Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity

by Jen Hatmaker
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Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
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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D_Elizaeth More than 1 year ago
Jen Hatmaker shares her discovery of REAL Christianity. I absolutely loved her honesty and openness and laughed at her at-times sarcastic storytelling. This book has given me a lot to think about for my own Christian life - challenging tradition at every angle and encouraging to live as Jesus showed us to live. Loved it.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
This book has been recommended to me for some time and I finally took the plunge. The timing could not have been better; as a relatively recent church planter there are so many things I related to and loved about this book. It was super validating and encouraging, and I literally read it in one day. I can't wait to have my husband read it (additionally, our 12 year old daughter ripped it out of my hands as soon as I was finished; after reading 7 and watching "My Big Family Reno" she is a fan of all things Hatmaker) - and although it's pretty deep for 12, I'm eager to hear what she thinks. "Interrupted" is the dissection of how God wrecked Jen's life in the best way possible, opening her eyes/heart/daily practices etc. to the journey He had for her - one that was rich and incomparable. By the way, if you are avoiding this book because you think it will be convicting, hey, that's all the more reason why you should do it anyways. :) If you've read 7 this is a must (I wish I had read this prior to reading 7 but hey, truth is truth no matter the order. Also, if you're planning to read 7, wait just a minute and read this first - it will be a richer experience.) Challenging, thought provoking, interesting; with her trademark humor and transparency throughout, this is an important read for anyone. I think Christ followers who are tired of the status quo or are convinced there is "something more" will be especially pleased. The overwhelming message I received from reading "Interrupted" is this: what God has specifically planned for you and I is certainly better than we can imagine, and when we are operating daily by being obedient to WHATEVER THAT IS, our lives and the lives of those around us will simply be transformed.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
I love Jen Hatmaker, but her books need to come with warning labels: "Warning--reading this book may be hazardous to your comfortable little life!" Seriously, Jen's tagline could easily be "Flip My Faith". (If she uses that, I get credit for it!) "Interrupted" is revised and expanded, with new material, which makes me wonder what the previous version would have done to my life. As it is, I have a lot to chew on. See, I'm one of those believers who feel like I'm missing something. I attend church, read my Bible, pray, and share my faith. But I still feel like I'm missing something. "Interrupted" tackles today's hot topic of serving the least of these, but Jen has a unique take on the 'movement' if you will. It's fresh, it's packed with humor, loaded with missteps and totally honest. In other words, it's livable. It's doable. It's practical. It's Gospel inclusive. It's dangerous. And Jen says if you only read one of her books, make it "Interrupted". I agree. Unless you're comfy and cozy in your faith. In that case, while you NEED to read "Interrupted", if you do, you'll end up feeling....well....interrupted! My thanks to my friends at Tyndale House Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Make "Interrupted" a part of your 'to be read' shelf. Right up there with "Crazy Love" and "Radical".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.