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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess Paperback – January 1, 2012
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You must go immediately to purchase this book and devour it whole. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. Do not stop to brush your teeth or feed your children. While you're out, buy Depends to wear because you will pee yourself while reading from laughing so hard.
Some other suggestions of how to read this book:
Keep a notepad handy while you're reading to write down notes and thoughts because ideas and action points will come to you like nobody's business.
Do not read this book right before you go to bed because you will not be able to sleep due to the millions of thoughts running around in your brain.
Read this book with your girlfriends.
Mrs. Hatmaker and her friends are clearly passionate, well-intentioned people. Their church focuses on helping the homeless and disenfranchised, many of them are adopting African orphans, and her intentions in the starting this experiment were good.
But honestly I came away from the book mystified, disappointed and having failed to connect. Most of the drama that drove the book was the sole by-product of the author's refusal to plan anything (ever) and compulsive spending habits. She's sadly blasé about the simple things she doesn't know and doesn't consider important to learn (case in point, whether watermelons grow on bushes, vines or stems). It's also hard to be empathetic when so much of what she does either contradicts previous chapters or makes you question other content (if they were so desperately poor early in their marriage, why does she have so few skills in area like reducing waste, careful shopping, and basic mending of clothing in house?). It somewhat strained believability that someone who writes and researches for a living and lives in a notoriously "earthy crunchy" city was only just learning about (and terribly shocked by) the mess of industrialized food, incessant media onslaught, and the perils of vast over-consumption.
Perhaps most frustrating was the reality that she didn't actually learn any new skills or make permanent lifestyle changes. She fasted from things for a set period of time, setting arbitrary rules that fit nicely with the theme of "7" but weren't necessarily related to best practices, long-term growth or sometimes even basic logic.Read more ›
I looked up the websites in the back of her book in an effort to support some of those causes, but that was a bust for me. Two of websites don't exist anymore, (one she listed twice - cometogethertrading.com), some didn't have anything for sale and the one site that I finally ordered from (http://thehungersite.org) just notified me that they were out of the product I ordered and they issued me a refund. It's a nice idea to support these websites, but it didn't work out for me in practice.
I'm a little surprised that Jen didn't have problems with withdrawal related to giving up processed sugar, caffeine, etc. I've experienced withdrawal when I have given up certain foods (I've had to go on elimination diets to test for food sensitivities). She's pretty lucky if she felt good during her food fast.Read more ›
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Great book. It really is making me think more about the excess in my life.Published 2 days ago by Carla
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I enjoyed reading this book. Some parts made me laugh out loud. While I do not agree with everything the author says, she made me think.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to savor this book like one would a final Thanksgiving meal. The author spoke directly to me and made me think she was inside my head! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Susan Goodman
When approaching a book about spiritual topics, I always look for principles that are practical to apply whether or not I agree with every premise or belief of the author. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Hannah K.
For anyone who is bothered by our extreme excess in light of the rest of the world's poverty and suffering. Jen is an entertaining writer with an extraordinary message.Published 16 days ago by greaterfool
Reading this book is like trying to chew through a tough and bland overpriced piece of meat... (Which I'm determined to do since I mistakenly bought it brand new and stiffly paid... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Andrea
This book affected me on many levels. It made me see how even though I thought I was not excessive, I really was. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Stephanie Wilkinson