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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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