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 Christ-like 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.
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by Jen Hatmaker
by Gish Jen
by Jen Lancaster
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by Linda Lael Miller
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by T.D. Jakes
"A Texas community outreach minister describes how she initiated a life structure that, over seven months, guided her to shed many possessions, simplify her eating and spending habits, reduce media use, and help the least among us in various ways. It's a candid account of the privileges she enjoyed and a chatty look at the mental process that led her to start her experiment to eradicate excess. The narrative is very personal, but what keeps the author from sounding self-absorbed is her generous spirit, good writing, and witty sensibilities. Rebecca Gallagher's pacing seems slow and meticulous at first, but it eventually quickens. Her phrasing is impeccable. What feels disconnected about her performance is her formal-sounding control over her expression, which doesn't seem the best way to render the author's playful authenticity. T.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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