SEVEN - an experimental mutiny against excess
by Jen Hatmaker
Last weekend I finished reading this book.
Process how we all live - how I live.
Process the mess of how to align our lives more with Jesus.
I'm dreaming of a book club.
This book is stirring.
As a thank you for posting about this book, the publishers gave me one to give away to YOU.
At the end of this post I'll tell you how to win.
I've pulled a short line from the book that I'm praying.
"Mentor me (Jesus) into healthy ways of living."
Doesn't that sum up life?
Healthy with my time.
Healthy with my money.
Healthy with my relationships.
Healthy with how I handle stress.
Here's my take on the book.
If you have ever thought you have too much stuff, or if you can admit that you are filthy rich (even if you live pay check to pay check), or if you recognize that you live with more opportunities and options than you could ever count, then this book is for you.
It's not a how to book.
It's anything but a guilt trip or book of judgment.
It doesn't give you a template to follow.
Instead it gives you a glimpse into how a family wrestles with seven different areas of excess.
I love how real Jen is with her struggles.
She's a real mom and wife struggling with the same American things you and I struggle with.
She's not willing to look the other way any longer so she takes action.
She's the type of author I really respect and love to read, besides her humor and sarcasm, I love to read authors that are living out what they are studying or being challenged with.
I love knowing they are wrestling with it themselves and it's not just a book assignment.
I rummaged through the book looking for the best quotes to give you to let you get a glimpse of the book but honestly I have to much underlined, to many things that I would love for you to read.
So I picked one little quote from the introduction chapter and one from the conclusion chapter.
"I approach this project in the spirit of a fast: an intentional reduction, a deliberate abstinence to summon God's movement in my life. A fast creates margin for God to move."
"Whatever God has done or is doing in our family is certainly not a template, and I don't want it to be. We live in a certain city with a certain task, we have specific gifts, and we're horribly deficient in others. Our life looks like it does because we are the Hatmakers, and God is dealing with us the way He's dealing with us. We have history and sin issues and circumstances and geography that God takes into account as He stakes our place in His kingdom. You have an entirely different set of factors. I have no idea what this might look like in your life, nor do I want the job. Your story is God's to write, not mind. Some of us are going to live in the suburbs, others downtown. I'm going to garden; you're going to take the subway. We're adopting, you're redistributing, they're downsizing. I use words, you use a hammer. There isn't a list here. There is no stencil we can all trace into our lives in perfect unison. Here is our baseline as a faith community; Love God most. Love your neighbor as yourself. This is everything."
I promise you this book will leave you hungry for more.
More healthy living.
Here's how you can win a copy. You have three opportunities.
1. Leave a comment, any comment. Just tell me you want to win.
2. Leave a comment telling me which of these seven areas you think you'd have the hardest time gaining a healthier perspective on. In other words which one is probably most "out of control" in your life. You can tell me why or just write the one word answer. I'm just so curious as to which one we all find challenging.
- Shopping - Clothes - Waste - Food - Possessions - Media - Stress
3. Leave a comment telling me the most impacting book you have read recently.
(Three separate comments, give you three different opportunities to win.)
Comments close on Sunday at midnight. The winner will be announced Monday am.