7: An Experimental Mutiny Against ExcessJen Hatmaker
American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity,... Read More
American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called “rich” by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.
7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.
Page Count: 224 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
Release Date: 01/01/2012
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 1, 2012
- UPC: 9781433672965
- Height: 0.9
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.4
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: Jan 1, 2012
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012110"
- ISBN: 1433672960
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- you'll want to read all of Jen Hatmaker's books after you read this by Courtney on 12/1/2015
This was the book that turned me on to the writing of Jen Hatmaker. She's hilarious, down-to-earth and completely relatable. She makes you feel like you too can be the person God intended you to be without all of the nonsense that society dictates. After reading this book I was compelled to be more intentional about the material possessions I brought into my house. While I didn't follow her suggestions to the T, I did make some changes and I really felt like reading this book opened my eyes about some false idols I held. It was convicting, but in a good way. Now I want to read all of her books!
- Amazing Read! by Family of Five on 5/29/2012
Jen Hatmaker has a gift, while her writing is spiritually convicting it is also hilarious and fun. It feels like you are sitting down to talk to your best friend. Jen shares openly about her life and makes you feel like you are a part of her spiritual journey. I love how this book led me to ask God for his direction in my life but never made me feel like she was judging me. Once you read it you will want to pass it along to all your friends.