Thursday, May 26, 2016

Loving My Actual Life

Loving My Actual Life  *****
by Alexandra Kuykendall

Like the subtitle says, this is a book about "relishing what's right in front of us." The author spends nine months focusing on a different area of her life each month that needs improvement. She covers topics including: quiet, mornings, dates, health, adventure, home organization, creativity, meals, and passions.
Each chapter covers a month and a topic, and Alexandra Kuykendall journals about a paragraph for most days. Then at the end of the chapter, she sums up what she learned that month and has questions to ponder and a Bible verse to memorize. 

This book reminded me of Jen Hatmaker's 7: an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, except that it wasn't as funny or thought provoking. I guess the book was very basic, everyday. And I think that her point was that our lives are often very basic, but we can still "love our actual life." I guess I just like to read to be inspired to reach beyond the everyday. 

You can't just read a book about a woman's experiences if you want to change; you have to walk your own path to learn these things. And she does encourage women to follow in her footsteps by including lists in the back of the book. She writes tips on how to implement the ideas she talked about. For instance, she has ten ways to find quiet during the day.  

I would probably recommend this to encourage a working mom since she does talk a lot about balancing work and kids and sports.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.