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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 Audio CD edition.
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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
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As much as I love the message of Simply Tuesday, the book isn’t without its flaws. The writing meanders at times, with a few chapters that are heavy on Biblical history and light on application. I should also point out that for those who are loyal readers of Emily's blog, a number of passages in the book will be more than a little familiar (quite a few sections are lifted directly from past blog posts). Nevertheless, this artfully written book is a breath of fresh air for a soul that feels squelched by life’s banalities. The message of Simply Tuesday is as powerful as it is simple, and its restful words are ones that our fast-paced generation needs to hear.
(I received a free ARC of Simply Tuesday in exchange for an honest review.)
Emily Freeman has long offered readers a place to rest and escape from the rush of daily life on her blog Chatting at the Sky. Now she's offering that same peace in Simply Tuesday.
We live in a world that glorifies people and successes that are larger than life. What do we do when our own lives and accomplishments feel so small in comparison? In Simply Tuesday, Freeman shows readers that it's not about how big we are or how much we do, but about seeing God's kingdom in the ordinary time of our everyday lives. Instead of looking for our purpose and our God in large, earth-shattering moments, we're called to live in the kingdom that's one inch above the ground.
This is a book about slowing down, leaving room to breathe, and recognizing the holy in the small moments of your daily life. I didn't love it quite as much as A Million Little Ways, but Simply Tuesday is still definitely worth reading for anyone struggling with the fast pace of life in a world that insists on doing more when what we really need is less.
"Tuesday holds the ordinary, the everyday, and the small," Freeman writes. But did she decide to dismiss Tuesday? Ignore Tuesday? On the contrary, "I decided to mark them, to celebrate on purpose the messy, the lovely, and the unexpected moments of life."
In essence, celebrating "Simply Tuesday" has become so much more. On Instagram there is the fun hashtag #itssimplytuesday wherein the community of Tuesday dwellers celebrates the ordinary, small things in our lives that are worth noting. For me, it has become a way to look at the small, to take moments to sit and breathe, and to celebrate the ever-constant, often-quiet presence of Emmanuel, "God With Us" in this very human and often unsacred life.
The best chapters, for me, were "Success and Envy" and "Stairwells and Stages." I think the important wisdom offered there was perfect for me as I read this book in the midst of living as simply as I ever have--in our new house with air mattresses and suitcases until our belongings and furniture arrived.
If you're looking for a quiet moment to breathe in the midst of turmoil or busyness or even just LIFE, please order this book. You'll be glad you did.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.