Need a New Bible Study? I Have a Deal...
by Jen Hatmaker on January 7th, 2013

It’s January 7th, which means a bunch of us have eaten raw spinach and quinoa this week, made a new chore chart, rewrote our vows, or have read the Bible for seven straight days for the first time since last January. Some people, I’ve heard, are even making a “Kind Words” jar where sassy children can make deposits to cash in for rewards or, more likely, withdrawals for saying such things to their brother like, “You smell like a diaper that’s been left in a hot car.” I’ve heard about a family like this.
 
It’s just that time to think about new beginnings.
 
Coming off the hustle and bustle and consumption of Christmas, I know many of my fellow travelers feel a little beleaguered, sort of worn down by the “too much” of it all yet again. Our new stuff is still strewed all over the house, struggling to compete for space with all the old stuff we still have. Half the gifts are already forgotten or shoved aside. Some folks are opening dreaded credit card bills, and the shine has come plumb off.
 
Is 2013 the year we live lighter, freer, more simply on this earth?

Is this the year we break free from the machine and find a whole new kind of abundance?

 
I want to help. I’m kicking off this year with a deal. 2012 was an incredible year to share “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” with you (No idea? Catch up here.). You formed groups, wrote blogs, led discussions, created book clubs, jumped in feet first, bullied your pastors, tricked your friends, wrote me one zillion emails and letters, and I truly believe the needle moved forward on the kingdom. It was incredible. I cannot believe what God has done. You moved, downsized, switched jobs, sold your possessions, decided to adopt, launched new ministries, served the marginalized, inspired your children, changed your lives. You were so brave, so obedient. I stood over on the side with my mouth hanging open.
 
Did you know that in the original experiment during a discussion with The Council, one of them said something about making a detail “reproducible” and I laughed in her face? “What??? No one is going to do this! Are you crazy? Are THEY crazy? This isn’t that kind of book! This is just to read! Who would do this??”
 
This is the only time I’ve ever been wrong in my life. Ask Brandon.
 
I had no idea anyone would want to try this, or some version of it. I didn’t write 7 that way in the slightest. I am still stunned out of my mind. I’ve seen the face of crazy, and it isn’t just in the mirror apparently. You’ve gone mad right alongside me.
 
So I wrote a study version of 7 intended to be, ahem, a reproducible project with many, many, many options and adaptations included. It’s Bible heavy, because evidently the Bible actually has much to say about excess and consumerism and true freedom. It’s hands-on, meaning each week you will be reducing, scaling back, restraining in seven areas: food, clothing, possessions, media, waste, spending, and stress. This isn’t just information for your head; it’s a social experiment and your life is the subject. It’s new material, interactive, and we even shot a bunch of cool videos for it at my house. (I let a bunch of men from Lifeway into my closet to shoot one session, and I was so nervous as they walked into my bedroom that I hollered out, “Well, this is where the magic happens!” And then I tried to move to Canada.)
food-clothing-possessions

The 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess is a 9-week study, including an intro, seven weeks tackling one area of excess per week, and a conclusion. The Leader Kit includes one member book (the workbook each participant will need), all the DVD’s, and leader helps. This is for small groups, a bunch of friends, Sunday School classes, roommates, youth groups (MANY youth pastors took their students through 7 this year!), families, Bible study groups, women AND men, any old renegades.
 
Here’s the deal: I have three sets of The 7 Experiment for three selected small groups. Each set includes the Leader Kit, 10 additional member books (all signed)…and…a Skype with me at the conclusion of your study! I get to offer each set at half price – worth $200, but you can get it here, with the Skype, for $100.
The 7 Experiment

I only have three sets.
 
You interested? Can you trick inspire 10 others to join you for nine weeks? And don’t imagine you need to be some hippie minimalist to “lead” this study. Hardly. If you can press play on a DVD player and keep a discussion on the rails, you can do this. This isn’t for folks who’ve arrived but rather for those of us in progress. This isn’t a guilt trip, a strict formula, an impossible template, or a comparison game. There is wiggle room and flex for everyone; all is grace here.
 
So, I am going to draw three names from the comment section to send the whole kit n’ caboodle to for the bargain price of $100. From there, we’ll schedule a time for me to Skype into your group and we’ll laugh our heads off at all the ways you cheated along the way.

 
Tell me, why do you want The 7 Experiment and who will you ask to join you?


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Jessica - January 8th, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Pick us! I just started month one... I am journaling along with only eating my seven foods and this is so hard but so good! This is a small group of us committed to do this study together! We would love to meet you over Skype!
Heather Blue - January 8th, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Sweet nectar! You are rad. I think the world of you. We must have been cut from the same cloth.
I love:
Saved By the Bell
Hate:
The Cats and Dogs Movie my parents gave our kids.
I say the phrase: " I have a college degree" when the simplest tasks become waaayyyy to difficult.
I will read every word you ever write. Don't stop. In my eyes you have.... synergy! :)
My husband and I just launched a church Dec. 2.. small groups start Feb. 3.. We are in!
Sarah - January 8th, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Pick me! Pick me!
I want to share the study with my girls group!!!
Melissa - January 8th, 2013 at 7:03 PM
I love this! I have been asked to lead an adult group on "Seven" & while I feel so passionate about experiencing a journey with others about how to make a shift in our consumer world, I had to say no last season. With work & my family I just don't have time to plan & having this could make it happen later this year for our church. Chosen or not, thank you for encouraging me and so many others in our journey...
Hilary - January 8th, 2013 at 7:30 PM
This sounds great!
Aleisha - January 8th, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Oh I absolutely love this!!! Please please please pick our group. I belong to such an amazing group of women and we can so benefit from this study!!!
Kristen Overcash - January 8th, 2013 at 8:01 PM
Wow! We just decided to do the 7 book in our small group and now I just found out that there is a study to go with it! Perfect. We NEED this:) Thank You, Thank You.
Morgan Spivey - January 8th, 2013 at 8:04 PM
Me, Me, Me!!! I am currently reading Seven...I know, I'm a couple years behind!! But I was just telling my friend the other day that I really think we are the missing pieces of your life : ) We could laugh our heads off...and bawl our eyes out!!
I would love this study...and I would start with my current small group- 5 girls...and then recruit 4 more (including my BFF that could someday be your BFF too!) : )
Julia - January 8th, 2013 at 8:08 PM
Im the BFF that could be your BFF with Morgan Spivey!! PIck us, good ol Alabama girls running hard after radical obedience to the Lord!
Krista - January 8th, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Oh, I would love to do this. I have been slowly scaling back, and thinking how I want to do that more and more. We've had discussions already in my small group about excess and trimming back Christmas (after linking to your Easter post another participant is so on board with the idea!). I have a fantastic small group of women all ages... young mothers and grandmothers and everything in between. Small groups are fairly new at my church and we've only done the materials that the church has provided, but at my last congregation we did small groups ALL THE TIME. I miss that I am SURE my small group would up for meeting around this topic. And at half price, I would happily gift them the series. It might get us to do it more regularly.
Vicki - January 8th, 2013 at 8:27 PM
Oh, my! I just finished your book yesterday, and I feel like a woman possessed. It was so, so good. Of course, I am missing your voice now that the book is done, so I decided to check out your blog. And then I see this! I swear, God is sending me the biggest message right now. I need to do this, one way or the other. I just know my small group ladies would join me on the 7 journey. : )
Courtney - January 8th, 2013 at 8:28 PM
This might rival the PowerBall but I'll give it a try. I would love to do this study with my Sunday School class, we're a group of parents to younger children and you know how deprived little kids are these days. So a study on scaling back is just what God ordered, I loved the book and I can't wait to do the study!
Tricia - January 8th, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Oh wow, that's a lot of comments. I've gotta talk to my co-leader, but I would love to do this with our women's group. Especially since we're done with our last book at the end of January.
Anda Brown - January 8th, 2013 at 9:42 PM
I talk about you like you're my best friend around here. LOVED your book!! We are SO messed up! Dear hubby is a doctor, we live in the hood with our SEVEN kids, and STILL we struggle with excess! So we would love to do this study with our whole fam and a few of our closest buddies from church!
Julie Anna Johnson - January 8th, 2013 at 9:52 PM
Would love to participate! The girls from my Sunday school class begin meeting together soon. My husband and I began food on January 2nd!!
Kristen Le Peau - January 8th, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Yay! We would love to do this! I read 7 this year and then went around my house purging and giving away piles of stuff. My husband thought I was crazy. Then I encouraged, ok guilted, a bunch of friends to read it... And they started down-sizing their lives (now a whole group of husbands thinking we are crazy). What better thing to do in our small group WITH our husbands than this!

And on a personal note, I am trying to get my brain around our American dream life before our 4 year old daughter comes home from India in a few months (God willing). How does a kid go from an orphanage to our life and maintain a sense of stability. God help us. We are a mess.

Love to you Jen... You write my heart.
Petie - January 9th, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Hi Jen, I belong to a Book Club who started out doing what a book club does- reading books. We met monthly to "discuss" what we learned from that month's book, which usually lasted about ten minutes. I was one of the valiants, trying to bring us back full circle after we got off topic. I've since given up. It's not worth it. Women ARE like spaghetti, if you've ever heard that saying (i'm sure you have), and it shows when ten girls get together in one room...with food. and wine. Then, we all started having babies, and although the book of the month reading was still in effect, we would instead have the latest baby-have-er share her birth story- ALL the gory details. And then, you know, one thing would lead to another and all of a sudden someone would shout out that they were pregnant but to not tell anyone yet because not even their family knew (how can you not share news such as that when placentas and circumcisions are being described in great detail? It just pours forth from your mouth--unstoppable, really). Anyways, i digress (i'm spaghetti too.). So a few months ago, my friend Christine chose your 7 book to read. I have to admit, we were probably the only two that read it, but don't take that as a slam at all. WE LOVED IT. the rest of the "book club" girls, however, were probably too busy milking their goats, rolling their own cigars from homegrown tobacco, pulling a hanging child out from a basement escape window, having a baby, getting pregnant, stirring up bone broth for their baby's bottles, or breastfeeding in public to have a chance to even order your book online, much less read it. But i KNOW they would fall in love with it. These girls are extreme. These girls have farms in their backyards in the middle of Wichita. They brew their own beer and make their own wine. They have crazy children (one being mine). We've gone through numerous trips to the ER, dealing with severe allergies in our children, mysterious illnesses and diseases, and crazy family drama together, as well as the usual "Does anyone else feel like a failure of a mom sometimes? Ready, go..." (my post last week). Some are sweet and quiet. Most of us are loud. Really loud. We share our deepest prayer requests with each other. This group is incredible, and while all of them might not be up for this weird 7 journey, I KNOW i can make up for the deficit with other ladies in my life (my mom, for example, loved your book). To end this very short comment, i'll add some hilarious comments from the book club group wall:
-My daughter just told me "Mommy I love your milking things so you can feed George!"...yep, she meant my boobs...REALLY hope this doesnt post to my facebook status update!!
-Girls, do you know when it's time to throw out your sports bras and get new ones??? It's when your boobs actually flop OUT of them when you're running. Tomorrow I will be getting new ones.
-Okay, this is kind of awkward...but does anyone have any tips for how to teach their FIVE YEAR OLD how to wipe his own behind? I am so scared he's going to get some infection or something because he is really not very talented in the wiping department...it's easier for me to keep doing it myself, even though I am just plain embarrassed now when he goes to friends' houses and hollers for their mom to come a'wiping him when he's done! :) Any tips? Or is it just common sense? Thanks loves!
-Um... the "lady" next door (who I believe to be an exotic dancer) just came out to take her trash out wearing JUST a t-shirt... JUST A T-SHIRT. I actually laughed out loud in front of her as I said hello because of the ridiculousness of the situation. Just needed to share that.
-had a dream last night that book club was on a boat, and the dinner that night was panda bear, and I was going on and on about how delicious it was since it was from the lamb family.
-Book Club..Sams Club...my kids dont see a difference! There have been quite a few times that I mention needing to go to Sams Club and they say " to see your friends"...I guess I need to get out more if the only 2 places my kids thing that I go are Book Club and Sams Club. ;)
-My kids have been begging the past few weeks to play in the sprinkler...but it was too chilly before lunch and then after naptime we are doing a billion things...anyway, this morning I let them play in the shower together with swim suits on. They were so excited...H ran in to George and yelled "God is SO good George!"
And personally, I have felt hard tugs on my heartstrings to live a more radically different life, to try and emulate the life of Jesus. This book has been a step in that journey, but i still haven't quite figured out the HOW.
Thank you for your consideration! Or i guess it's just a random selection, right?
Susan - January 9th, 2013 at 7:01 AM
Tonight I will actually be introducing this study to my ladies Bible Study group. After praying for God to show me what to do now, (just finishing up Beth Moore's JAMES) I received an email from a friend/women's minister about this study. I only had to see the title for God to let me know THIS IS IT! My husband is a teacher at a private Christian school where alot of "rich kids" go. My kids are constantly thinking that they are poor and don't have so many things when they are so blessed and don't even know it. God's been convicting me about a way to show them just how much we DO have and how we live in slavery to all these things. Just after reading the intro, i knew this is just what we a family needed. When telling a few women and about it, I received so many responses saying this is just what we need to start the year. Our church loves to skype with missionaries from all over the world, so the skyping part would just be amazing! Thanks for this awesome chance to get back to the way God intended our lives to be and not what we've let the world dictate to us (and we just choose to believe it). Looking forward to what God's going to teach our group (especially me) through this study! Hope to be one skyping with you soon, but if not, I'm really enjoying your FB posts. You are soooo real. Love that! Thanks for sharing your experiment with us and following God's leadership.
Kristina - January 9th, 2013 at 7:37 AM
I loved 7 and I look forward to hearing you speak in Paducah, KY in April. I grew up there and am coming to visit my mother and go to the Women's Day with her at my childhood church. If I won the 7 study I would offer it as a Bible study at my church. I have recommended the book to many of my friends and I know there would be more than 10 willing to participate. Thank you for the offer with Skype!
Lisa - January 9th, 2013 at 8:13 AM
My husband and are 40, we've been married for 10 years. We haven't been able to have kids. We almost adopted a little boy a year ago-the birth mother took him from us on the day after Christmas 2011. It's been a hard year. We decided to become foster parents and have been waiting waiting waiting for the home study to be written. We live in a two bedroom apartment and he works from home. I'm a party planner (non-pro) and he's a graphic designer/backpacker/mountain climber. Friends of min suggested your book for a book study with the ladies at our church (I'm in charge of women's ministry). I got to possessions chapter about the time we started re-arranging our little apartment. I laughingly said, we should do this in Nov. Between the two of us, we had given away 400 items by Nov 15. I was dumbfounded. There's still so much left! Thank you! I would never have looked at our stuff that way and God is using 7 to free us - make us more flexible and available to Him! I think, with the holidays, I left the ladies in the dust - we've only met once in Oct. We're looking forward to doing this study together!
Casie Fisher - January 9th, 2013 at 8:17 AM
ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME. I am an adoptive mom. I get 2 entries. Just kidding. That was rude. I am no more worthy than anyone except Gary who commented that he likes cheese.
Bethany - January 9th, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Yes, I throw my name in the hat! Loved 7, loved our Garage Sale 4 Orphans, love how your stuff encourages my covenant group of pastor's wives with young children... Would be awesome to skype with you!

Maribeth - January 9th, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Yes!!! Please! We've already started reading with our mentors, a study would be great. I read half of interrupted OUTLOUD to my husband last night. He majorly identified with the Brandon sections. It was a night we will remember for a long time !
Suzie Reis - January 9th, 2013 at 8:50 AM
I was reading your book in the fall...totally convicted and just what I had been talking with the Lord about. I literally read the last page and got on the fb and Crown's Ministries had just posted the announcement that you would be in Marion Jan. 11 and 12th. WOW!! So exciting!! Now...if my grandson is not born in the next three days...I will be there! :) From Thanksgiving to Christmas I did the "food" fast....7 foods. Learned a lot....and want to share this experience with the women in my church. Would love the small group materials to facilitate the opportunity for us to grow and change.
Tonia Booker - January 9th, 2013 at 9:18 AM
people pray for "travel mercies" might I ask for "study mercies"?! tee-hee... My small group is planning on this study starting in Feb. (Jessica, Dori, Shele, Anna, Charla, Kelly,Susan, Desirae, Crystal and me). We would beyond love the kit and beyond beyond beyond love to skype with Jen!! oh and FREE BATES!!
Audrey - January 9th, 2013 at 9:28 AM
My wonderful group of sisters finished our last study in December and are trying to figure out our next one to start. I need to do your study and read your book. And I think everyone else in my group does, too. We'd love to win your free set, but we'd pay for it, too! :) Bless you for writing this. How needed it is.
Melanie Freshour - January 9th, 2013 at 9:36 AM
I'm thinking yes.
Buffy Smith - January 9th, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Holy Cow that's a lotta comments. We'd love to have a copy of the study because my friends and I runa women's retreat at Windy Gap (YL camp) every year and we want this study to be the basis by which we plan the weekend. Puh-leeze!

Also, I would never wish anything untoward (what does that even mean?) to happen to fellow sisters, but if the IF retreat you are speaking at September 6-7 gets cancelled we'd LOVE to have you in NC. I'm for reals. Not about the "untoward" part, but about your coming if it opens up!
Kaylan - January 9th, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I would love to do this with my youth group girls!
K.J. Snoes - January 9th, 2013 at 1:24 PM
Worth a shot, huh? I've been dying to read 7 and I know some people at my church that would definitely be on board with starting this as a group
:)
Sarah - January 9th, 2013 at 1:58 PM
My pretend mom has already bought the leader kit, because she's obsessed. And I've already gotten ten of my friends to say "yes" to saturday mornings at 9am to walk through the study with me... They have no idea what I've done to them. Lord bless them and give them a forgiving heart!
Karen - January 9th, 2013 at 2:17 PM
My small group at church had you come speak at our women's conference a few years ago and we've all been dying to have you back. So much has changed since then and we are so ready to do 7 together...and with you :) So YES, we're all in!
Amy Lester - January 9th, 2013 at 2:44 PM
I sit around and look at my stuff and I simultaneously want more and am repulsed by it. I need this study. And I have the best group of friends who I know I can rope into doing it with me. Tuesdays at 9:00 are already set aside.

Brooke - January 9th, 2013 at 2:52 PM
I would love to win the set!! I'm proposing this as our next women's group Wednesday night study. I think that it's a perfect way to start the new year. I'm also excited about seeing you here in Knoxville this year!
Dawn - January 9th, 2013 at 4:42 PM
I hope this contest is still open. I loved the book and definitely had my small book club read it. We are on Long Island in New York and can certainly use an experiment against excess. Blessings, Dawn
Lori H. - January 9th, 2013 at 5:07 PM
We would love to do this study in our small group! We've already read the book and keep looking for ways to dig deeper!
Jill Prell - January 9th, 2013 at 7:02 PM
7 is one more great thing in a journey God has been taking me on since the summer of 2011. You have The Council, Jen, but I have a Wild Animals group of rockstar women and I think they will all be "in"! Add one for my kindred spirit in having our hearts turned toward the poor and starving...that makes 5. I will also ask 4 from my community group, plus me...that's 10. Why should you pick me? If I can snag this study for $100 I will donate $200 to Compassion International or Feed My Starving Children.
Heather - January 9th, 2013 at 9:03 PM
I was just talking to the ladies at church tonight about doing this study. If we win I'll make the time to lead it.
carroll - January 9th, 2013 at 9:12 PM
The girls in my Sunday school class have a Bible study two times a year. Our last study was Hearing God's Voice Through the Static, which we all LOVED! We live in a suburb of Birmingham and we enjoy the great schools, nice houses, etc. But sometimes it seems like a bubble and there is too much of everything material. I think this study would be a great fit for our group. In other words, pick me!
Sandy - January 9th, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I just picked your book up today after listening to a great recommendation from a friend and wanted to check out your site - yay! So glad I did :) Last spring, a small group of young moms from my church met for an evening Bible study twice a month while the dads stayed home with our kiddos (woohoo!). With no one to lead and no study in mind, we took a break last fall. If I can get my hands on a great study, I said I'd facilitate this spring...this would be a fun "experiment" and study to share in together! Thanks for such a great offer!!
MJ - January 9th, 2013 at 11:39 PM
I would love to offer this study! I am listening to it on Overdrive from our library. Seattle is the least church state in the nation, ask Jesus:-0) Pick ME!
Alyson Schumacher - January 10th, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I would buy this study to share any day!!! Wonderful!

Robin - January 10th, 2013 at 7:58 AM
Yes! I would ask my Bunko group to do it with me!
amy - January 10th, 2013 at 8:29 AM
Pick me pick me.
tara - January 10th, 2013 at 9:39 AM
I've just spent the last few hours reading "7"... it has wrecked me in the best way possible. I would love the opportunity to share this with my 'tribe'... a band of seemingly random 20-30-something singles/college-aged/some-married/some-mothers/some-mid-lifers/but all desperate who are stuck in the thick of the Machine. I'm convinced this could be life changing, not only for us (our little 'tribe' of friends), but ultimately for the local church (AKA - the hope of the world - AKA - the Kingdom of God here on Earth). Yes, please.
Amy - January 10th, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Yes, yes, please. Also, Interrupted is ruining my life. Thanks.
Anne S. - January 10th, 2013 at 10:12 AM
7 has been on the list for my small group, and my church's women's ministry will love having the DVDs in our study library as a resource for women! Thanks so much for investing your time into this project!
Terri Sasse - January 10th, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Heard you speak at the Women's Ministry Leader's conference in Nashville. I bought a copy of 7 and read most of it on the flight home. I have been touted it to friends since I returned. We'd love to do this study together.
Heather - January 10th, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Me please :)
Heather - January 10th, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I have my own form of "the council" and we havevtalked about this study! We have all read the book! I am also going to Africa for 2 weeks this summer, and I think this study would help me challenge myself to cut out the excess and love more!
Richele - January 10th, 2013 at 1:35 PM
I have your (unread) book on my Kindle. I want the study because I totally can't imagine doing it. I'm scared to read the book, scared to be convicted, scared to take the plunge, scared to do without ... all of which points to the fact that I totally need to do it! I'm great at limiting my kids screen time, getting them to eat their veggies, having them do the right thing - but me? Limits? Boundaries? Puh-lease. So yes, it's time.

I will find 9 equally frightened girls to come along on this journey with me!
Jessica - January 10th, 2013 at 2:33 PM
I meet with 9 other mom friends every Wednesday morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We've been meeting for several years and have discovered serious community, transformation, and growth as we continue to meet together. We are just finishing up Beth Moore's James study and are looking for something new to study next. One of us mentioned your book and how great it would be to read as a group. Then, I visited your site and saw this new study and giveaway! It would be a great fit!
Wendy - January 10th, 2013 at 3:22 PM
I read the book over the summer and even though I have tried to implement many of the principles, I really want/need a challenge to look at all the areas. I have a Bible Study group currently looking for our next read. I'm glad it's "biblically heavy" (is that what you said?) Our group is a meat and potatoes one--oh no we won't get meat and potatoes, wlll we? lol.
carlynn welch - January 10th, 2013 at 3:33 PM
I am throwing my hat into the ring! I love the book and it would be a pleasure to study it my peeps here in Japan. I promise to not make you skype in the middle of the night! I am keeping it simple and sweet...I really love the book!
Denise - January 10th, 2013 at 5:43 PM
I would love it.
Andrew - January 11th, 2013 at 7:49 AM
We definitely want to do this!
Stormy Venator - January 11th, 2013 at 7:58 AM
I read your book and literally laughed out loud several times. I'll admit...I might have a "biblical" crush on you. I said might! :) But I would love to have this study and would love to open my home to the women in my neighborhood and the women in my life to do the study together. Not only do I see the need for this in our area but I believe the women around here need to laugh, need to distress. I have had this desire for a while now and winning this would take me out of my comfort zone. So, put me in coach!! Oh, and the other reason I want to win this is because I want to Skype with you! I said it and I'm not ashamed!!! ;)
Shasta - January 11th, 2013 at 3:37 PM
I have a group of 7 friends from college. 1 of the 7 bought the book 7 for the rest of us and shipped them all across the country from California to Kansas. We read the book together, communicating through email and Twitter. We bounced around a lot of ideas about how to make changes in our lives but not many of us got very far. I would love to be able to share this with my best girls. Perhaps, with a set structure God will use our study to make us more like Him.
Kate - January 11th, 2013 at 8:27 PM
Hilarious! I missed the giveaway but couldn't get past the first paragraph-

I totally had steamed cabbage and quinoa for lunch!
Kate
Becky - January 13th, 2013 at 10:34 AM
A dear friend and I were reading the book last year at the same time....she said to me, "this would be a great study".....Jan. 6 we began our nine week study with 17 brave souls who are looking for inspiration to move closer to Christ's example and will for their (our) lives. I came to your site for a word to share with the group this morning....I am so excited about the study materials!!! I may have missed the contest....but maybe not the boat!

Megan - January 13th, 2013 at 7:24 PM
This was just brought up today in our small group and immediately everyone fell in love with this. We all thought that this would be a great way to humble ourselves to the ways that the rest of the world lives.
Sally - January 14th, 2013 at 2:05 AM
Hi Jen, I started reading 7 last week and I am stunned at the impact it is having on my life already. I laugh and cry as I read what you experienced and learned. I am a small group leader with a group of nine in my home. I know there is one more woman the Lord is planning to send to join us on this study. We NEED to do this study.
Ginger Watson - January 14th, 2013 at 6:31 AM
Oh please I hope it's me! I'm a pastor looking HARD for meaningful Bible study to help form small groups this year so that women can get to know each other, get to know God better, and see their lives transform. I would grab this, pray like crazy, and then grab the 12 women God said to grab. Thanks for your work!!
TJ Weeden - January 14th, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I am late.....But, just the topic and title inspires me. I was just sitting here "trying" to pay some bills. And I got side tracked....yeah, I'm like that. I went to my newsfeeds....And because I saw that it was sent on January 7, and the title was 7, and up until recently I had 7 kids (just finalized our adoption of Iveta, 15 year old Latvian), I just had to open it and see what was inside. I am inspired. And while I can not even afford the deal price, one day I will buy this and do it! So fun! In the meantime, I may just read the book and do it first myself, and then inspire my people! Thanks for your obedience. TJ
Lyila - January 14th, 2013 at 1:29 PM
This would be an AWESOME church-wide study to do!! But first I would start with my husband and I's small group and the women's study at our church. This book landed in my hands on Jan. 3...just three days after our "year of less" has begun. We will be moving this year. We will be stepping out more. We will be giving more. Would LOVE to have this study to share!
Melisa Robbins - January 14th, 2013 at 7:33 PM
I read 7 a few months ago with a girlfriend and we both fell in LOVE!! We formed a group of women that'll be meeting at my home tomorrow night...at 7 (cute huh?). Tomorrow's meeting is to discuss how we want to tackle the book as a group. This package would be great!
We're jazzed about time with Christ, adopting and loving the homeless!
Great job Jen at bringing so many together!
blessings,
Melisa
Meagan Scharmahorn - January 16th, 2013 at 10:58 AM
So I'm not a 7 reader... but have been stocking everything about YOU the past few days after seeing a friend was reading this and doing this on facebook.

Just getting ready to start up a women's bible study at our church - and this would be SUCH A PERFECT way to start. You've got LOTS of fans... but I'm your newest. You can bet on that :-)
Haley - January 16th, 2013 at 3:47 PM
There is a group of stay at home moms in my neighborhood. We have all expressed a desire to attend a bible study at our churches but we all struggle with making it work with our children and schedules. I would love to do this study in my home during the week in the middle of the day so that we can all "get feed". We always put our kids needs before our own, this is something we need for ourselves!
Pam - January 17th, 2013 at 9:10 AM
I led my first Bible Study last summer in my home. There were 12 of us! Pretty good for a first timer! The gals are enthusiastic about returning this summer for another study, and I've been researching avenues that I think would benefit us all. I came across The 7 Experiment, and a light bulb blazed in my head! My numbers of ladies wanting to join the study are increasing, and I am looking to our church, for a larger venue. The focus with my church sermons as well as my Bible Study this semester, has been on sacrifice, submission and a Sovereign God. All we NEED is God, not all this other "stuff" that society and self tells us. As we struggle with day to day temptations and desires, we are leaning more and more on each other and our Bibles to take us down the road - and lift us to a higher place - - - coming to God first and foremost - and not looking at the world for our pleasures and fulfillment. This study, it sounds like, would help us discern world from Word, and give us valuable tools and determination to get there! I would really love your consideration to this wonderful gift. It would be an answer to prayer and an armor of Godly empowerment to all of those in my study group!
Kimberley Baker - January 17th, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Soooooo, I don't know if I'm too late for this... and I definitely don't have anything clever to say.

Pick me anyway?

PS I do have a group of women folk that currently gather and are looking for something different to study... just sayin.
Betsy - January 17th, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Jen, fellow mom of mostly boys, and soul sister......I am CRAVING a group like this to come together to start getting rid of stuff and in turn growing together! I am a newish mom who happened to have 3 boys in less than 3 years and now that I can finally start to breathe again (the littlest is 6 months) I am craving a community of women to challenge each other in our thinking. I hope my name gets picked and we can start on this journey with you. And hopefully when my littles get a little bigger I can take to writing and influencing the way you have....what a voice used by Our Creator! Beautiful!
Jessie - January 17th, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Not sure if this is done, but I would love to be a part of this study, and have the materials for my small group.
Robin - January 17th, 2013 at 8:52 PM
My husband and I just came home (3 weeks ago), from spending 18 months in Peru on a ministry mission. My heart wants to stay out of the way of the fire hydrant force of the "excess" stateside. I would find and love to do this study with 10 people in our community here!
Bronwen - January 18th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Girlfriends and I just read 7 together and are now staggering forward juggling questions. We'd love to take it further and love the week-long vs. month-long format for round 1. Thanks!
Crystal Schicker - January 20th, 2013 at 9:02 PM
Pick US! I belong to a small church that is growing quickly thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit! We're getting ready to start our new semester of growth groups and this would be perfect for our growing congregation. It would cut across generational and gender lines to meet the needs of so many people...and with a life-changing message! American culture and a bondage-free life in Christ don't necessarily mix! Something has to give! Pick us, pick us, pick us!
Sarah - January 20th, 2013 at 9:32 PM
Just moved our growing family back to Austin- right in the heart of our families of origin with all our big, complicated history. Maybe this will allow us to all be humble before one another and work together to do small things with great love for God... (While being an avenue of healing among us...)
Mary - January 22nd, 2013 at 10:59 PM
We just recently started small group study at our church, Life Groups. What could possibly be more relevant to life in this land of plenty that we live in than dealing with excess. It is a constant battle and the 7 study looks like high-powered ammo to me! Would LOVE to have this study to share and learn.
Alyssa Potter - January 24th, 2013 at 8:28 AM
I'm starting this group at my house soon. We are going to talk about our husbands and kids behind their backs, lock the kids in a room and drink coffee. It's going to be great!
Christa - January 25th, 2013 at 9:22 PM
Okay, my heart is heavy, like I got the Holy Spirit sittin on my chest, got my attention heavy. Me and three other lovely ladies dove righti to this Seven study. I was all for it, not because I prayed about but because I liked how the number 7 was drawn on the cover, I'm just trying to be real here. So, last week was FOOD...I was hungry, irritable, and wondered why did I agree to this. Then, this week. Clothes. I chose to wear the same shirt and pants and shoes to work all this week, not I intensionally, but due to my apparently bad future outfit choosing ability. I was in Ukraine adopting our son for five weeks with just a carry on, I can do this! Then, we went to Thirst Women's retreat at our church tonight at Southeast Christian Church. Tammie Head and Kelly Minter shared what God is up to in their lives.. Kelly just got back from the Amazon ministering to "jungle" people and challenging us with the Great Commision and examine all the Stuff we ChrisitanChurchGirls have. I confessed to my girlfriends that i was mad for having to wear the same outfit tonight despite more and more people complimenting the purple shirt. Even while standing in line for the bathroom, surrounding by ladies in their cute outfits, someone compliments me for my shirt. Each of us were paralyzed in chairs as Kelly finished up talking, we turned to each other and laughed---nervous giggles cause God is getting us ready, burst our little safe bubbles. I stalked Kelly afterwards, which I have never done before to tell her about Jen Hatmaker and this study and how we are broken and trusting Him...she said she would tell you.
Sarah Ansell - January 27th, 2013 at 7:21 PM
Not sure if I am too late to the party, but I would love to do this with my small group! I work with college students at the University of Pittsburgh and already know a group of girls who is working through the very issues you talk about in your book. Pick me, please! :)
Sandy - January 28th, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Thanks for your obedience in doing what you do! We are grateful for the resources you provide and are hopeful that we will benefit from your generous offer.
Katie - January 30th, 2013 at 1:54 AM
Would LOVE this deal! :)
Debbie - February 2nd, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Is it too late? My daughter and a group of young professional,stay at home mom's and mom's who need to be feed the word. They have very little funds so this would be a great blessing for them.We will be praying for the best.
Debbie
Jenny McClendon - February 5th, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Don't know when the drawing is but we are a small church in Lubbock that would love to do this Bible Study! Please put us in the drawing!
Renee - February 5th, 2013 at 7:44 PM
I am in the middle of a lot of change. My husband took a new job, we will be moving this spring, one child will graduate from college and the other from high school. My current job as an event planner has ended. I'm hanging in limbo waiting for the next stage of life to begin. Your study would be wonderful for me to do as I prepare for what's next. I would give an open invitation on fb for anyone who would want to join me.
Sherrie Cash - February 6th, 2013 at 2:56 PM
I Just met you in Marion Illinois at the Women's Conference you attended in January 2013. Never heard of you before that! Thoroughly enjoyed you and your interpretation of God's Word! My husband is a Pastor at a very small church here in Marion and I am a ENTERVERT! which does not go along well with being a Pastor's Wife. LOL God layed it upon my heart to start a ladies only small group so I can build relationships between us that try our best to do God's work! I would love to start with this curriculum you are offering! I will be going out of my comfort zone and putting my faith in Gods hands to help me lead this!! God Bless YOU and I am PRAYING for you and your ministry!
Robin Woodard - February 11th, 2013 at 6:14 AM
Our Fredericksburg Christian School staff would LOVE to participate in this together. It would be a blast to have all the teachers and staff sharing stories about how it's going.
misty gorman - February 11th, 2013 at 8:23 PM
i am a pastor's wife who LOVES this book. would love to share this bible study with many groups of ladies. please include me in the raffle!
Joenanna - February 11th, 2013 at 9:28 PM
Few books have inspired me like this one. I can't imagine 7 months but 7 weeks will still be a challenge. EXCESS be gone! Excited to share and get started.
Vicki - February 16th, 2013 at 7:24 AM
If you're still gathering names...I'm in and I'll bring a Sunday School class full of gals.
Rachael Rodriguez - February 20th, 2013 at 11:19 AM
If you are still doing this I WOULD love a set for half price. We have a group at our church called the Warrior Chicks - there are about 15 of us that have been meeting for a couple of years. We are just finishing up our Beth Moore study on David and are looking for our next study. It would be a great relief to my ladies for them to have a reduced price study!! Pick Me! Pick Me!! thanks for consideration and many blessings!!
Ari H - February 28th, 2013 at 3:50 PM
I'm in- ALL IN!
Kim W - March 7th, 2013 at 5:41 PM
Getting ready to move across country this summer after 7 years. I need inspiration and focus and would love to do something special with my MOPS friends before I go...may be too late, but thought I would check!
Erin - March 21st, 2013 at 1:39 PM
Did you choose yet?? My Friday morning Bible Study group is a fabulous group of women who have spent the last 5 years building friendships and trust with each other. We've laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, and thrown fits together. I read "7" last year and keep bringing it up in all the other studies we do, so now that there is one...WE NEED IT!
(and oh how we Dutch girls love a bargain!)
Lisa - October 9th, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Please tell me this is still available. We are doing this at work! We have a lunch hour Bible study each week and this is hands down the one voted on for next week. We decided today that each week we would bring something for our crisis pregnancy center and food bank so that at the end of the study - we can (as a group) distribute. We are so excited. I made the executive decision (LOL) to put a different person in charge of each week. We will break down the 7 months into 7 weeks and who ever was dubbed queen ruler for that part makes the decision of what 7 foods or what the rules will be for multi media etc. I can tell you after reading the book, my husband and I completed paperwork to apply to help foster families or children, I read Isaiah 58 every day with tears, we recycle everything and have 2 tiny bags of trash each week vs the overflowing pig pile we used to have, we want to share what we have ...and I blame you for all this!!! PLEASE do me the biggest favor ever - even if we can't win the study which I'm asking for- would you consider skyping with us one day. These new to faith girls would flip out. You are the type of messanger that cuts to the chase while making me laugh so hard I can barely hold (well you know). You rock.
Pamela - November 16th, 2013 at 7:41 PM
Jen,
I know this has pasted, but I just just wanted to share with you that I loved this program! So much so that I am heading up a group of my own in Janueary! I just cannot wait to share everything with a wonderful group of friend.
Mandi ketter - January 17th, 2014 at 8:56 AM
This book was rocked my world!! Every single page!!! I cant wait to to the study!!! I'm getting ready to read it again in the mean while!! Thank you for your honesty!! I'm inspired and moved beyond words!!!!
Tanya Fruth - January 17th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
I would love to win this. It resonates with what the Lord has been showing me the past year. It would also be a great opportunity to meet with some other ladies.
Meghan - January 20th, 2014 at 7:49 AM
Our small group is reading 7 this semester (starting Feb 4th) and we would love to be able to use the study guide as well! Thanks so much!
Jill - February 4th, 2014 at 3:42 PM
-Have really enjoyed following you on Facebook! Your posts are great therapy! Before my husband signs me up for the next episode of "Hoarders", I'd love doing your study with a group of women! Thanks!
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