Friday, June 18, 2010

Blog Tour: Out of The Spin Cycle (Review)

Motherhood is crazy - often spinning out of control like an over-filled washer/dryer.

Jen Hatmaker hopes she has created a way to stop the spinning. In her new book - now a 2010 MOPS International resource - called Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load, she has created a resource filled with stories and humors to help a mom possibly overwhelmed with life, reconnect with her faith.

The devos feature Hatmaker's humor and are designed to help a young mom find Jesus' "grace and encouragement" in through a variety of subjects including worry, marriage, priorities, money and the comparison trap.

What I Thought
I thought Hatmaker's writing style was refreshing, and this book provides a good resource especially for new moms wanting to do a simple, yet effective Bible Study. (Which is probably why MOPS, International has tabbed it as a resource.)

The 40 devos are short, yet meaningful. Most include a question or two, to help moms think about the subject of the devo. Each devo includes a practical, yet simple way a mom can "step out of the spin cycle" and apply it what they are reading in their life.

This book will definitely go on my "resource" shelf for moms. I could also see giving this book a new mom as a post-baby shower gift.

Online Resources
Available at:
--Barnes &
-- local bookstore.
Also, bulk discounts on orders of 20+ available from

Read an online excerpt.

More About The Author
Jen Hatmaker is the author of seven books and Bible studies, including A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study. With a heart for the women of her generation, she speaks at retreats and conferences around the country. Hatmaker and her husband, Brandon, reside in Texas with their three children, and lead the ministry work at Austin New Church.Find more info about Hatmaker here:

About the Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

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