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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, 117 pages
Published February 27th 2014 by NavPress Publishing Group (first published July 1st 2009)
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Jun 28, 2012 Michaiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity

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
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
Aug 05, 2014 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Abby Moonen
Jan 20, 2015 Abby Moonen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far one of the best books I've read! "This is my high calling: to live on mission as an adopted daughter of Jesus. If people around me aren’t moved by my Christ or my church, then I must be doing a miserable job of representing them both."
Kris Patrick
Girlfriend goes after Joel Osteen. I like her! Hatmaker is a gifted, shall I say by God?, writer. I especially enjoyed her list of Heavy Influences at the end of each Phase (or collection of chapters). A little Scripture-y at times, but hey, what should I have expected. She is a leader of a church.

"There is a marked difference between criticizing consumerism and actually resisting consumerism." So the irony is that I read Interrupted while my husband read O'Reilly's Killing Reagan in an another
Mar 02, 2014 BarbN rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nirupa Mathew
Feb 23, 2015 Nirupa Mathew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book! Although the content was heavy and intense, her casual writing style and humor had me laughing at different moments and made for an easy read. I love their church model, their passion for serving from a gospel mentality, and how missional they are including their small group model. This is the first book I have read by her, but I think her authenticity is so refreshing. Her husband writes some chapters in between from his perspective, and I loved seeing how God worked out ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Misti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie M.  Reid
Jan 20, 2015 Katie M. Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The modern church goer certainly needs to read this! We have diluted ourselves with our grandparents' religious practices. While there are Christian principles & devotion to God's Word we must continue, I find a true meshing of "true religion", from James 2, and Christ's true gospel message seriously lacking in "church". I found some of Mrs. Hatmaker's statements almost like an 'Eureka!' moment, because she verbalized certain truths that I've never quite found words for. For instance, why do ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church
This book is Jen Hatmaker's journey from 'normal' Christianity to Christianity that emulates Christ and serves the poor (marginalized). She describes the journey in 5 phases:
Phase 1: Breaking Down
- Value: Growing in understanding of God's Word
- Key Scripture: John 21:15-23

Phase 2: The Horror of Actually Changing
- Value: The greatest command is to love God and love others.
- Key Scripture: Luke 22:14-27

Phase 3: Getting Out There
- Value: Serving others selflessly and sacrificially
- Key Scripture: M
Jan 03, 2013 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I liked this book but not as much as 7 and For the Love. I listened to the audiobook and wished that she had read it but was able to get past it... mostly. Very though provoking- wonderful insight on the modern church. I liked what she had to say about modernism and postmodernism.
Feb 03, 2016 Drake rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect when I began reading Interrupted. I was hoping it would be a call to Christians to care for the poor and that the call would be grounded in the gospel and the Word of God. Unfortunately, the gospel is almost entirely absent from this volume, and the authority and necessity of Scripture is downplayed throughout. While the book is very readable and insightful at times, it suffers from being extremely imbalanced in its presentation of the church’s mission, placing nearl ...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.
Havebooks Willread
I finished this one a week ago and still am having trouble formulating my thoughts. It's one that makes a person think, for sure! It doesn't help that I read it right after reading The Prodigal God and in conjunction with watching A Path Appears (about sex trafficking). I'm filled with this urge to DO something, but I don't know what TO do!

I don't agree 100% with Jen's thoughts, but there is still a lot worth pondering--and really, even pondering whether I agree with each idea and WHY (or why no
Jul 14, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2012 Jason Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Pritchard
I just couldn't do it. I loved "seven" but that was several yrs ago and I just couldn't get into this one. I felt like she was trying to smear American Christians and I'm not going to focus on that. I am praying for and encouraging every American Christian that will let me. I've come to realize it takes ALL of us different ways and different times to "get it"!
Jan 23, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: this is not a how to book for making your church missional-minded. It's more of a commentary about why it's so important to be so. Jen shares from a place of learning after reading and living through a time when God re-oriented she and her husbands lives around how to BE the Church.

I loved it. This book is hard to read because it confronts complacency in me, but it's also exciting to think about what God could do when we give people what they need - not a handful of cash or a moment
Anjanette Barr
Nov 05, 2015 Anjanette Barr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-hubby
I really enjoyed her conversational tone and sarcasm/wit, though I imagine it would be distracting for some. I'm pretty sure Jen Hatmaker and I would be good friends. :)

The whole book was challenging and refreshing. I was blessed with a mentor (my pastor) who lived his faith out like the Hatmaker's are attempting, and his love (and others') is what drew me into faith. Jen gives plenty of practical examples of how they have handled their calling, while making sure to emphasize seeking where God
Sally Mellinger
Aug 04, 2016 Sally Mellinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mix of autobiography and testimony. Challenging when filtering your life through this level of faith.
Becky Giovagnoni
Feb 18, 2013 Becky Giovagnoni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandi Ehman
Sigh. This is hard for me to right because I love Jen Hatmaker's heart and words so much, but I was really, really disappointed in this book. It's an important message for sure, but while her humor and sarcasm worked in the context of 7 (a book I loved), it makes this book feel trite and irreverent. It also felt like the revisions and additions were rushed to print, giving the book a disjointed and frenetic feel. I wanted more from this book. Maybe the fault lies with me for setting my expectati ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Fantastic. Jen Hatmaker is so honest and refreshing.
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
Aug 19, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Alison Brown
I just didn't like this book. I'm in the crowd that read 7 and appreciated Jen's thought-provoking hilarity. Interrupted mostly lacked her trademark humor (the anecdotes at chapter openings felt forced) and a clear focus. On a deeper level, I wasn't able to follow along the journey of God's "interruption" in her life with her. What was obviously a very deep, compelling, heartfelt conviction based on his leading in her life did not translate into conviction for me. Instead, she tells the circumst ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my top 10. This book was eye opening and gave great light and perspective to what the church is intended for. Loaded with eternal perspective.
Laura Ellison
This book made me want to be a part of Austin New Church because I love the vision of it and I enjoyed how Jen walked the reader through the process that led up to them starting the church and I really enjoyed her husband Brandon's thoughts on each stage of the process. Since I am not in Austin and not in a position to start a new church plant, it made me long for something that isn't a reality for me at the moment and that made me sad. I was telling a friend it made me want to go back to a chur ...more
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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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“God does not change, but He uses change—to change us. He sends us on journeys that bring us to the end of ourselves. We often feel out of control, yet if we embrace His leading, we may find ourselves on the ride of our lives.” 10 likes
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