Today is FINALLY the day!!!
It’s launch day for Jen Hatmaker’s new book For the Love:Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards!!!
I’ve blogged and posted a few times about being on the Launch Team for this book, and I just can’t tell you what a fabulous and beautiful experience I’ve had sharing life with people around the globe. We have prayed over, cheered for, and cried with one another through births, deaths, health scares, and homelessness. The community in our Launch Team group is the kind of community Jen writes about in her book.
In April, as a Launcher, I got the opportunity to write an endorsement for For the Love. Mine didn’t make it into the book, but I wanted to share it with you, and expand on it a little more.
So, here’s what I wrote:
First, I need to share something personal and a little frustrating with you. I became a Christian at the age of twenty-five, and was baptized when I was twenty-six. Three weeks after my baptism, we moved. The church home we chose at our next duty station was an amazing place, and it was full of young families like us. My struggle as a new Christian was finding an older “been there, done that” woman to mentor me and help me grow. There weren’t many older ladies, and I was too embarrassed to say “Hey, I’m new at this!”, so I simply went without a spiritual guide, and pretty much adopted the motto “Fake it til ya make it” for a lot of years.
In 2012, I read “interrupted” by Jen Hatmaker. For the first time a woman, with much more experience and knowledge than I had, was mentoring me with each turn of the page. And all she did was point me to Jesus. There was no “5 Things You Need to do to Be a Better Christian” sales pitch. It was simply “Read what Jesus said and did, do your best to live like Him, and love people.” Now, Jen has said many more things in many more books, but the reason I love her so is because, no matter what, Jen always points to Jesus.
For the Love is a very different book than Interrupted, but its message is just as urgent and relevant in our lives:
“A worthy life involves loving as loved folks do, sharing the ridiculous mercy God spoiled us with first.”
The idea is that we should be so completely grateful for the mercy shown to us by God that it overflows into the way we treat others and ourselves. Our friends, coworkers, families, and even enemies are deserving of our mercy because we are so undeserving of His. Jen also believes in showing ourselves mercy—because so many of us are our own worst critic.
I could write so many more things here, but I want you to read the book instead! So, here’s what I’m going to do:
I’M GIVING YOU THE BOOK!!!
Yes, you read that right! I’m giving you a copy!
Actually I’m giving you two. One for you, and one for a friend!!!!
Here are ways to enter the random drawing:
First: “Like” the Becky Yurisich- Author Facebook Page. (this is the only mandatory part!)
Next: “Like” this blog post on Facebook. (One Entry)
Then: Share the post on Facebook. (One entry)
Last: Comment on this blog post in the box below. (One entry)
For Bonus entries: Tag a friend you would like to share your extra copy with in the Facebook comments. (One entry for each person you tag!)
You can do one of these things, or all of them! Just make sure to “like” the Facebook page for your entries to count!
Entries will be accepted from 10:00 am EST on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 until 10:00 am EST on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Any entries after the time expires will not count toward the drawing.
Winners will be announced via the Becky Yurisich- Author Facebook page on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
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