I’m writing this post from the surgical waiting room. I have two family members in ICU in two different hospitals today. My kids start back to school this week–three kids, three different schools. We’ve got “meet the teachers” and back to school bashes, fingernails to paint, lunches to pack. I have a list of work and home projects that need my attention. I’m waiting on a call from a man about a job that could change the way we do life. And, last night, I lost my emotional composure while on a church-sponsored date night with my husband.
I am a mess.
Even though it may feel like I’m underneath a pile of cascading life events, I am capable of finding my way. This morning, I got up determined to do the next right thing, whatever that may be. I have a support team. My husband took time away from work to stand in for me at home. When I point out all the ways I’m less than, my friends assure me I’m doing better than the story I tell. As I turn the pages of my Bible, I read Jesus’s words, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26, NIV).
I’m a mess, but I’ve got moxie.
If you feel not enough, too much, overwhelmed, under-resourced, Jen Hatmaker has a word for you. Not just a word, but a whole book, actually. Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life brings an encouraging and empowering message for us messy women.
In her vulnerable, snarky style, Jen shares stories from her messy places. She is instantly relatable, making it ok to be flawed. She shares mom highs and lows, many of which you may have seen on her social media pages (like this slightly inappropriate but gut-busting, hilarious post from the Hatmaker dinner table). Readers have an invitation into the hurting places, some of which involve the church and messy relationships.
What makes Moxie such a treasure is the cheerleading and truth-telling going on her pages.
- “God is indeed glorified through our suffering, not because He is an egomaniac who profits from our losses, but because, truly, nothing bears a better witness than watching God resurrect someone’s life.”
- “Never fear, Mamas, the energy you are logging toward any tradition will not return void. You are building something special, and your kids will not forget.”
- “The longer we keep our heartaches tucked away in the dark, the more menacing they become. Pulling them into the light among trusted people who love you is, I swear, 50 percent of the recovery process.”
And just like the “Thank You Notes” in her New York Times Best Seller For the Love, Jen’s essays are cushioned by laugh out loud “How To” sections. These are the chapters that elicit the “what’s so funny” question from your husband as you snort and cackle your way through the book. Find out the secrets to life like “How to Ruin Your Toddler’s Life” and “How to Make Your House Look Clean While You Have Been Watching Netflix All Day, Because You Really Needed to Finish the Series You’re Locked Into.”
What About the Other “Stuff?”
It’s tricky these days, bringing a Jen Hatmaker book to you, in light of the year she’s had in the Christian media. I do not line up with the Hatmakers on all the issues, but Of Mess and Moxie is not about those issues. It is about truth and grace, life and laughter.
Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit with Jen on her front porch. She is loving, genuine, generous, and a champion for the underdog. It’s how she lives her life. That’s a message I can always get behind.
Find an audio excerpt of Of Mess and Moxie here.
If you want to know more about the book, check out my review of Of Mess and Moxie on Hollywood Jesus.
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