Of Mess & Moxie

mox-ie [mok-see], noun informal: The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; sass, determination, pluck; “That girl’s got moxie.”

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.

Life is hard, disappointing, painful, shocking, exhausting, aggravating, boring. However you want to say it, life is MESSY.

But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure means 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.

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On Sale: August 2017
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Publishe's Weekly, April 2017
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Review: Of Mess and Moxie
Book List, July 2017
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Austin Monthly, August 2017
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Guidepost Magazine, August 2017
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Hallmark's Home & Family, August 2017
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Southern Living, September 2017
The Year of Jen Hatmaker
Texas Monthly, October 2017