Many of us have realized that our lives are filled with excess and have sought to live a simpler, saner life. Jen Hatmaker was astonishingly shallow if she was accurately portraying her pre-7 life. She chooses 7 areas of her life, food, clothing, spending, waste, media,possessions, and stress of her life to radically limit for one month each. By these limitations, she thinks that she is more closely following Jesus teachings to care for the poor. Each month was a different area of emphasis and brought her more awareness of her life choices. Now this is where I am not sure I am as enamored with the book as the majority of others who have read it. It was a temporary experiment, a learning experience, almost a game because at the end of the month, that month's experiment was over and it was on to the next area. I have to wonder if there was any permanent commitment to any of it. I hope she doesn't go back to the shallow, spend and waste of her previous life. I suppose we will have to wait for her next book to find out.