Review and Kindle sale: Notes from a Blue Bike, by Tsh Oxenreider

February 1, 2014

I recently had the chance to read Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, by Tsh Oxenreider. This nonfiction book will be released February 4, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

Life is chaotic. But we can choose to live it differently. 

It doesn’t always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so that our path better aligns with our values and passions.

The popular blogger and founder of the internationally recognized Simple Mom online community tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you to climb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your family needs, and make some important choices.

It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your life according to who you really are simply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

My Verdict:

I have been SO impatient to receive this book in the mail, as I have been a fan of Tsh Oxenreider’s for a while (from her Art of Simple website) and I was sure it was going to be a good read. I was not disappointed. January always makes me feel very unmotivated, and this book helped me get energized to make some changes in my life and in my family that would make us all feel a little less chaotic. Tsh writes in a biographical style, covering her family’s travels from Kosovo to Turkey, from Texas to Oregon. Along the way, she shows how they’ve made changes to improve and simplify their lives in the areas of food, work, education, travel, and spiritual revival. The chapters are short, and are easily read out of order, so it’s perfect for a busy mom to read on the go. I was particularly interested in the author’s take on the area of education, so I read that section first (after the introduction) and it did not negatively impact my understanding of the book. In the education section, Tsh writes about her family’s decision to homeschool,  and then her decision the next year that homeschool was not right for her family at that time in their lives. So, this is not a book that tells you exactly what changes to make in order to make your lives more fulfilling, rather, it helps you think through options that you might be able to explore. (The book doesn’t tell you this, but Tsh actually went back to homeschooling after her year in public school, and next year they’re traveling the world and “worldschooling.” It’s all about what’s right for your family in each season.) I also really loved the section about food, and found myself quoting passages to my husband. He’s more onboard with Tsh’s ideas about decluttering your home and your calendar, and he and I are both big proponents of reducing the television in your life, as covered in the entertainment section. So, final verdict: I loved this book, and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to improve the quality of her/her days. Beautifully written and inspiring.

If you’d like to check out Notes from a Blue Bike it is currently on sale for $14.99 for the Kindle version right now, which is 35% off. (Regularly $22.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardback version is currently on sale for $17.18. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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