New Book Week : Notes From A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

on February 3, 2014 in I heart books. with 3 comments by


We are a people who love books, you and I. It’s proven over and over again- when we talk about books, you are happy. (Proof here.)

So we’re gonna talk about books ALL. WEEK. LONG.

Here’s the rule of what books I’ve chosen to blog about this week (because there are other amazing ones releasing right now that I am not including this week)–

Rule #1: I think my friends will like this book.

Rule #2: I have read most/all of this book.

Rule #3: I have a copy of the book myself.

Um. That’s about it.

So… without further ado… Monday’s New Book Week Book:

Notes From A Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider


Full disclosure: I endorsed this book. So. I read it a while ago, absolutely loved it, and wrote a few sentences about it.

I love Tsh. She’s an amazing business woman and a great author and (full disclosure again) she’s a great friend. But above that? She pushes me, in her writing, to create the kind of life I want to live, not feel buried under the tyranny of the urgent. And I absolutely love the thesis of this book: We are able to slow our lives down to the pace WE WANT. We are not controlled by our culture- we build our culture.

Watch the trailer to get an idea of what I mean. (Subscribers- click on over if you can’t see the video here.)

Right? Don’t you feel that in your bones? What I love about Notes From A Blue Bike is Tsh takes us on her family’s journey to find the pace of life they want. Particularly to me, as a teacher and someone who loves education, her section on how they educate their kids was really interesting to me. (The book is split up like that- into areas of their family life they wanted to re-pace and get intentional about: education, work, entertainment, food, etc.)

And while it is a great book for moms and family gals, I’ll tell you it was really great for me too as a singlet. Sometimes I worry that my mom friends are going to write books I can’t relate to (and sometimes they do). When I started Tsh’s, I was worried it would fall into that- “make sure your soccer schedule doesn’t compete with family dinner” kind of talk. Those books are valuable, but not to me in my current life place.

Notes From A Blue Bike isn’t that way. While she does write from a mom perspective, she tells stories from every season of her life and I found that I could apply most of her suggestions on how to live intentionally to my life today. And I have! I’ve made a couple of personal life choices that look different than our culture because I want to believe that just because the world outside of my house is chaotic doesn’t mean the one in my house has to be.

If you order the book before Saturday, February 8, Thomas Nelson (Tsh’s publisher) is giving away a BUNCH O STUFF, so I’d suggest checking out the options they are offering.

Again, remember our rules. I will only tell you about books I like, have read, and own. Notes From A Blue Bike is on the top of that list. I hope you enjoy it.

(I have used Amazon affiliate links in this post, but I have not been paid to write this post. All opinions are honest and my own. Amen.) 


  1. Heather
    posted on Feb 03, 2014 at 2:34 PM  |  reply

    I’m excited to see that stack of books. There are at least a few titles already on my Amazon wish list and I’m always encouraged to hear about other books I might love 🙂 Only problem is I currently have a stack of books that I don’t seem to have the time/energy to get through 🙁
    Maybe I better add Notes from a Blue Bike to my list. Seems timely…

  2. posted on Feb 05, 2014 at 5:34 AM  |  reply

    Thanks so much for the ‘book report’ week! I am a few days behind but I REALLY want to read this book now. I, too, have a stack of books I want to read but will definitely add this to my pinterest board to come back to later.

  3. posted on Feb 07, 2014 at 3:09 AM  |  reply

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