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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The humor - the author is very funny and presents what could be complicated theology in simple terms, illustrated by personal anecdotes.
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.
Great reminder that made me want to take action.
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