Book Review: For the Love


For the Love

Jen Hatmaker

Goodreads Summary:

The popular writer, blogger, and television personality reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ extravagant grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people.

The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning first with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, live for, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, struggle with, compare ourselves to, and judge. People are the best and worst thing about the human life.

Jen Hatmaker knows this all too well, and so she reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us. By doing this, For the Love leads our generation to reimagine Jesus’ grace as a way of life, and it does it in a funny yet profound manner that Christian readers will love. Along the way, Hatmaker shows readers how to reclaim their prophetic voices and become Good News again to a hurting, polarized world.

My Thoughts:

Jen Hatmaker’s writes as she blogs – in a “chatty” style that makes you feel like you’re her BFF and you’re sitting down with a cuppa.  I love reading her things.

For the Love was so much fun to read.  I kept taking pictures of passages and texting them to people… or making my children listen to me read them aloud (which they probably didn’t appreciate as much as I did, but they tolerated me anyway).  She is so. funny.  Even though there is a general feel and theme to the book, the chapters in this book are each more like separate essays than chapters all pointing toward the same end.  There’s a mix between humorous and serious.  I would say the general feeling you have when you finish the book is that no one’s perfect and it’s okay because we are made perfect in Christ.  That we should share grace with others as freely as it has been given to us.


Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers?  Yes!  Absolutely!  I’ve already purchased two additional copies and mailed them to people.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Yes, but she probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much right now as she will in 20 years.


5 of 5 starts.

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.


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