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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Out of the Spin Cycle...Review

About the book:
What lists and systems and self-help books have failed to do for young moms in the trenches, Jesus can accomplish blindfolded. Yes, moms are busy, they need a break, and they'd just like a shower. But they are also strong and brilliant and have the power to move mountains. Author and speaker Jen Hatmaker takes the words and deeds of Jesus, adds the humor of a young mom's life, and offers messages of grace and encouragement. She shows overburdened moms forty things Jesus doesn't expect them to do on their own. Covering areas such as worry, marriage, priorities, money, and the trap of comparison, this lively Bible teacher brings Jesus's message alive in a format geared to the short moments moms have that can be allotted to reflection. This is a devotional for the woman inside the mom--the Bible student, the learner, the world-changer.

I enjoyed Jen's sense of humor and could relate to many of her parenting experiences. She's up front about not being perfect and I so appreciate that. Often, we read stories or books written by pastor's wives and we come away thinking we'll never measure up. Jen's honesty and humor are refreshing. She reinforces the idea that we just need to be doing our best and that when we make the time to walk with Jesus and invite Him into our days, we can manage life better.

What I really liked were the "Step out of the Spin Cycle" notes at the end of each chapter. Each note gave a suggestion of something you could do that related to a Christian thought or principle. This is an easy book to read in one sitting, and it's a great one to read a little at a time. Each chapter is short, just a couple of pages, but ends with a question and a suggested action. I think it would be a great gift for a mom of young children.

Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Jen Hatmaker here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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