Saturday, July 25, 2015

For the Love! - Jen Hatmaker: Book Review

Could the highest level of "right theology" involve loving God and people like Jesus suggested?

This is what Jen Hatmaker asks towards the end of her new book For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. She makes the case for loving people as they need to be loved, not as it suits us. (I just loved the good talk about missions and mission trips! #preachit!)
This book is more like a big sister's life guide to her fellow younger sisters and friends. It deals with various social aspects - fashion, family, friends, church. It was nicely written, Hatmaker makes good points, although looking back now that I've finished, it doesn't feel like this is a never-written-before book. I don't think this was the point of the book, but to emphasize on the importance of Love: love God and love your neighbour. It was full of humor (for those who can appreciate sarcasm and Hatmaker's humor), and articulate thoughts on the approached topics, although a bit redundant towards the end. It is a rather quick read, but a nice reminder to clearly defined priorities, and think a bit more of your actions' effect on long term. One think that I really appreciated (and she admitted) is her straightforwardness and bluntness. I missed reading a non fiction that said it as it was, no sugar coating and playing the precious Southern lady. I think this book will appeal to those who grew up in a Christian environment; they will "get" a lot of the things talked about.
4/5 stars

I received an ebook copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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