Becoming a Healing Community
An Interview with Jen Hatmaker
By C. Christopher Smith
ERB: One last quick question, and I am sure that our readers will be especially interested in this one, what was it like to do the HGTV show My Big Family Renovation, and to put your home and your family on display to such a large audience?
JH: That was such a wild time. We loved doing the show! We loved working with HGTV and our production company. It was a really phenomenal year, something that we didn’t expect or ask for. We hope as the Hatmaker family, that we are always super transparent. Most of my readers, who have been with me for a long time, know this. What you see with us is honestly what you get. For us it wasn’t a huge departure from how we have always acted in front of people or in front of cameras. I will tell you though that it will keep you honest.
ERB: I don’t doubt that!
JH: I always tell couples now, if you are going to do a renovation together, I suggest setting up cameras, and allowing other people to watch it. It will temper your mouth! You’ll think twice before you fall apart on your husband or scream at him. What it did was it allowed us to have a really good time. We said to ourselves, “We have got to behave!” Instead we just enjoyed it and enjoyed each other and enjoyed our crew. Of course, we get to live in this old house now, which we love and which is an enormous gift.
The last thing that I want to tell your readers is that it is really for the love that I do tackle sober issues and I do think seriously about the church and how we are behaving in our culture. It’s also fun! I want them to know that this book is sincerely a message of grace. I wrote it to remind people that we are really doing a pretty good job, and that it’s okay to laugh. We don’t have to keep up with all these impossible standards that are levelled at us all the time. I hope that when readers finish it that they will have a myriad of reactions: they will feel relieved, they will feel loved, they will have laughed and laughed and laughed. I hope that they will feel understood, that there is this solidarity. We are really in this together, and I am right there with them. I am a friend on the journey. It was a real joy to write, and I pray that it will be a real joy to read.
ERB: It certainly has been a joy for me to read, and I hope that when the book gets out, the messages of grace and humor – of not taking ourselves too seriously – will sink in with people and transform them.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and good luck with your book launch!
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and co-author (with John Pattison) of [easyazon_link asin=”0830841148″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”douloschristo-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus[/easyazon_link].
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