About a month ago I read the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. I had been hearing good things about the book since early this year and finally decided I didn’t want to wait any longer to read it.
I liked it so much that I finished it in a couple days and considered buying it for everyone I know. I was THAT inspired by it.
It’s hard to do it justice in a short summary, but I’m going to try. The inspiration for the author to write this book came after housing a family that had been displaced after hurricaine Katrina and overhearing a young boy exclaim, after seeing their house, that they were rich. Her eyes were opened to how much they really had. After thinking and reading and praying for a while, she decided to focus on 7 different areas of excess in her life. She did one a month for 7 months. For each month she limited herself to 7 choices in that area. The purpose was to “create space for God’s kingdom to break through.” I wrote down this quote from the introduction:
“Jesus, may there be less of me and my junk and more of You and Your Kingdom.”
The 7 areas were: Food, Clothing, Possessions, Media, Waste, Spending and Stress.
Have you read this book? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. It you haven’t read it, you should! I promise it’s not a hard read. I laughed a lot, cried a little and it made me think more deeply about how I’m living my life.