“For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable where ever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.” Lev Grossman, The Magicians
Very rarely does a book change my life. I’ve read so many books full of beauty and truth, but rarely does one shine so brightly that the light of it enters all of my heart and all of my life.
The first “lifechanger” was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but that one claimed its power in the title so maybe it doesn’t count. The second was Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, a book so full of comforting wisdom that I wept happy and sad tears after each chapter.
That was it for a while, just two books that shattered my life (in the best way) in order for me to put it together again, and now? Now, I’ve found book number three.
A book so beautiful and true that I was sure the author Erin Loechner had written it just for me. But then, I realized all the other amazing people reading it felt as if it was written just for them too.
Let me back up a bit. A little while back I was fortunate enough to be sent an advanced copy of Erin Loechner’s book Chasing Slow. I was asked to join a closed Facebook group of other readers, read the book, and to give whatever opinions I had in whichever way I choose.
I got this opportunity because I have followed Erin’s blog Design For Mankind for a while now, and I applied to read and share her book. Her writing inspires and moves me each time I read it. If someone can move you so completely in a blog post, you know the book is going to be good.
Let me just say that “good” is now the biggest understatement of 2017.
This book is magic.
No matter where you are on your minimalism/slow living journey, please read this book. Erin has the most beautiful way of letting you know you are not alone. You are not alone in chasing more, in falling off the tracks, in wondering what is enough, or who is enough. You’re not alone in feeling the joy of letting things go, saying no to something to say yes to the important thing.
“Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” Mary Oliver, “West Wind”
The book is out tomorrow, January 10th. Click here to order. I bet it will join your life changing book list, too.
Bonnie Rae xx