Jen Hatmaker’s Book, Interrupted, (and a Giveaway)

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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.

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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:

  1. Leave a comment in response to this post
  2. Tweet about the giveaway and leave a separate comment
  3. Share this on Facebook and leave a separate comment

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.]

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

77 Comments

  1. Sarah La Due Chaney
    August 17, 2014

    mmmm, just put it on my wishlist. thank you for the tip.

  2. Angela Arnett Stone
    August 17, 2014

    I really enjoyed 7 and Interrupted is on my to read list. Thanks sharing more behind how your life was interrupted.

  3. Angela Arnett Stone
    August 17, 2014

    I shared it on facebook

  4. Kirsten G
    August 17, 2014

    Sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. raychrisdejazzd
    August 17, 2014

    I don't really want to, but I think I should read this book 🙂 Please enter me in the drawing.

  6. raychrisdejazzd
    August 17, 2014

    Posted on my FB page too.

  7. Julie Stoller
    August 17, 2014

    I'd love to win a copy of Interrupted! Now I want to read both "Interrupted" and "7".
    Thanks!
    Julie

  8. Amy H
    August 17, 2014

    Me please!

  9. @Momofmunchkins
    August 17, 2014

    I tweeted about the giveaway! Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. @Momofmunchkins
    August 17, 2014

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook.

  11. Marlene
    August 17, 2014

    I'd love to read Jen's book! I feel so much like you do, Lisa. Our lives were going one way and then it stopped. Now we are moving in another direction that we never planned or could even imagine. My youngest (now 16, home at 12) asked me the other day if we would have been as involved in adoption issues and foster care if we had not adopted her. The answer was simple, "no." Although it is not what we had planned, our lives are so much more. It's hard for others to understand, but I'm so glad to be part of a community that is walking a road, similar to ours, that understand what this means in their life and ours.

  12. Joy
    August 17, 2014

    I've read 7 and would love to read this book. Thank you for blogging with such honesty.

  13. Bonita
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this book. adoption is definitely a journey that you absolutely need the Lords help with…

  14. Hannah Jasmine Tucker
    August 17, 2014

    Wow, that sounds like a brilliant book….and a humbling one. I'd love a copy!

  15. Tammy
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this book. Our lives too were completely changed when we decided to adopt two special needs children.

  16. Jane Argiero
    August 17, 2014

    I love Jen, I love 7 and I really want to read this new book!

  17. Tricia
    August 17, 2014

    Would love to read this!

  18. kelley
    August 17, 2014

    YAY!

  19. hpsummit
    August 17, 2014

    I'm a little scared to read this book…but I probably need to.

  20. Jennifer P
    August 17, 2014

    Wow, I read 7 and didn't realize it was a sequel. I guess I need to read this one too. I loved 7 and have thought a lot about it ever since I read it. Thanks for the give-away.

  21. Christine N.
    August 17, 2014

    "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." This is my life too.

  22. S. Herrboldt
    August 17, 2014

    I've been reading your blog for some time now. My husband and I adopted from Ethiopia as well and as you said, "Our life came to an abrupt end and a new life began." You are the second person that has recommended Jen's book – looks like it should be added to my "to-read" list.

  23. Laine
    August 17, 2014

    My soul complains when God reaches into my comfortable life I've created for myself and asks me How Much Do You Really Love Me? It complains because growth can be painful and my human nature fears pain. But in this pain I draw closer to Him, my soul expands to a greater understanding of who I am really meant to be, and in the end I am always grateful for His willingness to teach me and show me the better way. I am learning. Faith not fear. This book sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn more.

  24. Alyssa
    August 17, 2014

    It sounds challenging. After being involved in international missions and planting a church and ministry, this season has a feeling of not being "living on the edge" enough. Homeschooling and adoption–being a family is about all we do. Laying down our lives, daily, is the most important work He's called us to right now.

  25. Jessica Peace
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this book and be challenged. Thank you.

  26. Was able to hear Jen speak years ago when our first adopted kiddo was an infant! Would love to hear God speak again through her!

  27. Debbie Ransburg
    August 17, 2014

    I read 7 first. Thanks for sharing about Interrupted. I look forward to reading it, too-one way or another!

  28. Kim M
    August 17, 2014

    We have a few interruptions going on right now, and this sounds like a great, very appropriate, book. I love your friends' quote "downwardly mobile", and even more so "to the glory of God". Thanks for sharing.

  29. Heather
    August 17, 2014

    I am so so excited about this book.

  30. Heather
    August 17, 2014

    Shared on Facebook.

  31. Heather
    August 17, 2014

    Shared on Twitter

  32. Nicole
    August 17, 2014

    Me please

  33. Lara
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this..loved 7! Thank you for your blog and sharing your heart…I never comment, but your words are always encouraging.

  34. Susie
    August 17, 2014

    Love Jen Hatmaker and would love to read Interrupted!

  35. Jennifer
    August 17, 2014

    I love to read books that speak to my heart and into my life. I would love to read this book.
    I shared on FB as well. 🙂

  36. Andrea Simpson
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this book!

  37. Andrea Simpson
    August 17, 2014

    Shared on FB.

  38. Andrea Simpson
    August 17, 2014

    Tweeted!

  39. Kendra
    August 17, 2014

    Shared. Sounds like an amazing book!
    Kendra

  40. Luann Yarrow Doman
    August 17, 2014

    Even if I don't win the free book, this is definitely on my near-future reading list. Sounds like where I'm at. “We’re downwardly mobile…to the glory of God.”
    It's such a struggle for me not to be pious, proud, or judgmental (toward others) about our family being downwardly mobile…even when it's to the glory of God. Does that make sense?

  41. heather
    August 17, 2014

    I would love to read this one thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Kindra Church
    August 17, 2014

    I read books like this with fear. My life has been lived on the edge for the past 10 years and somedays I selfishly want to be able to take a couple steps back.

  43. mollymiltmurray
    August 18, 2014

    This looks like such a great read… please enter me in! 😀

  44. Dolisa Winkelman
    August 18, 2014

    Oh, this sound good!

  45. Kate R.
    August 18, 2014

    I've read 7 and I'd love to read this book!

  46. Randee
    August 18, 2014

    I've been wanting to read this!

  47. AnnaZed
    August 18, 2014

    What a great sounding author, I had never heard of her (thanks so much!)
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    August 18, 2014

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  49. Gwendolyn
    August 18, 2014

    Pick ME! Please and thank you. Just want to be wrecked by Jesus. 🙂

  50. Jenna
    August 18, 2014

    So looking forward to the fall study on this book!

  51. Casey
    August 18, 2014

    Love your thoughts on Jen's book & would love to read it myself! 🙂

  52. Sarah
    August 18, 2014

    I'd love to read this! I'm in college studying this subject and Jen is such an inspiration to me!

  53. Erika
    August 18, 2014

    Sounds like an interesting book.

    God bless you Lisa

  54. Mary Adams
    August 18, 2014

    This, Lisa, is beautiful:

    "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."

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 18, 2014

      Thank you, Mary.

  55. Erica
    August 18, 2014

    I just started watching her TV show and really love her! Was just thinking about buying this book, so this would be great!

  56. Shannon
    August 18, 2014

    Thank you!

  57. mwoverduin
    August 18, 2014

    Sounds like a great book! Thank you!

  58. Amy
    August 18, 2014

    I'm so thankful to Jen Hatmaker for leading by example in living an interrupted life. Jesus is worthy!

  59. Elizabeth
    August 18, 2014

    I'd love to read it.

  60. Sarah M
    August 18, 2014

    Would love to read Interrupted. Please enter me into the drawing. Thx!

  61. Goldie P
    August 18, 2014

    I'd love to read this book. I've never entered a blog giveaway before, but am intrigued. Thanks!

  62. Charis
    August 19, 2014

    Oh I hope I can read this soon!

  63. Franky Hartman
    August 19, 2014

    I became a fan of Jen Hatmaker in January when I saw her speak at a Women’s Conference my mother-in-law invited me to. I used to consider myself a devout Christian when I was a teenager but after going through some pretty difficult experiences I have struggled with my faith. Recently I have felt that God has been “interrupting” my life in order for me to figure out what my calling is. I’m in the process of leaving a job with fantastic benefits that I’m unhappy with to go to a small company that is run by wonderful people but doesn’t offer any benefits. I’m also in the process of going back to school with classes starting next week and applying to volunteer for the Sexual Trauma Services in the area. I have been wanting to read some of Jen Hatmaker’s books but do not own any nor do I really have much expendable income since I have to pay for school. I would LOVE to receive a copy of “Interrupted” to dive deeper into Christianity. I’d especially LOVE to be able to participate in the study Jen will be doing online in the Fall.

  64. LeeAnn
    August 19, 2014

    Like several others have commented, I'm sure this is a challenging book, much like Radical by David Platt!

  65. Kristin
    August 20, 2014

    The book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. Thanks!

  66. Kaaren Heikes
    August 21, 2014

    I would LOVE to read this book (and, because adoption has made us downwardly mobile, too, I'd love to read it for FREE). 🙂
    Thanks!

  67. Rachel
    August 22, 2014

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. Christina
    August 22, 2014

    I would love to read this book!

  69. Christina
    August 22, 2014

    I shared on Facebook!

  70. Tricia
    August 23, 2014

    Just a quick amen to how you describe your adoption spirit. God works in mysterious ways. Thinking of you during these days.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      August 23, 2014

      Thank you, Tricia.

  71. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    August 25, 2014

    Looking forward to reading it…for FREE 🙂

  72. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    August 25, 2014

    Shared on FB

  73. Melissa Dunn Corkum
    August 25, 2014

    tweeted @corkboardblog

  74. Joelle
    August 26, 2014

    I don't know if you ever listen to Chris Fabry (he's on moody radio) but if you go to Chrisfabrylive.org you can click on past programs and listen to a show he did with Jen Hatmaker. I did not hear it myself but I believe the topic was subject matter of this book.

  75. Liesl
    August 27, 2014

    This book looks like a great, challenging, encouraging one! I have 7, and would love to win this one!

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