Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity, by Jen Hatmaker
This morning in our Bible study, we were discussing the Apostle Paul and his credentials as a “Hebrew of Hebrews” (Philippians 3:5), and how he believed that he was zealously doing for God what God absolutely wanted him to do. And yet . . . those of us who know the rest of the story nod wisely and smugly think, “yeah, right!”
Well, that is where Jen Hatmaker found herself a few years ago. As a pastor’s wife and intimately involved with the ministry of their church, she was zealously working for the Lord and finding herself more and more frustrated and exhausted. “Why do I feel so dry?” became the life-changing question for her.
One morning on her drive home from church with her three kids squawking in the back seat, she “prayed a one-line prayer simply because my Christian labor had failed me and I had no idea what else to do . . . ‘God, raise up in me a holy passion’” (page 11). Jen goes on to explain that no one should pray that prayer unless “you are quite ready for God to take you seriously and wreck your life” (ibid).
The author describes her journey from a well-qualified Christian to a true pilgrim with humor and insight, telling the reader how God how has changed her life from the inside out and brought her and her family to a deep, faithful walk.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who believes that God wants to use every day, ordinary people to build his kingdom here. The only requirement is a willingness to allow your life to be interrupted by God.