(Update: Giveaway added below!)

Halfway to Each Other

When I pick up a book these days, it is usually to learn something. I want something to encourage me spiritually, or organize my life better, or help with homeschooling, or deal with adoption issues, or….you get the idea. It’s been awhile since I read just a story. In fact, it has been so long that when I was asked to review HALF WAY TO EACH OTHER by Susan Pohlman, I almost refused.

But the topic of this book! An escape to Italy. Trying out life in a different country. Who hasn’t imagined what that might be like? I had to read this book. I whizzed through it in three days, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Interestingly, it turned out to be more of a how-to book than I expected. As well as telling the story of a family on an adventure– a family that managed to stay intact by going on an adventure together– it also pointed out some of the things about their slowed-down life that knit them back together and improved their family’s quality of life. I highly recommend this book, both as an ‘adventure’ story and as a way to be more mindful about family life in general.

A week or two later, I received another book in the mail– NOT SO FAST by Ann Kroeker. I didn’t realize until I sat down to write both of these reviews that the message of both of these books is the same: slowing down life enough to treasure family connections.

The really great thing is that you don’t have to move to Italy to do it. NOT SO FAST does a wonderful job of describing the benefits of a more laid back lifestyle. And, more important, it shows in many ways very clearly how to do it, right here, right now, in the midst of your current life. Although my family is already doing some of the things mentioned in the book, I got some new ideas, as well as a great shot of motivation to keep on evaluating our priorities for the good of my family. This book comes highly recommended as well.

And here’s a fun thing. Ann is offering a copy of her book NOT SO FAST to one of my readers. Just leave a comment below and tell me what you do when you need to slow down.