Staff Picks – 7

Each week the blog will feature a favorite book of a staff member that’s available on WORDsearch.

GA trip 2011 156Have you heard about the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker?

The premise of the book is that Hatmaker fasted from certain parts of her life she found in excess each month for seven months.

For example, for the first month, she only ate seven different foods. Yes, you read that right. Instead of focusing on all the food options surrounding her, she gave up all food except the seven she choose. Another month, she gave away seven things a day. (And she still had plenty of stuff– that is how much stuff she had in her house!)

After reading 7, my husband and I were convicted about how much “stuff” we have. We aren’t huge spenders, but we definitely have way more than we need. All these things can get piled up around us until we can only see them–and not the Creator and Giver who gave them to use in the first place. We also can fall into the trap of thinking that they are “ours” and have a bad attitude about sharing.

I heard in a sermon recently that Jesus doesn’t want us to ask how much we can give away, but how much are we allowed to keep?

To me that was pretty convicting. To be able to have that attitude shift is hard, especially in America. But keeping my focus on the Lord, and not what I own, helps me realize what is important in my life.

Check out a nice discount on 7 here. Jen Hatmaker also has a blog here.

Have you read a book that has inspired you lately? Let us know!

-Katie Cornett 

Comments

  1. Kristina Vandiver says:

    I think the big lie in our culture is that we’re only as valuable as our stuff. You live in a nice house, nice neighborhood? You’ve got value. You drive a nice car? You’ve got more value. You live in THAT neighborhood, drive THAT car? Your value points go down. And, this is why the struggle is so intense. Until our hearts are convinced that our value is tied to the Christ who never changes, the temptation for stuff is very strong.

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