When Jen Hatmaker writes a book, you just might want to read it.
Sometime in mid-July, before we left for Whidbey Island, I was offered the opportunity to read and review the newly updated edition of Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. It seemed perfect at the time; the book would arrive before we left and I would read it while on vacation. I sent the required email and promptly forgot all about it.
Three weeks later I found a package on my desk from Tyndale House. Imagine my surprise to find a copy of the book, along with instructions to review it soon – like late July.
In all of God’s humor, I had recently ordered and begun reading 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, which in many ways is the sequel to Interrupted. So, I put it down and rapidly began reading the book that Jen Hatmaker always intended to be read first, Interrupted.
Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity is Jen Hatmaker’s story of how God reached into her comfortable, upwardly mobile, Christian life and knocked her off her feet to her knees with his loving, powerful, painful, grace. She quickly knew that her current life was coming to an end and something new was emerging. Thankfully, her husband got the same message and they moved forward into a new life, planted a new church, and radically changed the way they express their love for Jesus by serving the poor, lost, and hurting people of Austin, TX.
As I read the book, I thought often of my dear friend, Kathleen, with whom I’ve had many conversations about how our lives were radically changed when God called us to adopt our children. As she laughingly (and poignantly says), “We’re downwardly mobile,” to which I add, “…to the glory of God.”
I think of life before, and it seems so distant. We moved to a great town in Idaho, Russ got tenure, we had our last baby, our kids were doing well, we were homeschool successes, our income was growing – and then God reached into our hearts and wrecked us. He took our pride (which we honestly didn’t know we had), and laid us low. He called us to love and serve hurting, orphaned children in Ethiopia. And we did, with so much optimism, hope, and confidence that since He had begun this good work, in time, all would be well.
Then life as we knew it came to an abrupt end and an entirely new life began. We thought we were following Jesus and adding children to the safe cocoon of our family. What we didn’t know was that we were not adding them to our family so that they could be incorporated into what was safe, secure, and lovely. We were adding them so that we could be changed into something entirely new – a family who no longer rests on academic accomplishments, career success, or financial security, but is completely dependent upon Jesus to get us through each day.
Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity is a book about losing your comfortable life for the sake of the gospel. It’s the story of one woman, her family, and the church that was planted as they allowed Jesus to interrupt their plans and do something new.
That’s a message we all need to hear.
I have a copy of Interrupted to give away to one of you. I’ll confess that I read it first – in an ideal world I was supposed to download a digital copy to read and keep this lovely copy for one of you, but the last thing my family needed was me reading a book on my computer screen.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity, you have three opportunities:
You may receive (3) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
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I’ll close the giveaway next Sunday night, 8/24/14, at midnight and randomly select a winner.
Have a wonderful Sunday, friends. Enjoy the people God brings around you today.
[Comments are now closed – the winner was Kelley! Thanks to everyone who entered.]