Move Toward The Mess: Intro

INVEST Worth OtherOver the last couple of months, we've talked about our worth. Now we’re going to move into the art of making eternal investments. We are where the rubber meets the road. Where our worth meets other people’s messes. And that’s where we maximize the impact of our investment.

I'm swinging big on this one and I hope you'll step up to the plate with me.

Move Toward the Mess

For 7 weeks, we are going to tackle the book Move Toward The Mess by John Hambrick together. I think you can guess why I wasted no time ordering this book when I first saw the title in Misty Phillip’s review.

And once you start reading your own copy, you'll discover why I couldn't put it down. John Hambrick shares inspiring stories of how people (you’ll recognize many of the names and organizations) have invested in other’s MESSES and landed some incredible windfalls in kingdom currency. Not least of all was an infusion of  enthusiasm as they follow Jesus by faith. Doesn’t that sound like something you’re interested in?

If you need more convincing, you can watch the trailer here.

There are 18 short chapters in this 204 page book. We'll cover three chapters a week and discuss the author's questions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays over on Facebook. I will post Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. EST. You can answer the questions as they post or at your convenience. On Friday’s Mr. Hambrick has agreed to be available in our Facebook group for your questions from 10:00-10:30 am EST. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I've got some extra material planned for you. You can use the weekends to catch up or get ahead. 

Every Friday here on the blog we'll have related topics and a few guest posts by people I've seen put into practice what Mr. Hambrick is preaching in his book. 

So, what do you need to do?

1. Join the Facebook group HERE. I'm excited about using Facebook to help us connect and encourage each other.

2. Order the book. This is an affiliate link. That means if you click on the link and purchase the book I will receive some money in return. I will reinvest that money in the upkeep and management of My Messy Desk both here on line and in real life. Click here to read the full disclaimer.

3. Invite your friends to join us on this journey. You can create an 'in real life' group to discuss the book and blog content over coffee or invite your friends from afar to join you on-line.

4. Subscribe to My Messy Desk so you won’t miss any of the great posts I have planned here – they’ll be delivered right to your inbox. As a special gift for joining the growing community here, I’ve created a bookmark you can print with the full schedule for our upcoming study. Don’t worry – if you’re already a subscriber, you won’t get double e-mails from me.

 Just join the growing community at My Messy Desk by subscribing to download the bookmark.

*Click on the title link that appears after you enter your information and hit send, or check your e-mail for a link later.


July 10 – 14: Getting to Know You in the Facebook group

July 17 – 21: Chapters 1-3

July 24 – 28: Chapters 4-6

July 31 – August 4: Chapters 7-9

August 7 – 11: Chapters 10-12

August 14 – 18: Chapters 13-15

August 21 – 25: Chapters 16-18

August 28 – September 1: Wrap up and Resources

September 4 – 8: Final Resources and Group Discussion

Finishing Up

I'm a pretty practical gal, all things considered, so it is important to me to empower you with the tools necessary to implement the ideas we discuss here. So I’m working on some special worksheets you can use to help you get started moving toward the mess in your own community.

Once we finish discussing book and the additional resources, I plan to keep the Facebook group open as long as it is needed for collaboration as we go out into our own communities and Move Toward the Mess(es) we discover.

Join me for this power-packed book study on #MoveTowardTheMess by @JohnHambrick. Click To Tweet


Book Study of Move Toward the Mess by John Hambrick


For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne EllerThought Provoking Thursday, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and TruthFaith and Fellowship FridayGrace and Truth Friday, Good Morning Monday, Soul SurvivalMonday Musings, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His StoryWoman to Woman Wednesday, Women With Intention Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots, and Fresh Market Friday.

26 thoughts on “Move Toward The Mess: Intro

  1. What a wonderful topic for a book study! I love how you always make time for others, even in the midst of your own move across country:) Praying for you, and for this study!

  2. This sounds like a book I need to look up. Not only do we need to move towards other people’s messes to really help them, we need to move towards our own messes if we are gong to clean up those areas of our life.

    1. We sure do! Sometimes I think we forget how much good we have, but I also think we get hung up on doing the grandiose when we don’t really have to… sometimes just being present is enough! Blessings, Desiree!

  3. I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds great and I love the idea of your online study. I don’t have time to take part in something else just now but I look forward to reading some of your posts about the book and I hope the study goes well.

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