We got a link to download a pdf of the watermarked draft copy of the book, and I started reading right away. I could not put the book down. Six hours later, I finished, and had that sad feeling you always get at the end of a really good book, like you're saying goodbye to a dear friend. I laughed so hard throughout most of the book, and wept a bit as truth and grace washed over me. The very first chapter, Worst Beam Ever, was so freeing that if you bought the book only for that one chapter, it would be money well-spent. Here's the really good news...there are so many chapters full of nuggets of wisdom and grace and truth; and alongside those chapters there are some that are so hilarious that you'll cry from laughing so hard, and quite possibly embarrass yourself if you happen to be reading the book in the waiting room of a doctor's office.
The launch team participants were given the opportunity to write an endorsement for the book. Here's mine - For the Love is a must-read book for any woman who is overwhelmed, overcommitted, and feels like nothing she does is enough (#everywomaneverywhere). Jen Hatmaker says all the things about all the things in her wonderfully witty way that will have you laughing out loud in the doctor’s waiting room (#awkward), and then nodding along in agreement (#preach), and then shedding tears of relief as you realize her words to be true and suddenly you find your first taste of freedom as grace washes over you. You’ll feel as though Jen is your new best friend and she is speaking truth and love and wisdom into your life, showing you how you can live an abundant life free from overcommitment, guilt, shame, and sin; growing in love and deep relationship with your friends and family members. She will give you renewed hope for the church, especially if you have been hurt by church people in the past. If you are weary and heavy-burdened, her book can help lighten the load as she points you to Jesus, the Giver of rest.
You can find many nuggets of the truth and grace I'm talking about if you search #forthelove Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It's a virtual party going on - come join in the fun!