Reminders to Live a Heart Led Life
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Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford is a “resource of encouragement” anytime you need some. Rachel’s heart for helping other women shines through in this book that reminds us to stop and focus on love, even in the most harried and stressful situations.
The underlying message of Only Love Today is to choose love in any situation and not to let negative thinking distract you from what is truly important. The short readings reinforce this idea through narratives, poems, lists, and short reminders. Arranged around a theme of seasons of life, the numbered readings are not dated, so they can be read anytime without feeling the pressure to keep up or fall behind.
The seasonal sections each have their own table of contents, and each numbered reading is only about a page and a half long. This book is so versatile–whether you have time for a few minutes of encouragement or time to get lost in the pages for an hour.
One of my favorite selections is “Thank You, Red Leaf.”
In this short passage about awareness, Rachel reminds herself and readers of the importance of celebrating what is going right in our lives:
“That red leaf is so much more than an ordinary leaf; it is a day in my life, and quantities are limited…So today I’e decided to look for the reds, the yellows, and even the crispy browns in this particular leaf of my life. I will see it in the toothless smiles, in the missed field goals, in he noisy dinnertime commotion, in the homework that brings eraser marks and tears, and in the sticky fingers that leave me selling like pancake syrup” (p. 179).
Each passage in Only Love Today reinforces the theme of making a conscious decision to choose love over distractions, conflict, division, and uncertainty. I find myself jotting down snippets of this book’s wisdom in my daily planner to remind me to keep my priorities on point.
This is not a devotional book or a Bible study; there are no Scripture references in Only Love Today. It is written from a Christian perspective, but this book is really for any woman. Only Love Today is a book of daily affirmations, and it is really uncanny how Rachel relates to readers in the way that she does. I can almost guarantee that no matter what your life situation is, there will be something in this book that speaks to you and adds value to your life.
The publisher provided an advance review copy of this book.