I've written about the fight our family is giving the American culture and the machine of materialism, but man, how quickly it sneaks in and shifts perspective back!
This book was a great perspective shifter. A reminder that life can, and WILL, go on without the latest fashions lining my closet or the newest gadgets sitting on my mantel or garage or the update statuses for the quick "I-hope-I-get-more-likes" fix, or the "what-else-can-we-put-on-the-calendar" mentality.
Even before I began reading I didn't want to just copy what the Hatmaker family did. There's no way I'd feel the exact same convictions that her family did, but there is ALWAYS room for change and improvement, even if it is a temporary re-focus in a specific area. So that was my prayer...that God would speak to and convict MY heart as I read this book, and soften MY heart to any areas that needed some tweaking.
The conclusion at the end of the book was actually my favorite thing. She didn't leave me a list of to-do's (and ya'll KNOW how much I LOVE to-do lists!) that would ensure a "win" for the fight against this insanity, because quite honestly, they are still working out all the practical ways the Lord is working in their own family, but instead, gave a very easy analogy for me to grasp. She compared this experiment to someone who is obese and in need of surgery. They first must lose weight to get rid of the fat, in order to get the surgery that will change their life. Doing this experiment, for their family, was the hard work of losing the weight, cutting through the fat, so God could reach the soft parts of their hearts, in order to really get to the vulnerable parts that need change.
I will tell you one thing that was utterly embarrassing for me to realize about myself:
I am NOT a shopper. Anyone who knows me at all can attest to that:) I pride myself in the purging that continually goes on my house (almost to a fault, actually), but while reading through "7" I was smacked in the face with something that I never even realized about myself. Yes, I hate shopping. Yes, I hate excess stuff sitting around unused. Yes, I purge on a
I don't believe I'll be doing another Facebook fast or anything, but there are some small changes I am implementing around the house, with my kids, and absolutely in my own life.