“How can I be socially responsible if unaware that I reside in the top percentage of wealth in the world. (You probably do too: Make $35,00 a year? Top 4%. 50,000? Top 1%) Excess has impaired perspective in America; we are the richest people on earth, praying to get richer. We’re tangled in unmanageable debt while feeding the machine, because we feel entitled to more. What does it communicate when half the global population lives on less than $2 a day, and we can’t manage a fulfilling life on 25 thousand times that amount?” Jen Hatmaker
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, I was given the totally awesome privilege to read her book and review it.
I got it yesterday and it’s amazing! It will be done soon but due to a crazy week I will post the review next week! This book came at a great time in our lives as we have already unleashed a new plan in our home (more on that later) we have been feeling overwhelmed with stuff every which way we turn in our lives and we have all had enough. Reading this book just fuels the fire!
I have an extra copy to give away, so next week with the review will be a giveaway! Start thinking about the area of your life where you feel you may have too much access and where you think you might be able to cut back on and then stop back by!!!
Here is a bit more on the book:
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.
Don’t forget to come back next week!