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

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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 sh
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Published August 8th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
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Somewhere along the way I got the idea that Jen Hatmaker was mainstream and orthodox. I had seen her books around and had the idea that she wasn’t really anything radical...just another nice women’s teacher. But then last year I heard of her response to the Nashville Statement and I have to say I was absolutely floored.

So then this book came out and hit the bestseller lists and was very present in the bookstore. I love the cover and I loved the premise, so I cracked the cover to see what she is
Anna LeBaron
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Of Mess and Moxie Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you're a Christian woman and you haven't heard of Jen Hatmaker, you might be living under a rock. Her previous books (7, Interrupted, For The Love, etc) have been bestsellers, accompanied by rave reviews and scores of Christian women following Jen on social media and attending conferences where she speaks. My first exposure to Jen Hatmaker was when her book Interrupted came out several years ago. I read it when it came out and mostly loved it. I loved her honesty, her heart for the poor, her ...more
April  L
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Ticcoa Leister
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Denise Cormaney
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-books
I wanted to love this book. I follow her on social media, and she's warm and funny and sometimes makes me cry. She's one of those social media personalities that you feel like you know. I was excited to read this book; I was expecting it to be both funny and meaningful, and it was kind of both. Kind of. There were moments. But mostly it felt both preachy and brag-a-docious.

For example: Her long section about her friend tribe felt like bragging. There was no advice on how to build one, just exam
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book a 3.5 star rating but rounding it up to 4 stars because I liked it more than my average 3 star but it isn't quite what I would consider a 4 (picky, I know).

This was a funny, relatable, and meaningful read. I think it would suit a variety of age ranges and in different stages of life. Whether you are young, old, married, single, with kids, or without kids, I think there are parts of this book that will be relatable to all. I will disclaim though that this book is mostly geare
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

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
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 ...more
Lindsey Kramer
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Laura Johnson
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Leslie David Carlton
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!" ...more
Christians are called to live a holy life; in a way that we are set apart. We are warned in scriptures to compare ALL things to the Bible. Since this was published under a Christian publishing house, written by a Christian woman, advertising a Christian image... I'm kind of shocked that this is so widely accepted as okay when this is so clearly not in line with God's Word.

I'm hugely disappointed in the popularity of this book and moreso the publisher, Thomas Nelson. Hatmaker comes across as wan
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of all the Jen Hatmaker books I've read, this one feels like the best one. Maybe it's just the best one for this season of life. (But it's not just for women in one season of life.) Reading this book is like receiving a letter from a dear friend. I couldn't wait to open it and see what she had to say. ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay - someone gets to go first right? Y'all Jen Hatmaker makes me laugh and cry and sometimes these things happen simultaneously! I was blessed enough to receive an ARC of this new book. I cannot count the number of times that I felt like Jen must have been spying on my life. She is such a relatable writer - she is us! I highly recommend this book and be warned that if you read in public you will get strange looks as you alternately laugh out loud and sniffle! ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read 'Of Mess and Moxie' I highlighted phrases, dog-eared pages, underlined passages, attached post-it notes, and wrote exclamation marks in the margins because so much of it spoke to me. When I started writing this endorsement, so much of the book had been marked up that I had a hard time deciding which parts to mention because Jen Hatmaker packed so much truth, humor, love, and guidance into every page. Jen has so much love for women, all women, regardless of their state in life, and th ...more
Linda Hibner
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can’t remember the last time a book made me laugh smack dab from my toes or sob from somewhere deep in my heart, or shout a “hallelujah” or two! Ms. Hatmaker’s latest book, Of Mess and Moxie, was an intriguing surprise for me. When I received an Advance Reader’s Copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, I was excited about the title and loved the cover. However, as a retiree, I wondered what I might have in common with the issues and struggles about which a 40-something might w ...more
Angela Henderson Orr
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've heard it said that the most powerful words are, "Me, too!"

Jen Hatmaker, Queen of Authenticity, brilliantly draws her readers into her story with shouts of, "Me, too!" It's reassuring and comforting to know that we're normal in our wondering, searching, and whole hearted quest to live an authentic life, loving Jesus, serving our family in joy, and being a light in our communities.

Of Mess and Moxie is full of wisdom for every phase of life, for every woman... it's a breath of fresh air in o
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic addition to the Jen Hatmaker collection of books. As we've come to expect from her books, Of Mess and Moxie is filled with 'How To' chapters, delicious recipes and now wisdom for all the various stages of our lives. Hatmaker's sarcasm fills the pages as she takes us from home decorating to bonus moms. Just when you think you can’t laugh any harder, she finishes with the story of Joseph from Genesis 50. Hatmaker brings it all into focus with “We don’t need to hustle others throu ...more
Anita Yaussi
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review and let me just say that Jen has done it again!!! Reading Of Mess and Moxie is like sitting down with your bestie and having a conversation. She speaks to our hearts and our minds so openly and without reservation. No matter what season you are walking in right now, this book is for you. I laughed, I cried, I felt loved, I felt like my mess was normal. Definitely one you want to get your hands on and read.
Holly Waugh
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jen Hatmaker proves once again that she is FOR us, and she gets us. This is the type of book that makes you want to get on the phone with friends and say, "Here, let me read this to you." This book will have you laughing and crying and feeling every emotion in between. You will also gets some amazing #JHat recipes out of the book.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I just love her books. It also makes me want to try harder to have a serious group of friends.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have some very mixed feelings about this book. From the start, I wanted to love it and the very beginning of the book set me up to do just that. Jen was very intentional about emphasizing that this book was for every woman. She specifically listed women in most all scenarios of life and it made me feel included from the start. That feeling is very important to a woman who doesn’t always feel like she fits.

Unfortunately, the content of the book did not match her statement. This book was suppose
Jennifer Willerton
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Of Mess and Moxie is like chatting with your salty friend who tells you like it is in the most wise, loving, honest, and necessary way. Jen Hatmaker has managed to touch on almost every subject that women are facing today - marriage, parenting, church, friendship, trying to make dinner for kids who will hate it (the list goes on), and share her perspective for healthy relationships and whole-hearted living. From the first chapter when she said "You don't have to be who you first were" (l ...more
Shawna Kurth
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a busy wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, daycare provider, preteen girls coach, mentor and friend, my life has seen it's fair share of mess. Reading Jen Hatmaker's newest book, "Of Mess and Moxie," has been a breath of fresh air to my soul. It's like Jen looked deep into me and put words to all of the thoughts going through my heart.
Regardless of what season of life you are currently in, Jen connects with women in a way that feels like a back porch talk with your best friend. She has hel
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book came into my life during a year of healing from some deep wounds. My typical MO is to push the heartache aside and carry on but I just couldn't. In OMAM, Jen writes of these moments. Life sometimes hurts. It is also hysterical at times. What I found in these pages was not a manifesto about figuring out how to be unaffected by the mess of life, but permission to struggle and permission to be strong. Covering everything from buffalo chicken dip to forgiveness, OMAM is a quick read that w ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jen hit it out of the park with this one. I've never read a Jen book that didn't speak to me, but Of Mess and Moxie took it past that. It's easy to get lost in the mess of life--the mundane, boring, seemingly average mess. OMAM is for ALL the girls--the ones in EVERY stage of life, whether you are looking forward to things, in the middle and need encouraging or if you're looking back with tears & laughter. My mom sat and read portions of the book out loud--and had several moments where we had to ...more
Allison Pickett
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am madly in love with Jen Hatmaker so this review is biased. Of Mess and Moxie was a fun, easy, encouraging, and inspiring read that I read in one day. Honesty and humor are the key ingredients in a Jen Hatmaker book and those are my two favorite qualities in any person's writing. All the women in your life will benefit from this book, no matter their season in life. The laughing and crying you do while reading will be good for your health. ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My young son was very upset with me for writing so much in this book, since WE DO NOT WRITE IN BOOKS. But I couldn't help myself. Jen's words just call out to be underlined, circled, arrowed, asterisked, and amened all over the place. You're going to need a fancy new pen or five.

This is for all of us who need grace - that is to say, all of us. Highly recommended.

*I received an ARC from the publisher.*
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JEN HATMAKER is the New York Times bestselling author of For the Love and Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire, along with twelve other books. She hosts the award-winning For the Love podcast, is the delighted curator of the Jen Hatmaker Book Club, and leader of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week. Jen is a co-founder of Legacy Collective, a giving organization ...more

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