I woke up with butterflies this morning.
Many of you know that I have had the privilege of participating in the launch team for Emily Freeman‘s latest book release, Simply Tuesday – a first for me, and what a great experience! I woke up this morning knowing that today is her launch day, and I had butterflies because I’m really and truly that. excited. about. this. book.
Sometimes I fly through books at an alarming pace; for example, I recently read Bloodroot by Amy Greene and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and I positively raced through both of those titles, desperate to reach the conclusion and find out what would happen to the characters. Other times, though, I don’t want a book to end. Simply Tuesday is one of those books. I’ve always felt that Emily’s writing demands slow attention and a deliberate reading that leaves space to contemplate – after all, her blog’s tagline is “creating space for your soul to breathe.”
When it comes to nonfiction, I tend to read with a highlighter and/or a pen in hand, because I process best when I can make notes and ask questions and otherwise mark up the book. I felt like I spent half of my Simply Tuesday reading time marking up the pages! If you could see my Advanced Reader Copy, you would see post-it notes sticking out everywhere, highlighted passages on practically every page, and notes scribbled in the margins.
In the midst of a world that advocates hustle, busy, and ladder-climbing, Simply Tuesday is an invitation to sit still, build a bench, and embrace your smallness. Instead of constantly allowing the chaos to overwhelm us, rushing just to keep up with life, Simply Tuesday calls us to slow down, to pay attention so we actually notice the small & precious moments of life that, someday, we will wish we had given more attention. Our culture’s obsession with bigger, better, & faster is slowly but surely spinning us out of control, and for anyone who has ever looked at our hectic pace of life and asked is there a better way?! – this book is for you.
And because nothing says it better than Emily’s words, here are some of my favorite quotes.
“The deepest need of my soul isn’t a personal organizer or an empty inbox. The deepest need of my soul is Christ. But the problem is, I often forget where to find him. What if God’s intention for the world and me begins here, on my regular Tuesdays? What if we decided to take back Tuesday from the wasteland of to-do lists and give it a prominent place in our walk of faith? What if, instead of thinking we have to choose between our ordinary life and an extraordinary life, we began to realize they’re the same thing?”
“Instead of forgetting or running from my own smallness, what if I chose instead to look it in the face, to settle down into the place where I am, to notice what is happening around me on my ordinary days? What if these small moments are the very portal into experiencing the kingdom of God? I believe they are–and if we miss them, we miss everything. We run right by the kingdom’s doors, and no matter where we go, we have missed the door that leads us home.”
And another beautiful visual of one of my favorite quotes:
I don’t usually gush like this (well, okay, let’s be real – I gush about books a lot!), but y’all, I simply cannot say enough good things about this book. I have adored all of Emily’s books so far, and each one has spoken profound truth into every corner of my life, but this one… well, this one is her best yet. I know I just begged you to buy All the Light We Cannot See, but here I am again–urging, exhorting, and otherwise convincing you that you don’t want to miss out on Simply Tuesday.
Just for fun, here’s a roundup of places where you can find Emily and content about Simply Tuesday around the web today!
- The Simply Tuesday website, where you can sign up to receive a delightful free video series that Emily created, introducing the concepts of the book and providing soul encouragement that you don’t want to miss.
- The beautiful #itssimplytuesday hashtag – “the loveliest hashtag around” in Emily’s words. Every Tuesday, join hundreds of other “Tuesday people” on Instagram, capturing the small moments that celebrate the grace of God on the most ordinary day of the week.
- The most recent episode of the Hope*ologie podcast, where Emily talks with her dad and her sister about Simply Tuesday and how she came to write the book. Hope*ologie is a favorite on my podcast list, even apart from this special episode!
- Annie F. Downs interviewed Emily for her latest episode of the That Sounds Fun podcast, and as always, Annie & Emily together is a combination that makes me snort-laugh outloud. A delightful listen.
Have you read Simply Tuesday? What did you think? Join me in the comments!