I may not agree on everything that Jen Hatmaker says, but I do appreciate listening to where she’s coming from and hearing her heart as she pours it on her pages. Before I can even comment on the pages within, I need to start at the beginning. Like the very beginning. The cover screams Jen Hatmaker and is beautifully done. Usually that’s where the beauty of a book stops, though. I loved how it carried through from the first page to the last. The quotes are beautifully written, the font was perfect, and I found myself often just thinking about how much I loved the beauty of this book. I hope more authors and publishers can create this type of a beautiful book over and over again.
Of Mess and Moxie was a quick read for me because it flowed so nicely. It wasn’t overly long chapters, but it was enough to read in between chores or tasks that needed to be completed. She opens up the book with Unbranded, which gives her readers the freedom to change as they grow. She acknowledges that we’re not the same people we once were, and that’s okay. She throws in some transparency by talking about her own relationships within her family in this chapter and especially later in the book when she discusses her private baby. I loved that chapter! I could see it and understand it well within my own family.
When she talks about the grocery store, I wanted to shout “Amen!” My introverted self may do a few things that she does just to make it to the end of the store without some awkward conversations. And the chapter about not waiting to invite people into your home until it’s perfect was timely. I loved how she reminds her readers that it’s not about having a perfect home with only one style of decorating. Mix it up! Be you!
There’s been a lot of backlash on Jen from what she has stood for on certain issues. I may not agree with her on all of them, but I did appreciate her chapter on No Strings Attached. We are called to love. It doesn’t mean we have to flip the Gospel around to please people, but we are called to love. She shares some excellent listening tips to really show people that we are listening and we do care. If we’d listen instead of arguing, perhaps more of the world would see that we love them by our actions.
Another one of my favorite chapters was on fangirls. She shares how even though she’s had a little bit of fame, her readers shouldn’t elevate her or any other leader because they will be disappointed. She says we all need to be each other’s fangirls. We can over-love them, over-encourage them, and be their biggest fans. What would our friendships look like if we did that?!
I love how she is so transparent over mistakes made and even lessons her children have had to learn the hard way. From a parent’s perspective, it was encouraging to hear how she doesn’t take these mistakes as assaults against her character. It’s so easy for me to get embarassed over my children’s actions, and I appreciate how she talks about her children owning their mistakes. Does it hurt the parents heart? Yes. But they still learn from the consequences, just like we did.
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