• Simple and Free

  • 7 Experiments Against Excess
  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Jen Hatmaker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why do we pursue more when we’d be happier with less? In this updated edition of 7, New York Times best-selling author Jen Hatmaker tells the story of how she and her family tried to combat overindulgence - and what they learned along the way about living a truly meaningful life.

Simple and Free is the true story of how Jen Hatmaker (along with her family) identified seven areas of excess - food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress - and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased connection with God - a call toward simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better life. 

In this new edition, written not just for listeners of faith but for everyone who craves a gentler, simpler life, Hatmaker shares how sustainability and generosity still impact and challenge her today. Annotated throughout with new reflections from the author, this book offers thoughtful insights on the vastly different world of Simple and Free from back when it was first published as 7, and considers the dramatically different space Hatmaker occupies now. Simple and Free is funny, raw, and not a guilt trip in the making. Come along and discover what Jesus’ version of rich, blessed, and generous might look like in your life. 

©2017, 2021 Jen Hatmaker (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Just keeps getting better and better

Love her books and stories! ineish i lived in Austin! thank younfor sharing your journey and life with us!

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Loved it!

I listened to this every free second I could. And as soon as I finished it, I wanted to listen again! I especially loved the 2021 updates and "listener side notes".

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Food for thought

As usual, this book left me examining many aspects of my life - not just what needs to be scaled back, but which need to increase. I particularly liked her comments from each update, giving a glimpse of what had changed for her since the original printing.

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so much unnecessary info.

I was really interested in the topic but she spends a lot of time talking about completely unrelated things and doesn't get to the point. I had a really hard time paying attention and not zoning out.

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All the feels

My heart feels overwhelmed! I want to make all the changes and try my own version of each of these experiments, but I’m so so sadden to hear the outcome of this book. Pulled from the shelves? Because she shares love and support to a group that desperately need it? Wow! Just wow! I LOVED this book. Can’t wait to listen again and again!

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Love, Truth, Freedom

Thank you Jen… for bringing these gifts to my life with your writing… and for being willing to share your true self, who inspire me to care more about how much pack into the stream of life, than about how much I take.

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A story we all need to listen to

Jen shares stories from the heart and from her home as she battles the beast of more and excess that we live in.
She is real and inspiring.
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Life-changing listen... can't wait to read again!

So glad I came across it 10 years after it was originally released - the 2021 updates were so great! Jen is witty, sarcastic and extremely relatable. Can't wait to take my next right step and offer my small impact of change. It takes a village people!

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Life changing

Exactly what I needed. The best religious book I have ever read. Thank you Jen!

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I really enjoyed the journal style of this book, even though Jen can get pretty wordy at times. Most of all I always like how she is so real with her readers and talks about her struggles and her triumphs as a Christian. The updates were a nice bonus to better understand where she was and where she is now in her walk to live simple and free. I definitely feel inspired to work toward a more simple and free life myself.

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