On my lovely 101 in 1001 list is to read 20 books in 1001 days. I’m sure I will read a few more than 20 (let’s hope) but when I came up with my “must read in that time frame” list, I wanted to write down books that would change me. That would make me better and books that I didn’t want to end.
That’s exactly how I felt about Seven. It was a hard punch to my little world I get sucked into. I live with excess in every portion of my life; material items, food, media, stress, etc. You name it, we’ve got it. In excessive amounts around the Ashcraft farm.
Without ruining the book for you which I am sure would be completely impossible no matter the amount of details I could go into, here is a little synopsis from her website:
“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.”
It broke me. It made me realize less is more. Moments not things. Giving not receiving. Recycling not wasting. It’s really motivated me to think of my choices when it comes to time, spending, things and people. I am in no way where I want to be but my vision by next year is to have no clutter, come up with a simple wardrobe, make up recycling bins, start our garden, less time with the world more time with Jesus and my little family, and never have to question if things have more power over me than my King.
If you need a breath of fresh air and a swift kick of reality-I so recommend this book. It’s good for the soul.