Monday, September 28, 2015

Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford

Are you keeping track of life or is it whizzing by too fast for you to even notice? Are you living life or managing it?

Stafford came to the point of committing to keeping track of life. She made a conscious decision to focus on what really matters, even when the insignificant or the distracting tried to derail her. She realized she wanted to be at peace with who she was and how she was living. She wanted to know she was on her path to true fulfillment.

She wants each of us to experience that same kind of fulfilling life. She has marked out nine intentional actions to help us grasp what really matters in life. Here are a few of them.

One action she suggests in her Creating Lasting Connections section is “filling the spaces.” She suggests looking for opportunities to focus undivided attention on what really matters, such as watching your children while they eat breakfast. There are scores of opportunities each day to focus, even if for a few seconds, on what is important. In the Living For Today section, she suggests “seeing what is good.” Look for the good in the situation, in the people, in the events happening. This is a change of focus from being critical to really seeking out the blessings before you. In Protecting What Matters, she suggests “leave a legacy.” Be an example of a life well lived to your kids and those around you.

That's just three of the nine intentional actions she has mapped out for a hands free life. She has filled the book with touching stories illustrating the principles and giving us great examples of how they work. She includes affirmations to encourage and help establish new thought processes and then an inspiring meditation.

She admits she doesn't always get it right. Readers won't feel like they are trying to follow a perfect example. We are all a work in process.

Stafford found “that the most important things in life are not measured but are felt through the hands, heart, and soul of each life we touch.” I recommend this book to all who want to live freely and love fully. You will be inspired.

Food for thought: Make it a practice to seek out at least one simple joy in an ordinary day.

You can watch the book trailer here.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Rachel Macy Stafford, with a Master's Degree in education, was a teacher to special education students before she was a mom. She and her husband and their two children live in the South. You can find out more at

Zondervan, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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