Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?
That’s the question Tsh Oxenreider asks herself – and challenges readers to ask themselves, as well – in her brand-new book, Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World.
Following her journey to Turkey, where everything she’d believed was the “normal” way to live as a family was turned on its head, and then her return to the States, where Tsh and her family struggled to readjust to a fast-paced life that no longer seemed normal or necessary, Notes from a Blue Bike is both a memoir and a call to action.
That is, a call to taking a series of small, manageable actions to improve your own family life so that you can live more in touch with your values.
As any reader of her blog The Art of Simple knows, Tsh is an engaging, inspiring, and compassionate writer. But I loved seeing her talents as a travel writer, too. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of her family’s slow, simple life in Turkey come alive in the “expat” chapters (the book alternates between her family’s life in Oregon, Texas, and Turkey over a five-year period.)
Those vignettes make the contrast to her earlier life in America even more jarring, and really illustrates how much of our fast-paced culture is both a choice we make and ultimately, just gets in the way of family health and happiness.
If you want to live a simpler life (hint: it doesn’t have to include moving overseas) you’ll love this book. If you are currently living out of step with your ideals, you’ll feel convicted, but never condemned.
And if you just want to read a fascinating account of the differences between family life in the United States and Turkey, you’ll love it.
Either way, I’m very happy to be able to give away a copy to THREE lucky readers!
Just leave a comment below – make sure to include a valid email address! – by Monday, February 10 at 10 PM EST. We’ll randomly select three winners and notify you by email if you win.
Oh, and check out the trailer for Notes From A Blue Bike, below. (If you’re reading this in an email, click here for the video link.)
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