We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream. But it is not - not with the nine habits outlined in this book. New York Times best-selling author and widely known blogger Rachel Macy Stafford reveals nine habits that help you focus on investing in the most significant parts of your life. As your hands, heart, and eyes become open, you will experience a new sense of urgency - an urgency to live, love, dream, connect, create, forgive, and flourish despite the distractions of our culture. By following each daily Hands Free Declaration, you will be inspired to adopt mindful daily practices and new thought processes that will help you:
©2015 Rachel Macy Stafford (P)2015 Zondervan
"A tired message in a boring package"
First, the narrator of this book is one of the worst I've ever heard. She reads like she's performing in a middle school production of "Annie."
As for the book itself, I was very disappointed. I'm getting really tired of the message of "forget the dishes and just play with your kids!" While there may be some women out there still seeking perfection, I think those choosing this book already have a practical attitude, and we DO play with our kids. But the dishes can't just be ignored, and neither can the other million things required to maintain minimum living standards. What we are looking for are answers for how to make that happen.
Instead, this author offers pretty useless advice about things that can't properly even be called "habits." And all of her advice is supported by nothing more than anecdotes from her own family. They're not even interesting anecdotes.
Honestly, the only good parts of this book were the title and subtitle, which are enticing but deceptive.
"nothing new or startling"
I struggled with finishing this. it was repetitive (many ideas we're restated over and over ad nauseum). I gained and nothing new from this book. I got annoyed by the writing style and there was nothing in this book that the average mother wouldn't already know. I wish I had saved my money.
This was an easy listen- the voice was pleasing and the story moved quickly. Lots of gems in here.
I didn't listen all in one sitting, but I did listen all within a week, which is rare for me. Usually I get bored halfway through a book, but I enjoyed this one all the way to the end!
The book moves quickly and tells a nice story with lots of shorter stories. It was quite validating in my daily life, encouraging readers/listeners to focus more on living life than keeping up with life. Very inspirational.
I have been feeling the pull to put the phone down and live my life all year. I am tired of scrolling through other people's lives on Facebook while mine passed me by. This book reinforced that feeling and gave me strength to let go and let God with open hands and an open heart ❤
The book was full of good nuggets. Yet overall I found it had a sing song nature to it. Where was the balance? How do you live and teach hands free while also respecting your own needs? I felt the book was lopsided.
"Think twice before purchasing"
Very misleading title. This book is all about author's kids, nephew and their everyday life and routine. I'm Not finished yet but by chapter four you'll know her kids, their habits and daily/weekly rituals better than your own. I honestly feel like I know more about her daughter's then my own niece (I don't have any kids yet) and not that I'm not involved in my niece's life but the author made sure we have every single detail of her kids vanity and personality described. Unfortunately narration is awful as well.
The author shares truths about living intentional. It is so easy to get caught up in routines and schedules without acknowledging our true blessings - what really makes us happy. She shares personal stories that inspired her to live a happy, intentional life.
"Great Encouragement "
Excellent book for the young married and those with young children. I am neither but still enjoyed the push to live a hands free life.
I don't write a lot of reviews. I am an avid audio book listener who hangs out almost exclusively in the sci-fi fantasy category. But, each Spring I find myself enjoying self help books from organization, to procrastination, to affirmation, optimization. I find Spring the perfect time to clean up my act, focus my muzzy Winter brain, and seek once again clarity. So in light of that, imagine my unexpected joy in listening not to a 9 step plan carefully outlined to cultivate a habit of less screen time but instead a deeply moving examination of what truly matters.
"Not very helpful"
I found the narration was too animated for a non-fiction book. Also, there was little real content as far as help.
There were too many stories about the author and her children.
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