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“An ode to the pleasures and sweet bondage of motherhood, a gift basket of drawings, musings, definitions and advice from the grassy hillside of a New England farmhouse. A labor of love, in love’s coat of many colors; an offering to the God of the search for a valuable life.”
– Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness
“Christina Rosalie’s thoughtful book, A Field Guide to Now, is a personal and conversational guide to faith and timing.”
– Sabrina Ward Harrison, author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself
“In A Field Guide to Now Christina Rosalie brings life into perfectly crisp focus by distilling it, with letters and paint, down to its most basic and beautiful elements. While falling in love with her world, you’ll remember what you love about your own life, and you’ll finish the book inspired to make the most of every moment.”
– Katherine Malmo, author of Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition.
“No one talks about the moments in between,” and yet Christina Rosalie does. Reminiscent of Annie Dillard, Rosalie shows us how the unexpected details of daily life – a weasel destroying the hen house, a praying mantis climbing the pepper mill – allow us to understand that “the present tense is at once much bigger and messier and also smaller and more precise” than we can imagine. Interrupted sleep, fledgling dreams, clambering children, and several cups of coffee later, we learn, as she has, that, “It’s easy to look at what’s achievable in a day and come up short. But it’s just as easy to underestimate what you can accomplish in a year.” Beautifully written and illustrated, A Field Guide to Now is just that, a guide to living in the present – one I plan to carry with me and return to often.
– Laisha Rosnau, poet and author of Lousy Explorers, Notes on Leaving, and The Sudden Weight of Snow
A Field Guide To Now is a reference manual for creating an extraordinary life out of ordinary moments. This collection of illustrated essays and field notes explores the tenuous line between survival and thriving; between wanderlust and making a home; between being and becoming; and about how these things inevitably converge in the scarce, haphazard, simple moments of right now. It is both an invitation to create whatever opportunity your heart yearns for, and proof that it is possible. Reinvent the way you engage with the moment and explore the texture of your present tense.
Imagine if you could look for the present moment in a field guide, the way you might look up the name of a tree you see outside your window?
For as long as you can remember, the tree has just been a tree. But when you look it up, it becomes something more—a sassafras maybe, or a tulip maple—and suddenly you can feel the way your attention toward it shifts. You recognize the way its pollen gathers fine and yellow in the weft of your bedroom screen in May, or the way its shade freckles the dying grass at the end of summer. In the act of naming it, in discovering its traits and marks, the tree becomes something more to you.
What if you could do this for all the moments that fill your life? That is what this book is about. Begin. Take note. Be right here.
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This book is decadent and earthy, bare feet on cool grass, a warm chunk of crusty bread with a bowl of winter vegetable stew, a long deep breezy honest conversation with your... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angelina Vanness
The drawback to Amazon and e-books in general is the inability to thumb through, to consider, to determine with some certainty whether or not a book is going to even remotely live... Read morePublished 12 months ago by thebellaimage
A charming, philosophical look at living life with purpose. It teeters on pretense with more questions than answers, but still a nice introspective journey to self.Published 14 months ago by K. Kirwan
I found some good food for thought toward the end. There first part seemed hodgepodge and I didn't find any lessons.Published 19 months ago by April W
Christina Roslie drew me into her world, her daily moment to moment events showed how exciting all the little wonders of her life truly mattered. Read morePublished 23 months ago by elaine mubaidin
With the turn of every page of Christina Rosalie's enlightening book A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness and Life in the Present Tense, one may see that the book is a mixed... Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by R. DelParto
A beautiful journey through the often turbulent moments in Christina's world, the tender, the dark thoughts, the learning to be ok with who and where you are. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Nicky Tillyer
A beautiful book! I loved Christina's mix of courage and vulnerability and her perceptive way of seeing and sharing her world, I felt as if I was standing with her as she shared... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by KBAP