Book Review: Simply Tuesday

“Mama….mama……MAMA”!

It’s 5:45 AM and our toddler will not be deterred. Ready or not, it’s wake-up time.

Hubs retrieves our two year old from his room and plops him in bed next to me. Our sweet boy snuggles in and we listen to him tell us stories in his garbled toddler language. We sleepily smile and nod and exclaim in response as the creamy morning light starts to filter through the blinds.

It’s an everyday moment straight out of a daydream. And it’s beautiful.

Fast forward five minutes, our early riser stands up and announces “want toast”! Hubs and I try to talk him into snuggling longer. We compare notes about who did more with the kids yesterday, or in the night, competing for who gets to stay in bed for a few more minutes. But now the requests for toast have elevated to tearful demands and our dog is ready to go out, so we both drag ourselves out of bed, just maybe with a less than enthusiastic attitude. The hustle of toast and fruit and and coffee and dog treats and getting ready for the day has begun.

It’s an everyday moment. And guess what? It’s beautiful too.

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In Emily P. Freeman’s latest book, Simply Tuesday, she takes the reader into the normal, everyday, “Tuesday” moments.  In her heartfelt and thoughtful style, the author invites us to notice that most of our lives take place in the “everyday”, and just like those small moments, we are small- in a good way. This approach puts things in perspective and brings meaning to what I might have previously rushed past.

There was so much about this book that I loved. But perhaps one of the most impactful statements (for me) came in the second chapter. As a mother and a budding photographer, I feel I am pretty good at spotting the pretty moments in life. But the author challenged my preconceptions of everyday beauty when she delivered this totally mind opening thought: even the not so lovely moments are beautiful.

What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them“.

Jesus Christ is in the midst of our everyday moments. Jesus, who was born humbly in a manger. Jesus, who taught in the small towns and villages. Jesus, who had all knowledge of everything, but spoke to the common people in parables relevant to their everyday lives. Jesus didn’t come for only the perfectly styled, Instagram worthy moments. He came for all of it. The way too early wake up calls. The cranky kids. The breakfast hustle. He is right there in the every day with us. It is a truth I quickly forget and I find it to be both an inspiration and a relief.

There is so much goodness in this book. Whether you worry you are rushing through life too fast to notice it, or you have an immense appreciation for the everyday. Whether you are exactly where you want to be in life or you are so far off track you don’t even know how you got there. Wherever you are on your journey, this book is for you. Simply Tuesday is filled with truth and grace.

Ready to look at your Tuesday moments in a whole new way? You can pre-order (for a great price!) a copy of Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman on Amazon.

(**I was selected to be a part of the Simply Tuesday Launch Team and I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I truly love this book and the opinions I express are my own)!

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