simply tuesday

Life is busy. Whether you’re gearing up to send kids back to school, starting a new job, moving to a new house, or juggling work and family, it’s so easy to get caught up in being busy.

If you’ve ever felt like you just want to stop hustling, rushing around, multitasking, and just be still, Emily Freeman’s latest book, Simply Tuesday, that releases today, is for you.

I loved her other two books, and was thrilled to receive an advance readers copy of Simply Tuesday. My copy is dog-eared and I’ve underlined things on almost every page. I know I will refer to it often.

If your heart beats a little faster and your thoughts starts racing and your palms get sweaty at the thought of tackling your to-do list, this book is for you. Emily gives you permission to slow down without making you feel like you need to make a new to-do list to accomplish it. She encourages you to notice the small things. To be still. To sit on a bench.

Honestly, a single post can’t do the book justice, you really need to read it for yourself, but I wanted to share some of the highlights!

One thing I have struggled with in staying home with my small boys is that every day feels the same. There’s nothing glamorous about changing diapers, making peanut butter sandwiches, and reading the same Curious George book multiple times a day. But I know this is a season and that God has called me to be present with my boys.

On page 47, Emily shares this:

“Learning to live well in ordinary time isn’t a call to elevate moments; it’s a call to draw close to Christ. What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them. To learn to live well in ordinary time is to keep company with Christ on our simple Tuesdays and remember how he delights in keeping company with us.”

Isn’t that beautiful? God doesn’t care if my days are full of important meetings and big deadlines. He just wants to be with me. I can choose to wish away the slow days waiting for the next best thing, or I can embrace them and make the most of each moment.

celebrate your smallness

On page 176, Emily talks about how in the Lord’s Prayer, we are told to pray for our daily bread. My natural instinct is to want to ask for enough bread to last a year or a month or a week. But that’s not how Jesus wants me to pray. He tells me to ask him for what I need today and then come back again tomorrow. He wants me to trust him. If he gave me enough bread for a week, I wouldn’t feel like I needed him. Instead, he wants me to come back to him every day.

In the same way, God told the Israelites to collect enough manna for one day. No more. They had to trust him to provide more the next day. It’s his way of reminding us that we’re not in control.

I am learning to surrender my desire to manage all the outcomes. It comes down to faith. I can say I trust God, but if I’m still fighting to control every thing, is that really faith? So often I get caught up in worrying about the big picture and trying to nail down every little detail, when what’s important is what’s right in front of me. Tomorrow’s bread will take care of itself.

success// emily freeman// simply tuesday

 

Even if you don’t read the book, make sure to check out the hashtag #itssimplytuesday on instagram. I love seeing other people’s little moments!

This would be a great book to read with a friend or small group. If you order the book before August 28th you can get a free small group conversation guide!

Since I didn’t have to pay for my copy of the book and would have bought it for myself, I would love to give this book to one of you! I’ve never done a giveaway on the blog before, and I think this is a great way to start!

Enter using Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open now through Monday, August 24th. US mailing addresses only.

And I’d love it if you leave a comment below about how you embrace small.

I will announce a winner next Tuesday. Good luck!

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summer reading laugh out loud booksIt’s time for another round up of some of my favorite books. This time, I picked 6 of my favorite, laugh-out-loud books. Any of them would be a great addition to a day at the beach, a long road trip, or a weekend away. They are light, quick, and most importantly, funny! The characters are quirky and believable and just a little big outrageous.

Here are my quick reviews:

Where’d You Go Bernadette
I don’t know how many times I’ve loaned out my copy of this book, and I don’t think anyone hasn’t liked it. In a nutshell, Bernadette, reclusive wife and mother of a teenage daughter, goes missing, and the daughter is determined to find her. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s hilarious, even if the ending is a little unbelievable.

This is Where I Leave You
The main character’s life is turned upside down when he catches his wife sleeping with his boss. Then his dad dies and he has to sit shiva with his dysfunctional family. It’s a story about coming home and growing up and how your family can always bring out the best and the worst in you. It was recently made into a movie with Tina Fey. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard it’s good.

The Rosie Project
A genetics professor who is relationally challenged creates an algorithm out to find the perfect wife. The results of the “project” are quite entertaining and of course he falls in love with a woman who doesn’t meet any of his criteria.

Mr. Penumbrum’s 24 Hour Bookstore
When a web designer loses his job during the recession, he starts working at an obscure bookstore. He discovers the bookstore’s clients are part of a secret society. This one is more entertaining than funny, but it’s a great story, especially if you’re a book lover.

One Plus One
This is the story of an overly optimistic single mom and a random road trip she takes with her 2 teenagers and a man she just met. There’s a smelly dog, a math competition, and a little romance. The whole time I was reading it, I kept thinking how it would be a great movie. I liked this better than the author’s best seller, Me Before You.

Empire Falls
It’s been a long time since I read this, and I don’t remember all the details of the plot, but I do remember the characters. That’s the sign of a good story, right? The main character is recently divorced and runs a diner in a small town full of colorful people. I think part of the reason I liked it is because it reminds me a little bit of Luke from Gilmore Girls!

What’s the funniest book you’ve read this summer? I’d love to add it to my list!

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