Irresistible Revolution for the Mamas & the Papas {+ Free Book Giveaway}

August 14, 2014


Eight years ago, I was living in L.A.'s Filipinotown. I had been trying on this downwardly mobile lifestyle for about six years then. Sometimes it fit, and sometimes it was just too scratchy.

It was around that time I read Shane Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution. I was inspired by the book to be sure. But I also found validation. When I first moved into the city, I only knew a handful of people making similar life choices. Social justice, simplicity, solidarity... these words weren't as trendy as they are now. (Apparently, I'm 108 as I write this.)

Maybe most important of all, Irresistible Revolution offered me language. It helped me talk about the ideas stirring in my heart in mind. The book articulated some of my experiences of faith and the world.

Also, when I read Shane's book, I was single. I had zero children. And I felt free as a bird to live as an ordinary radical.

Recently, I've been reading Jen Hatmaker's Interrupted. She describes her own paradigm shift from giving talks entitled "How to Be a Woman of Confidence" to leaving a church post, future unknown, with a desire for "barefooted church."

Jen's story occurs when she was in a life station more similar to my current one. So the book has helped me reevaluate some of the ways this lifestyle is still influencing and challenging me.

I read about her and her husband feeling deeply that God was asking them to leave their jobs. And then the silence. She writes, "God may be leading you away without a clear final destination yet. As maddening as that is, could it be that He needs you to release what was before you can appropriately grasp what will be?"

I can relate to that tension of feeling certain what God is asking me to do, but panicked because I don't know why or how it's going to play out. That kind of drama was fun... before I had bills and kids and whatnot. So I have appreciated Interrupted because Jen is writing from a place that truly understands how uncomfortable it can be to throw off the comfortable.

When I made the decision to live in urban communities and be a part of the good things happening here, I wasn't really giving anything up. I may have been choosing a life direction that was different than expected. But people weren't shocked as I flung off my titles and my wealth and my influence. I didn't really have any of those things.

Not saying I have those now. But I do have experience and a house and my little plans. I was super challenged by these words:
"When Jesus told us to "take the lowest place" (Luke 14:10), it was more than a strategy for social justice. It was even more than wooing us to the bottom for communion since that is where He is always found. The path of descent becomes our own liberation. We are freed from the exhausting stance of defense. We are no longer compelled to be right and are thus relieved form the burden of maintaining some reputation. we are released from the idols of greed, control, and status. The pressure to protect the house of cards is alleviated when we take the lowest place."
Interrupted is encouraging me to take notice where complacency, materialism, and that "always seeking more" has reared up or taken root in my life. Are there areas I need liberation?

As much as I don't love thinking about that (who does?), I'm thankful for Jen's signature humor throughout the book. (To give you an idea, the first sentence in the Introduction is: "My parents rented our old house to murderers." Well, now that I think of it, maybe that wasn't supposed to be funny...)

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Interrupted from Jen's team. But I'm glad I did. The book has come at a good time for me personally. I'm almost finished, and I'd like to pass it on. I think you'll enjoy her wit, her honesty, and her commitment to the Word and following Jesus.

If you'd like a FREE (gently read) copy of Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker, just leave a comment on this post. (Must have a U.S. address to receive the book.) I'll randomly select a winner on Friday, August 22, 2014.

22 comments:

  1. Gina Hostetler10:39 PM

    Ugh. I'm not sure I want to read this book. Because conviction. You are right…when you are the only one to worry about it's "easy". When you have kids…it impacts how you see the world and your place in it.

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  2. Katie Beno Valencia11:06 AM

    I'd love to read this book.

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  3. Sign me up please!

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  4. Emily K. Stein2:39 PM

    I'm likewise always interested in learning more!

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  5. Whitney Fessler3:53 PM

    I would like to read the book as well. A few years ago Radical by David Platt rocked my world. I could stand to have it rocked again!

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  6. Vicki Shumko10:13 AM

    It's on my list to get as I'm reading "7" right now! Eager to see what God has in store for us!

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  7. Sarah, truth be told, I haven't ever read a Jen Hatmaker book?! This seems like a good one to start with. Also, I am so glad I have a US mailing address :)

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  8. abby grove6:23 PM

    I'd love a copy of this book! I studied "7" with a friend but haven't read this yet, especially the updated version.

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  9. I would love a copy!!!

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  10. Denise L Hershberger8:24 PM

    Oooo I would love a copy of this! Thanks!

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  11. Micah Kim9:30 PM

    I've been wanting to read this book! Jen says its the book of her soul... and if there is one book of hers to read that this one is it! It also fits very well with my dissertation topic!!! :)

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  12. Congratulations, Krista! You won! :) Can you please message me your address? I'll send that off to you this week. Yay!

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  13. Yes, I totally get that. Sorry to say, you didn't win this go-round. I hope things are well with you and your lovely family!

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  14. I have heard great things about that book, Whitney, but it's not one I've read myself. I already chose a winner for Interrupted, but I still encourage you to check it out! :)

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  15. I'd love to hear your thoughts on 7. I bought it as a gift, but haven't read it myself. I've selected the recipient for Interrupted now, but thanks for entering the giveaway, Vicki!

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  16. You know, Michelle, this was her first "book book" I've read. ha! I'm sure that's an official category. I read a devotional she wrote for moms. I liked some of it, but I think I'm a weird kind of mom who doesn't always resonate with things "written to moms." This I enjoyed more and I really like her blog, if you haven't read it. Sorry to say you weren't selected as the winner for this giveaway. Thanks for playing!

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  17. Thanks for entering, Katie! I've chosen a winner, but I hope you'll enter next time I do a giveaway!

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  18. Hi Emily! You should check out www.jenhatmaker.com and read her blog. I think you might like it. Sorry to say, I've chosen a winner for the book. Thanks for entering!

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  19. Sorry to let you know you weren't the winner of this giveaway. What did you think of 7? I haven't read that one yet, but it seems interesting. Thanks for playing, Abby! :)

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  20. Oh Micah - sorry you didn't win. What's your dissertation on? I'm intrigued! :)

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  21. Hi Denise! Thanks so much for participating. I already selected a winner, but best of luck to you next giveaway time!

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  22. Hi Grace! Thanks for joining in the fun. Sorry to say, the book winner has been chosen. Thanks for playing! :)

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