SIMPLE & FREE
Why do we pursue more when we’d be happier with less? In this updated edition of 7, now in hardcover for the first time, New York Times bestselling 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 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 readers of faith but for everyone who craves a gentler, simpler life, Hatmaker shares how sustainability and generosity still impact and challenge her today. Now 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.
SIMPLE & FREE: STUDY GUIDE
Packed with tools and practices, this study guide takes us deeper into Simple & Free: 7 Experiments Against Excess by helping us combat the areas of overindulgence and excess in our lives, freeing us to feel less stressed and more fulfilled.
In Simple & Free, first published as 7, Jen Hatmaker gave readers the story of how her reckoning with excess and materialism turned into a social experiment—which soon propelled a spiritual movement. Now, in this study guide, Hatmaker invites us to delve deeper into solutions and practices for our own seven areas of excess—from stress to spending to social media. This nine-week study guide walks us through these excesses and equips us with practical tools for creating solutions—and making this idea a way of life, not just an experiment.
Taking the best from Simple & Free and packing these points with Scripture followed by prompting questions, this resource is broken down into focused, thematically organized weeks for readers to explore patterns and solutions around sustainability and gratitude in greater depth.
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.
SIMPLE & FREE: GUIDED JOURNAL
Discover the peace found in a radically simpler life using this guided journal featuring prompts based on the joyful, liberating lessons shared by New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker in Simple and Free: 7 Experiments Against Excess.
In Simple and Free, first published as 7, Jen Hatmaker described her reckoning with excess through a social experiment, which turned into a spiritual movement. Now, in Simple and Free: Guided Journal, Hatmaker invites readers to examine their own seven areas of excess–from stress to spending to social media–and identify personal practices toward creating a life of “enough.”
It’s one thing to imagine a better story; it’s another thing to live one. This guided journal helps readers simplify the excess in their lives in practice, not just wishful thinking. Simple and Free: Guided Journal is a tool to help readers stay attentive, inspect their tendencies thoughtfully, and combat the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. It invites readers to deeply explore seven areas of excess: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress–and create pathways towards a gentler, simpler life.
what people are saying about simple & free
“The 7 experiment was the catalyst for us selling our business and our house, downsizing from 3600 square feet to 750, and giving more. I need to use this book as a compass to keep myself focused on what matters.”
—Kristi, lifetime quarantine trainee and fairly new GIF user
“Simple & Free is my favorite thing an author could possibly do: revisit her previous work to edit herself in real time. I love the apologies, the corrections, the humility, and the selfdeprecation. If we have grown, we all need to have some words with ourselves and our previously held thoughts and beliefs.”
—Allison, book lover, loud talker, and, seriously, don’t leave her alone with salsa
“I’m incredibly thankful for a book like 7, which planted seeds in me all those years ago. We still recycle. We compost. And we garden. I enjoy the new commentary and appreciate being able to see where [Jen] corrects herself instead of changing the language—an example of how we all make mistakes and how to acknowledge them with grace and humility.”
—Liz, lover of books (especially buying them)
“7 completely changed the way I thought about my spending and consumption. I, too, thought that I didn’t care much about clothes, and then I had to stop counting at 300+ items. Simple & Free is a must-read; Jen’s honesty, humility, and humor walk me through how I can love others through my choices.”
—Kristi, Enneagram 1 who prefers to be known as an Improver instead of a Perfectionist
“When I first read 7, I was a social worker living in my dream place and following Jesus the best I could. I shopped a lot and thought nothing of it. 7 revolutionized my thoughts about excess. I had to let go of all the things that I thought I loved. Simple & Free is like sitting on the floor reading an old journal with a dear friend.”
—Regina, (mostly) recovering shoe addict