Emily’s focus in the book is how
“real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week.”
Gentle is the one word that whispered through my mind as I read this book. Emily’s writing is easy to read and invites you to go slowly. In a world focused on speed and productivity, this is a welcome reprieve. Simply Tuesday confronted my obsession with numbers and growth–she calls it “produce, pack, and ship.” This is not the most fruitful focus for a mom of two littles, to be sure.
Rather than give away the entire scope of the book, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes. And I just *might* save my absolute favorite for next Friday. I do love a good Friday quote.
“I don’t see Jesus calling me to excellence. I do see him calling me to himself.”
“He doesn’t equip me to do every job possible, he equips me to do the job meant for me…your limits can be a gift, showing you what is outside your circle of influence and responsibility so that you may embrace and focus on the small part that belongs to you and only to you.”
One of Emily’s overarching themes is our need to celebrate smallness. Every time I come back to that point, I feel my shoulders relax and hear a quiet sigh of relief. Where did we ever get the idea that we need to measure the importance of tasks given to us? What is the yardstick for that?
Here’s another quote:
“…part of living well in ordinary time is letting this day be good. Letting this day be a gift. Letting this day be filled with plenty. And if it all goes wrong and my work turns to dust? This is my kind reminder that outcomes are beyond the scope of my job description.”
If you read Simply Tuesday, I’d love for you to drop back here and let me know what you think. We can have our own little book club in the comments.