Title: Come Matter Here: Your Invitation to Be Here in a Getting There World

Author: Hannah Brencher

Publisher: Zondervan Non-Fiction

Publishing Date:  May 29, 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction, Faith

I was drawn to Hannah Brencher’s work after watching her viral TED talk about sending strangers love letters. But what keeps me reading her blog posts as soon as they appear on my feed is her obvious heart for people as well as the grace and candid way that she answers reader questions.  Therefore, it was a no-brainer that I would be excited about her latest book.

At the core, Come Matter Here is about investing in relationships and building community in an age that encourages putting your head down and working incessantly to get to the next level of success, so that we can be regarded as “important”. Drawing from her experiences, Hannah shares with her readers how she was able to build roots in Atlanta, GA despite her struggles with depression and anxiety.

Like Hannah, I have been consumed by the meaning of “matter”. She says:

For years, I was consumed by what it would mean to “matter” in this world. to people. To people. To someone special. To God. I used to think you needed to leave if you wanted to change your life or something different. I thought geography could heal the mess that comes from comes from being human- like a clean slate. We all want different things that keep us coming and going and staying and living…Be where your feet are.

Reflecting on these lines, I  thought that maybe millennials have drunk too much of the “eat-pray-love” elixir and opt to find quick fixes through escapism.  In most cases, they are fuelled by fear. Hence, they do not take time to process life’s issues while seeking help from the positive people in their lives. Hannah digs deep into what aided her anxiety while still trying to be a normal twenty-something.

She gives readers glimpses into her life through excerpts from personal notes and quips her profound friends with the hope that they will be able to plug into the church community. (She definitely gave me #squadgoals.) The church does get a negative wrap for not being the most positive place in the world 24/7 365 times in a year. However, we gloss over the fact that the church is a community of flawed human beings who are seeking a relationship with a perfect Being. So there definitely will be bumps in the road while creating communal bonds while on earth.

Hannah encourages readers to ask themselves  the following questions when trying to figure out who are you’re supposed to hang around with:

  • Who do I want to be a year from now?
  • What hurdles do I want to overcome?
  • What am I good at and how do I bring that into a relationship?
  • How do I take care of people?
  • What do I value in myself and other people?

Come Matter Here is a book that will leave you feeling like you had a long enriching conversation with your best friend. A deep conversation that reflects on faith, friendship, mental health and life’s pressures. As Jess Connelly advises in the foreword, “I’d make sure you have three pens at least lined up to read this book. There’s nothing worse than starting with one pen to make notes or doodle in exclamation marks and have to switch to another halfway through.”

This is one of those books that you would purchase multiple copies to hand out to friends.

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Note: This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review

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