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 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 readers 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.
About the Author
Jen Hatmaker is the author of the New York Times bestsellers For the Love and Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. She hosts the award-winning podcast For the Love, is the delighted curator of the Jen Hatmaker Book Club, and leads a tight-knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week. Hatmaker is a co-founder of Legacy Collective, a giving community that grants millions of dollars around the world. She is a mom to five kids and lives happily just outside Austin, Texas, in a 1908 farmhouse with questionable plumbing.
“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 Pickett, 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