Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen 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 journey was born. 7 is the true story of how Jen 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. Jen and her family would spend 30 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 Christlike simplicity and generosity that transcends a social experiment to become a radically better existence. 7 is funny, raw, and not a guilt trip in the making, so come along and consider what Jesus' version of rich, blessed, and generous might look like in your life.
©2012 Jen Hatmaker (P)2012 Oasis Audio Ltd
Jen Hatmaker is an incredible speaker. I wish the author had narrated the book herself. This narration has mispronunciations in a few places that are ridiculous. If the author is an amazing, successful speaker, why on earth not have the author narrate themselves?
Made me rethink many things about the way we live.
Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.
So many things it's impossible to write in this box.
I don't know if it was the narration or the story but Mrs Hatmaker came across as kind of naive. I find it hard to believe a woman of faith did not recognize her shallow life before the inception of the idea for seven. The idea that to understand Jesus was poor, hung around with poor folk and lived a simple life, despite being the believed son of God, struck me as...duh. It doesn't take a numbered program to grasp that concept.
I get the impression from the book that this was her response to her husbands economic demotion from mega to mini church. Cant spend what you dont have. Better learn how to live lean
On the positive side, I have no doubt there are some in her similar situation that will find inspiration from this book. I know the person who recommended it to me did. That makes this a good book for a selected audience. Also, based on the book, I think Mrs Hatmaker would be a hoot to hang out with.
I would recommend this book to both women and men. I first thought it would be directed toward women only but really it's for anyone wanting a closer relationship with Jesus.
I purchased "Seven" after devouring "Interrupted" and loving it! It was by far more than just the down-sizing theme I expected, Jen went deep into the heart of trusting God to fulfill all our needs!
I thought the beginning was especially awesome. The first few chapters I really enjoyed. Now, I'm not a Christian which is likely why it lost me at times but the premise of her project really got me thinking none the less. I loved thinking about her challenges and the way I might adapt these ideas to my own life.
Yes! It's hysterically funny, yet will also make you think and sometimes cry. Very endearing and it digs deep.
Loved her voice, she really delivered the content great, and the humor! Oh my gosh, this was a hilarious, wonderful, magical book.
She nails the delivery- the inflections, everything. At first I thought the author read it.
Yes. I've read the book twice and listened to the audio book twice.
I wish I had the kinds of friends the author does! Too funny!
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