Seminary Dropout 96: Jen Hatmaker, America’s BFF Talks about Aging, Raising Kids, & Jesus in Her New Book ‘For the Love’


Jen Hatmaker is a mom to five children, a pastor’s wife, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and star of the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV.  She is best known for her books 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. Her new book is “For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards”

Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life. Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach. Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right. Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships. Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of mostly good. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…Jen’s writing style earlier in her career.

…getting older.

…women and men experiencing shame differently.

…the pressure to be a good parent.

…the metrics of success that we use for our kids.

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10 thoughts on “Seminary Dropout 96: Jen Hatmaker, America’s BFF Talks about Aging, Raising Kids, & Jesus in Her New Book ‘For the Love’

  1. I love the piece on the different standards that fathers and mothers are held to. You see it all the time. My wife and I can do the exact same thing except I will get praised for it and my wife critiqued. Or if our girls get all dolled up someone will comment “mom must have gotten you ready today”. Now that is usually true but, again, expectations for each parent are entirely different

  2. I’m only at the part where you said you are 33. Seriously? I want the book, but you’re still a baby! 😉

  3. I love Jen’s “Seven”… really enjoyed the podcast and hope to read her newest book very soon. I’ve always looked forward to getting older… now even more so! 😉 Thanks Shane & Jen!

  4. I loved this podcast. I am new to podcast but I subscribed to yours. Thanks for ministering to the world for the Lord. I loved what Jen said about being different. I am completely different from other women. I can’t craft or Pinterest if my life counted on it. I. Feel like I am outcasted by other women because my kids don’t get the fancy party and I am not the parent who makes craft for everyone In the class for class parties. I feel like my kids suffer because of this. I would love to win this book. I would just go buy the book and support Jen Hatmaker’s ministry but i currently do not have the funds. I am praying that I will be able to get the book some way if I do not win through you so I can join Faithgateway’s book for For the Love and I believe this book would really help me through a very very difficult situation that needs lots of prayer right now.

  5. I’m a huge fan of Jen Hatmaker and I’m so excited to listen to your conversation with her.

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