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Interrupted: An Adventure in Relearning the Essentials of Faith

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What happens when Jesus interrupts the average life? Interrupted encourages believers to ask if their lives bring integrity to the gospel. Follow the faith journey of author and fellow disciplemaker Jen Hatmaker and rediscover Jesus among the least of us.
ebook, 176 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published July 1st 2009)
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Not that impressed. The last chapter was the best (although it got a little repetitive) - I absolutely agree that Christians must learn to reach their particular culture and become all things to all people. I also agree that American Christians (including myself) are way too consumeristic and really not that different from anyone else. We all need to cut back and truly start serving others. But not to the exclusion of the gospel. I don't think the author was necessarily advocating this, she jus
Aug 05, 2014 Philip rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians who don't feel fed.
Recommended to Philip by: Liz
I'll bump this up to 5 stars if it proves to be transformational. (Well, that's in regard to the long-term effects on my life - not the book itself. If the book itself starts transforming into something else, I think we're in for it...)

Liz suggested this to me. Maybe I should be worried about reading a Jen Hatmaker book. I mean, next thing you know I'll have a Pinterest account, and be one of the thousands to "like" her facebook post within the first 45 seconds of her posting it. It probably als
I like Jen Hatmaker. She is a thinker, a ponderer, a dig into the Bible gal.She puts action to what she is learning, and I love that about her!

This woman makes me think. She is the type of person who I would want to be my friend. She would push me outside of my comfort zone and closer to Christ as the goal.

I wrote a huge review of my thoughts yesterday on this book, only to be completely distressed this morning when I saw that they didn't post and I don't have a back up copy.

After reflecting if
I'm waffling between giving this book three stars and four stars. The good: I loved reading the story of how she "woke up" from same kind of Evangelicalism in which I was raised and from which I, too, have woken up. There were a few chapters that were so dead on for where I am in my own spiritual journey that I wanted to cheer. I love her vision of what the church could/should be, and her enthusiasm for that vision. I enjoyed the interaction between what was going on in her life, and the occasio ...more
Lana Meredith
Having loved 7 so much I bought and placed it into the hands of dear friends and family, I can not express how disappointed I was by Interrupted. Jen is one of my favorite authors. She makes me laugh and cry, convicts and comforts. But there are serious flaws in this book. The premise is excellent, and the story of their church development interesting, but her tone throughout this work came across far more sermonic and condescending than 7. Not to mention her interpretation of some key scripture ...more
A wonderful read that not only shows behind the curtain to the birth of Austin New Church (Brandon Hatmaker | Barefoot Church) from Jen's perspective, Interrupted is a spirit stirring read that hooks you at the start and doesn't let go. One moment you're laughing uncontrollably, the next you're weeping with challenge and conviction. Interrupted is a highly recommended read, but be warned, you won't be the same by the end of the book. Jen will challenge not only your thinking, but your entire way ...more
For the first time in my entire life, I had a group of friends get together at my house and we discussed this book.

When I finished it, I realized there was a study you could buy to go along with this book. THAT would have been helpful to know! :)

This book challenged me in so very many ways.

It was not at all what I was expected. At. All.

I have only read a few of Jen's blogs so I sorta fell into this but I think God knew exactly what He was planning when this was the book I settled on reading.

Jason Collins
Highly recommended.

In a short 168 pages, Jen explores the process of how the Hatmakers live out their faith. The conclusions might be specific to Jen, but I think the questions are important to all. Interrupted led me to ask:

What does it mean to "Love my neighbor" to serve "the least of these"?

Right now, my life as a Christian doesn't look that different than the lives of friends that don't claim a faith. Is that OK?

How much of my effort / attention should be directed into the church (the build
Becky Giovagnoni
Of all the authors I've ever read, Jen Hatmaker is the author I most relate to. She writes in a casual, easy-going manner, but at the same time, addresses deep issues and difficult topics head on. She is funny, honest, transparent, and likable. I wish I knew her in person.

This book is the story of her (and her husband's) journey to start Austin New Church. I read this book after reading (and loving) her newest book, 7. As with that one, I came away from this book motivated and wanting to live a
Josh Olds
QUICK HIT – What if the goal of Christianity isn’t “to be comfortable?” Jen Hatmaker’s beautiful book Interrupted details exactly what happens when your goals shift to align with the words of Jesus.

When I sat down to think of what to write about this book, it took a while for me to get all of my thoughts straight. Interrupted hit me at a vulnerable moment, at a time where I’m both at once trying to solidify my future financially and learning to be a better giver. This summer, my wife and I—well,
Catherine Passmore
What it's about: A telling of how Jen and her husband Brandon shifted in their point of view of their purpose, missional living and the beginning of their church Austin New Church.

What I thought: I really liked parts of it. I found myself laughing, crying and highlighting a TON. However, when it ended I was left with "what now?" and wanting an Interrupted Part 2. She spent a lot of the books talking about looking around us at the people God's given us in our community and to invest in their live
If you're quiet in church because the literal and figurative noise is just too loud, read this book. If the words from the Sermon on the Mount don't sound like the words from the sermon up front, read this book. If you can afford to pay your cable bill but said no to sponsoring a child in poverty or supporting an overseas missionary, read this book. And if Jesus sounds amazing, but Christians sound crazy, read this book.

Jen writes (and then backs it up with years of showing, trying and failing)
I just finished reading this book! This book was an answer to my prayer...for more of God and for a closer walk...for more of the spirit in my life. I highly recommend for every pastor and for all who love the Lord. Simple but profound reminder, Love God and Love People...all peoples...not just those who are like you or who are already in the church. Love people by going where they are and by helping them and by being their friend. I have many pages ear re-read and pray over. This is ...more
Krista D
This book tells of a compelling journey that God took a ministry family on (after interrupting life as they knew it), resulting in a new view of ministry for them and many lives changed, including their own. But the book is so, so much more than that.

I wanted to devour the book, to find out how the tension and questions being brought to the author's heart by God would be resolved. Yet at the same time I knew I needed to go slowly to let the message soak into my heart to work through the lessons
Here's the deal - do you dislike church? are a Christian but have felt something is seriously lacking or flawed or always feel a little out of sorts? are you a giver & social person who can't stand the cliques, judgmental & "goody-to-shoes" image of church especially when they never "DO" anything except church stuff? If you feel pretty solid in knowing you dig a dude named Jesus but one of these questions resonates with you, then you will love this book. If you are kind of iffy on Jesus ...more
Her book "7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" radically changed my perspective on "doing church." This book, Interrupted, tells the story of how her family's life was radically transformed (prior to writing 7). From being pastors in a "traditional" church to becoming leaders in a missional movement and what they call a "barefoot church," this tells the journey. I loved this book too but I think because her first book so strongly impacted me and I now read her blogs and follow her on Faceboo ...more
Cheryl Balcom
I love Jen Hatmaker. She is so authentic, so funny, so sharp. This was a real quick read but a very interesting story of her and her husband's conviction that they needed to leave their mega-church in order to better meet the needs (both physical and spiritual) of the people of South Austin. Although I too have been feeling convicted of late that maybe the church needs to go to the people more than the people need to come to church, and that church happens in real, authentic relationships built ...more
Anne Bogel
This prequel to 7 (which I loved) had some interesting insights, but it doesn't have the zing of her latest. I think Interrupted was a victim of my high expectations.
I loved this book- it was a very uncomfortable read for me but resonated in a deep part of my soul. I have found myself praying differently and thinking long and hard about new things since starting it. I am interested to see some people refer to Jen's tone in this book as "preachy" or "condescending" or "sermonic"-- these are not words that I would ever use to describe Jen given my familiarity with her writing and speaking. I found her tone passionate, urgent, and convicted, but certainly not c ...more
Loved it! Moved me to think about how I am living and why we Americans have so much stuff.
Kelli I
Loved this. Now trying to figure out what to do with it. How does this look in my life.
This. This is exactly the way I have been feeling about church. I felt like Jen was in my head from start to finish. Love. Serve. Be new.

"Do we really need to be fed more of the Word, or are we simply undernourished from an absence of living the word? Maybe we love God, but are we loving others?"

She writes like you are sitting in her kitchen talking to her. Her informality makes complicated concepts come to life and become practical. Jen is aware of her own faults and doesn't come off as a kno
I don't think I'd recommend this one--read "7" instead
Katie Reid
A feeling of irritation over potential inconveniences to my American Christian middle-class life was present as I read this book. On one hand I was excited to be stretched and on the other I was mad that I needed to that I had been faced with some inconvenient truths.

"Transformation began with humility, even humiliation. It started with conviction and discipline. It increased through loss, not gain. It grew through global exposure and uncomfortable questions. It was born out of reje
Beth Peninger
Jen Hatmaker and her publisher have updated her bestselling book, Interrupted, and offered a limited number of ARC's to her readers. And I scored one! So excited. I love Jen Hatmaker. I loved her book, 7, and knew that I would love this book. In fact, Jen herself loves this book more than the wildly popular 7, she says (and she's right) that there would have been no 7 without Interrupted.
Jen and I seem to share a lot of common ground. We share the same birthday month and the same number of years
Leah Beecher
Well, I could write a dissertation about this book, about how I loved it, about what I learned, and about how any person living in the Western Hemisphere who has ever asked:
"so why are Christians so out of touch, and how come most anybody under the age of 40 wants nothing to do with organized religion"

should read this book.

The funny, truthful, lover of Christ, author who wrote 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, writes about how God interrupted her and her husband's life, in a way that the
Jen Hatmaker grew up in the Evangelical Church - Pastor's Daughter, attended a Baptist College, became a Pastor's wife. They had a comfortable, middle-class life when she asked God to make her faith more passionate - and BANG - He opened her eyes up to an entirely new perspective on living. Verses she had read her whole life suddenly came alive in new ways. All of that stuff in the Gospels about Jesus loving the least of these and His living among them came alive for her as she heard God tell he ...more
Loved it as much as I thought I would. She takes you back with her on a personal journey of being Interupted by Jesus. Jesus wrecked her 'comfortable Christianity' and she is forever changed seeing church and her life and her mission with FRESH EYES. What we as believers do for the 'least of these' is what will make our Christianity relevant once again to the skeptical and unbelieving world. Books like this one are hard to read. They make you squirm in your seat because you realize you might be ...more
I wish I could share this book with everyone, especially leaders of churches.

For the past year, my husband and I have been struggling with wanting a more authentic, hands on, servant based faith. Reading Jen Hatmaker's experiences struck me deep. I related to her journey and seeing how she came out of the process is encouraging.

Believers, our lives were meant for more than just the weekly church service, small group, and bible study group. We were called to love, to serve, and to seek justice.
Harriett Thornton
I loved this book and the story of the Hatmakers being called to start Austin New Church and the radical changes in their lives and ministry. During the beginning, it seemed more like a very interesting fiction book for me (their story is true, but I couldn't imagine myself doing what they have done). By the time I finished, God showed me how it applies to my calling, which is very different from theirs. I am looking forward to reading her book "7" which she wrote after this one.
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Jen Hatmaker is the author of eight books and Bible studies, includingA Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study. With a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Jen and her husband, Brandon, reside in Texas with their five children, and lead the ministry work at Austin New Church. Find out more at
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