Many of you know that I was given the opportunity to review the revised edition of Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted. Although I finished it a while ago, I have been unsure of what to say because there is just so much I to say. So, here it goes…..
Jen’s writing is a mix of sarcasm and empathy that keeps the reader totally engaged. Interrupted is the story of her revelation regarding how her daily Christian walk mirrored what Jesus taught about serving the powerless—the marginalized—his sheep—those in greatest need. Jen realized she was stuck on the merry-go-round of suburban Christian life, simply serving out of obligation and comfort, yet never risking that comfort for those in desperate need.
The book chronicles her family’s blind obedience to the “new” calling God placed on their hearts to serve the marginalized of their community, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Austin New Church (ANC). Jen learned that serving must become an all-encompassing process in which the servant lives, eats, and breathes with their community. It requires one to literally place themselves in the midst of the greatest need, just as Jesus did. In this way the love of Jesus can truly permeate the people of the community. This is a far cry from the bible-bashing preacher that rattles belief into people or the tract-giving witness that shares the story of the gospel and a sandwich only to return home to their warm bed, never understanding the plight of the people.
Jen also argues that the needs of our world have changed drastically since the days of the bible. Not only the poor and marginalized are in need, but Millennials also desire to see genuine Christian faith in action, to replace the preconceived notions they have formed about Christianity that prevent them from seeking God. In today’s world, people are not easily won for the gospel if they feel they already “have it all”. This is why, as servants, we must be willing to be placed in the midst—wherever we are; to truly dig our heels in, create meaningful connections, and love others with the same love Jesus modeled for us.
So, what do you think? Does this sound like a book you would be interested in reading?
For me, it was completely revolutionary. Completely revolutionary.
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Thanks for reading!