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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess | [Jen Hatmaker]

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    J.B. Washington 07-16-14
    J.B. Washington 07-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!
    This book is funny, thought provoking, at times challenging, and always brings the focus back to Jesus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    1) The incredible bluntness and truth that the author expressed.
    2). The humor that was just twisted enough to be real but not calloused or rude.
    3). The overall theme to live a life more fully focused and devoted to Jesus.
    4). I couldn't wait to get time to listen to this book and I didn't want it to end! I really began to feel involved in the Hatmaker journey!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you are contemplating the purchase of this book, I think most will find themselves on a lovely journey with Jen Hatmaker. Her awe and reverence for God, her intertwining of scripture, and her easy humor will surely make you glad you sat for a listen!

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    Katherine 07-03-14
    Katherine 07-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "EYE OPENING BOOK"
    What did you love best about 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

    It opened my eye to the things I was viewing as "normal" and showed me what I really need to be focused on. I’m constantly wondering at the end of the week. What just happened? Did I get anything done? I was not enjoying life I was doing it. This book really shook me and there will be change in my life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

    She described one of her friends and their relationship with television, and I realized I was doing the same thing. I do that! I can’t believe some else doses that that’s hysterical… then I realized how much of an idol it has become and that there needs to be change in that area of my life.


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    Taylor Ventura, CA, United States 03-31-14
    Taylor Ventura, CA, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Book!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! It makes you think about the way we (the average person) are living our lives. I recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14
    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I love the candid "voice" the author has."
    If you could sum up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, Motivational, and I can't narrow it down to three words! Jenn lovingly takes us on her journey of self-evaluation and testing, and she provides enough knowledge behind her decision making to give her reader a beginning knowledge base about each topic. She is candid in her struggles, and that inspires me to join her in evaluation of my lifestyle and in decreasing Self so that Christ can increase within me.


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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 01-24-14
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    The story and idea is an excellent one if you are looking for a way to find a closer to connection to God.

    The telling of how she came about the idea, and her experiences during the writing help to provide a good guideline to anyone who wishes to try the experiment, and for them to realize no one is perfect. the humor in the story had me laughing at points and really put in my mind that I could try this.

    The narrator had a good voice that carried you along with out making your roll your eyes and wish it was over. as some books that are not actual stories sometimes do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kimberlytere United States 11-06-13
    kimberlytere United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best books of all time!"

    What an incredible ride! This book is phenomenal. The narrator is amazing and gets every word and inflection right.
    This is a great lesson on excess and the book really made me think about how I live day to day. Do we really need to buy new things? Or do we just want them?
    It made me think about others and the need to be a good neighbor.
    This should be in every book club and given away as gifts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer COLDWATER, MI, United States 09-02-13
    Jennifer COLDWATER, MI, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun"
    What did you love best about 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

    It was an enjoyable "blog" book that brings up some very interesting points in our lives. I have relooked at my life, my possessions, and how I waste much and trying to figure out how to change that.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Gallagher’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not heard this reader before but I felt she was excellent-made it very enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to all to listen to, to consider and share.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle CAMP VERDE, AZ, United States 08-22-13
    Michelle CAMP VERDE, AZ, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written and challenging"
    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    we live in such a world of excess...i am looking forward to the 7 bible study with my women ministry and doing our own version of 7.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Cherryvale, KS, United States 07-08-13
    Taylor Cherryvale, KS, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and Challenging"
    Would you listen to 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to 7 again. Although sometimes I thought that the narrator was a little too cutesy, I recognize that this could just be my personal tastes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could relate to Jen's story and family, having grown up in the middle class myself. It was familiar.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Jen finally finds out who her two Ethiopian children will be. Tears!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

    I've already started paring down my wardrobe to 50-75 items, and I'm currently reducing spending habits in many areas in an effort to give more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Florham Park, NJ, United States 06-15-13
    Theresa Florham Park, NJ, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish the author had narrated the book herself."
    If you could sum up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess in three words, what would they be?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Made me rethink many things about the way we live.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.


    What did you learn from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess that you would use in your daily life?

    So many things it's impossible to write in this box.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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