Tribute to Mothers: Jen Hatmaker

Author, podcast host, and inspirational speaker Jen Hatmaker knows the cost of standing up for what she believes in.

Once a darling of evangelical Christianity, retailer LifeWay Christian Stores pulled Hatmaker’s books from its shelves in 2016 after she expressed support for the LGBTQ community in an interview. Her popular book, “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess,” was put out of print. Her next book contract was canceled, too.

She regrouped and adjusted. Hit pieces followed. So did the nightmares. But the freedom that came with it has been worth it, according to the bestselling author and speaker. She launched an HGTV show, a book club and a podcast, reaching more than 829,000 followers on Facebook alone.

Most recently, the author and her husband divorced, and their oldest daughter publicly shared she is gay.

“The only regret I have is that I did not do this sooner,” Hatmaker said.

In her 2020 book “Fierce, Free and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You,” released during the pandemic, she