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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess Audiobook

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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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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    Theresa 06-15-13
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Austin 02-07-16
    Austin 02-07-16
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    "Weak book"

    After the chapter about the environment and her weak theological augment for it, the book slowly plummeted to two stars. Also her self seeking argument about e85 fuel was very poorly researched. Ethanol was just a brilliant concoction of the corn lobby... Not an environmental alternative to fossil fuels, much research has shown that ethanol is worse for the environment when factoring in the complicated supply chain , decreased fuel efficiency and long-term impact on motor parts.

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    ETPhonehome 01-15-16
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    "10 Star book!"

    I've heard Jen Hatmaker in person recently, and the narration captured her style to a "T". This book was incredibly thought-provoking as it untangled the tension around the idea of the excess we find ourselves swimming through daily. I will listen to this book again, if not many times.

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    avidreader 12-26-15
    avidreader 12-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Challenging"

    If you're comfortable in a faith that exist only within the walls of the church don't read this! The challenge to change how we live so we can be the change that allows others to live in the light of Christ is compelling and anything but comfortable!

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    Christina 11-13-15
    Christina 11-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Life Changing"

    This book has inspired an awaking within me, a spiritual awaking that has overcome me. As I listened to Jen's words this week, Jesus slowly pulled at my heart and opened my eyes. I'm so incredibly grateful for His timing and for Jen's obedience to Him, for documenting her experience, and for her encouragement.

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    Lois Lain 11-11-15
    Lois Lain 11-11-15
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    "A Wakeup Call for Complacent Christians"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess to be better than the print version?

    Nope. The narrator not only had an annoying Chicago accent, she also mispronounced words and her habit of EMPHASIZING every OTHER WORD was REALLY DISTRACTING.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor - the author is very funny and presents what could be complicated theology in simple terms, illustrated by personal anecdotes.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gallagher’s performance?

    Overemoted. Distracting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am not much of a crier, but I teared up when Jen talked about her adopted kids. And I laughed out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Great reminder that made me want to take action.

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    Nicole 10-19-15
    Nicole 10-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Call for Change"

    Jen's straightforward and honest approach moved me to make instant changes in my life. Her relevant blend of scripture and real life antidotes made my heart yearn for more important actions with less mindless excess. This audiobook is highly recommended; I only wish the author was the narrator.

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    dfcgts 09-30-15
    dfcgts 09-30-15
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    "Wanna be 1%er finds peace"

    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.

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    Maria 09-25-15
    Maria 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Radical & refreshing"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A great challenge!!"

    7 has challenged me to look at my life and the excess that I've indulged in!

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