Why do we pursue more when we'd be happier with less? Now in hardcover for the first time, this is the story of how New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker and her family tried to combat overindulgence--and what they learned about living a truly meaningful life along the way.Simple and Free is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and five children) 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, Jen shares how sustainability and generosity still impact and challenge her today. Now annotated throughout with new reflections from the author, Jen offers thoughtful insights as she reflects on the vastly different world of Simple and Free back when it was first published as 7, and considers the dramatically different space she 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.