For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (Signed Book)

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards (Signed Book)

by Jen Hatmaker

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ISBN-13: 9780718077600
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jen Hatmaker is the author of several books, including 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, and the star of HGTV's "My Big Family Renovation." She is also a blogger, speaker, and pastor's wife to husband, Brandon, and mom to five children.

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For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
emnelson More than 1 year ago
Through witty and provocative essays, For The Love touches on all aspects of life: marriage, parenting, friendship, church, balance, womanhood, unworthiness--in a way that's irreverently reverent. I found myself on many pages and thought of a dozen friends that could relate as well. Jen’s words illuminated the recesses of my heart as she emboldens us to intentionally live the simple message: Love God, Love People.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Thank you Jen! So many thought provoking moments and LOLs in the same book.
RebekkaD More than 1 year ago
I love Jen Hatmaker. There. I said it. And I mean it. We've never met in person, but I feel like we're soul sisters. She gets it. She really gets it. And she's able to write about it in a simple, yet profound; touching, yet hilarious style. I first became acquainted with Jen when I read "7." It was funny - REALLY funny. Like wet your pants kinda funny. But it was also deep and spiritual. (How on earth does she hit both of those extremes in one book!?!) So when I got the opportunity to review "For The Love," I said, "I'm in! Sign me up NOW!" "For The Love" did not disappoint. While it isn't the same "type" of book that "7" is, its great in its own right. Basically, "For The Love" is a series of Jen's personal musings on love. Its broken up into 4 sections: "Your Very Own Self," "All These People Who Live In Your House," "Friends, Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies," and "Church, Church People, Non-Church People, and God." Each section has several chapters on how to love "those people." Each section also has a "Thank You Notes" section similar to Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show "Thank You Notes" section. Its hilarious and totally relatable! (If you don't know what I' talking about, get on YouTube and type in "Tonight Show Thank You Notes." You'll laugh until you wet yourself - once again. What I loved about this book - other than the HILARIOUS writing style of Jen Hatmaker - is that you can really tell that its "her heart." Its what she believes, what she's learned, and what she's still learning. While I don't agree 100% with Mrs. Hatmaker on all of her theology (but really, who agrees 100% with anyone), she challenges me to really prove my faith. Why do I disagree? Are my beliefs in that area just personal or are they biblically based? If you want an enjoyable read with thought-provoking chapters and "laugh 'til you wet yourself" humor, you can't go wrong with Jen Hatmaker!!! Here's an example of the hilarious truth that you can find in "For The Love:" "At the writing of this essay, overalls are back. This is too painful to discuss. I beseech Thee, Lord, return them to dust by this book's printing, every last pair. My generation already suffered this blow in the 90s. The pictures live in scrapbooks and cannot be undone. I wore mine with turtlenecks, making my upper front quadrant a true calamity. It's too soon, God. The wounds are still fresh. Spare today's youth, we humbly pray." Preach it, Jen. You speak truth. I received a digital copy of this book, free of charge, from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
For The Love is a wonder book that makes you feel unburdened and closer to my family and GOD. the author said something that said it all, she said, "I deeply believe GOD wants this freedom for us. Scripture instructs us to live presently and joyfully resisting worry and believing JESUS set us free for freedom's sake. We have an abundance of good and perfect gifts...." isn't that perfect to what we need to hear? I received a copy of this book from Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. If you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker is a book made up of a collection of thoughts and stories, for the purpose of encouraging busy moms and others that it’s okay to not be perfect. This book was published in August of 2015, so it’s not as recent of a release as most of my books that I review, but I was invited to review it a good bit after it was published anyway. Hatmaker, as mentioned previously, mostly just talked about her everyday life as a pastor’s wife and mom of five. I’ve enjoyed one of her video Bible studies before, and I personally liked that better as it was less “rant” and more applicable to me (but that could just be me). I’ve also read books with similar themes to this, such as Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, or Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lisa TerKeurst, and, well, I just related to them more. This book, at the time of writing this review, has 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, so obviously it is engaging and relatable to others. In other words, don’t pass it by on account of me! I guess I just connected with Hatmaker more when I could see and hear her ramble rather than read it. Thank you so much to Harper Collins publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen talked about real life issues and trusting God. It made me laugh and made me think about my own relationship with God. How I can relate to things she is saying in her book. I wasnt much of a reader until I read this book. Now I am hooked. Excellent book!
CrisF More than 1 year ago
The title and subtitle of the book might be a little misleading, but I have to tell you: this is one of the best books I've read in a while. This book is not a cohesive unit, with beginning, middle and end. It is rather a collection of essays about various topics, in which the author expresses her opinion coming from a Christian writer, mother of five, married to a pastor, past forties person. Even though the essays doesn't necessarily connect with each other, they all are excellent. The author has an admirable sense of humor that she expresses with ease. I had to really struggle not to laugh out loud in the bus or in the subway while I read this book. It was a great read to both make me think about important issues, and make me relax at the beginning of the day or after a long day of study and work. Even though it might seem that the book might be targeted at a specific demographic (married christian women), I have to say that I am not in that demographic (I am single, past my forties, no children, no plans to get married, working for a living) and I enjoyed this book very very much. This is certainly a book that I will read again in the future (I am NOT used to re-read books). Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! It has great recipe ideas and will make you laugh until your stomach hurts. Relate to jens day by day life in so many ways!!!
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VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Jen Hatmaker has wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and a fearless honesty that has made her books read by women worldwide. I find that Jen Hatmaker’s audience must be made up of mainly a younger audience and for me is lacking in real substance. For the Love mainly is humorous, easy to read in small snatches, and occasionally makes a great point of practical theology. This book does not seem to be about finding how to primarily apply the grace to ourselves and others secondarily, only the author’s experience in how she responded to life circumstances. Jen Hatmaker reveals how to practice kindness, grace, truthfulness, vision, and love to ourselves and those around us. The cover makes a claim by reading this book you will read about how to reclaim your prophetic voice and become Good News again to a hurting, polarized world. For the Love falls short on this point. The book was full of should and shouldn’t with very little actual Scripture used. For the Love really is a collection of essays written on different topics like church folks, self-care, marriage, kids, Netflix, and difficult people. I would recommend this book if you are interested in a good read for some light yet inspiring Christian humor, it does not really show how to “fight for grace.” I received a digital copy of book from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.
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ShareeS More than 1 year ago
I’m not even sure where to begin my review about the book, For the Love by Jen Hatmaker. To say she’s an awesome writer falls short in describing her…well…awesomeness! This book had me laughing, praying, crying…you get the idea, I ran the full gamut of emotions. I probably would have finished it sooner had I not stopped so many times to read aloud portions to my family just so they’d understand why I was giggling at my book. Jen’s way of writing is so honest and delightful. I can’t provide every word that I highlighted because it basically encompassed 90% of the book, but let me give you just a few of my absolute faves! I love that she talks about how we have tried to do everything just right and in doing so we not only come up short, but we attack others for their similar failures. She writes, “Maybe we can lay down our fear and criticism, self-directed and otherwise. Maybe if we let ourselves off the hook, we can let others off too and discover that God was in control all along, just as He tried to tell us. He is good at being God.” (Location 50) On the ever popular topic of balancing home, work, church and community, Jen writes: “Balance. It’s like a unicorn; we’ve heard about it, everyone talks about it and makes airbrushed T-shirts celebrating it, it seems super rad, but we haven’t actually seen one. I’m beginning to think it isn’t a thing.” (Location 79) I think the most powerful quotes in this book is on the gospel and the problem with prosperity preaching: “If it isn’t also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true.” (Location 233) “The best we can do is give them Jesus. Not rules, not behaviors, not entertainment, not shame. I have no confidence in myself but every confidence in Jesus.” (Location 949) My favorite part of reading For the Love was getting to the end of each section’s Thank You Notes. Friends, I’m telling you, this is worth the book alone! One of my favorites says: “Thank you, Texting, for ensuring, that, if executed well, I’ll never have to talk on the phone again in my life. This is like a stay of execution for introverts.” (Location 1416) To which I reply a hearty, AMEN! For the Love is worth every single penny!! It’s undoubtedly on the top five books that I’ve read this year. Buy it for yourself, buy one for a friend, buy one for an enemy! It’s just that good! I received this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
Copygirl More than 1 year ago
When I discovered Jen Hatmaker's blog, I was hooked by her honesty and humor and grace. Her book Interrupted was like an assurance from a friend that I wasn't alone, that my thoughts weren't crazy, that the way I wanted to follow Jesus was possible. So I was excited for the release of For The Love. The idea of "Fighting for Grace" in our world was so necessary, especially with all the yelling on Facebook. I hate to admit I was somewhat disappointed. (Really, I hate to say that; I love Jen and what she stands for. Heck, I named her to my life board of directors even though I've never met her.) First, I was thrown by the randomness of the chapters. It felt like a collection of assorted blog posts. If the cover had said it was a collection of essays, it would have helped. Once I wrapped my head around this, I proceeded to enjoy the book. There were great chapters—"On Calling and Haitian Mom" and "Surviving School" and several others. There was the classic Jen Hatmaker humor running throughout. What upset me most was what wasn't there: The chapter, "Dear Christians, Please Stop Being Lame" said, "We'll talk about loving our neighbors later," but it never came up that I saw. The back cover copy said, "Learn to engage our culture's controversial issues with a grace-based approach." I didn't find that chapter either. In fact, I think I found the chapter I was craving in Jen's bonus essays to her email subscribers, called, "My Doomed Career as Your Judge." I'm very disappointed it didn't make the book. It's powerful and needed. I think in some ways I'm simply too old to be the target audience of this book. I love her message of being who God made you and not feeling you have to be perfect or like others, to live in grace. But at my age, /i've learned that—thank God! If you're a young mom trying to live a Pinterest-perfect life, get the book, devour it. Laugh. And be free!
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sds1 More than 1 year ago
So good! Jen Hatmaker is the best! I flew through this - was dying laughing in one chapter, crying in the next, and then so deeply challenged in the next! You definitely want to read this and share with your friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the Love is a collection of hilarious and thought provoking essays about parenting, marriage, friendship, church, community, grace giving and grace receiving. No matter your stage in life, you will recognize yourself in these pages. So thankful for Jen's fresh take on grace, truth, love, and Jesus in today's culture - can't wait to share with all my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I grew up in the church, it was just two years ago that I encountered the beauty of grace. So I have some re-learning to do. Jen’s humor and wisdom helped me find and embrace grace in even more areas of my life! This message of freedom is one I am eager for us all to hear and pursue."
pattierwr More than 1 year ago
Healing, humorous, and helpful. I got this book as I was preparing to move across North America. For the Love gave me laughter, it gave me teary-eyed moments, and it gave me new phrases, like "off the beam" and "leggings as pants" (just say no, friends...) and the best of all: "Be Kind. Be You. Love Jesus." If there is a book you want to give to all your friends, this would be the one. Jen Hatmaker has a smart and sassy sense of humor, and this book makes all of us feel that she's our very own bestie. She speaks truth in love and humor. Here is my endorsement of the book. It wasn't chosen to be printed in the book itself, but it's on the website. ======= Biblical, humorous, poignant, and sometimes just a little bit irreverent, every chapter in Jen Hatmaker’s latest book For the Love is focused on what the title says: Everything we do, we do for the Love: love for God, love for His Son Jesus, love for His people. All His people: the people in our homes, in our churches, in our communities, in the world. I laughed and cried in turn, and my heart was moved to love God and His people in real and tangible ways. What more could one ask for in one book? ===== Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy for review from the publisher.
JCNC19 More than 1 year ago
Life changing book - I love the focus on grace, love, laughter, and Biblical truth instead of how to be "good enough" or "better than" to be a Christian. Coming from someone who has felt the guilt and shame of never measuring up even while doing all the "right, churchy" things - this was a breath of fresh air. Love God. Love others. Those truly are the greatest commands of Jesus (see Matthew), and those are what I will be striving for now instead of "having it all together" or being "right" all the time. Grace is truly an amazing thing! Highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughter, tears, peace and silliness - Jen delivers it all! I just love her and For The Love is a fun and meaningful read.
LEDouglas More than 1 year ago
Reading For the Love, feels like a conversation with a friend over coffee filled with laughter, easy going conversation, and depth. In this book, Jen answers many of the questions I would want to ask her over parenting, her love for others, life, and the church. I view Jen Hatmaker as a mentor to the next generation of women, mothers and Christians. She uses her writing to inspire and challenge all the while making you laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I love about Jen’s book is how she makes me feel like we’re sitting on her front porch chatting over a Mason jar of sweet iced tea. One minute she’s giving me advice on my marriage and raising kids, the next she’s giving me hilarious do’s and don’ts on fashion and for the love…recipes! She speaks right from the heart and tells it like it is. Her words ring with truth and honesty. No matter your walk in life or where you are spiritually, Jen will gather you close and speak truth to your heart. Gather on Jen’s porch, drink in these words, and be blessed!
viperfamily5 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you read a book to be entertained, other times you read to learn. And, then, in a rare moment, there arrives on the scene a book that beautifully does both. From cover to cover, I was drawn in by Jen’s humor, inspired by her wisdom, and encouraged by her grace. This book sparked my heart and challenged my soul. Take this journey to rediscover what it means to really love yourself and your neighbor.
AndreaStunz More than 1 year ago
1. Gather these items: pen, highlighter, tissue and a large cup of soul juice aka coffee. 2. Get comfy because you'll be here a while. 3. Plan to laugh hard, cry just the right amount and 4. Open up all your social media accounts and get ready to share all the amazing things you're about the read. Oh and 5. Use the #forthelove While you're buying your copy, get a couple more to share. You're welcome.