Book Review: The 7 Experiment

The 7 Experiment / The Seven ExperimentThe 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against ExcessThe 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess / The Seven Experiment by Jen Hatmaker

A companion study to her fantastic book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, this is still an excellent resource whether or not you’ve read 7.

I loved 7, and I love The 7 Experiment. The study helps to make it personal, as you work out what a 7-style experiment looks like in your own life, rather than strictly replicating the specifics of Hatmaker’s challenge.

One of the best aspects of the study is how it’s designed to be done in a group, and while I enjoyed Adrienne’s online group, I think it would be even more powerful if done in a in-person group.

However, I wouldn’t let not having a group to work through it with deter you from reading and using the book. While I only followed one of her suggestions precisely, and only managed to follow my own self-imposed fasts completely two of the 7 weeks, it was still a fantastic experience.

What I also really appreciated is that, taking one fast a week, it turns it into a very manageable 8 or 9 week study (depending on if you count an introductory and/or wrap-up week). It’s not a year-long commitment, or even several months – it’s basically two months. I can almost always manage anything for two months.

Highly recommended.

Publisher’s Description:
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 a child who was living in poverty, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born. This study will lead you through this same experiment, at whatever level you choose, in seven key areas: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress.

What’s the payoff for living such a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends a social experiment to become a radically better existence.

Book Details

Title: The 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess / The Seven ExperimentThe 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess
Author: Jen Hatmaker
Category: Nonfiction / Christian Living
My Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. Thanks for the review of the workbook study. I’ve looked at it for Bible study class but was uncertain about it.

    • I think it could be a great choice, depending on the group and what you’re wanting.

      (How is that for a vague comment? But really, it wouldn’t be a good fit if you’re looking for a more academic-type study. It also wouldn’t be a good fit if you want a study where you can do it all in the book – the application of this book is where it really shines, and that takes action. Cleaning out closets and making food changes & all the rest.)

  2. Hey there! I am thinking of using this study for a small group at my church on Wednesday nights. We usually do a DVD study with little to no homework. It sounds like there is some weekly reading for this one. Can you tell me how much that affects being able to participate and discuss at the weekly sessions. If some folks don’t do the reading, will they be lost?

    • I need to find my copy and confirm this (it’s been 3 years sine I read it), but I think it might be a harder one to do if people aren’t willing or able to do any of the reading at home. And it’s not just the reading – this is a participatory kind of study, and every week has a different focus that you’re supposed to work on in your life. So, not a just sit and watch a DVD kind of study, but I can look for the book and double-check that for you, but wanted to give you a quick answer.

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