Book Review: Chasing Slow

BOOK REVIEW:

Chasing Slow: Erin Loechner

Course to Journey Off the Beaten Path

Genre: Autobiography, Christian Life, Women’s Issues

Page count: 281 pages

What I thought of the book:

I first read this book last January after a friend referred it to me. She knows I love all things rest, rejuvenation, and slow living. I went into this book thinking it would be like all the others, a guide to living a slow life. This is almost a memoir of her life’s journey chasing slow and failing miserably along the way. It’s a coffee book type of book because it’s designed so beautifully. It has hidden little notes, recipes, and design tips throughout. But it also has REALLY hard words to swallow when you are reading it because it will hit you hard. 

She taught me there is something deep down within all of us, like a lion, that is searching for it’s next prey. The prey for her and for me, is striving for the next thing to do, always saying yes, and MORE (more money, more things, more stuff). Throughout the whole book she will use the analogy of the lion inside to describe this inner turmoil with ourselves. The constant back and forth of saying yes and learning no. The more we feed the lion the more it will continue it’s search for MORE. This is a book about slowing down yes but, it’s also a book about why and where does this need for constant more comes from.

Erin was one of those first bloggers in the 90’s when the internet went boom. When you are reading it feels like you are at coffee with her sitting across from the table listening to her life’s story, with all the messy beautiful moments.

The one reason this book is different than all the other is because half way through writing this book she recognizes while chasing slow- she is still striving for more. It’s in the chase that slow needs to happen. It’s in the striving that perfectionism needs to be put in it’s place, which is back on the shelf.   I promise you will get something good out of this book. I read it once a year in January to remind myself what this life is all about and it’s NOT about the more or the next but being content with the already.

Beautiful design, descriptive words, and honest conversation.

Who should read this book?

Any woman who is needing honest true words about how HARD life is but how good it could be if we do the work to silence the lion inside. Anyone who needs to know you are not a lone in your busyness. Anyone who has been “trying” to live a slow intentional life but keep messing it up. 

Why should you read this book?

Because it gives recognition to the struggle of life. It makes you think about the areas of your life you may have fallen blind to and call them “good”. This book tells will guide you in a way of life that could save your marriage and your relationship with your kids.

Favorite Quote:

This was REALLY hard to find the best quote because I didn’t mark up this book. It’s too beautiful that I didn’t even underline one word….sooooo here is one!

“We fluffy this great pit with our ego boosts, our need for control, our unrealistic exceptions, and soon our days are dictated by it’s excuses. The lion sulks around our soul, pacing for his next meal, hungry for more than we are throwing his way. Perhaps we are feeding him the wrong thing. “

“WITHOUT GRACE, MINIMALISM IS ANOTHER METRIC FOR PERFECTION. Chasing” 

FIND her:

BUY BOOK HERE: https://amzn.to/2D3Nc6p

BLOG:https://designformankind.com/chasingslow/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/erinloechner/

Book Review: The Most Beautiful Things I’ve Seen

The Most Beautiful Things I’ve Seen : Lisa Gungor

This book is poetic and artful.

What I thought of the book:

 It’s sensitive and powerful. It’s about faith transitions and new perspectives. She dares you to see what was once “broken” can be seen as beauty.

Lisa is a grammy nominee musical artist with her husband who has traveled the world playing their music. She takes us through the caverns and valleys of her life with words that will sing to your soul. She get’s it. She really get’s it. That this life is not a box, it’s not about pleasing other people, it’s not what we thought, it’s so much more! From her husband’s questions, birth of a child with medical defects, to a failing career, you will see her journey from life to death to life again.

This book hit me deeply and intensely. I was crying at many moments on an airplane or in my bed flipping through these pages because I soooo connected to every word she was saying. She discusses mother daughter relationships, dating in christian culture, questioning her tribe, losing her faith, new perspectives, being a mother, giving birth to down syndrome baby, and picking up again after devastating blows to careers and life. She is honest about each stage without holding back. She gives hope to those in the process of deconstruction saying, you are not alone.

Who should read this book:

Anyone who is bitter. Anyone who is going through a faith transition or deconstruction. Anyone who needs to hear beautiful words sing over them. Anyone who needs a shift.

Why should you read this book?

Because it’s a powerful representation of life to death to new life again. The power of expectations can ruin our life if we let it…Lisa did not let her expectations override her desires/wants in life. Because life is a constant shifting of perspectives, experiences, and mindsets- she shares how they can be painful but so beneficial if you let them flow.

Favorite Quote:

“Sight often comes to us in what we don’t understand or expect. We suffer, and it unlatches a different perspective. A collapse of beliefs leads us to the opening of something true. A collapse of social structure leads us to see human essence. A different side of life was being lit up; I was just learning how to see it, struggling with my adult brain filled with definitions and expectations. Amelie saw it already. She wasn’t swayed by the chaos because she didn’t have a box for it. She saw only what was true. “

FIND HER :

BOOK: https://amzn.to/2D3WXSj

INSTAGRAM:https://www.instagram.com/lisagungor/?hl=en

MUSIC: http://www.gungormusic.com/

Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face : Rachel Hollis

This book is empowering + encouraging at minimum.

Rachel takes you through the lies she has believed through of her life dealing with trauma, triumphs, motherhood, dating, marriage, and struggles with genuine humorous moments. Without too much Christian language, she invites the reader into the life of a hard working mom of 4 balancing her insecurities and fears while maintaining a legit real conversation with Christian values. She is honest with gut punching type of love and advice for the girl in her twenties trying to figure out the dating world, the mom in her thirties trying to balance motherhood and work, and the women in her forties overcoming all that life has thrown at her. She does not stray away from topics that may seem taboo or too personal…she actually addresses them head on with vulnerability hoping if she can walk through the fire first others will not be afraid to either. Rachel hopes that more Christian women will be real about their life and invite us into each other’s stories without hiding the hard parts or displaying them in a nice little neat box. She is cute, ( I follower her on social media), funny, and genuine with being PUSHY to not let life pass you by.

I personally listened to this book on Audible and it was great to do laundry to, clean, drive, or sit on the plane. Beware- I definitely cried at moments on the plane when I was not expecting it. She dives into topics of her brothers death, bad sex for years in marriage, bad luck during foster and adoption processes, work life balance and peeing her pants while jumping on the trampoline with her kids. I bet you anything you’ll fall in love with her by the end of the book. Not because she is funny or even full of insights but because she is REAL and honest about this life we are all living.

Who should read this book:

A woman who needs a kick in your pants to get going on a project, to pick yourself back up again, or to know you are not alone in this world.

Why should you read this book?

Because every once in a while it’s good to know you are not the only one who struggles with body image issues, traumatic experiences in your childhood you are just now processing through, and her perspective on this whole Christian woman life is REAL, throwing away the ideals of perfection.

Favorite Quote:

“You can live through something that rocks your world off it’s axis, you can survive losing a piece of your heart without losing the core of who you are. More than nearly surviving the loss, you can thrive. You can do it because it’s what you deserve. More importantly you can survive the loss because living is the greatest honor you can give to the person you lost. Even if the person who is gone was your younger more innocent self. “

You can find her:

BOOK HERE: https://amzn.to/2M3fiS8

INSTAGRAM HERE: https://www.instagram.com/msrachelhollis/?hl=en

WEBSITE HERE: https://thechicsite.com/

xoxo -Han