New York Times best-selling author Chris Brady demonstrates for readers the art of taking strategic, proper, restorative vacations that reinvigorate one for greater clarity of thought and increased productivity. What can possibly be said about Italy that hasn't been already? Primarily, that you can enjoy it too! Refreshingly relate-able in a genre previously populated by wealthy expats and Hollywood stars, this book chronicles an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip, and most importantly, paves the way for you to take one of your own! With hilarious wit and fast-paced narrative, Brady thrills with honest commentary on what a “trip of a lifetime” actually feels like, and most endearingly, he succeeds in convincing you that not only should you take a similar one, but that you will! Within a few pages you'll be visualizing panoramic Tuscan vistas and breaking open the piggy bank, laughing as you turn the pages and dreaming of your own escape.
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About the Author
Chris Brady is a NY Times best-selling author, speaker, humorist, and businessman. Chris is the CEO and Creative Director of LIFE Leadership. He is also the executive publisher of Obstacles Press, and one of the founders of All Grace Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Chris is an avid motorized adventurer, world traveler, private pilot, community builder, soccer fan, Christian, and dad.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a description of Tuscany, this is a delightful book that draws beautiful word pictures of the area and the lifestyle of the people. Unfortunately, for me at least, Chris Brady seemed much more interested in making sure he was renewed and refreshed than in caring that his wife also was able to spend quiet, reflective time by herself. He rented a motorcycle and disappeared most afternoons to discover new adventures while she discovered the joys of yet again caring for four children and cooking and homeschooling. Perhaps that was her choice - it certainly would not be mine. I also take issue with the overview that claims this is an ordinary family taking an extraordinary trip. This is a quite wealthy family and there is no way most people reading this would ever be able to afford doing what they did. I don't envy them and I'm glad Mr. Brady chronicled their journey so I could enjoy reading it but I will never be able to imitate it.
For all good reasons, this book is one I was really not anxious to finish. I was enjoying the process of reading and really savoring it...almost like a great glass of wine. Cris Brady writes in a manner that draws you in and makes you feel part of the story. The reader truly does feel like he's there on vacation, taking in the sights and enjoying the experience. This is a fun, refreshing read and has me really thinking seriously about doing the same with my family! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Grazie, Cris!
I've always enjoyed Chris Brady's leadership blog, his previous books, and the many times I've seen him teach leadership/success/life principles...able to glean helpful nuggets of info that I could apply to my various roles and responsibilities. A huge piece of Brady's appeal as a speaker is his ability to weave a story...being descriptive, emotive and funny. This genre of writing threw the doors open for the author to employ all of these story-telling skills. I opened the book up as my family and I traveled to northern Michigan to begin a family vacation with no agenda...and I found that it was the perfect mental preparation to appreciate the people I was with, the places we went and the memories we made. The "take-alongs and take-aways" that Brady shares at the end of each chapter are helpful tips that can be applied whether playing Legos with your kids, enjoying an afternoon picnic at the park or a month in Italy. It's really about being present wherever you are, employing all of your senses and focusing on what is REALLY important in the moment.