This was my first read of any material by Jen Hatmaker. Interrupted was recommended to me by two other individuals, so I worked my way through it.

Overall, I appreciated the basic message Jen shared. At some point in her life when she was feeling “spiritually malnourished,” she called out to God to raise up in her a holy passion. She was seeking God to wet her dry heart, to quench her thirst to truly experience Him, not just go through the motions of Christianity. God’s answer was to disrupt her comfortable, Christian lifestyle by calling her (and her pastor husband) to South Austin to start a church. However, this new church wasn’t to be about the building but rather about the people God was calling them to serve.

The book goes through how God led them through the process of understanding His will for them and what the new church was to be about – missional living. Towards the end of the book, she describes their church’s strategy of missional living in an interesting way:

“There is no formula to living on mission. [No week one do this, week two do that, week three do this other thing, but instead] …Speak the language of the people you’re sent to; that’s pretty much it. When you can, conform innocently, value what they value, enjoy what they enjoy, go where they might go, think as they might think. Connect with them on their terms, not yours. If you live around intellectuals, that’s your avenue; the Bible should keep them occupied for the rest of their lives. If you live in a creative community, connect through the arts; they’ll ultimately discover the beauty of God to be overwhelming. If music, then music. ….Win them over to you and you’ll have the best chance to win them over to Christ. Paul said, ‘I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.’ (1 Cor. 9:22)”

Though there was more content than my summary above, I really appreciated the beginning and the end of her story. That told the whole story for me.

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