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The 7 Experiment - Bible Study Book: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess Paperback – December 3, 2012
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— Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US, author of The Hole in Our Gospel --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.
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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 ›
The author did 7 "fasts" from things like waste, electronics, clothes, food, etc. I did not see the purpose of the fasts other than that she could write a book about them. For instance, she chose to eat 7 foods for one month. I do not see how this was supposed to help her connect with God or lead a simpler life. She spent the whole chapter complaining about the food and hardly mentions God.
Moreover, she would spend a month de-cluttering her home and wearing only a few pieces of clothing. The next month she would talk about what she bought when she went shopping. She also took a month off from eating out, but spent the whole chapter talking about how she couldn't wait to eat out 4-5 times a week again.
The author also spends a majority of the book talking about all of the extreme Christian things she does like feeding the poor and adopting orphans. It felt like she was wanting to sound humble, but was really just bragging (i.e. humble-bragging). Plus she seems to think that those things matter more than the day to day small things. I think that attitude affected her ability to use her fasts to truly connect with God and alter her life. She fails to recognize that some Christians make a big difference through small actions. Although it is great that she helps in big ways on occasion, it is also ok to help in small ways all the time.
Finally, the author spend a very large chunk of the book talking about her thoughts on what it means to be "green". She clearly has no idea what she is talking about (e.g. when she suggests not buying GMO meat. She clearly is unaware that there is no such thing as GMO meat).Read more ›
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I imagine the author origiomally had good intentions but somewhere along the line became quite taken with herself. Read morePublished 1 day ago by S. Larsen
LOVED this book. The way Jen Hatmaker writes is funny and refreshing. This was also a great paradigm shifter.Published 2 days ago by Julia
I wanted to like this book but once it was finished, I was angry. At the very end, she said who her audience was-middle and upper class families. Read morePublished 3 days ago by WJF
I didn't care for the book. I got tired of reading someone else's journal. I only made it to Chapter 3.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read it! It will change the way you think and feel! I'm actually going to read it again to absorb some things that I am sure I missed. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Vickie S.
Jen ruined my vacation in the best possible way. Reading this and Interuppted as light summer reading will rock your world. Read morePublished 17 days ago by mdee
7 was a great read. Makes you think & really dig into your life and what is really important. Jen's writing style keeps you laughing thru the whole book.Published 20 days ago by Sherry K.