Good Book Alert: The 7 Experiment: Staging your own Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker, 2012.

This book could be a life changer, or at least an eye opener. Jen lives in Austin, TX with her husband and 5 children, 2 of whom are adopted from Ethiopia. How she came to adopt those two is an interesting story and very connected to this book.

It all started when they took in some folks who had lost their house in a hurricane. A little boy walked into her house and said, “Wow, they’re rich!” Jen didn’t feel rich; she felt normal, but even if he hadn’t just lost his house, Jen and her family would have been rich to this little boy. And this little boy was from the United States.

Imagine if someone from an underdeveloped country came to your house. Just the sheer number of clothes we have would make us rich to them, not to mention cars and electronics. We probably spend more on beverages than they do on food, and that’s not counting the clean water that comes out of our tap. We may not even have as much as others we know, but to most of the world, we are rich.

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