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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.


Disturbed by her family’s comfortableness with American excess, Jen Hatmaker writes with humor and depth about their unique social and spiritual decision to live by a rule of seven, reducing material possessions/ distractions in order to connect with a greatly increased God.

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 eight previous 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 great- est 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 will be the addition of two children from Ethiopia set to join the three they already have. Together they will keep Austin weird and seek to glorify God as they do.

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Leslie Richman, February 21, 2013 (view all comments by Leslie Richman)
7 is a life changer! Jen Hatmaker set out to address seven life areas over seven months to suss out areas of excess, situations of confused priorities, and just to clarify/simplify life in general. Her commentary is honest and hilarious as she traverses everything from Chick-Fil-A withdrawal to the heartwrenching process of adopting babies from Ethiopia. She conveys her experience and the takeaways in a compassionate, non-judgmental tone, create a wild desire in me as a reader to embark on my own 7 experiment. Avoid this book if you aren't ready for some awesome shifts in perspective and habit!
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Hatmaker, Jen
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Christianity-Social Issues
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