10 phrases Jen Hatmaker coined in her book For the Love & you need to know:

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I’ve had Jen Hatmaker’s new book For the Love for a couple weeks now, and I love every grace drenched word of it.

The title For the Love is a pop-culture phrase of a title.  Although Jen can’t claim credit for coining it, there are a few words and phrases that just might become part of your conversations at core group or post-service sometime soon.

It was very apparent as I read that few new words and phrases just popped.  I started noticed that many of my social media friends were already using these new phrases in FaceBook posts, as hashtags, or even writing them across memes.

This week on NPR I heard Ilan Stavans, author of the new book Quixote: The Novel and the World, say “If a writer doesn't do anything but give a new word to his language and from there maybe to other languages, I think that writer redefines the world.”

Well, JH, you’re redefining my world for sure!

Here’s a little guide to get you caught up on your JH lingo.

 

  1. Off the beam - stuff that isn’t life giving, stuff that should be delegated or dropped.

How JH used it:

 

Well, here’s how I’m going to us this in my life:

Did see the mulit-colored heart shaped crayons on Pinterest?  I’m not making that kitchen mess. I’m off the beam.

Besides, Haven't you seen this picture on PinterestFail.com?

2.  Haitian mom true - a filter to weed out non-truths that should not be ascribed to God.

How JH used it:

Me: 

I’m not sure about that because that’s not Haitian mom true.

3.  LAP - the fashion tragedy known as Leggings-As-Pants

How JH used it:

Me: 

You can’t wear those LAPs to school with out a dress or long shirt.

 

4.  TAL / TAP - the crisis known as Tights-As-Leggings or Tights-As-Pants

How JH used it:

Me: 

Oh my, I just saw a woman at Wal-Mart wearing TAP.  I wouldn’t even wear TAL.

 

5.  Horsecrappery - The nonsense advertisers like to sell us with their clearly false advertising.

How JH used it:

Me: 

That air brush make up is horsecrappery.  I don’t want to SEE what our bathroom would look like after my daughter “erases away her imperfections.” 

 

6.  Spicy Family - loud families that love obnoxious humor and sarcasm and don’t do precious and gentle well.

How JH used it:

Me: 

Hide the breakables, that Spicy Family is bringing their kids to the party.

 

7.  WWAVD - What would Ann Voskamp do?

How JH used it:

Me: 

It’s Easter morning.  Why can’t we get just one sweet sibling photo?  WWAVD?  But we don't have a bunny.

 

8.  Headphones with No Music - A tool for introverts to let others know they are feeling an aversion to words.

How JH used it: 

Me: 

When I’ve home schooled my kids for half a day, and I need a quiet lunch break so that I can finish out the rest of the "talking at them" school day, I might put on Headphones with No Music.

 

9.  Sandwich dolphins - taking kids plates or bento boxes and making them into mini works of art, basically the damage Pinterest has done to lunch and our mom-esteem.

How JH used it:

Me: 

I know you’re hungry and it’s lunchtime.  No one is busting out the Sandwich Dolphins.  Just warm up those frozen chicken nuggets or put some P&J on a piece of bread.  Can’t you see I’ve got headphones on? (see #8)

 

10.  Supper Club - A fun thing for several couples to do one night a month, rotating houses, with serious food and no kids.

How JH used it: 

Me: 

Anyone want to start a Supper Club and invite me to join?  Email me the e-vite!

 

Now that you’ve had that JH Lingo lesson, put down your sandwich dolphin, take off those LAPs, and think about WWAVD.  She would get online and order herself a copy of Jen Hatmaker’s new book For the Love, because it definitely isn’t horsecrappery.  It’s Haitian mom true & good.