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'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.
This isn't the type of book that I would usually really read and so parts of it were hard to get into. But I love her testimony and hearing her humanness. The chapters on church and prayer were my favorite and made the whole book worth it. I was even inspired to start purging and yes, it makes a difference.
I anticipated being guilt ridden while reading this book and appreciated the transparency Jen had in your struggles.
I appreciated that this was simply an experiment to challenge the status quo and not a whole brand new unattainable lifestyle.
While I don't feel personally called to set forth on the same agenda it certainly created a greater awareness in myself.
An amazing book! I listened to it twice already and will surely review it aria some time down the road. I am excited to get rid of the excess in my life and live a freer, happier, and more productive meaningful life for the Kingdom! Highly recommend it!
The message of 7 would be difficult to swallow if it weren't for Jen's whit and fun loving spirit! It's like taking a spoon full of sugar to help the medicine go down. The medicine is so necessary and can be life changing if we let it be!
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