Make sure to read to the end today. I’m giving away two books in this post!
One summer during high school my family went to Colorado for vacation. Like I always do, I took a stack of books with me to read – including a novel about a girl whose father had cancer. Or something. I don’t remember the exact plot, though I remember it was sad. But what sticks out most in my mind is that on the very day our minivan drove through the mountains to Golden, Colorado, the character in the book I was reading ALSO TRAVELED TO GOLDEN, COLORADO.
Whoa, freaky. Right?!
Except, unexpected as that was, it was not the last time what I was reading strangely coincided with something going on in my life. And not in the way you might assume, where I purposely chose a book to reflect my life’s circumstances. Nope, several times the novel I’ve picked up has just happened to have something significant in common with my own life.
It’s weird. And a bit vague, since my postpartum brain cannot for the life of me think of another example to illustrate my point. (Is there a book about that? Because I should definitely be reading it right now.)
Foggy baby brain aside, I’m definitely in A PHASE OF LIFE right now. I’m overwhelmed. I’m exhausted. I’m irritable and irritated. I have an almost irresistible compulsion to purge ALL THE THINGS from my cluttered, chaotic house. And, though I’m feeling pretty good today (yay for 5 hours of sleep!), if you’d asked me two days ago how I was feeling, you would have seen the same blank look and heard the same nonsensical monotone answer my friends did at the Superbowl party we went to Sunday night.
“Oh. I. am. fine. Yes. Baby. good. Cute. right. Thank. you. Yes. hold. her. now.”
So the books that my friends Holley and Tsh are releasing today? The ones about how I’m going to be okay and how to live intentionally in a chaotic world? Yes, they are PERFECT for this stage of my life.
And unlike that tear-jerking novel about a dying dad that I read on vacation, these books are likely great fits for YOUR stage of life, too. Because both of them are just that kind of book – the kind that’s applicable to so many people in so many different phases and situations.
Who hasn’t wished to better navigate the chaos of life? Who doesn’t need to be reminded that, no matter what’s going on in her life, you ARE going to be okay?
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider is a memoir and manifesto, sharing the ways Tsh and her family have chosen to live differently. It’s an honest look at her journey that’s filled with exploration and explanation, growth and grace. And it’s a book that will surely stick with you and me long after we read the last page.
And if it helps me deal with the chaos of a too-small house filled with too many people, then EVEN BETTER.
You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days by Holley Gerth is a book dedicated to helping readers learn to spend their lives – even when they’re hard, even when they’re disappointing or imperfect or seemingly impossible to endure – living instead of regretting or stressing.
If there’s a message I need for some of these early newborn days, THIS IS IT.
Tsh and Holley are two of my very favorite people, and while their books are vastly different from each other, I believe in both of them. I believe they’re going to speak truth and encouragement to me, and I believe they’ll do the same for you.
That’s why I’m giving away a copy of each book to one lucky reader this week! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and I’ll announce the winner next week!
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