I loved this book, and found myself reaching for it at every opportunity. The back of the book is headed with the question 'Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess?' I wouldn't say I feel trapped, but I am aware of having too much 'stuff' and spending too much time and energy on things which are not ultimately of much value. This book looks at seven areas of excess: Clothes, shopping, waste, food, possessions, media and stress.
The challenge which Jen takes up was pretty extreme, but you can take up her ideas without being quite as drastic as she was. I found the chapters on clothes and possessions especially interesting. At the beginning of the clothes section she counts all the items of clothing she had, and there were 327 items there, yet only a fraction of them regularly worn. I bet any woman reading this review can relate to this... though I'm not sure many would then commit to wearing just 7 items for an entire month! The challenge to give away 7 things a day for a month also made me think.
Jen puts a lot of herself into the book so you feel very connected as you follow her journey. It's also interesting to hear how her family deal with her projects, and take them on too in various ways.
I highly recommend this book. Engaging, thought provoking, challenging, and powerful.