7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

  • by Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by Rebecca Gallagher
  • 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 Christlike 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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Customer Reviews

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Wish the author had narrated the book herself.

If you could sum up 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess in three words, what would they be?

Jen Hatmaker is an incredible speaker. I wish the author had narrated the book herself. This narration has mispronunciations in a few places that are ridiculous. If the author is an amazing, successful speaker, why on earth not have the author narrate themselves?


What did you like best about this story?

Made me rethink many things about the way we live.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Mispronunciations. Her sarcasm is forced when the writer so clearly has an ease and comfort in her writing style. She's not Jen Hatmaker.


What did you learn from 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess that you would use in your daily life?

So many things it's impossible to write in this box.


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- Theresa

10 Star book!

I've heard Jen Hatmaker in person recently, and the narration captured her style to a "T". This book was incredibly thought-provoking as it untangled the tension around the idea of the excess we find ourselves swimming through daily. I will listen to this book again, if not many times.
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- ETPhonehome

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2012
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio