7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess; Ch 7 – Stress

The last chapter of this book is all about stress. I was looking forward to reading this chapter due to the fact that I have a TON of stress in my life right now. I had hoped that this chapter would shed some light on how to eliminate, or at least lessen, the effects of that stress.

Jen decided that to eliminate her stress she was going to slow down a little bit and use the seventh day of the week for rest, just as God intended it to be. She was also going to pause seven times a day in order to pray. This is to help bring some down time into her life and make her think about God.

It seems like it should be an easy feat, right? When you have a busy life that’s always on the go it’s hard to stop and pause seven times a day. Jen admits that this added even more stress to her life, the idea of trying to remember to pause and pray. Finally she ended up setting the alarm on her phone to remind her.

All of this seemed to help the author with her stress level, but I have to admit that I don’t feel it would help with mine. After all, no matter how much I pray I still have an inept coworker and a boss who tells me more about her social life than she does about actual work.

The conclusion of the book spelled out how doing the 7 had changed the author’s habits and ways of thinking. She had learned a lot about herself and about the world around her. I guess that as long as she managed to get some good lessons out of it, then it was worth it.

As for myself… I don’t know as if I managed to get a lot out of the book except for entertainment and some blog posts. A lot of what she discussed I already practice, and what I don’t practice may not ever happen (like thinking that ethanol in our gas is a good idea). It was a learning experience, though. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I would have enjoyed it better if I had borrowed it from the library instead of paying money for it.

How about you? Did you enjoy my blog posts regarding this book? Should I do this with another book? Or perhaps this type of posting should never be attempted again? I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately so I can either wait until I’m finished and post a review, or else post as I read. Do you have a preference?

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