Book Review: 'Hands Free Life' by Rachel Macy Stafford

Rachel Macy Stafford's new book, Hands Free Life, brings all of her wonderful Hands Free Mama wisdom outside the confines of motherhood and applies it to all areas of life, for all people.

The beauty of Rachel's message, and writing, is in the way she elevates the mundane moments to spiritual heights. Rachel shows us how to keep our hands free - a metaphor for letting go of internal and external distractions and pressures - so we can make contact with the life in front of us. All we ever wanted is at our finger tips, if we slow down and look up.

Hands Free Life does a great job of balancing inspiration with application. By sharing '9 Habits for Overcome Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More,' Rachel gives us simple, doable actions to experiment with so we can see for ourselves if they bring us closer to a life we love. 

My favorite thing about Rachel, is that she knows creating a life worth living is a one moment at a time process, a process of falling down and getting back up over and over again.

This passage really captures her unrelenting commitment to treating herself with compassion so that she can get back to the work of meaningful living:

Every second is not grasping what matters, but now I have awareness I didn’t have before.
I am only human.
I am learning too.
Love, forgiveness, and grace will be the fiber that holds this day, this family, this one precious life together when it threatens to come apart at the seams.
That’s progress.
I am closer than I was before.

Rachel has been so kind to offer a special gift to anyone who pre-orders Hands Free Life. If you order before September 7th, you will receive a free e-book copy of her New York Times best selling book Hands Free Mama that is full of tools to enrich your relationship with your children and enjoy parenthood more.

You can pre-order and get your free bonus book here, or order your copy on Amazon here.

I am so grateful to have this book on my bedside table, to return to whenever I need some peace, grounding, and help. I think you'll love it, too.

With love and optimism,