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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jen Hatmaker Narrator: Rebecca Gallagher Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781621881636
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American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She 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 was born.

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children, to varying degrees) 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—they would spend thirty 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 social experiment to become a radically better existence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny and lively writing…For Christians who desire to live out their New Year’s resolutions year round, this is worth reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jen Hatmaker is a model for her experiment in radical obedience to Christ. May we all be as committed to Jesus’ Gospel revolution.”

    Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie West | 2/19/2014

    " Wonderful, wonderful book. Jan Hatmaker is wise and hilarious. When I read the first chapter, I thought the book was fluffy, but this book will wreck your life in the best way possible if you'll let it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/18/2014

    " Absolutely relevant gospel living. I kept wishing that I had written this book.... This is great encouragement. Read as soon as you can.... And pray that Jesus changes you because of it... Love it, love it, love it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franknannie | 2/17/2014

    " This is the first book by this author I have read. Jen Hatmaker takes us on a journey through her experiment with cutting out excess in 7 areas of her life, and her desire to grow closer to the Lord in the process. The book is well written with humor and fun worked in. The spiritual lessons are powerful, and meaningful. Good job. I would recommend this book to others without a doubt, and will keep it handy to look passages up for future reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Meredith | 2/17/2014

    " Probably one of the best books I read last year. Not the guilt trip I expected. Jen's writing is engaging, fresh, funny, and crisp. The results of her suggestions are still simmering - but it is already changing our family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.ko | 2/14/2014

    " If you're trying to figure out a good book that transcends discussion and inspires action with some crazy girlfriends, this is the book for you. As American consumers, we can all admit that too often we have bought into the concepts of materialism more than we like to admit but unsure how to rebuff. Hatmaker provides a plausible solution, to revisit reduction rather than fighting to obtain more and has documented in this bloglike book. She takes 7 months to explore 7 ways of how to minimize our luxuries - food, clothes, waste, shopping, etc. You'll cheer in her little victories, laugh at her mishaps, and find your heart groaning for our starving brothers and sisters in our neighborhood and world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/26/2014

    " I was unsure of the premise at first, mostly that it seemed more attention-seeking than godly or helpful. The insights, the conviction, and the joy changed it for me. What an inspiring read that really makes me think about my own Christianity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/23/2014

    " Jen Hatmaker makes me laugh, cry and pray! I love this book! She goes straight to the heart of Christianity today. I was convicted of the excess in my own life. I encourage you to pick up this book and pray that God will show you, how you can participate in the experiment of 7. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Nix | 1/20/2014

    " For me, this book was about what was said more than how it was said. It jolted me into re-evaluating my family's choices, which is uncomfortable yet timely. I had to push through certain parts, but I finished the book with ideas for several ways to take action, which was what I hoped to take away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley | 1/18/2014

    " To me, this book was about more than just giving up stuff. Although that part of it was very good too. I really liked this book & her delivery. Her tone was self deprecating & encouraging & smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Vanseveren | 1/3/2014

    " Loved this book. It has inspired me to make some changes. Live more simply. Enjoyed her honesty and sense if humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 1/1/2014

    " Because I don't really like the author's writing style, this book wasn't a fun read for me. Despite the delivery, I did appreciate her message and took away a few things that I think will positively affect my life. The chapters about possessions and media made the biggest impressions on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerith | 12/31/2013

    " Without being self-righteous Jen Hatmaker gives the accounts of how she started taming the excesses in her life through a project she entitled 7. Like having a cup of coffee with a close girlfriend Jen inspired me to become less so that Christ can be more in me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Hollingsworth | 12/30/2013

    " Less is more. Regardless of someone's faith status, the information is insightful and honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 12/16/2013

    " Excellent book about simplifying life and bringing it more in line with the teachings of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Whiteman | 11/22/2013

    " I would absolutely recommend this book as a GREAT read. Funny and important and gets to the core of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Hamstra | 10/27/2013

    " I love this book. Jen is funny, honest, and enjoyable. An easy read. Both convicting and encouraging, a hard combination to find. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Kelly | 9/24/2013

    " makes you really think about all of the waste and consumption in the US with some comedy thrown in :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 8/15/2013

    " Amazing. Laughed, cried, loved it. Has impacted my way I think about all areas of my life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 valerie | 7/14/2013

    " I read this book with my growth group at church. We did each of the chapters in a week. It was great to have community as we fasted together. This book will wreck you and it is so good. Now I have to figure out what I am going to continue to do as a result of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 7/6/2013

    " Good book. Jen has a great sense of humor. This book definitely encourages me to try even more to "live simply so that others may simply live". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/26/2013

    " I want Jen Hatmaker to be my best friend :) Inspiring book- loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 2/14/2013

    " LOVED This book! Best book ever written on what is wrong with American consumerism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherokee Rose Raine | 2/2/2013

    " Started reading this book Sunday and I'm sailing through it faster than any other book I've read recently. I'll probably read it again when I'm finished so I can soak it in more. This is my first book by this author but I love her humor, and her perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson Neighbors | 1/31/2013

    " If you take this book to heart it will mess you up, in a good way. I love when a book challenges me to be more authentic in my faith journey. "

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About the Author

Jen Hatmaker and her family live in Austin, Texas, where the city motto is “Keep Austin weird,” and they work hard to do their part. Jen’s books include Interrupted and A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study. She and her husband planted Austin New Church in an economically and ethnically diverse, socially unique, urban area of the city in 2008. They are in the greatest adventure of their lives, (thrilled to find out where they have planted is known as the “church planters graveyard”) and have made some incredible new partnerships in ministry. They’ve seen their world turned upside down as they’ve considered what it means to ask God how to live and not just what to do. But it’s a good upside down, as part of that discovery is the addition of two children from Ethiopia joining the three they already have. Together they will keep Austin weird and seek to glorify God as they do.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gallagher is an acclaimed voice-over artist with experience in commercials and audiobook narration. She was nominated for an Audie Award in 2010.