September 22, 2011

The Rhythm of Family {Book Review and Giveaway}

I've been crushing on Amanda Soule's Soule Mama blog for quite some time now, as you can see in my sidebar's "Good Reads" list.  Despite often making me feel inadequate and clumsy when it comes to raising a family, I find Amanda's philosophy and practice of life to be inspiring.

She, her husband and their 5 (!) kids live in Maine and are working on creating a self-sustainable farm.  Amanda models a life of natural living, whether through healthy cooking, crafts, simple family activities, and outdoor fun.

Amanda recently released her third book, co-authored with her husband Stephen, titled The Rhythm of Family.  I knew I'd like it because I own Amanda's first two books, which I enjoy.
The Rhythm of Family is set up a little differently than her previous books. It corresponds with the "rhythm" of seasons and months of the year.  Each month is broken into a few essays/activities that reflect upon that time of year, which are illustrated with the Soules' lovely photography of their landscape, home and family.
I like that the recipes and crafts in the book are simple, straightforward, and encourage active participation in our natural world, encouraging us to slow down and live within the moment.  I'm eager to make the Soule's Everyday Oat Bread and Soule-sa Salsa, and create a terrarium and Tiny Treasure Bowls with my children.
Both Soules are observant and sensitive writers.  I love how the essays (one for each month from Mama's and Papa's perspective) are both eloquent and acutely recorded, which speaks to the way that this family lives mindfully.  The book even encourages meditation and mindfulness practice for the family, something both my husband and I feel are important for grounding us as human beings.
While we don't own a farm or have access to our own hens and eggs, there are so many inspiring and practical lessons within The Rhythm of Family.  It's a book that will pop on and off of my bookshelf for many years to come, and probably have lots of dog-eared pages.
WIN IT!
Two lucky readers will each receive a copy of
The Rhythm of Family
To Enter
Leave a comment about what appeals most to you about this book.  There's more info on the book's webpage, including a view inside the book.
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You must do the first entry in order to enter ("I want to win, thanks!" comments will NOT be considered). You will have until Wednesday October 5th at 11:59pmEST to enter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator the next day and notified by email.I'll also post the winners on my blog HERE. If I don't hear back from the winner within 72 hours, I'll pick another.Disclosure: I received a copy of Rhythm of Family for review purposes.

23 comments:

  1. Wow! What an absolutely beautiful and encouraging book. I did click over to see more about the book and the photography is beautiful and peaceful. I would love to win this book because it speaks to me. This is exactly what I want to incorporate more of in my own family life. I can definitely see myself sinking my teeth into this book and appreciating every single word!

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  2. The photography in the book looks wonderful. I love the change of seasons and the "new-ness" of each one. The simple recipes and crafts are very appealing to me.

    erinb1 at aol dot com

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  3. Oh, this sounds like such a great book for me! Living on a farm and all, this is exactly the type of life we are trying go for... And we are getting there, one day at a time.
    Thanks for the review!

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  4. Oh, I'd love to read Stephen's essays. I already have a feel for Amanda's personality. I'm a fan of hers--I have her first book and check out her blog with a kind of wistful inspiration seeking that borders on envy. ;)
    Thanks for another fun giveaway!

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  5. I subscribe to your updates, too. (Easy to see what you're up to.) It's a lifesaver. ;)
    P.S. Don't tell anyone how often this one-time English college instructor writes in sentence fragments.

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  6. I too love Amanda's blog (and I too feel like an inadequate parent when reading it!). I have read both of her other books and know that I will love this one also! I just love the way she writes. I also love books that help me to be a more intentional parent/person.

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  7. I follow your blog publicly via google friend connect.

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  8. I subscribe to your updates through google reader!

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  9. I follow you on twitter and tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/camelfam/status/117679852311678977

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  10. I am attracted to the book because it helps us become more aware of the seasons and cycles of life. I'd love to try the recipes and crafts!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. I am an email subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  12. I am an email subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  13. What appeals to me is how paying attention to the changes of the seasons can help slow us down.

    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I Subscribe to your updates.

    winit6 at hotmail dot com

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  15. I Follow your blog publicly via Google Friend Connect as nightowl.

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  16. I'm a Fan of Katydid and Kid on Facebook.
    Kimberly B.

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  17. follow you and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/winsome6/status/117919852584370176

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  18. I hope to find a lot of inspirational ideas for going outdoors with my kids

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  19. Finding out how to make memories in relation to the seasons appeals to me

    stormyblogs at yahoo dot com

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  20. I follow via GFC

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