First Thoughts on 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

Cody is an avid book reader...well he's an audio book listener but that still counts, right? He reads at least one book a month and has a mile long list of all the books he wants to read in the future. I used to be that way and I really do love to read but I feel like there are so many other things that fight for my attention that reading often gets put on the back burner. 

But when I heard multiple mentioning the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, I knew I had to read it. The premise of the book speaks so much to what I've already been feeling...the need to simplify because I feel like my overabundance of stuff so often blocks out Jesus in my life. 

Throw in there a super convicting sermon from our pastor over The Parable of the Sower found in Mark 4 where we discussed the fact that MOST Christians' seed will die because of the "worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things" comes in and chokes it. WORRIES. WEALTH. DESIRE FOR OTHER THINGS. All me. 

All of that to say that I recently started the book and it is wrecking me in the most beautiful of ways. I say that I just started, but I'm already half way through because I can't put it down. Here are some of my most favorite quotes so far. 

"The kindest thing you can do is keep them connected to their country. Teach them the proud history of Ethiopia and instill love for their mother country. Cook our food. Pray our prayers. Take them back to walk on the soil where they were born. They might push back because sometimes adopted children just want to be American, no different from the other kids around them. But when they are grown, they will be so grateful you kept their heritage alive." {Advice from a young Ethiopian woman in regards to adoption.}

"The careful study of the Word has a goal, which is not the careful study of the Word. The objective is to discover Jesus and allow him to change our trajectory. Meaning, a genuine study of the Word results in believers who feed the poor people and open up their guest rooms; they're adopting and sharing, mentoring and intervening. Show me a Bible teacher off mission, and I'll show you someone with no concept of the gospel he is studying. {Yes! Amen! Praying that my study of the Word results in DOING.}

"Would Jesus overindulge on garbage food while climbing out of a debt hole from buying things He couldn't afford to keep up with neighbors He couldn't impress? In so many ways I am the opposite of Jesus' lifestyle. This keeps me up at night. I can't have authentic communion with Him while mired in the trappings He begged me to avoid. {I am so opposite of Him in so many ways. Lord, help me not to be content with this.} 

"These are deficiencies most pastors would never stand for (or most churchgoers), but we won't buy carpet at the expense of orphans." {In regards to "deficiencies in their worship space their church rents. Happy to say I belong to a church with a very similar mindset. Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with such a church family.}

Have any of you read the book?
I know I will be implementing & trying some of the things Jen does in her book and considered maybe doing a community linkup. If you haven't read the book, It will change you and wreck you. It is changing and wrecking me...and while it hurts, I love it. 
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