This book is a gift from God!
First, this book in no way, teaches a works mentality for salvation, but it will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone (and your pews) to live out the love of Christ. Jen is not trying to say that this is the only right way, in fact she says that not every church will do things the way God called her and her husband to, and that all serve a role, so it's not even about condemning other approaches to church. What she does is give an amazing example of how God put a call on her life and then details the beautiful way, God saw the call through to become a reality for His servant who wanted to be obedient to that call even though it was, at times, uncomfortable. Her writing is inspirational, spiritually sound, and humorous. I would love to meet her in person because it is obvious through her experience with the Lord and her sound understanding and fulfillment of the word lived out in her life that she is a Spirit-filled Christian and yet she is real, relevant and not a weirdo!!! No wonder God is using her to go out and "be the church". Her basis is that people are not coming to us anymore. Traditional church is not attracting people the way it used to (her research and stats will blow you away) and because of this God has called her and her husband (and many who have joined them) to go out and show the love of Christ without the main goal of getting their pews filled. Love first, then when God opens he door to share the gospel, they do. They do not shove the gospel down people's throat, condemn them for having differing beliefs or celebrating Halloween (God forbid) realizing very few souls are won by condemnation, judging and never by force, but they (like Paul) meet them where they are and simply live among "the least of these" and love them as Jesus not only instructed but demonstrated. The book will challenge you in some areas but I encourage you to read it through to the end even if there are parts that are hard to swallow or are hard to see yourself doing. If we would all take this call, I believe we would change the atmosphere and the reputation of Christianity to be what Jesus really meant for it to be....a reflection of Him!
October 18, 2013
Like enjoying a good cup of coffee with a mentor
Reading this book is like a long chat with a friend or a mentor over coffee. It's not preachy but definitely preaches. Jen shares her story with honesty, humor and passion and her words are a prophetic voice that so many of us need to hear.
February 3, 2013
Jen Hatmaker grew up in the Evangelical Church - Pastor's Daughter, attended a Baptist College, became a Pastor's wife. They had a comfortable, middle-class life when she asked God to make her faith more passionate - and BANG - He opened her eyes up to an entirely new perspective on living. Verses she had read her whole life suddenly came alive in new ways. All of that stuff in the Gospels about Jesus loving the least of these and His living among them came alive for her as she heard God tell her, "You do feed souls, but twenty-four thousand of my sheep will die today because no one fed their bellies; eighteen thousand of them are my youngest lambs, starving today in a world with plenty of food to go around. If you truly love Me, you will feed my lambs. My people are crumbling and dying and starving, and you're blessing blessed people and dreaming about your next house."
This book takes us through her journey from a comfortable but dry middle-class church life, through a scary transition time when friends thought they were crazy, to their starting an inner-city church in Austin, Texas where they now live in relationship with their neighbors and do what would be considered very unconventional things show those neighbors the love of Christ in very real, practical ways.
Jen Hatmaker is honest and genuine and funny. I loved this book. I had to read it in small chunks and let it soak in, even though I didn't want to put it down. There were so many times when I wanted to share quotes of hers with someone because what she was saying was so profound. Our small group is going to read this book together so we can all share in Jen's experience of a new perspective on Christian living. This book is a life-changer.
October 14, 2012
Jen is teaching "works" salvation!
Jen says: "This is how grave the gospel's challenge is: 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me' (Matthew 25:40). It is as simple as it is radical. If every believer obeyed accordingly, I daresay we would become the answer to all that ails society. These are the words by which we are sent, but wondrously, they are also the words by which we are saved." p. 101 of INTERRUPTED.
Jen has is backward. The Gospel is not a "challenge", it is an invitation. It is what Jesus did for us - not what we can do "for Him"! We are saved "unto good works" not "by them"! What "ails society" is the sin that separates us from God, and we cannot "fix" that by our good works!
I do not recommend this book to anyone!
October 5, 2010