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Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World Paperback – August 18, 2015
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"A call to appreciate the small, simple things in life." ---Melanie Shankle, author of Sparkly Green Earrings --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
From the Back Cover
Is your soul being held hostage by hustle?
If you've grown weary of do more and dream bigger, small-moment living is just what you need. Real life happens in the small moments we find on the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday holds secrets we can't see in a hurry--secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman shows you how to
· embrace today's work
· find contentment in the now
· replace competition with connection
· learn to breathe in a breathless world
It's time to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building within us--one simple Tuesday at a time.
"Whether you are looking for meaningful standards of success, relief from worldly comparison and pressure, or direction for your lost soul, Simply Tuesday promises a journey with great rewards."--Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama
"It doesn't hold the thrill of a new beginning or the anticipation of almost-finished. It's simply Tuesday. An ordinary day filled with beautiful, breathtaking moments I missed, until Emily Freeman taught me how to see."--Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart
"A deep breath for my soul."--Ellie Holcomb, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter
"A call to appreciate the small, simple things in life."--Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings
Emily P. Freeman is the author of A Million Little Ways, Graceful, and Grace for the Good Girl. She writes online at Chatting at the Sky and Hope*ologie, and contributes to DaySpring's (in)courage.
Twitter and Instagram: @emilypfreeman
Join others on the journey at #itssimplytuesday
Jennifer Tucker is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves creating art that celebrates the gift of every day, the joy of family, and the love of Jesus. She and her husband live in Georgia with their two daughters. Connect with her at www.littlehousestudio.net.
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Beneath the (lovely) simple bench vignette on its cover lies a powerful book. By giving us a window into her own faithful soul--struggles, joys, sins, grace, delightful humor and all--Emily teaches us. And she has a lot for us to learn. She is a woman who walks with our Lord, and who has lived and spent much time contemplating life-altering issues most of us face every day. "What do I do with this unease in my soul, grasping for greatness, for more? What of the fear that I am not measuring up?" Like a trusted Sherpa on a steep mountain path, she goes ahead of us, and reaches back a steady hand to lead us upward, inward, joy-ward.
I hope you will read this book! I felt I met a friend in its pages, and I trust you will, too. You will laugh, you will cry, you will grow wiser. It will delight your soul, and take you to a breathtakingly beautiful space of rest.
And if a book makes me read slowly because I'm thinking, considering, reflecting, it often ends up being a 5-star book for me.
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman (Revell, 2015) does exactly that. In this book, Emily focuses on what it means to "live small" and celebrate our smallness in the realm of living for and with our great big God. In her trademark style of poetic-meets-conversational, Emily introduces us to idea that the kingdom of God is "one inch above the ground," meaning that the kingdom of God is "up," yes, but it exists not in some too-far-to-reach place, but rather "right here in the moments were we live" (p. 14). She explains how Tuesday--the seemingly most ordinary day of the week--is exactly the kind of moments we live our lives. We might be in the habit to looking to the future or thinking of the mountaintop moments or wondering what to even celebrate/fear next, but most of our lives are spent in "ordinary time." Ordinary time is time that is still marked, still real, still important, even if nothing "big" is happening at the moment.
Once Emily has established these perspectives (which she does much better than I just summarized above), she splits the book into essays, stories, thoughts, and questions in five parts: Tuesday (ordinary) home, Tuesday work, Tuesday people (community), Tuesday soul, and Tuesday plus all the moments beyond Tuesday.
Emily's writing is a beautiful, pleasant, real, thoughtful blend of logical and poetic. Her writing doesn't take a teaching tone, but rather a "let's walk together" tone. Or, in this case, a "let's sit down on this bench and breathe" tone. When reading any of Emily's work, it's obvious how much she reads the Word, studies, reflects, and does the hard work of communing to learn from others around her. She reflects all of these habits in the way she writes and the way she shares her own struggles, questions, triumphs, and experiences. There were joyful things to read and there were hard (but still joy-spurred) things to read, like on page 173:
"Walking by faith means being willing not to know, never to know why or how things happen the way they do, and to be willing to release my tight hold on the big finish I thought would come."
She writes on fear, on community (and how hard yet how important it is), on anxiety, on being led by love, on embracing our smallness because small doesn't mean unimportant (for even God decides to live and love in our smallness). Simply Tuesday is a book that requires you to reflect, to study stories in the Bible and in your life more, to pause to allow room to grow. It's a beautiful book, and one I recommend reading by yourself, then perhaps following that with reading it again with a friend.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the launch team in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
In this world of everything in the speed of fast, Emily Freeman, encourages us to enjoy the small things, to slow down and enjoy life. She says, "Small is an invitation to participate in something greater than ourselves." When we take time to sit and watch and listen we find the beautiful again. We are refreshed and we see what God is doing ... in our own lives and in the world. We see how our small part is significant in the whole wide scheme of things.
"Never despise small beginnings". Start by picking up this book and reading it!
The way that Emily has written this book is nearly as important as what she has written. It is like a song for your soul.
When you turn the last page you will look out into the big wide world full of mountains and oceans, full of joys and sorrows, and you will find yourself breathing slow and easy as you celebrate your smallness in it all. And then you will take your small self and run with it, because being small brings freedom to run and dance and sing through the fields of this life no matter the season. That's where Emily's words will take you.
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