• Of Mess and Moxie

  • Wrangling Delight out of This Wild and Glorious Life
  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Jen Hatmaker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,938 ratings)

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Of Mess and Moxie

By: Jen Hatmaker
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures listeners they have all the pluck they need for vibrant, courageous, grace-filled lives.

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing "right". Struggle doesn't mean they're weak; it means they're alive.

Jen Hatmaker, beloved author, big sister emeritus, and chief BFF, offers another round of hilarious tales, frank honesty, and hope for the woman who has forgotten her moxie. Whether discussing the grapple with change ("Everyone, be into this thing I'm into! Except when I'm not. Then everyone be cool.") or the time she drove to the wrong city for a fourth-grade field trip ("Why are we in San Antonio?"), Jen parlays her own triumphs and tragedies into a sigh of relief for all normal, fierce women everywhere who, like her, sometimes hide in the car eating crackers but also want to get back up and get back out, to live undaunted in the moment no matter what the moments hold.

©2017 Jen Hatmaker (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The self-described low-grade Christian author narrates her own story. She provides anecdotes not included in the written text, which add more fun to the listening experience.... Hatmaker's use of sarcasm and self-deprecation is disarming as she tackles varied topics, making this book sound like a conversation with a trusted friend. Listeners should have a pen and paper ready to take down her recipes and helpful tips." (AudioFile)

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didnt know it was religious

i think this book would apply to 30+ year old women who like wine and shirts that say " i love jesus but cuss alot", i am sure you have seen them or know them.

so i somehow missed that this book was written by a christian author. take that as you will, it is very obviously a religious text but it wasnt as "preachy" as some i have encountered or purchased by accident, like "present over perfect" that one was horrible and promptly returned.

the author has her funny moments and you can envision the life she has built for herself and family.

while this book was not for me and i do not think i would recommend it, i do think it is well written and has a target audience. the author is the narrator and she does a good job reading the book. i think women of a certain 30+ age group that are all about church and wine and possibly homeschooling their kids will love this book and author.

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Not even Christian and I was LOL’ing

Despite my personal not-a-fan-of-religion beliefs, Jen had me laughing out loud to her funny stories about life, family, and all the food. She’s a great story teller and has a relatable outlook on life, if you’re the funny, don’t-take-everything-so-seriously sort. It’s a light and entertaining listen, glad I got the audio version.

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  • SB
  • 08-27-17

Jen Hatmaker has nailed it again!

In Of Mess and Moxie, Jen uses her life experiences as a woman of Christ, mother, wife and author to depict the trials and triumphs of life. She is honest about what life throws at you, whether it's funny, serious, happy or sad and always leaves you with encouragement. I love how she interjects a few additional notations in the audio version of the book because she can, it's her book after all. : ) I also loved the "How To" topics she discussed and the recipes she always incorporates into her books. Her humor and relatable personality makes it very difficult to pause the book before the end.

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Loved this listen so much!

Because I just barely finished this listen as I am writing this, so I haven't taken the time yet to fully let this book sink into my head. Yet, to say I LOVED this book seems small and simple. Jen had me laughing out loud, tearing up, relating to others and generally questing to be a better person for the time I spent with her story. For me, that says it all. I just ordered the hardback cover so that I can revisit the recipes and build my Netflix 'to watch' list. Couple that with a deep love and testimony of Jesus and this is the book for me.

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Not funny.

There were no stories, just admonishments. She hammered every word. She hinted that there might be a story, then launched into her harangue. I cannot believe she had 1362 5 stars. I always read the reviews, especially the lower stars. Everyone reported how funny this was. I can see where she could have elaborated an anecdote into a funny story, but she didn't.
I could not finish listening. She seems to be an angry person trying to convince everyone how wonderful she is by telling how flawed she is.

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Too much fluff for me...

This ra-ra book turned me off immediately. I think I made a mistake when I bought it. I get how people could love this type of pump up book, but for me it feel forced and non insightful. Needless to say, I made it only an hour through.

Hatmaker's reading drove me bonkers. Felt false and overly enthusiastic. Or if this is who she really is -- being at a dinner party would be painful.

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THE Best!!

I just knocked this bad boy out in two days. Jen is just the best. Not that I'm fan girling HER (read the book), but she is like America's BFF. She makes us all feel normal for being average, PTA-detesting, gluten-eating, non-gym membership using mamas. Love her!!

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Christian Brene Brown

I did not realize that I had downloaded a Christian book, and I knew nothing about the author. Similar flavor to Brenda Brown but without the researcher/academic vibe.

I loved the genuine quality of her story telling and her brass humor.

I find it unbelievable (from a psychological perspective) that she had nothing to heal in the respect to her parents/childhood. The idealized parent section was the only part that gave me pause.

But very enjoyable! I cried, I laughed, I'll recommends it to others.

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This was a fun listen that I can totally relate to

The stories and the narration of this book was so enjoyable I was disappointed when it was finished.

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Just not for me

I abandoned this audiobook about chapter 3... just not for me. I respect the religion and enthusiasm but couldn’t get through it. Besides struggling with lack of useful info to me- I struggled with her reading voice, lisp, breathing- it was hard to stay focused

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  • Laura
  • 05-27-19

I loved it

This was such a wonderful listen. I found myself unable to wait until my next car journey to listen to the next chapter. Jen is so warm and likeable. The book was hilarious, heart-warming and so moving at times. I learned a tonne from it and there's lots of it I'd like to listen to again and write down. I really did love it and can't recommend it highly enough. I wish I could've listen to it years ago and had some of the understanding I now have.

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  • Naomi
  • 09-16-17

Laugh out loud funny, insightful and moving

Loved Jens humour and tone. Such a refreshing take on so many 'life' things.
sent it to all my gal pals encouraging them to listen too:)