I love to read. As much as I love a good reality TV show #dontjudge, I love a good book equally as much. After reading 7, I knew I had to share a review here. My sister recommended it and it was just what I needed at this point in my life.
In this book, Jen along with friends and family picked 7 areas of excess to attack. Each month they focused on one of these seven areas: Food, Clothes, Spending, Media, Possessions, Waste, Stress. Each month, Jen made major, and often times uncomfortable, reductions to the areas above. This book dealt with really strong subject matter but, the author’s humor made it lighter and a fun read.
I know it was God that I read this book at this time. You all know that I am always attempting to monitor our possessions, and am striving to live a simpler life, but lately God has really been talking to me about the goals of these things.
I was really inspired by Jen’s worldview. In the process of writing this book (which was written diary style) Jen was in the process of adopting two children from Africa. I also loved that her church focuses on helping those in the community that are less fortunate than themselves. The greatest take-away from this book for me was the reality that I have no NEEDS that are not met. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, transportation, friends, and family. I also am blessed with most of my wants as well. There are some things I want, but they should not be confused with NEEDS.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“How do I as a christian not be distracted and keep in front of me that this world is temporary. I really want to let go of things.”
I recommend that everyone reads this book NOW NOW NOW! I am even going to buy a copy and you know how I feel about buying books🙂