Over the last 2 weeks I’ve had the pleasure of reading Notes From a Blue Bike; The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, by Tsh Oxenreider, while sitting on the couch feeding the baby. It’s the one time I feel no guilt reading in the middle of the day (OK, let’s face it, I don’t really feel guilt reading during the day when the babies are napping); holding my baby, making sure his bottle stays in his mouth (which is hard to do when you’re engrossed in a good book) and picking up my latest read.
This book was so refreshing. It was an easy read, with SUPER short chapters that made you feel like you actually read something, even though you may have only had 10 minutes to sneak in. Tsh has such a fabulous, cultural background that influences her thinking and her desire to live slower and more intentionally as a family, amidst the crazy American-Dream lifestyle that the majority of Americans live. I found myself nodding and agreeing out loud with MUCH of what she said.
This book is perfect for anyone wanting to think deeper about the way their family is living, what their goals are and how to go about slowing life down just a little. It’s a lot about swimming upstream in our culture, which isn’t a bad thing, by the way, and creating dead space to veg out and let our minds wander; it’s about what’s best for YOUR family and living out who YOU are, not some formulaic way of life that “everyone” lives.
And of course, it’s always fun when you read a local author. Tsh is currently living in Bend, Oregon, but I’m guessing she’ll get a hankering to get out of dodge and travel world-wide sooner than later. So go on! Go request it at the library or download it to your kindle – it’s a great summer read!