship most people have with social media.
Go get this book. It is available at Barnes and Noble today, before the official release tomorrow August 18th. Read it and let’s discuss over coffee of course.