In December of 2011, I first told you about this book that was wrecking my thoughts and thinking. It was called Interuppted, and it’s written by Jen Hatmaker. I did a little review on it here, but basically what you need to know is God used that book to speak to me at the beginning of my life “interrupted”. Stephen + I had just gotten home a few months earlier from our first mission trip to Africa, and our dossier [to adopt] had been in Ethiopia just a few short months. I was for sure searching, and seeking, and wondering what it really meant to live missionally. To live wrecked, interrupted, and gloriously ruined. I remember having a lot of questions, a lot of fear, and wondering how to live now that my eyes had been opened – and Jen’s book let me know that we weren’t alone out in those waters. As I said in 2011, reading this book & starting to pray about living missionally has already started to transform my thinking.
Enter July 2014, I was in Rwanda with Noonday + IJM sitting next to said author as she told me about her revised and expanded version of Interuppted. I knew right then I needed to re-read it. It was an honor to sit in that coffee shop that day and tell Jen that her voice has been one God has used in my life, and in our generation, to unlock scriptures and teaching for many.
If you have, or even if you haven’t, read any of Jen’s books – I would say (and she says too) THIS is the one to read. Without this book, she couldn’t have written 7 – this was the “prequel” as she says to 7. This book is her heartbeat. The revised + expanded version has so much to offer – not only new material but notes from her husband Brandon and much more. I mean the title just grabs you: Interuppted: when Jesus wrecks your comfortable christianity. It’s the story of God taking the Hatmakers and plucking them out of ” complacent, comfortable, safe Christianity” and dropping them into “the deep end of struggle, injustice, brokenness, and a hurting humanity”.
Has God done that to you? Has he opened your eyes to the hurting world around you and you just don’t know what to DO with it? Have you been in church all your life, like me, but missed some key scriptures about the poor and oppressed? You aren’t alone, sister. Let this book help mobilize you, educate you, convict you, and push you out towards what you are called to do.
I’ve loved re-reading this book, as the Lord is not done with us. He is continually wrecking our lives for Him and His glory and it’s books and writers like this one that help push us out the door. I don’t have it all together, I have so much more to learn, and God has so much left to speak to me. Reading this book 3 years into this journey He’s called us on, is even more confirmation that the best is yet to come.
Until reading this book, and hearing Jen speak several times, I hadn’t ever heard someone be so real about our interpretations of several scriptures talking about the poor. This is what I mean…
“hey, here’s something crazy: In the Word, poverty, widows, huger – these are not metaphors. There are billions of lambs that literally need to be fed. WITH FOOD”
I know reading this book will open your eyes and your heart to understand the scriptures we’ve read over and over, even deeper. It’s not easy, y’all, but it’s important. Will you take the challenge and pray about what could happen when we fully surrender, and allow Jesus to completely wreck and interrupt our lives?
I’m giving away 1 paperback copy of Interrupted today – simply comment and tell me why you want to get your hands on a copy of this book. Winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday.
|Jan 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.|
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Hi, friend! First, I truly am so giddy that you are here. I want you to know I believe in you and all the ways you are growing towards living a more intentional life. I genuinely hope you are encouraged from our time together here.
A little about me, I’m a type 7 on the enneagram, a total extrovert + people lover, entrepreneur, connector, storyteller, people gatherer, and passionate wife, mama + friend. I feel most alive when I’m exploring new places and surrounded by people I love. Give me a day in the outdoors disconnected from wifi, and I am a happy girl. I run on oat milk lattes, Jesus, gratitude journaling and kitchen dance parties with my four kids.
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Two of my favorite “internet people”! You and Jen Hatmaker! I’m about to finish the 7 Bible Study and I just absolutely LOVE her! I’d love to read Interrupted as well!
i would love to win a copy of this book because i want to give it to the friend who told me about Interrupted the first time! she’s a mom with four (count ’em, four!) kiddos and i would love to bless her with a copy. i have mine on order from NavPress…can not wait!
I want my life to make a difference.
After reading your thoughts on this book, I feel like it’s exactly where I am right now…wanting to know and explore how we can live missionally in the midst of everyday life. I immediately wanted to buy the book but I have just recommitted myself to our budget and I have no more “blow” money. So if I don’t win, I’ll just have to wait until next month:)
I think that every Christian woman could use an interruption to her busy life trying to juggle her family and faith. This sounds like a book that I need to read!!!
This book has been on my wish list for a while now. God has been breaking my heart for what breaks His over the last few years, and I’ve made some progress toward pursuing Him and others in that. I still feel like I have so much to learn in this area and I think “Interrupted” would be so helpful!
God has been opening my eyes so much over the last year or so. And now, in a new town, with what is seemingly like a fresh start, I am READY to start living an Interrupted life. Can’t wait to read this book!
Amidst infertility treatments, adoption, and a move to a new state (literally in a week), I feel like I’ve put faith on the back burner…. again … even though I’m craving that connection. This seems like a good place to start!
As a very tired wife in ministry, I would love some fresh perspective and encouragement. My faith has not wavered, but my focus has.
I have never read this, but would love to! What an impact it would have if we all lived interrupted! Love the title and summary! Love getting wrecked in the spirit!
Would love this book! It sounds amazing and just what I need at the point I’m at in life. My comfortable Christianity is being tested big time and I am fearful but also very excited for where God is taking me!!
oooh, I would love to get this book! With no English church and sketchy internet, I am SO hungry for some spiritual feeding!
I’d love to win a copy because it sounds like a book I need to read – to put my ear to the ground and have this book help me listen for my life to be interrupted.
I would love to win one to go through with the girl I mentor!
grace! you WON! email me your address firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d love to win a copy! I just finished reading Radical by David Platt and this sounds like it has a similar heartbeat.
I am in the middle of God stirring up my heart. I am searching for the next steps and trying to live in the moment and just love on those around me. I would love to read this book!!
oh i’d love this! i am almost done reading 7 (finally) and would love to read this!
Read this a while back but would love to re-read!
I’d love to get this book because I know God is already working on interrupting the plans I planned and I’d love to read Jen’s perspective on it. I’m excited to see what God has next in store. I’m pretty sure that God has placed a huge passion for Africa and adoption on my heart for the future.
I would love a copy of Interrupted! My small group just read Radical by David Platt. His book stimulated so much good discussion amongst our group, and the Lord showed me how many excuses I was making for the current “American Dream” life I am living. In the process, He broke my heart for the fatherless and for the poor. I stumbled across your blog and Sole Hope and so many other practical mission opportunities that have helped me begin transforming my life into His plan and not my own.
Oh, how I would love to read this book because I have already been wrecked in so many different ways, I would love to hear Jen’s perspective.
I cannot wait to crack the pages of this book. I feel like I’m in that place now that you were in when you got home from your first mission trip to Africa. Searching, seeking, and wondering what living missionally really looks like. My mind is filled with so many questions, a lot of fear & that same wondering that you had about how to live now that my eyes have been opened. That’s why I know I need to read this book; to give me that little push I need to step out of the invisible box and allow my life to be interrupted.
This book sounds awesome – I haven’t read a book in a while, and this sounds well worth my time!
I read 7 and I am just finishing Radical by David Platt. Interrupted is next on my list- can’t wait to read it!
I would like to read Interrupted because I’m at a flexible point in my life (done with school, but no marriage or kids) and facing endless possibilities of what living missionally would look like for me. Should I adopt? Should I look for a different job? Should I move somewhere? I have a hard time balancing the idea that God has me right where he wants me with me worrying that I’ve got it all wrong and actually I’m just being complacent and missing some higher calling. At the same time, it feels like for now at least, my place is my 9-5 job. I hope that reading Interrupted will help me figure out what I can do for the poor and oppressed when my full time job is not helping the poor and oppressed. Sometimes I feel envious of people who know exactly what they’re supposed to do to help because besides giving money to causes, I don’t know what that looks like for me. Anyway, that is a really long answer to the question, but I hope Interrupted will help me work through some of those things! Thanks for doing the giveaway!
Oh my word. I recently learned of Jen Hatmaker and haven’t read any of her books yet. Would love to have this to read while I’m home on maternity leave next month.
I DO think I have become too comfortable with my faith. Starting our Ethiopian adoption process 2 years ago, I started becoming wrecked for people living in poverty. And now, still going through this loooon enduring adoption process, I think I need a heart change to remind me what God says about living missionally and serving others, giving our lives to Him and His people.
I’m the a-type, schedule driven, don’t do well with surprises or change in life kinda gal. I like to be in control and know what’s coming around the corner so I have time to prepare for it. Yet, I know that’s not putting my trust in Him, opposed to being open to the idea of change, the unknown, God’s “schedule” not mine. I need a welcome interruption!
I’ve been so excited and scared to read this! I would love a copy of Interrupted.
I’ve been so excited and scared to read this! I would love a copy of Interrupted.
I’ve heard such good things about this book. This is the first time in our marriage that we have been “settled” in one place longer than a year. While that’s been a good thing in SO many ways, I’ve found myself lately becoming complacent and I hate that. Looking (first to scripture, of course) for something to read to bring a little kick in the “spiritual pants”! 🙂
I can not wait to read this book!
Gunna state the obvious: I would LOVE to have this book!!! Love. 🙂