Prepare To Change Your Life {Hands Free Life Book Review} via @carinkilbyclark

Prepare To Change Your Life {#HandsFreeLife Review}

Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More (Zondervan, 2015) is an inspirational lifestyle guide written by Rachel Macy Stafford. Click here to order your copy.

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I love to read. Curling up with a good book and a cup of tea is one of the best things in life. Like, ever.

And while I have many favorites that have had a great impact on me, I’ve found that there are few books with the power to truly change your life.

Hands Free Life is one of them.

Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More

My Hands Free Discovery

I discovered Rachel Macy Stafford while researching the market for my forthcoming book, Live Joyous Mommyhood. I came across her New York Times bestseller Hands Free Mama and picked up a copy.

I was instantly hooked.

Her book and blog (Hands Free Mama) so perfectly aligned with my core values and how I want to live; I felt like The Universe was speaking to me.

So when Rachel asked me to review her new release, Hands Free Life, I was honored… and a little scared.

Why scared?

Because I already knew what was about to happen. And that I was going to have some changin’ to do.

About Hands Free Life

In Hands Free Life, Rachel shares nine habits to live a more fulfilled life.

Throughout the book, she shares personal essays that paint the picture of how important it is to live distraction-free. Also included are Hands Free Life Daily Declarations and Hands Free Life Habit Builders that take your hand and guide you along the hands free journey.

Hands Free Life challenges us to be present in our lives.

To intentionally seek to be more connected to the people that matter the most – our children, significant others, family, friends, community.

To let go of the thousands of to-do’s and remove ourselves from all the screens of various sizes.

As a current former control freak, I realize how important it is to let go and just live. It’s not easy. But it’s so worth it.

Straight From The Page

There are so many great reminders in this book, but this is definitely one of my favorites:

And what’s more is that you can start keeping track of life anytime, anywhere, at any age–despite what happened yesterday.

In fact, you can start right now.

Push away doubts–especially the one questioning if life’s too far gone to ever be retrieved.

Silence the inner critic–the one who says you are too flawed, too distracted, too damaged to ever be worthy of a fulfilling life.

Dismiss the inner drill sergeant, the perfectionist, the control freak, and the frantic rusher-those whose relentless demands sabotage and change of meaningful connection in the blur of a frenzied day.

Life is meant to be lived
not managed,
not controlled,
not screamed,
not stressed,
not hurried,
not guilt-ridden,
not regretted,
not scripted,
not consumed by distractions, big or small, obvious or subtle.

Why You Should Get Your Copy

What I love most about Rachel’s writing is the encouragement. When reading Hands Free Life, I felt like I was chatting with a friend. Someone who understood my struggles and could relate in every way.

Being a mom, and juggling all the demands of motherhood – and life – can be daunting. It’s downright overwhelming at times. Hands Free Life offers the encouragement you need. To see a better way. To follow a roadmap as you seek to bring more love, grace, and connection into your life.

You need to read this book. Even if you don’t realize it yet.

Grab your copy today and join me in the Hands Free Revolution!

About Rachel Macy Stafford

New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Macy Stafford Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times bestselling author and certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education. A few years ago, this life-­‐long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating what became the tremendously popular blog Hands Free Mama. Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-­‐intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones. Rachel lives in the South with her husband and two children who inspire her daily. She has been featured on “Good Morning America,” The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, TIME, MSN, Reader’s Digest, and more. For more information, visit

Disclosure Statement: I received a complimentary advanced reading copy of Hands Free Life for the purposes of this review. However, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please view my disclosure policy for more information.

Comments 32

  1. Thank you for sharing this great book. I have also been reading my Bible lately to improve myself and to know my Savior on a more personal note. I can’t tell you how great this has been for me. Thank you so much for sharing

  2. This books sounds perfect for me. I love books that help improve who I am and how I do things. I am a work in progress. Thank you so much for sharing

  3. This sounds like a book I need to get. I’ve been slowly over the past few years changing my “controlling” self and needing everything to be perfect. Thanks for sharing this inspirational book.

  4. What a great book! I love reading so I’m going to add to my book list. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with everything i have to do and I need to remind myself to take it one day at a time. One task at a time.

  5. I need this book. I need to stop letting doubt and complacency keep me from having the life I want. Life is meant to be lived!

  6. This sounds like an interesting read indeed and a great self help book I might add. I have just started reading self help books the past couple of years and this one will have to get. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This looks like my kind of book! I can be a bit of a control freak and sometimes when I look at my blogging calendar, I tend to stress over all the deadlines. I have to make myself calm down, take a few deep breaths and remind myself that blogging is fun. 🙂 I have to read this ASAP. Thanks for the review.

  8. Oh my goodness, you have brought me to TEARS! I cannot believe the beautiful things you are saying about my book! This touches me deeply! To know that you felt encouraged and hopeful means everything. That is my greatest wish for the book. Thank you for the time, effort, energy, and LOVE you have offered me by reading and reviewing my book in such a meaningful way. I am incredibly grateful. I look forward to sharing this on my blog this week so my community can discover you too!

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      I’m so honored to introduce my audience to you and your work. It’s completely my pleasure. THANK YOU so much for all that you do to help us stay grounded in the things that really matter. I truly appreciate being introduced to your community and being a part of the Hands Free Revolution!


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