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7 by Jen Hatmaker
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Jan 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs, non-fiction, spirituality
Read from March 24 to April 02, 2012

Interesting memoir of a woman who pushes back against the excess of American culture. When Hurricane Katrina victims staying in her home commented on how rich she was (upper-middle class suburbs in Austin, TX) she had a wake up call and decided to pare down. She took seven months, identified seven areas of excess (Food, Clothes, Spending, Media, Possessions, Waste, Stress) and spent one month on each topic, making choices to fight back against materialism and overindulgence. She did things like wear only seven articles of clothing, spend money in only seven places, give away seven things each day for one month, etc. The results for her family were mindblowing - more time with each other, an eco-friendly lifestyle conversion, more money to donate to local community groups. Hatmaker is a minister's wife and some of this book delved a little too much into her Christian faith for my taste, but I still enjoyed her "downshifting" journey.
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