• God Bless This Mess

  • Learning to Live and Love Through Life's Best (and Worst) Moments
  • By: Hannah Brown
  • Narrated by: Hannah Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,908 ratings)

1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
God Bless This Mess  By  cover art

God Bless This Mess

By: Hannah Brown
Narrated by: Hannah Brown
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $23.90

Buy for $23.90

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times Best Seller

“My life was a complete mess, and God bless all of it. Because it’s in the messes where we learn the most - as long as we slow down enough to realize what God is trying to show us.”

Suddenly in the spotlight, 24-year-old Hannah Brown realized that she wasn’t sure what she wanted. After years of competing in beauty pageants, and then starring on The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars, she had become incredibly visible. There she was, in her early 20s, with millions around the world examining and weighing in on her every decision. She found herself wondering what it would mean to live on her terms. What it would mean to stop seeking approval from others and decide - for the first time - what it was she wanted from her own life.

An honest and earnest examination of her own mid-20s, God Bless This Mess is a memoir that doesn’t claim to have all the answers. Hannah knows she doesn’t have all the answers. What she does have is the insight of someone who has spent critical years of her youth under public scrutiny. Thus what emerges is a quarter-life memoir that speaks to the set of difficulties young women face, and how to move through them with grace. By pushing against her engrained need to seek approval, and learning how to think critically about her own goals and desires, Hannah inspires others to do the same - and to embrace the messiness that comes hand-in-hand with self-discovery (even it that sometimes means falling flat on your face).

Using her time on The Bachelorette as a launching pad, Hannah doesn’t shy away from the most painful experiences of her life: moments when her faith was tested, when she feared it was lost, and the moments when she reclaimed it on national television. “And Jesus still loves me.” Fans will be inspired by the never-before-told stories: the ones about facing depression and anxiety during her pageant years, the ways in which therapy and journaling have proven to be a saving grace, and the previously private moments - both at home and on television - that have shaped the star’s outlook.

Honest and emotionally urgent, God Bless This Mess is a reminder that true growth doesn’t come without strife - and it’s through those dark, messy moments that self-acceptance and love can bloom.

©2021 Hannah Kelsey Brown (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about God Bless This Mess

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,564
  • 4 Stars
    238
  • 3 Stars
    81
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    9
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,451
  • 4 Stars
    161
  • 3 Stars
    31
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    7
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,344
  • 4 Stars
    223
  • 3 Stars
    53
  • 2 Stars
    20
  • 1 Stars
    8

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Better than expected!

I was looking forward to reading this but figured it would be a strong 3 out of 5 stars. Incorrect. I listened to the whole thing in 24 hours. Great book, funny moments, juicy moments, a lot of introspection, and extremely relatable in parts. Hannah comes across as imperfect, growing, humble, and genuinely fun. It was a lot more religious than I usually appreciate, but it’s not a deal-breaking amount if that’s not your thing. Loved it!!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Very well written!

Very well written and very well read! Helps you understand Hannah Brown more and understand why she is the way she is. This book is very inspirational and helps you realize that it’s okay to be a hot mess! Helps you realize that we all mess up and we can come back from it and learn from our mistakes and become a better version of ourselves!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Unexpected Surprise!

Like most people reading this book, I'm a Bachelor junkie who initially purchased this for the "tea". Upon actually diving in, I was pleasantly surprised by how much advice I was able to take away from this book, and how touched I was by listening to Hannah's story. Hannah does an excellent job narrating for the audiobook. Alot of times I tend to struggle focusing when listening to audiobooks because of how monotone or grating the narrators can be, but Hannah's voice is animated and sounds pleasant throughout.

As far as books by Bachelor Nation members go, this one is an absolute must read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An Inspiring & Emotional Bio

Reading this felt like having a conversation with Hannah, only you can’t reach out to offer a supportive hug. It is heart breaking to learn about all of those times when I enjoyed watching on the Batchelor, Bachelorette, or DWTS that she wasn’t always the happy woman that she seemed to be. The pressure she put on herself to be everything to us, the public , and her friends & family, was more than most people could bear. I recommend this book to everyone. Hannah provides an honest account of how societal & cultural pressures have shaped her life and choices.

Yes there is also plenty of tea to enjoy too!!

Thank you Hannah!!!!
Stay strong

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Love her even more now!

I’ve always loved Hannah Brown, and after hearing the story of her heart, I love her and respect her even more. Great listen!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Don't judge a book by its cover!

After getting to know Hannah B on the bachelor and bachelorette, I felt somewhat close to her. I knew I had to get the book! I'm so glad I did because there is so much more to her than just a pretty face! Her life has made her overcome so many situations that so many of us overlook. I encourage any one who doubts themselves or needs to know there are others to relate to, to read this book! Thank you Hannah Brown! Your book has shown me more than you know.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful read for all people.

Absolutely loved it. This particular book is the book that has helped me in my life so much.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Down to earth

God Bless This Mess by Hannah Brown was an easy and interesting listen. Hannah narrates the book and I do appreciate that, she did a good job. I like how she's vulnerable in her memoir, she doesn't always try to shine the brightest light on herself. Hannah tells of mistakes she's made and comes across as down-to-earth and honest. I enjoyed watching her on The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars, so it was fun to hear some 'behind the scenes' from those shows. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Relatable

Hanna Brown is relatable in many levels when it comes to matters of the heart.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book

This was one of the best books I’ve listened to. So real and honest about what she’s been through and I feel that so many of us have felt the same. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt like they’re not enough or that their feelings or emotions were not validated. Such a great book!!!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kaitlyn
  • Kaitlyn
  • 12-05-21

Excellent, insightful, heart touching

I couldn't get enough of it. It was so relatable. what a wonderful thing of Hannah to do and share all these stories.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

Hard to read

Im editing my review because i’ve finally finished it.

I understand that many people may want to know more about Hannah and her experiences so I can’t fault her for the fact that the vast majority of this book is a memoir. That’s tough for those who just wanted the “Bachelor Tea” and nothing else.

What made the Memoir difficult to listen to is that Hannah is presented as someone who doesn’t take accountability for her life because she doesn’t make decisions based on thinking for herself. She looks for signs from God. She looks for superstitious coincidences. So, it’s not surprising that she keeps making poor decisions. The issue is she never comes to realise that she isn’t taking accountability for life because she isn’t making thought out decisions based on what she’s learned and want she wants. She transfers accountability to her conception of God. Ultimately, this behaviour also makes her sound entitled and sheltered.

This is a tiny point but the way she talked about “Alan” annoyed me further. I don’t watch DWTS but Alan is a professional dancer whose career depends on being successful in the competition. He’s not a therapist nor does he owe anyone conversations about why they are crying and sad. He does not have time for that. He has a draining all time consuming job. He doesn’t have time to additionally be his dance partner’s therapist.

There is some tea but its pretty much already all out there so I wouldn’t recommend reading this book for that reason.