- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433672960
- ISBN-13: 978-1433672965
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess Paperback – January 1, 2012
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When she considered the amounts of excess in her life, she identified some areas we have too much of in our culture: food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, stress. Then she decided to see what would happen if she intentionally fasted from the excess:
Seven months, seven areas, reduced to seven simple choices. I'm embarking on a journey of less. It's time to purge the junk and pare down to what is necessary. Seven will be an exercise in simplicity with one goal: to create space for the Kingdom of God to break through.
What follows is an INCREDIBLE read, my friends. Really, truly incredible.
One of the things I treasure the most about Jen's writing is that she is 1) seriously hilarious and 2) unflinchingly honest. Although the topic practically begs for it, there is not one trace of self-righteousness to be found. That's the truth. She records how the experiment unfolds, confessing the times she breaks the rules and sharing how irritable her family got at various points as they were dragged along in her crazy.
The topics she covers include: real food, spending less (or nothing!) on clothing, creation care, consumerism, Sabbath rest and so much more.
She talks about how most of us, we cry over the orphan crisis and we feel sick over child trafficking. We cringe at how much we spend on birthday parties, knowing there are children starving everywhere. We read Shane Claiborne and feel depressed for days. We know we are living the MORE MORE MORE life our culture offers, and we feel so much tension about what to do about it.
We're so conditioned to being the problem that we've forgotten that we are actually the answer. God is not angry at you; how could he possibly be? You're his daughter, his son, you're on the team. Don't imagine he is sitting us all down for a lecture. Rather, he's staging a rally, gathering the troops. The church is rising like a phoenix right now, collecting speed and strength and power.
THIS is the life-giving, hope-bringing, love-empowering message of Seven. It is NOT a lecture. You will not walk away from it feeling like crap. You will be inspired. If nothing else, you'll be entertained.
This author is funny, but in small portions. I wouldn’t want to read this book again, but I can’t say that I don’t recommend it. There are some people that this book would be an awesome fit for.
In this book about Hatmaker’s experimental mutiny against excess, the author shares her journal entries from seven months of trying to change her life to see the world in a different way. She established different rules for different categories, and then spent a month implementing hard changes in her life in order to stop the excess in her and her family’s life. Here are the categories for each of the seven months that wrote about:
-Month One: Food
-Month Two: Clothes
-Month Three: Possessions
-Month Four: Media
-Month Five: Waste
-Month Six: Spending
-Month Seven: Stress
Final rating = 2.5 stars
Great read for any Christian, regardless of denomination. As a conservative, cradle, Irish Catholic, I still really enjoyed this book and found it spiritually sounds and very pertinent to the times we live. My one regret is getting the kindle edition. This book probably works best in hard copy so you can easily go back and reference things. I'm thinking of getting another copy just for that reason.
Jen- I hope you so read this review (as you admitted you sometimes do). Just loved you!