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