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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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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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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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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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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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Outstanding

My book heart is full after listening to this book. I have never read one of Jen Hatmaker's books in the past, but I am so so happy I did. I follow her on Facebook and so enjoy her posts. Her sarcasm, sense of humor, and her unique phrases are like jelly to my peanut butter. But most of all her outlook on girlfriends is my favorite. Fan-girl your girlfriends. Yesssss. Just yes.

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Hiding in the car listening to Jen

Jen hits it out of the park again. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the things.

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Even better than the book!!!

This was amazing! I didn't want it to end and I love that Jen has "off book" parts all along the way. SO good!!!!

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Mom's Survival Group: Mess and Moxie

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I felt like I was entering a mom's survival group! I should have done some more investigating and would have realized this book wasn't for me, but for moms that need a support group for all the mess and moxie it takes to be a mom in this day and age, this seems like a great book.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Realizing I could turn off the book!

What about Jen Hatmaker’s performance did you like?

She really seemed to believe what she was saying! Believable!

Could you see Of Mess and Moxie being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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Like a conversation with a friend

I absolutely adored this book. It’s my favorite of Jen’s because, for me, it felt like she was speaking right to me. Even if I couldn’t relate to everything, I could relate to the way she views everything or at least feel like I want to strive to see things the way she does. She’s hilarious and clear—I laughed and I cried especially when she laughed and when I could hear her start to tear up. There’s something so special about hearing an author read their own words.

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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:)