Loving My Actual Life

A Book Review

Loving My Actual Life

I know I’m not the only woman who struggles with living the life right in front of me. Often I live looking forward to the day when things will be “normal” again – whatever that means. I think, “if I can just get through these next few weeks, then things will get better.” And yet, I’m missing out on the life that I have right now.

Life is messy. It feels like I can never keep up. And I so desperately want to live my life well.

These are just a few of the reasons why the title of this book caught my attention. I had to know if this Alexandra Kuykendall had found the answers to the question I’ve been asking myself. How can I live my life well?

I love the idea of this book. It is observations from a nine-month experiment that Alexandra did, trying to figure out how to live well with the life she is actually living. Each month she turned her attention to another area of life that she knew she could improve.

I will be the first to admit that some of these topics had me squirming a bit. I didn’t want to contemplate getting up earlier or actually doing a meal plan. But reading Alexandra’s account of what happened in her life during the experiment has given me renewed courage to make my house run more smoothly.

And do you want to know something?

I’ve been incorporating some of Alexandra’s experiments into my own life and have already seen some really good results.

If you are like me, and want to live your life well. This book might be something you’d benefit from reading. I know it has helped me.

Back Cover

Loving My Actual LifeWhat if you could actually love the life you are living right now?

In life, there is the ideal: fulfilling work, thriving relationships, financial security. Not to mention an orderly and beautiful home and children who never misbehave. And then there’s reality: frustrations, illness, feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. We can wait around for our circumstances to change and in the process miss the goodness right in front of us. Or we can choose to love our actual lives, right here and now.

In this entertaining and insightful book, Alexandra Kuykendall chronicles her nine-month experiment to rekindle her love of her ordinary, actual life. After wiping her calendar as clean as a mother of four can, Kuykendall focuses on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season. By intentionally adding one thing each month that will make her jump for joy, she provides a practical challenge you can easily replicate in your life. With humor, poignancy, and plenty of personal stories, she shows how a few small changes can make this crazy-busy life one of holy contentment.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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