I have had the opportunity to be a part of yet another book launch team for Erin Loechner’s book, “Chasing Slow,” and you guys, this book is SO good. I had the chance to hear Erin speak at an Influence Conference, and she is an inspiring, down-to-earth woman who will point you straight back to what matters. One of the things I liked most about her when I heard her speak, is her honesty. She doesn’t apologize for who she is, and she isn’t afraid to live her life the way she believes God intended her to, regardless of what others may think. And that is someone who I know I could definitely take a lesson from!
Erin’s book, “Chasing Slow“, speaks about how running after the next best thing is exhausting. In the world we live in today with social media and Pinterest, we hold ourselves to unrealistic standards, based on what we see on the internet. This desire to do more, be more, have more. And it ultimately leads to feeling like we have less.
“More, she said, is a never-ending immeasurable. It can’t be counted or valued or summed or justified. More is always, by definition, just ahead at the horizon. That’s why we never stop chasing it. More is never enough.”
“Who would have known that more could make us feel like less?”
“Pinterest has, in a few short years, become an addicting escape, an impossible standard, an invaluable resource. A synonym for perfect.”
Erin talks a lot in the book about her life’s journey, about living with a husband who has a brain tumor, and about her pursuit to “journey off the beaten path.” A big theme throughout the book is simplicity and minimalism. I have found myself drawn to these concepts, I think even more-so because of the fast-paced world we live in. Erin talks about how she was one of the first to pioneer a capsule wardrobe (which I am so intrigued by!), and even gives some tips on how we can purge our lives and our homes from so much stuff.
“I do not want to compete. I want white space. I want room for grace.”
As the title of the book would suggest, Erin talks a lot about slowing down, and what that means. She also points out that chasing after a slow life, is still a chase. Whether we are chasing the fast life, or the slow life, it’s still a chase. Erin encourages you to really, truly stop chasing and slow down. And that what we might actually be afraid of missing out on, really wouldn’t even be missed.
“In a society that places a disproportionate emphasis on productivity, there is a true and real fear of slowing down. Will we be replaced? Left behind? Disrespected by the masses, whispered about in cubicles?”
I mentioned social media earlier, but the greatest takeaway I had from this book was that I was convicted about the time I spend on social media. Not so much about the amount of time, or the content I look at, but rather that I fall trap into so much of what Erin points out. Since reading Erin’s book, I have consciously made an effort to slow my time on all social media outlets and really be present. Present to my family, to the people I am sitting face to face with.
“Instead, I think the dangers of social media are far subtler than the distraction, than the addiction, than the habits we form by scrolling through screens multiple times a day. I think there is something far worse than the insensitivity of checking your phone in the middle of a conversation, when you unknowingly communicate to a person that what’s happening on your screen is more important that their words. I think social media has caused something much more dangerous, far more penetrating, a creeping issue that sneaks by daily, unnoticed. Social media has encouraged us to crop out the contradictions in ourselves.”
Imagine how freeing it would be, to stop the comparison. To stop holding yourself to the “perfect standard”, whatever that really even is. God didn’t create you to be just like someone else, and I would bet that He doesn’t want you to spend your life striving to be perfect. God’s grace is a powerful thing, and when we immerse ourselves in the fast-paced social media world, we somehow easily forget that it’s okay to slow down, stop, and accept that grace.
I really can’t recommend this book enough, and I probably could have quoted the entire thing here, it’s that good (and I won’t do that, so that you have plenty of more great things to read and takeaway from this book!). Something else random but worth mentioning, is that the book is beautifully designed. The layout is creative but easy to follow, and Erin put little columns in the pages of things that she wants to emphasize. There are even some recipes in the book! If you give it a read, I’d love to know what you think! Here’s to a great week, friends!
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