Want to join the “For the Love” Blog Tour? Here are all the details!
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. In For the Love, 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.”
- Laugh your butt off.
HOW THE BLOG TOUR WILL BENEFIT YOU
During the blog tour, we will promote on both Jen’s and Nelson Books’ Facebook pages with a link directing traffic back to the blog tour page. This will give our Jen’s readers an opportunity to find your blog space as a participant in the tour!
HOW THE BLOG TOUR WORKS
The blog tour will take place August 18th through September 30, 2015. We suggest any of the following prompts that are aligned with the For the Love message.
You can give a review of the book, write about one of the below themes or write whatever comes to mind when reading For the Love. We want this to work for you and the natural style of your blog. Here are some topics that may help you get started.
- General ideas from the book:
- Like Jen, do you see a generation of people who are “on the hook” for everything? Why do you think we are so judgmental toward ourselves and others? How would an extra dose of grace change our churches, our families, and our lives?
- “For the love!” What does this expression mean to Jen? What does it mean to you?
- For the love of parenting:
- Do you think the world revolves around kids today? Is this a good thing, a bad thing, or both? Parents and nonparents can both speak to this.
- Parenting is hard, and good parents tend to worry about ruining their kids. Do you do this? Whether you’re a parent or not, what happens when you focus on your failures more than your successes? What do you miss?
- For the love of community:
- Jen writes, “If Jesus is the heart of the church, people are the lifeblood” (pg. 114). What purpose does spending time in community serve? If we’re not spending quality time with our brothers and sisters, what are we missing?
- We still have a way to go, but this is a great time to be a woman in this part of the world. Are you optimistic about the future of your daughters, nieces, students, granddaughters, goddaughters, friends’ daughters—any young girl in your life? Like Jen’s role models, what can we be doing today to make this world a better place for the girls who will inherit it from us?
- For the love of the church:
- As a longtime “church person” (attendee) and a church leader, Jen knows the struggles of both the pulpit and the pew. Do you think much about the difficulties of leading a church? If you are a church leader, enlighten your group about some of the challenges you face.
- Some of us go to church just to get our “attendance ticket” stamped, while others of us feel nothing but loneliness in the church pew. What can we do for ourselves and for others that might turn our churches into welcoming places?
- For the love of marriage:
- Jen writes, “Fun is so underrated. Fun is powerful glue” (pg. 83). What are some tangible ways you can inject some fun into your marriage or your most significant relationships?
CHECKLIST- Do this BEFORE you hit Publish…
- Intro- let the world know that you are part of the For the Love Blog Tour. Use this blurb or feel free to edit in your own style.
- This post is part of Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.
- Link to Book- Please include this link when referring to the book in your post: http://forthelovebook.com/
- Banner or blog button- choose from the images available on this page.
- Schedule a Tweet/Facebook/Pinterest update- tell the world you are a part of the tour and share your post with your followers.
- Consider embedding the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjyZ91Z0nFs
HOW TO SUBMIT A POST
Follow this link LINK HERE to upload your blog post.
Feel free to use these additional quotes from For the Love in your blog post or social media promotions. (Please use #FortheLove)
- One of the best parts of being human is other humans. It’s true, because life is hard; but people get to show up for one another, as God told us to, and we remember we are loved and seen and God is here and we are not alone.
- We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.
- But maybe if we reject the invented standard, if we stop fearing a “no” we end the world, if we pare our lives down to what is beautiful, essential, life-giving, if we refuse to guilt one another for different choices, and if we celebrate the ordinary accomplishments of Ordinary Good Hard Life, then we’ll discover there wasn’t a beam in the first place, that God’s kingdom never required a balancing act, and Jesus was in the fun foam pit all along.
- A worthy life involves loving as loved folks do, sharing the ridiculous mercy God spoiled us with first. (It really is ridiculous) It means restoring people, in ordinary conversations and regular encounters.
- A worthy life means showing up when showing up is the only thing to do.
- Goodness bears itself out in millions of ordinary ways across the globe, for the rich and poor, the famous and unknown, in enormous measures and tiny, holy moments. It may involve a career and it may not. It may include traditional components and it may not.
- You don’t need to wait another day to figure out your calling. You’re living it, dear one. Your gifts have a place right now, in the job you have, in your stage of life, with the people who surrounded you.
- Simply speaking truth out loud is healing in and of itself. When people courageously voice a true, hard feeling, they’ve already stolen some of its dark power before we offer one work to fix it.
- We’ll stumble; that’s part of the course, but we’ll leave no woman behind. Our generation will cross the finish line having loved God and people with all our might.
- Let’s lay down our junk, our wonky junk that messes up relationships and community and togetherness. We won’t let our own crazy stop us from affirming each other and banging the drum for our sisters.
Our hashtag for all book related posts will be #FortheLove. Feel free to use that whenever you talk about your post. Also, Jen’s handle is @jenhatmaker.
Here are some grab-and-go tweets to get you started:
- Need to laugh AND cry? I’m doing both while reading @JenHatmaker’s #FortheLove. http://goo.gl/0Kh6VG
- Love this quote from @JenHatmaker “We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise.” #FortheLove http://goo.gl/0Kh6VG
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INFORMATION ABOUT JEN
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. For more information, visit JenHatmaker.com.