Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life

New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shou...

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Title:Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life Reviews

  • April  L

    Of Mess and Moxie has given me permission. Permission to be exactly who I am, permission to create, permission to fight for what I believe in and to build the kind of rich, wild, moxie-filled community that exudes love, grace and acceptance. "This wild and glorious life" is so full of joy and with these permissions, we can live it freely!

    As a 30 year old single woman, books like Of Mess and Moxie can make me nervous. I don't need the reminder that I'm single, or childless when I so desire those

    Of Mess and Moxie has given me permission. Permission to be exactly who I am, permission to create, permission to fight for what I believe in and to build the kind of rich, wild, moxie-filled community that exudes love, grace and acceptance. "This wild and glorious life" is so full of joy and with these permissions, we can live it freely!

    As a 30 year old single woman, books like Of Mess and Moxie can make me nervous. I don't need the reminder that I'm single, or childless when I so desire those things. Jen doesn't do that. I feel valued and loved for who I am - - even important and necessary. I get to learn about the journeys of wives and mothers in a way that doesn't bring envy or loss, but understanding and empathy. Oh and as a teacher, no one has ever made me feel more valued and understood. Jen Hatmaker is a cheerleader for every kind of woman and, as my grandma would say, it just tickles me silly to be a part of her tribe!

  • Elizabeth

    Of Mess and Moxie is Jen Hatmaker's love letter to the girls - the young ones, the old ones, the ones in the middle - who are walking this journey of life in all it's joy and sadness. The girls who are nailing it and the girls who feel like they just don't measure up. The girls who have it all together and the girls who feel like they only ever fall short. The girls who feel "just medium", who are afraid they are messing it all up and can't see how brightly they actually shine. So, really, for a

    Of Mess and Moxie is Jen Hatmaker's love letter to the girls - the young ones, the old ones, the ones in the middle - who are walking this journey of life in all it's joy and sadness. The girls who are nailing it and the girls who feel like they just don't measure up. The girls who have it all together and the girls who feel like they only ever fall short. The girls who feel "just medium", who are afraid they are messing it all up and can't see how brightly they actually shine. So, really, for all of us.

    This book is funny, poignant, smart, kind, honest ,affirming, and full of joy. It's like a 4-hour talk with your best friend. It is the embrace of sisterhood that all women need. Jen Hatmaker says she is forever our fangirl - well, I'm forever hers. Highly recommended.

    (I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)

  • Leslie David Carlton

    I was lucky to receive an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review of this book. I loved this book from beginning to end. Jen cheers on women through our triumphs and our struggles, through bravely sharing her own. Her vulnerability is relatable and inviting. I found myself snorting and laughing then soberly nodding my head, feeling comfort in some of my own struggles. I will be buying this book for my friends and family for sure!! It is truly for "all the girls!"

  • Tracey

    I received and Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review: Jen Hatmaker does such a great job of relating to her readers that this book feels so much more like a conversation among friends than a memoir. Its incredibly heartfelt, with the moxie shown in Jen's hilarious sense of humor. Jen is so for women, people and Jesus and shows us there is no shame in messiness that life brings...we just have to remember our moxie! I loved the How To sections...and she also gives us some fun, easy

    I received and Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review: Jen Hatmaker does such a great job of relating to her readers that this book feels so much more like a conversation among friends than a memoir. Its incredibly heartfelt, with the moxie shown in Jen's hilarious sense of humor. Jen is so for women, people and Jesus and shows us there is no shame in messiness that life brings...we just have to remember our moxie! I loved the How To sections...and she also gives us some fun, easy-ish recipes to try out!

  • Lindsey Kramer

    This book was fantastic! It's full of funny stories, great recipes and lots of tidbits about how to navigate this messy thing called life. Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite authors because her outlook on life makes you feel like you've known her for years. She seems like the kind of friend that you can call on for just about anything. I also love her approach to life from a quirky Christian woman's point of view. She's warm, she's caring, and she accepts all of us for who we are flaws and all.

    This book was fantastic! It's full of funny stories, great recipes and lots of tidbits about how to navigate this messy thing called life. Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite authors because her outlook on life makes you feel like you've known her for years. She seems like the kind of friend that you can call on for just about anything. I also love her approach to life from a quirky Christian woman's point of view. She's warm, she's caring, and she accepts all of us for who we are flaws and all. This is a great book for women at all stages of life.

  • Laura Johnson

    Oh my word, people... you've got to read this book. I just laughed and cried and related through every page. Jen Hatmaker is every woman. Somehow she nails exactly what you're thinking. It's basically a memoir about so many things... girlfriends, marriage, parenting, church, cooking, Netflix, just being real in a Christian world that sometimes doesn't allow that. You will feel like you're just sitting on the porch with Jen having a glass of wine and she's relating all of life to you in such hila

    Oh my word, people... you've got to read this book. I just laughed and cried and related through every page. Jen Hatmaker is every woman. Somehow she nails exactly what you're thinking. It's basically a memoir about so many things... girlfriends, marriage, parenting, church, cooking, Netflix, just being real in a Christian world that sometimes doesn't allow that. You will feel like you're just sitting on the porch with Jen having a glass of wine and she's relating all of life to you in such hilarity. A breezy read that will leave you thinking about and evaluating your life. Highly recommended. I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher for my honest review.

  • Anna LeBaron

    Jen Hatmaker does it AGAIN! If you read and loved her previous book, For The Love, then this book is for you!

    I laughed so hard at the hilarious parts...and then cried real tears as she reached down into the tender places that needed her words. Jen tells the truth and then wraps it up with a sassy bow. Of Mess And Moxie is another gift to the world.

    I received an advance reader copy from the publisher.

  • Ticcoa Leister

    With wit and whimsy, tenderness and tenacity, Jen Hatmaker once again balances the sacred and the sarcastic, giving her readers permission to admit their messes and live with unashamed moxie. Of Mess and Moxie was cathartic and refreshing, leaving me with a sense of having spent an afternoon with a familiar friend. I received an Advance Readers Copy of OMAM in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)

    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for granting my wish for this book!

    If you haven't read a Jen Hatmaker book yet, or aren't following her on social media, you're sorely missing out on hilarious honesty that comes when a woman has raised five children, been through a home renovation on television, and accrued the insight of a life working for God. When I saw she was releasing another book, I knew I would enjoy the hilarity

    Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for granting my wish for this book!

    If you haven't read a Jen Hatmaker book yet, or aren't following her on social media, you're sorely missing out on hilarious honesty that comes when a woman has raised five children, been through a home renovation on television, and accrued the insight of a life working for God. When I saw she was releasing another book, I knew I would enjoy the hilarity inside. The first half of this book was exactly that for me. I especially loved Jen's lists titled, "How to Plan a Family", "How to Wake your Children up Peacefully from Naptime", or "How to get your Husband to Fix that Thing He's Been Saying for 3 Months that He'd Fix." These lists included split-your-sides-laughing truths such as, "Make out with your spouse. Have twins, making your child count five in five years" and "Pick up a hammer and walk in the general direction of the broken thing. This should effectively catapult your husband off the couch and into disgruntled service: 'I said I would do that!'" She perfectly describes every middle-class American family's woes in the most comical and relatable sense!

    About halfway through the book, however, I found myself having second thoughts about this novel as Jen veers slightly left with her thoughts and theology. I felt as if she was trying to appease the World while still relating to Christians - two paths that often cannot parallel. As she goes on to describe loving people, I felt entirely conflicted. I know we are to love all people, include all people at our tables, and serve people as Jesus did. Unfortunately, love and acceptance are not the same things. I fear Jen may misguide people into believing all Christians are doing things wrong, creating an even bigger divide. 

    With a Liberal dose of love, everything can be right in the world. We live in a place where love and acceptance are favored over Truth. That roaring lion, also known as Satan is as sly as a fox. Of course he would use the one good and pure thing we have in the world and convince us we’re doing it wrong.

    We’re loving to spread tolerance, sure we’re doing the work of Jesus. We’re loving to spare feelings. We’re loving people to death, but losing their most important part when death meets us head on...the soul.

    The truth is hard to face, sometimes it hurts, but our duty as Christians is to walk in its Light. Unfortunately, with parts of this book, I feel Jen Hatmaker has veered to the shadows. The light is a little dimmer, it doesn’t burn the eyes quite as badly, but still isn’t too dark to see. I wouldn’t look to this book for spiritual guidance or theology, but I did find fun, humanity and community inside the pages. I don't for one minute doubt Jen Hatmaker's Faith or love of God, but I simply don't agree with much of her theology. I think Christians would do well to compare notes with the Bible to find where they should Biblically stand on issues represented in these pages.

    Like Jen said,

    While this book had numerous laugh-out-loud moments, good recipes I will be giving a go, and a sense of sisterhood that made me feel less alone as a mother, I still am on the fence about this book as a whole. I loved big chunks of the writing, but felt as if this was cross between a secular book and a Christian book in other ways. Unfortunately, the mixed messages I experienced were hard to reconcile. Nonetheless, I'd love to thank Jen for making me laugh!

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