Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.
Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.
But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.
Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, Big Sister Emeritus, and Chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change (“Everyone, be into this thing I’m into! Except when I’m not. Then everyone be cool.”) or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip (“Why are we in San Antonio?”), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted “in the moment” no matter what the moments hold.
Jen Hatmaker has a refreshing way of being blunt and brutally honest. Although I don’t necessarily agree with everything she says but for the overall message of the book it is very good and very encouraging to see we are not alone. We don’t have to do life alone and the importance of friendships, love, forgiveness and the grace of God.
I found the book to be a refreshing read and I do recommend that you do not just take my word for it, read it for yourself. I like her honesty and the way she writes and I enjoyed the fact that she is real and not hiding behind a facade. Life is messy and as women we need to be full of moxie to get through. Lets lean on our tribe and do life together.
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