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Book Review of "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live with less "stuff?" 7, is the story of how Jen Hatmaker and her family identified 7 areas of excess and spent 7 months "fasting" in each of these areas! The seven areas they chose to simplify are: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste and stress. Jen and her family spent thirty days on each topic. During that thirty days they based the excess around the number 7. In month 1, the author only ate 7 foods. In month 2, she only wore 7 articles of clothing the entire time! In month 3 she only spent money in 7 places. During media month, they had to eliminate 7 types of media. In month 5, they had to get rid of seven things EACH day. In month 6, they began 7 green eco-friendly habits. In the final month, she devoted herself to finding seven sacred pauses throughout the day.
At the beginning of the experiment and throughout the seven months, Hatmaker meets with a group of her friends which she refers to as "The Council." The Council is there to support her and help keep her accountable. The book is written like a diary and each month marks a new chapter. This diary-style writing makes 7 fun and interesting to read. Hatmaker kept me laughing throughout the book by detailing humorous conversations with "The Council" regarding any given challenge. The author also sprinkled in some good-to-know facts regarding each chapter. Hatmaker provides us with a list of 20 companies at the end that she believes operates with a conscience.
I found 7 to be inspirational! I felt that I could relate to her views on excess; while not ready to give up everything, I am willing to go with less. 7 inspired me to create a list of 12 money-saving habits for each month in 2013 (see below in links.) I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for inspiration to live simply!
About the Author
Jen Hatmaker and her family live in Austin, Texas. Jen has written eight previous books; which include Interrupted and A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study. She and her husband planted Austin New Church in 2008. Jen and her husband have five children, two of the children they adopted from Ethiopia.