Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman
Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down.
But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto--as well as ones we'd rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can't see in a hurry--secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.
For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers
- stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today's work
- find contentment in the now--even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
- replace competition with compassion
- learn to breathe in a breathless world
Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It's time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us--every day.
Paperback: 256 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.7 oz
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily P Freeman was desperately trying to keep pace with a fast-moving world, a trusted friend gave Emily this advice instead – Celebrate your smallness.
As mom of three kids, an author of four books, and a recovering perfectionist, Emily knows the allure of hustle. But those three words – celebrate your smallness – have become for her a haven of discovering all the ways Jesus wants to be a kind companion for her soul in all the ordinary moments of life, especially the kind she finds on Tuesday.
Now she’s written down some of these simple Tuesday discoveries in her newest book, Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.
"Simply Tuesday has done my soul a world of good. It's a beautiful invitation to slow down, embrace our smallness and our ordinary moments, and to enjoy the company of our Creator in each one. It's helped me to know how to live out the song I sang as a child, 'This is the day that the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it.' This book is like a deep breath for my soul."
—Ellie Holcomb, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter
"We live in a time where we are led to believe that everything bigger is better and something in my soul has been telling me for a while now that isn't necessarily the case. And that's why I am so thankful for Emily Freeman's new book, Simply Tuesday. Emily has a way of putting an idea on the page in a way that is heartfelt and authentic and paints a picture that you've seen in your head but been unable to articulate. Simply Tuesday is a call to appreciate the small, simple things in life, and as I read it I found myself breathing a deep sigh of relief and nodding my head yes and basically underlining every other sentence. Do yourself a favor and read this call to simplicity by Emily. You won't regret a minute of it!"
—Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Nobody's Cuter Than You
"In a world where bigger, better, faster, and louder are celebrated and valued, it may seem silly to go on a search for smallness. Simply Tuesday proves why such a journey is not only important, but is vital to a fulfilling existence. Within the pages of this beautifully crafted book, Emily Freeman reveals how the kingdom of God can be found in the ordinary days, quiet moments, openhanded surrenderings, and honest confessions. Whether you are looking for meaningful standards of success, relief from worldly comparison and pressure, or direction for your lost soul, Simply Tuesday promises a journey with great rewards."
—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama
"It doesn't hold the thrill of a new beginning or the anticipation of almost-finished. It's simply Tuesday. An ordinary day filled with beautiful, breathtaking moments I missed, until Emily Freeman taught me how to see. Through small-moment living, my hurried heart is learning how to slow down and savor. How to search less and find more. How to leave margin in my schedule and sacred space in my days to let my soul breathe. If you are tired of wanting more while secretly longing for less, this book is for you!"
—Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart; Proverbs 31 Ministries' Radio cohost of Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee
"Emily Freeman is a compassionate friend on the journey. Her gentle words and charming spirit shine a warm and glittery light on all that is beautiful in our ordinary days and our everyday ways. What if there is blessing in the way of small beginnings? What if God takes great delight in the simple acts of bench-sitting and gate-opening and being kind to our next-door neighbor? What if the kingdom of God is built on tiny, little gestures on simple days like Tuesday? Emily invites us to consider the grace in God's counterculture invitation to embrace small things; things like the one-inch living of a simple Tuesday. This book is a delight and a gift."
—Deidra Riggs, author of Every Little Thing; blogger at Jumping Tandem
"Emily Freeman is a writer after my own heart. She's not afraid to be quiet, to move at a leisurely pace, and to think probably a little too hard about things. She believes that meaning and delight and revelation are found in the small moments. Her writing will slow you down, help your soul exhale, and show you that Tuesday, and every ordinary day, is full of magic."
—Adam S. McHugh, author of The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction
"Many of us are living at an unhealthy pace. We run from one task to another to another. We end up skimming the surface of life. This book challenges us to be present in the moments that we find ourselves in, and to live at depth with others."
—Dave Runyon, coauthor of The Art of Neighboring
"Emily Freeman writes like a trusted friend and speaks countercultural good news to all of us. In a society where more is more, her desire to celebrate her 'smallness' is refreshing and inspires us to pay attention to what God is doing in the ordinary everyday of our lives. I deeply resonated with these themes."
—Jill Phillips, Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter
"Emily Freeman is one of the most gifted writers I have ever read"
— Fil Anderson, author of Running on Empty and Breaking the Rules