Of Mess and Moxie (audiobook)

Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life

Read by Jen Hatmaker
8.0 hrs • 7 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 08/08/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 08/08/17 9781536693515
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A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Nonfiction Narration

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, with playful hilarity, shameless honesty, and refreshing insight, assures readers 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.

Review Quotes

“Jen Hatmaker…provides anecdotes not included in the written text, which add more fun to the listening experience. The chapters start with interesting quotes delivered in her upbeat Southern twang. They smooth the way into her reflections as a Christian woman who appreciates God’s gifts. 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…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


“Those who find religious people humorless should certainly read this book. Hatmaker has humor in spades.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hatmaker tackles issues facing moms, especially those who are Christian, with fresh humor and perspective, giving readers the luxury of accepting imperfection, offering recipes, and starting each chapter with pithy quotes that set the tone on topics ranging from Southern fanaticism over football to the intense challenge of forgiveness…Hatmaker shares the importance of reaching beyond comfort zones and extending welcomes. She owns the moxie she’s writing about.”