Book Review: Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker was published by Thomas Nelson. I chose this book for review and was provided a complimentary hardcover copy for my honest review.

If you follow Hatmaker on Twitter or FB, or if you’re signed up for her EF newsletter, you know she’s a hilarious down to earth Austinite. I first found out about Jen Hatmaker when I read her book Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. Thereafter, I followed her.

This book is definitely moxie. Moxie is defined on the back cover of the book as “The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; sass, determination, pluck.”

Of Mess and Moxie gives women permission to find grace and courage in all the ways they feel like they’re losing at life. When a woman goes through a mess, Jen reminds us it’s not because we’re failures; it’s because we’re alive, braving the world one story, one messed up lunch bag at a time.

My favorite chapter of the book is “Sanctuary” where Jen speaks of her father-in-law, Bob. Gathering stories is a writers dream and it sounds like Jen gets plenty of these from him. Her candid take from him being bullied into salvation. Jen writes of this:

“Sometimes the one place we should all be most welcomed is the very place we are most rejected; the house of healing becomes the inflicter of pain” (Hatmaker, 124).

Jen reminds us we don’t worship the church, we worship Jesus. And that Jesus makes sanctuary safe. That means safe for everyone – sinners and saints. I think Jen touches on an epidemic currently plaguing the church and where we seek refuge, comfort, and nurturing guidance for our souls. The book is hilarious, but it is not lost on Jen just how much we need church and we need to be inclusive of everyone. Mess, moxie, and all.

I recommend this book because it delivers on its promise to bring us mess and moxie. It presents the joy in a crazy life. It makes a great gift for a girlfriend or your mom.

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Cover photo credit: Photo by Sam Manns on Unsplash