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By Jen Hatmaker

American existence could be over the top, to claim the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker needed to admit after taking in storm sufferers who commented at the extravagance of her family’s higher heart type domestic. She as soon as thought of herself unmotivated by way of the entice of prosperity, yet upon being known as “rich” by way of an undeniably negative baby, proof on the contrary fastened, and a social test grew to become religious used to be born.

7 is the genuine tale of ways Jen (along along with her husband and her teenagers to various levels) took seven months, pointed out seven components of extra, and made seven easy offerings to struggle again opposed to the modern day illnesses of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

Food. outfits. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. pressure. they might spend thirty days on each one subject, boiling it all the way down to the quantity seven. simply devour seven meals, put on seven articles of garments, and spend funds in seven areas. get rid of use of 7 media forms, provide away seven issues every day for one month, undertake seven eco-friendly behavior, and notice “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from dwelling a deeply decreased existence? It’s the invention of a tremendously elevated God—a name towards Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social test to turn into a considerably greater life.

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Throughout the years I reread and reflected on field notes and analyzed data from pilot interviews and focus groups to help guide my future data collection. As I conducted the final sets of interviews with youth, I searched the transcripts for emerging themes so I could follow up with youth and staff before leaving the field and focus future observations. I also began to reread field notes from over the years to get a sense of how themes emerging from interviews may be observed in youths’ interactions over time.

But this commitment translates to an active and caring environment in which youth get support for their developing selves. This does not mean that the club always runs smoothly or that there are never tensions between administrators, staff, kids, and families. Rick himself refers to East Side as having its “ebbs and flows,” yet his ability to acknowledge the ebbs and remain optimistic about returning to a flow is unique. At times, he would look at me and say, “You know, Nancy, last year we were in a down slump.

The East Side Youth Who Participated The larger ethnographic sample comprises all the youth and staff who were present at East Side during four years of fieldwork by myself and five other research assistants. The specific study sample consists of seventeen youth ages 12 – 18, nine females and eight males. Seven of the youth were between the ages of 12 and 14, and ten of the youth were 15 or older at the beginning of the interview portion of the study. 76 Fourteen youth live in the housing project near the club.

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