Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker

I'm excited to share about another great book with you, even more exciting is that I have a giveaway to share as well (read all the way to the bottom of the post for more details).

Last fall I had the privilege of hearing Jen Hatmaker speak at MomCon.  When I heard she'd updated and was re-releasing her book "Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity", I jumped at the chance to review and spread the word about her book.


This book tells of a compelling journey that God took a ministry family on (after interrupting life as they knew it), resulting in a new church plant, a new way to do ministry for them and many lives changed, including their own.  But the book is so, so much more than that.

I wanted to devour the book, to find out how the tension and questions being brought to the author's heart by God would be resolved.   Yet at the same time I knew I needed to go slowly to let the message soak into my heart to work through the lessons and challenges being brought to the surface.  It is a book I will likely read a second time.

Jen honestly walks readers through the tough and sometimes messy questions that God was placing on her heart during this journey, from who is the "least of these", what it means to serve others, and if it was possible in her life-long Christian faith walk and ministry that she might have been missing something so close to God's heart.  I also appreciated that her husband added his perspective to this journey and how God was working in both their lives uniquely to allow them to make this huge life change together.

This book was challenging, refreshing and yet accessible.  It is a great book for anyone who has grown up in the church, especially those who have wondered how to reach out to those outside the church walls or have ever felt a sense that there must be more.  It held so many great reminders about serving others as a way of life (living on mission), not something you "do" at a set time/schedule/trip and the importance to leave margins in your life to allow you to love others through serving.


If you haven't read anything by Jen Hatmaker, see her author profile below and check out her blog.  Her writing style in her book mirrors her blog, like she is telling you this story as a friend.  In fact after hearing her speak this fall, I can almost hear her voice in my head as I read her words.  She is honest, funny, writes from her whole heart and as she states "I over share and have no discernable filter".

God is moving today and through us He can do the "new" thing the world is waiting for.   Are you brave enough to let God interrupt comfortable to do something brave?


More About the Author

Jen Hatmaker is the author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and A Modern Girl's Bible Study series. With a heart for her generation, she speaks at conferences around the country. Jen resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Brandon, and their five children. To learn more about Jen and follow her blog, go to www.jenhatmaker.com.



I was provided a copy of this book to read and review, in addition to a copy to giveaway.  My review and opinions are my own.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Begin

This week I'm again participating in Five Minute Fridays hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker, encouraging bloggers to write on a prompt unedited for five minutes.  I didn't want to miss this week -- its the last time Lisa-Jo will be hosting Five Minute Fridays at her blog.  Next week the passionate and loving Five Minute Friday community it will be "meeting" at Kate Motaung's blog.  This week's prompt: BEGIN


GO

Sometimes the beginning takes the most bravery.

Something new.  Something unknown.

Taking that first step out the front door and beginning a new journey.

When I stand at the point of beginning, I usually can't see the end or even how many twists, turns, rocky or smooth places the road may contain.  The not-knowing often adds to my fear but yet if I knew all I'd need to walk through, I might not be able to take that first step.

Kindergarten is just one month away for our precious son.  A huge important beginning for him.  It is the topic of frequent conversation and soon we'll busy getting everything ready for his first day.  His excitement reminds me of the hope and potential that a new beginning brings.

This fall is a beginning for me too.  A new schedule, new normal.  I've been praying and pondering how best to use the days while he is at school.  Volunteering, a job, something else.  I struggle to wrap my mind around what this new normal might look like.

I've also been pondering the beginning of our adoption journey that seems so long ago now.  I was so certain that there would be another little one in our family by the time our son headed off to kindergarten.  I couldn't see the winding path that brings us to this point, this transition.  In many ways I'm thankful for that.

I trust in God who knows all beginnings, sees all endings and all the winding curves in between.  Whether it be the first step or a hundred steps later, He is there beside me reminding me that everyday is its own new beginning.

STOP

Today, I am linking once again with the passionate and loving Five Minute Friday community, hosted each week by Lisa-Jo Baker.  Come join the fun.

Five Minute Friday

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Books While We Wait - July 2014 edition

As you know, we are buying a new children's book each month while we wait. Since the original post has gotten rather long to keep reposting.  I will still update the original list and have added a link near the header, but each month I will only post about the new book.  If you want to see the entire list, please feel free to click on the link at the bottom and review the other ones :)


The Knight and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Bravery by Amanda Jenkins and Tara McClary Reeves

This heartfelt book is about a knight who protects his bug friends bravely during the day but struggles with being afraid of the dark every night.  A friendly firefly helps him face his fear using Truth about our Heavenly Protector, specifically Psalm 91, learning that with God we are never alone.  The illustrations were beautiful and our son connected with the story.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tball memories

Last week was the end of summer tball for our kiddo so here's a few more pics to share:
tball memories

I love how the preschool tball group here just practices.  No games, no keeping score, and less waiting.  Instead there was lots of time to play catch, practice fielding, hit the ball, and have fun.  Of course they ran the bases and played the favorite Base Tag game too.  Our kiddo had tons of fun, enjoyed seeing his friends, and found a great use for some of his endless little boy energy.

Tball was again a summer favorite but its ending means summer is slipping through our fingers.  Hoping for plenty more summer fun on the gravelly road.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Fridays: Bloom

This week I'm again participating in Five Minute Fridays hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker, encouraging bloggers to write on a prompt unedited for five minutes.  This week's prompt: BLOOM


GO

Our garden is full of blooms.  Colorful promises of a future harvest.

Some plants create so many blooms, others just a few.  Some are simple and small.  Others large and loud. But not every bloom will create a vegetable or something to harvest.

Some blow off in a storm or strong wind, some shrivel and fall, and others are eaten.  But the healthy plants keep blooming.

I've written it many times... bloom where you are planted.   A hope I've written in cards for other moms in my small group these past two springs.  A cheerful cards, heartfelt words, and a packet of seeds.  Something small but hopefully encouraging.

But have I bloomed where I'm planted?  Yes and no.  Sometimes I am more like the plant that just keeps growing and stretching trying to reach something beyond, something next, something else.  The plant whose vines need to be carefully moved to keep it from being eaten or trampled.

It is so hard to work at blooming here, now, in the waiting.  Easy to forget the need to continue to put down deep roots to gather enough water for more blooms.  Easy to worry my blooms will be too small or simple. In the busy season of mothering, its so easy to be caught up in the overwhelming to-do list and the sometimes loneliness of caring for little people.

But God is my gardener.  He provides the water.  He watches out for weeds and predators. He gives his Son.  I need to use what He's provided and bloom. He is Enough.

STOP



Today, I am linking once again with the passionate and loving Five Minute Friday community, hosted each week by Lisa-Jo Baker.  Come join the fun.

Five Minute Friday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Feeding the Chickens

Grandpa and Grandma bought him a slingshot this weekend... with clear instructions that it was for shooting marshmallows.

Marshmallows are sticky when squished and shot, over and over again.  Plus the dog eats them.

So this was the alternate we came up with -- shooting dried-out bread to the chickens (or AT the chickens) not sure he made the distinction.  Of course he also had to test how far he could send the bread :)

He was happy, the chickens were happy and I had fun taking the pics :)

Just how life works as a mom to a boy here on the gravelly road.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Wonderful Day

My sister came to spent the day with us yesterday... watched tball practice, played legos, ate lunch with us (cupcakes for dessert) and then joined in the laughs as the kiddo showed off his slip-in-slide skills.  It was a wonderful day.  Our son is so lucky to have her as his aunt!

tball and outside summer fun

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