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“Let’s lay down our junk, our wonky junk that messes up relationships and community and togetherness. We won’t let our own crazy stop us from affirming each other and banging the drum for our sisters.” –Jen Hatmaker, For the Love
Amen! Considering my two-year-old refers to all school buses and minivans as a “cwazy bus”, you can guess that our family has so. much. crazy. And in that crazy, if you’re in our house for more than two minutes (particularly during homework time or bedtime), you will definitely hear me exclaim, “FOR THE LOVE!” It’s a catch-all expression that I won’t be embarrassed to hear repeated from the mouth of my toddler or in an email from my kid’s teacher. You spent two hours flinging laundry around the upstairs instead of putting it away?? FOR THE LOVE. The kids are fighting while brushing their teeth (again)? FOR THE LOVE. You managed to unscrew the faucet head while seeing how far the sprayer would stretch so that the whole time you were doing dishes the cabinet under the sink was flooding? FOR THE LOVE! (These are all hypothetical examples, of course. My house never looks like a hurricane-tornado came through it.)
When I heard the title of Jen’s new book, I knew I would love it. I mean, a book with the same title as my go-to you-are-driving-me-CRAZY expression? Winner. And I did enjoy reading Jen’s thoughts on marriage, parenting, church, friendships, and fashion through the lens of “fighting for grace in a world of impossible standards.” I came away with permission to breathe, to trust Jesus more, to not get everything right all the time. Except for leggings-as-pants. Leggings are not pants, ever.
I would normally do a giveaway, but you see, I bought an autographed copy because I was that excited about this book. If you ask nicely and live in Waco, I will lend it to you, though!