“I can’t say enough about how real, affirming and challenging this book is. There are so many things here I wish someone would’ve spoken into me years ago. My life as a JESUS-follower…as a person in general would have been so much richer. The fight for grace is necessary, and I’m challenged all the more to wage that war as a result of what Jen has written here!”
I thought I’d start out by giving you the short version of how I feel about Jen Hatmaker’s “For The Love.” That’s right; I am a man and I read Jen Hatmaker books. You may be thinking, “aren’t those for women?” Well, I will admit that females are Jen’s target audience. She, like Beth Moore, thinks ladies first, but there is no reason to believe that we men can’t gain a great deal by gleaning wisdom from their teaching and words. In fact, I think we would stand to gain a greater understanding of the women in our lives by taking the time to do so.
So, let’s face it, the women in our world are up against it. They are judged against what can be a crippling set of standards that have become the basis for deciding whether or not they are a “success.” These standards are applied to everything from the home to the workplace to the gym and even to the church; the pressure to have it together and to be perfectly in control of everything can be overwhelming.
So, how do you cope? What is the escape? Is there an escape to be had? In this book, Jen responds with a resounding “YES!” There is hope to be found in the grace of God. The God who sent His son to die for you offers grace for the daily journey as well. The blood that saves you from the impossible debt of sin will also save you from the impossible benchmarks that are placed on you, not just by the culture, but by yourself. Take a deep breath…..grace let’s you off the hook. Embrace it!
It’s o.k. to be real with yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and even your church folks. “For The Love” is a call to jettison the image of perfection in favor of relationships and real interaction with the people in our lives. It’s a call to help each other by admitting that not a single one of us has it all together. It’s a call to just be plain honest and embrace the imperfections of being a human being and the struggles and stresses that those things cause. It’s a call to just love each other well, because that’s what all of us need the most in our day-to-day lives.
All of these points are interspersed with lots of fun asides and observations from everyday life and even a few recipes for the get-togethers that she encourages you to have with those closest to you. It’s a truly fun read and you will thoroughly enjoy every minute you spend in its pages.
So, go give “For The Love” a go! You can find it at your favorite book retailer or at forthelovebook.com today!