Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity - eBook  -     By: Jennifer Hatmaker
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781631463549
ISBN-13: 9781631463549

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Interrupted follows the author’s messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, “What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?” She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor’s wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.

Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    must read.
    November 20, 2015
    Alison
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    This book wrecked me in the best possible ways. Jen Hatmaker herself says that if you only read one of her books to read this one. She speaks candidly, with humor and painful vulnerability about what it looked like for her family to shift in their thinking from pursuing comfort to pursuing the things Jesus says he cares about, such as caring for the poor and needy. It felt like a timely book for my heart, in light of the current conversations and decisions regarding refugees being made, even this week.

    This is what God taught me through Judas at Jesus table, eating the broken bread that was His body: We dont get to opt out of living on mission because we might not be appreciated. Were not allowed to neglect the oppressed because we have reservations about their discernment. We cannot deny love because it might be despised or misunderstood. We cant withhold social relief because were not convinced it will be perfectly managed. We cant project our advantaged perspective onto struggling people and expect results available only to the privileged. Must we be wise? Absolutely. But doing nothing is a blatant sin of omission. Turning a blind eye to the bottom of the grounds of unworthiness is the antithesis to Jesus entire mission. How dare we? Most of us know nothing, nothing of the struggles of the poor. We erroneously think ourselves superior, and it is a wonder God would use us at all to minister to his beloved. (62-63)

    So often I do make judgment calls that arent mine to make. Jesus reminded my heart that he is the one to evaluate the human heart, not me. I am to open myself to him. I am not responsible for outcome, only obedience. One of the parts that spoke the most to me was Jen giving up the need to decide who deserves help. We are only qualified to administer mercy, not judgment, because we will pull up many a beautiful stalk of wheat, imagining him a weed. (64) I highly recommend this book. (As a side note, her husband Brandon has a few chapters throughout, outlining what his experience was like in the midst of Jens own journey. I loved getting both sides of the story!)
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    great!
    November 22, 2014
    lau
    loved the book.
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    Amazing Read
    August 26, 2014
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    Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker is one of those books that you read and then think, Wow. The author was like most Christians: went to church, attended Sunday School, volunteered when she could, read her Bible regularly, and prayed daily. However, it wasnt enough and she found herself asking God what else was there and for Him to give her a passion to make her lifes mission. What happened was amazing. God answered her prayer and gave her a passion to minister to those who were the lost, least, and last. As she and her husband ministered to the needs of the least, lost, and last, their hearts and lives changed. Their marriage became stronger as well as their faith and relationship with Christ. I found this book to be very humbling and it made me really wonder how my faith is and what my mission on earth is. I havent found my mission yet, but this book has started the journey to what that might be and I recommend every Christian read this, especially those who are not satisfied with their relationship with God and who want more.
  4. The Hot Dry Desert
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Encouraging, Possibly Life-Changing Read
    August 11, 2014
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
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    This book was definitely an encouragement to me. It didn't teach me anything new, but it was inspiring to see there are people all over the world who want what I do: to love and serve Jesus with all their hearts, and to show the world (or the grocery store clerk, or the lady at the park with her kids, or whoever happens to be wherever you find yourself) who He is by living each and every moment for Him. I think this book would be an especially life-changing read for anyone who takes their Christianity for granted, who's just going to church for what they can get out of it, or for adults who grew up in the church as kids. As someone who got saved and became on fire for Jesus as an adult in her early 20's at a church that preaches this kind of message often, I guess I felt like God had already shown me these things, but the message of the book definitely resonated with me and encouraged me! It's always good to be reminded or where our hearts should be.
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    Interrupted: A Review
    August 4, 2014
    Cassie Hale
    Indianapolis, IN
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    There is nothing I more enjoy than reading a book that forces me to step outside of myself and re-evaluate what I think (and feel) about certain ideas. I love reading books that strengthen my faith

    while challenging me to take the next step on my journey with Christ, and propel me into real action. Yes, the Bible alone is certainly efficient enough to spur such change, and only with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, he did place prophets (and prophetesses) in our path to give us a good kick in the pants when we seem to completely miss the point or disobey in general. "Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity" by Jen Hatmaker was that book for me. She was the prophetess the Holy Spirit sent to give me a swift kick in the pants, AND to confirm all the wrestling/longings/desires I had been trying to grapple with as a follower of Jesus as well.

    This is one book I do not want to spoil for you by giving you too much "play-by-play" action, so let me just hit on a few things. First, the title alone should pique one's curiosity. Some of you may be in the camp that thinks, "I've never been comfortable," while the other group may be in the category that thinks, "there is not a thing wrong with my being comfortable." I fall into a third group, and one I believe Jen is speaking directly to (though she really is speaking to all 3). My camp is the one that says, "There has GOT to be more to this Jesus walk than this. Why do we look so rich while the communities around us are struggling so much? Why does 'church' look so different in America than just about anywhere else? Am I obeying Jesus??"

    I am not comfortable, and I haven't been for a long, long time. In all transparency, that has led to me wandering a bit through the desert--which just ended up being time spent in different denominations trying to figure this all out. So, my second point would be that this book brings us to a point in which we have to honestly answer that tension-causing question, "Is this really it?? Are we doing what we were called to do?" Again, Jen helps us to see, through her prophetic reasoning, that we really might be missing the big picture. You know, the one in which Jesus really did say to us (and in which he meant so in the most literal sense): Feed my sheep, feed the poor, take care of the orphans, and widows, love your enemy, pray for your enemy, love your neighbor as much as you love yourself, visit me in prison, stand up for the oppressed, etc. He didn't just say those things because they sounded pretty nice. He died for them. He meant it, and he meant for us to listen and do. One verse Jen points out in Ezekiel has penetrated my heart so deeply. It comes from Ezekiel 16:49: "Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom; She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy." If this doesn't sound like the American/Western church in general, I don't know what does.

    Another reference Jen makes to herself is that of a "recovering legalist". Oh, boy. This is so true of me, and while I struggle as she does in the area of always trying to get the law of the letter just right (and in my OCD way of thinking, I mean that . . . to the very last jot and tittle), I so often miss the application part. You know, the part where Jesus tells you to do it, and instead of trying to exegete the death out of that passage, "just to be sure you don't get it wrong," you JUST DO WHAT IT SAYS. Novel concept, I know. And this is my third point: Jen shares the struggle, but she also shares the beauty of the discovery (and might I add simplicity) of simply obeying Jesus command to "Go". Go to the least among you and show them Jesus. Don't wait on them to come to your pretty church building, with your pretty music, and pretty programs. Take Jesus TO them. We are literally surrounded by sick, hungry, dying, unloved, uncared for human beings that just need Jesus--not our stipulations and man-made rules.

    This is the reason, I believe (and Jen speaks of), that many of us followers of Jesus feel less than satisfied "doing church" each week. We are ignoring the most basic commands Jesus himself gave us. The consequences are grave. People are dying because we are the sisters in Sodom. We are those who were overfed while the rest of the world is starving to death, arrogant about our model of church and how "right" we have it, because after all! Look how blessed we are! We are those who are unconcerned--we can't see it, so it isn't real to us. But it is real. And the most basic?? Are we helping the poor and needy? Are we giving up of ourselves for someone else?

    Many of us cut our teeth on Jen with her work, "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess". If you felt more than convicted by it, you really MUST read Interrupted. I hope it speaks to your heart and settles some of that dust in your mind. If you aren't sure about the whole poverty thing, you need to read it simply to be informed. The statistics alone were enough to bring me to my knees. And I mean that. I cried. A lot. And that was just the first few chapters.

    I feel very passionate about this book being the catalyst needed to kick you in the pants, get you diving back into your Bible, and making a big difference in your communities--both locally and globally. It may help you, as it did me, by simply putting out there that many of us feel a real disconnect between the church and God's Word.
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