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Do you ever feel like you’re the odd woman out? That no one else gets you, thinks like yo
u do, prays like you do or hurts like you do? It’s simply not true. In For the Love, Hatmaker addresses a number of cultural, relational and spiritual issues that will resonate so deeply in your heart, and at first you’ll just whisper, “Me too,” but the next one will get louder, and soon you’ll be crying real tears and shouting, “ME TOO!” all the while laughing at the blurbs called “Thank you notes” (and so many more hilarious chapters) taken directly from her Facebook page. Jen is an amazing vessel of truth, and the more you read her work, the more you will feel like the normal human being you are. We are all in this together.
“Be you because you are superb.”
“Condemnation is a trick of the enemy, not the language of the heavens.”
“You are good at something for a reason. God designed you this way, on purpose. It isn’t fake or a fluke or small.”
“This is horsecrappery!” — Jen Hatmaker, For the Love.
That’s my review for “For the Love”, Jen Hatmaker’s book that came out in stores today. I had the privilege of actually being rejected for the launch team for this book. I say privilege because being rejected from this campaign will go down in history as a life changing event in my life and the lives of so many others.
5000 people applied, 500 people got in, 4500 did not. That 4500 turned into #the4500 and spawned a Facebook group that quickly proved itself an anomaly in this age of social media where people are unafraid to post and say things they may never actually say to someone’s face. Where the screen has become a shield of protection for those who wish to spew hatred and belittle other people’s values and opinions, #the4500, through the use of those same screens, became a place where that shield was dropped, walls crumbled and the healing power of the Holy Spirit came in like a flood, and continues to swell and crash over us. It’s been nothing short of amazing.
From that group Dauntless Grace Ministries was born. We saw that what we were experiencing in #the4500 and in some of the smaller spin-off groups was something that women were craving all around us, and while our little group was still safe and wonderful, it made more sense that we take this thing we’ve defined as true vulnerability to the rest of our people. We want to invite safety in friendship, depth in relationship, healing in the presence of the Lord and laughter, because that is a natural outflow of all the other things listed, into our real life encounters. There is so much ahead for DGM, I can hardly contain my excitement (or my calendar, but that’s another story).
On top of launching a ministry with some amazing girls, I have found some friendships that my heart has been seeking for years. Like-minded, Holy Spirit driven and slightly inappropriate, these girls have become my people. We know each others stuff, and we have responded with grace and love, wisdom and encouragement. I tell you, watching the journey unfold, starting with confession and ending with complete victory, has been a truly amazing thing. I often sit and read these words on my screen and simply weep because of the greatness of our God.
All because we were rejected.
We rejected that rejection and decided we were going to help launch that book anyway, because 1. We love Jen Hatmaker and 2. Because of what God has done through her and through that beautiful rejection letter.
The book is out today, as I mentioned. Barnes and Noble still has some signed copies available, it looks like, and they’re on sale! Go ye now, therefore, into the websites and stores, and purchase this book. You will want to go back and get a few more to give away, so why don’t you just pick up a few extra anyway. *wink wink*