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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

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  • Theresa
  • 15-06-13

Wish the author had narrated the book herself.

If you could sum up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess in three words, what would they be?

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?

What did you like best about this story?

Made me rethink many things about the way we live.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.

What did you learn from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess that you would use in your daily life?

So many things it's impossible to write in this box.

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  • ETPhonehome
  • 15-01-16

10 Star book!

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.

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  • Rastein
  • 02-10-18

I loved and hated this book.

The basic idea is reducing categories of life to 7 (ex: wardrobe of seven things, diet of seven foods) in order to fast to see things more clear. Fasting definitely gives clarity from the noise of the world but otherwise the initial good idea leads to a legalistic brag-fest that shames all material goods while ensuring you know about the good things this family is accomplishing.

This book shames wealth of all kinds and dismisses any excess. I agree very much that gluttony, ignorant worldwide consumerism, dismissing the health of our bodies and earth are terrible. I like that she pushes people out of their comfort zone to address the mandate to take care of the needy.

But, to ignore that stewarding wealth correctly is also a way to alleviate many worldwide issues is ignorant. Creating companies that don't abuse workers, are fair in wages, that don't harm the earth are just as important as being a wise consumer. Not everyone has land to garden or the option to choose sustainable companies or buy organic products. Its ironic how privileged her choice of poverty living is while shaming those not living her way.

I wish this book had been more balanced, bragged less, and shamed less. At times her humor was cute and funny but ruined by brash and rude commentary.

Love the rich and poor, listen to what God ask you to do, whether it's big or small. It's all important. Skip this book if you are looking how to serve God's Kingdom.

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  • Michael
  • 28-09-18

love it!

I love the fresh, honest and insightful life stories! thank you Jen and family. Will be reading again!

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  • Jenny
  • 24-08-18

convicting

I love Jen Hatmaker. She writes well with a signature humor and love of Jesus. found this book to be very convicting of the excess in my life. making plans to complete my own version of 7

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  • Rachel Jo Kois
  • 27-06-18

So needed, so wonderful.

If everyone could hear this book... and I mean really hear it, the world would be a better place. I have been doing some intentional reduction of my own and felt so so seen hearing the reactions Jen got. I’m so thankful for this book and for the season of life I found myself in while reading it. Wowie wow.

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  • Britta
  • 19-09-17

Great Book, Solid Narrator

A couple weird pronunciation things (the word combine in reference to football pronounced comBINE instead of COMbine, for example), but otherwise an awesome book to listen to.

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  • c.calvert
  • 03-09-17

I did not find this likable at all.

When I first began this book, I was under the impression that it could help me managing my life like Moonwalking with Einstein, but, I sure did lose $15 throughout this novel because of that mistake. I understand I must constantly strengthen my faith in God, but this author tried to act so superior by doing it her way. The author was already immensely excessive even for an American, and but for gloating to become like a normal person is the reason I immensely disliked this diary.

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  • connie soper
  • 26-07-17

better than review say

this is not a theology book, it's one woman's journey into sacrifice. I really appreciated this book and Jen's honesty. I missed her reading it, no one can do her subtle comments the same way so it comes across sarcastic or judgemental. this means a lot to me in my walk with Jesus and I will take on some changes as a result. thanks much for this book!

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  • Sierra Smith, BBCI
  • 05-07-17

Hilarious & thought provoking

Would you consider the audio edition of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess to be better than the print version?

I'm a busy, working mom of two so if I can listen while driving around or cleaning the house, I'm always in favor of the audiobook.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess?

There were many tidbits that I took away from this book. Listening to how Jen applied these to her own busy life was helpful.