I had never heard of Jen Hatmaker, but her book “Of Mess and Moxie” was chosen for my groups first book club. Bonus, it was available at my local library. DOUBLE bonus, the audiobook was available on the library app, and I had a long drive to make. Have you ever read the perfect book at the perfect time? That’s what happened here. I was in the very beginning stages of thinking that I *might* need more sisterhood and support from other women in my life.
Jens book had me in tears within the first ten minutes, which is only slightly dangerous when driving. First, she reads the audiobook, which is my favorite. I always prefer to hear the author read their own words, because they know exactly how to put across the meaning of what they’ve written.
Second, Jen feels like the best girlfriend you never had. I wanted to camp on her porch by the end of the book and that’s saying a lot for this introvert.
Third, she is a couple life stages past me, and reading about her life and challenges and relationships enabled me to look into a future that in many ways I could choose to build for myself. She gave me a map to building deep, fulfilling relationships, and showed me a picture of what that can look like. It took a lot for that to sink in through the “safer alone” mantra I had been living for years.
When I was done with the book, I needed more. So I looked up her “for the love” podcast.
Friends. Jen has a gift (and / or a talented team) for picking amazing guests. She interviews all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons, but at this point in my life, I was looking for women. She was just starting a series called “for the love of girlfriends” which had ways to develop those deep relationships as a central theme. I ate it up. I reference multiple women I found through Jen’s podcast in my book (coming next year!) because she just has such fantastic conversations, and picks such insightful guests doing really powerful work.
Through her podcast I’ve discovered:
Shasta Nelson and her book, “Frientimacy”
Latasha Morrison and her program, “Be The Bridge”
Rachel Held Evans and her book, “Inspired”
Jo Saxton and her book, “The Dream of You” as well as her podcast, which is also one of my favorites, “Lead Stories Podcast”
Nichole Nordeman and her album, “Every Mile Mattered”
Sara Cunningham and her “Free Mom Hugs” movement
Austin Channing Brown and her book, “I’m Still Here”
Becca Stevens and her business & ministry, Thistle Farms
Here’s the powerful thing about discovering a lot of powerful women. You realize that you can be one of them. When you hear enough stories of grit, determination, and yes, moxie, you start realizing that you can do YOUR thing, whatever that is for you.
So check out Jen Hatmakers book (available on amazon and at libraries!) “Of Mess and Moxie” and her podcast “For the Love”. But I’m warning you, it might be life changing.
Megan is a writer and creator from Wallingford, CT. She is passionate about empowering women to step into the full power and identity they were created to embrace and claim.