7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

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.

2 thoughts on “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”

  1. I’m not finished, yet, but it has made me think a lot, particularly about the whole consumer mentality in this country. When I go shopping I see more clearly the excess for what it is. Over 100 cold cereal choices? Really? Probably over 30 choices of yogurt. And it goes on and on. One of the reasons we stopped watching t.v. was because of the commercials and how they make me want things I don’t have. At least when I’m at home now, I’m not usually in a state of wanting more.

    We went on a Parade of Homes today and I was flabbergasted at the amount of clothes and shoes the women of the houses had. Whoa! I’d heard about people having a lot, but seeing it all in one person’s closet was… I don’t know.. appalling, I guess. I don’t feel like it gives me license to get a lot more, but at least it gives me the right to feel not quite so guilty about what I have.

    The chapter on unplugging was sort of a reaffirmation of our decision long ago not to have t.v. on in the house. We experience a lot of the things she mentioned – time to think, visit with people, etc. I’ll admit I watch a lot of Netflix, particularly lately, but it isn’t as urgent a pull, since you can watch it tomorrow or the next day or next month, whereas t.v. has you on its schedule.

    I do need to get it out and finish it. i got caught up in the “Camp Refuge” series by Terri Blackstock. Christian mysteries – I highly recommend them, especially for Luke and Krista. Someone loaned them to me (4 books) and i wanted to finish them and get them back to her.

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