Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World

by Emily P. Freeman


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ISBN-13: 9780800722456
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 236,258
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emily P. Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl, Graceful, and A Million Little Ways. She also writes at her own blogs, Chatting at the Sky and Hope*ologie, and contributes to DaySpring's (in)courage. Whether writing or speaking, Emily's words create space for souls to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the gracefulness of the everyday and the sacredness of our inner lives. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with Emily online at

Jennifer Tucker is an illustrator and graphic designer who loves creating art that celebrates the gift of every day, the joy of family, and the love of Jesus. She and her husband live in Georgia with their two daughters. Connect with her at

Table of Contents

Introduction: One inch above the ground 13

Part 1 Discovering Our Tuesday Home 21

1 Cities & Benches: An accidental sighting of the kingdom of God 23

2 Moments & Time: Counting the smallest day of the week 39

3 Gates & Cul-de-Sacs: Uncovering the home we bring with us 55

Part 2 Embracing Our Tuesday Work 69

4 Effort & Outcomes: The truest job description of every believer 71

5 Success & Envy: Accepting the importance of our right-now work 86

6 Stairwells & Stages: Learning to receive the gift of obscurity 98

Part 3 Finding Our Tuesday People 115

7 Community & Competition: Finding Safe Places to Feel Insecure 117

8 Children & Grown-Ups: An Invitation TO Move Downward with Gladness 131

9 Honesty & Maturity: Learning to Relate in the Power of the Spirit 143

Part 4 Accepting Our Tuesday Soul 157

10 Prayer & Questions: Making friends with the fog 159

11 Desire & Disappointment: Why clarity is overrated 171

12 Confession & Laughter: Why lightheadedness is the truest kind of miracle 183

Part 5 Seeing beyond Tuesday 203

13 Vision & Contentment: Learning to let love lead 205

14 Endings & Beginnings: Casting a hopeful vision for the future 218

15 Tuesday & Everything After: Living well in ordinary time 231

Note to Reader 243

Acknowledgments 244

Notes 247

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Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
LB011 More than 1 year ago
Written in a conversational style, I almost felt like I was sitting next to Emily on a bench talking with her! She has a way of helping her readers see a fresh perspective on the daily-ness of life. Slowing down to take a more meaningful look at the smaller moments of life. We live in a time when life seems to move so quickly, that often we miss some of the sweetest moments. Take some time for yourself to read through, think about and intentionally implement small-moment living. #SimplyTuesday and
TrisBendickson More than 1 year ago
In a world that screams for attention at every turn, this book whispers the wisdom my soul's been craving. Accepting that not all moments in life are glamorous or glittery somehow makes way for the mundane, but in the best possible way. Emily's words are the permission slip I've been hoping for - to celebrate ordinary and to embrace exactly where I am on my journey, without the pressure of comparison or the regret of incomplete to-do lists. She addresses relatable challenges in practical ways and shares her unique perspectives, inviting us to sit awhile and allow our souls to just be. Simply Tuesday is a beautiful blessing wrapped in poignant paperback pages!
Madeline Osigian More than 1 year ago
Are you looking for a book to help you catch your breath? Simply Tuesday is a friendly reminder that slow is good, benches are havens, and bench-dwellers can rest there for awhile. Emily P. Freeman graciously encourages us to take no moment for granted-- to embrace even the Tuesdays of our lives. #itssimplytuesday This book is well-worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply Tuesday is a book I "kept company with," as its author writes, when I was going through a difficult time. Emily P. Freeman uses this phrase to teach her readers that we can slow down, take a seat, and keep company with our humanity, our souls, and with our God. I read this book hoping to learn something, but mostly to be distracted from my problems. Instead, Emily taught me to sit with my problems, helped me understand how my soul was processing them, and let me know that I am not alone in my humanity and my weakness. She kept company with me, reminding me that I am small, and that I am meant to be small, because that is how Jesus lived when he was on earth - in a small, humble way. She teaches that the small, the simple, and the ordinary are to be celebrated because most of our lives occur in these everyday moments. Her words gently show her readers how to live well in the everyday moments and how to treat the soul well so that it is not overcome with the incessant commotion surrounding it. This book is a simple, honest, thoughtful look at the human soul: how it is supposed to operate and how we, its owners, force it to operate. Readers will learn how to breathe deeply even in the chaos of life and understand the sacred importance of the ordinary through "small-moment living in a fast-moving world."
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Small-moment living in a fast-moving world. To be honest I'm not even sure I know what that looks like. But after reading Simply Tuesday I want to figure it out. Emily Freeman has a grasp on something that so many of us long for. Chapter by chapter she leads you along the path of slowing your life down and making the most of the moments before you. I love the title, Simply Tuesday. To me it encapsulates what the whole book is about. (Probably why it was chosen as the title!) In a world where it seems we run from one big event to the next Emily encourages us to slow down and enjoy the simple things that happen on an ordinary day like Tuesday. If you're like me and just tired of being tired or maybe you already know that you are never going to keep up with the Jones' pick up this book and begin the steps to slowing down and tuning in to all that is in front of you. By the closing chapter I believe you will receive the gift of learning how important it is to be present wherever God places you. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sent an ARC to read, review, and promote this book. I am probably one of (if not the) youngest members on what we called the "launch team" so if you're a teenager or young adult considering this book, then hopefully this review is helpful!! :) Emily had some good things to say in this book and I feel like she understands what our relationship with God is supposed to look like. She had more helpful ways to think of how that walk with God plays out in real life and how sometimes we need to stop trying so hard to make everything everywhere work. I have loved Emily's other books Grace for the Good Girl and Graceful (and I have A Million Little Ways but haven't read it yet) and I did like them more than Simply Tuesday. But if you feel like you are too busy and trying to solve all the world's problems and fix everything all at once and you just need to step back (in other words if you can identify with this crazy run-on sentence :), then give this book a try. I have found Emily's books helpful for my struggles so I hope that you can find them helpful for yours as well.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I took my time reading this book during my few small moments. I really enjoyed it. I understand how it feels to be homesick, at times unfulfilled, to long for more, bigger, better, or just different. I forget to appreciate the small simple moments, that at times seem to happen to often. At times, I dream of adventure. Nothing wrong with that... But... Emily reminds us that it's the simple, small moments that really matter. Those mundane days when we feel like we are really not accomplishing anything BIG. Those quiet times in our lives when we seem to be living slow. But oh, how precious those times are. She talks about our desires, big and small, what God is calling us to do. Being ok with our place in our homes and communities, even if it isn't the idea of success in the eyes of the looming world around us. How to be all God wants us to be, while not necessarily driving down the fast lane of life, or keeping up with the Jones'. How to build benches instead of cities. Stop! and smell the roses. How important community is, smallness, little moments in time. How to trust God's best for us. In today's day and age, with all the technology, and fast paced life, sometimes being small seems so insignificant. We struggle to find our worth, our place in the world. I love this quote from her book. "Home is wherever I am because Christ has made his home in me." "I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review."
Theresa_Diulus More than 1 year ago
Like the bench on the cover of this book, this book provides the opportunity for you to allow your whole being to sit down and rest for a moment or two or more. And whatever time you allow yourself to read of Emily's beautifully written words, you will walk away feeling refreshed like when you've taken a sip of ice cold water on a hot summer day. LOVE this book and cannot recommend it enough! Buy it for yourself and for those you love - it's a great gift! (If you can add a bench to go with it, even better ;))
MiahOren More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. My favorite section was the one on work. I'm a freelancer, and I struggle with comparing myself to others and fearing that my work just isn't good enough. I loved what Emily says about how God values your small work and that fame and "success" means nothing to him. If you struggle with feeling that you don't measure up to your own standards and/or other people's, Simply Tuesday will provide much-needed encouragement. I underlined sentences on almost every page.
j_sparrow More than 1 year ago
Having Cerebral Palsy, I have always felt the world moves too fast. From the way we are bombarded with Facebook notifications. Text messages. Emails. Instagram feeds. We are constantly thus into a state of response. We talk, read, eat so we can move on to the next task. In Simply Tuesday, Emily brings answer to a question I’ve silently asked Jesus. Why doesn't the world slow down? Most days, I forget I ask myself the same question. Even with walking slower, my soul whirls on the same. I want more than my soul can hold. Like books I will never read. Or medium-sized coffees with enough sugar to zap the energy from me. Or dreams of being published in a high-paying magazine. But smallness, at least in my experience, is where God draws closest. When we are rushing around, we often miss this. Trees waving in the breeze. The way the summer sun casts a shimmering light before setting for the night. A hug in the midst of a hard day. A “thinking of you” text when grief is hard-pressed against you. A respelling of your name and nicknames (Jewelia, Twink, Somp, LA are some of mine..) that seem to make your heart smile. Sitting with people you love around a pan of lasagna, talking about life. A friend falling asleep on you while watching the Chronicles of Narnia. A friend who lets a conversation linger in the middle of of busy workday. Singing made-up songs until you are laughing hard. A cat with wide green eyes who nuzzles you like you’ve been gone years The way someone holds your hand, looks you in eye that makes you tremble inside because you know are being seen. Staring at stars for the first time. This is our smallness in the presence of Christ. This is how he deeply touches my life. Read this book. It’ll help you see the kingdom of God in your crazy, busy life.
pattierwr More than 1 year ago
To say that I was excited about reading Emily Freeman's new book Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World is truly an understatement. I've been in a season of great change for quite some time now, so the idea of a book that focuses on small-moment living truly appealed to me. "Tuesday holds the ordinary, the everyday, and the small," Freeman writes. But did she decide to dismiss Tuesday? Ignore Tuesday? On the contrary, "I decided to mark them, to celebrate on purpose the messy, the lovely, and the unexpected moments of life." In essence, celebrating "Simply Tuesday" has become so much more. On Instagram there is the fun hashtag #itssimplytuesday wherein the community of Tuesday dwellers celebrates the ordinary, small things in our lives that are worth noting. For me, it has become a way to look at the small, to take moments to sit and breathe, and to celebrate the ever-constant, often-quiet presence of Emmanuel, "God With Us" in this very human and often unsacred life. The best chapters, for me, were "Success and Envy" and "Stairwells and Stages." I think the important wisdom offered there was perfect for me as I read this book in the midst of living as simply as I ever have--in our new house with air mattresses and suitcases until our belongings and furniture arrived. If you're looking for a quiet moment to breathe in the midst of turmoil or busyness or even just LIFE, please order this book. You'll be glad you did. Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
AnneWatsonTX More than 1 year ago
Simply Tuesday makes me want to go buy a bench to sit on with friends while we have long, deep and meaningful conversations about a slower pace and all of life's blessings that happen each day. Emily is like your most wise friend who lovingly speaks the truth about letting go of striving and embracing the wonderfulness of being. You will never look at Tuesdays the same but you'll certainly look forward to them. Go buy this book!
ColoradoKristen More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend Simply Tuesday highly enough. It made me feel both more comfortable in my own skin and more confident of my place in Christ. If you (like me) are tired of the Live big! Dream big! Do More! mantras that run circles around this fast-paced planet, this book is true rest as it encourages you to know your value and Jesus’ presence in the small and ordinary. This is the book I needed to read forever ago but am thankful to have now. Also, I am a slow non-fiction reader, but I devoured this one quickly. It is meaty yet incredibly engaging, and I will be re-visiting its message again and again. I enthusiastically give this book 5 stars!
caroline More than 1 year ago
Perhaps it’s the season of life I’m in right now but reading this book has changed something inside of me. Emily writes with such vulnerability and truth that makes you realize something needs to change. Never before have I thought of the small moments as making a big difference. It has always been the big, goose bump inducing moments that moved me or where I could see Him. This book will open your eyes to those small moments & help you see the bigger picture of a beautiful kingdom.
Abby Buter More than 1 year ago
Words really cannot express the divine timing this book had in my life. God could not have brought a more perfect book for me to read for the season of life I was in and Emily's words brought peace and a healing balm to my soul. I was able to sit on my bench with Jesus and just breathe deep every time I opened this book. I was reminded of the beauty of small-moment living and that the kingdom of God exists right here in the moments where we live. Just like with her previous books, Emily's words speak right to your soul and meet you where you are. This book is a gift to anyone who chooses to read it and I highly recommend that you do!
LisaAppelo More than 1 year ago
Emily Freeman is a contemplative soul and this book did not disappoint. From the get-go, Simply Tuesday offers an invitation to sit on the bench and engage in a conversation about the small places in life. "As I watch the world move fast around me, I'm unsettled with all the ways I've adopted her pace. I talk fast, I walk fast and I can finish tasks quickly when I need to. I've trained myself to ship and produce. At what cost?" And that begins the conversation over the value of small. And not just the value of small, but that small can be a better choice. Not the leftovers or the preface to real life, but the place where life can matter most. It's so easy to get caught up in the rush of right now and press of tomorrow's needs and the lure of bigger and more. Emily uses Simply Tuesday to really look at the ordinary moments of an ordinary day, and find the kingdom of God in their midst. This is a book I couldn't rush through but had to savor one chapter at a time, as I thought about where God has me and my own small, ordinary/extraordinary moments of life.
thewordweaver More than 1 year ago
Simply Tuesday is simply a gift for your soul! Emily P. Freeman shares and encourages as a friend on a bench. She helps you to recognize when hustle is bullying you and how to step aside and learn to savor the small moments of life with the Big God who is within you. I read this slowly so that the concepts would sink in deeply and permanently mark my soul. Deb Weaver
dawnklinge More than 1 year ago
Simply Tuesday, is a book that invites the reader to embrace the ordinary, to exhale, and to recognize that the kingdom work of God is accomplished in the small moments of everyday life.I needed this book. I think we all do. Sometimes I forget, that it’s in the daily things of life, that Christ is found- and embracing this, is what makes for a faithful life. Tuesday, in this book, is used as a metaphor for ordinary, plain, and small. In that sweet, insightful voice, that any of you who have been reading Emily’s blog (Chatting at the Sky) will recognize, the reader is taken through five main sub-topics within the theme of Tuesdays- home, work, people, soul, and beyond (vision). I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. Reading the book encouraged me to slow down and to allow myself to let go of outcomes that I foolishly try and hold onto, and instead, faithfully do my work, acknowledging that it’s God who is in control.
mandajoyful More than 1 year ago
What I love about reading Emily’s books are the amount of times I say, “me too!” Her honesty and vulnerability strikes a nerve and gives me the language to recognize my own thoughts and feelings. That could be scary but instead, it is comforting. It brings a sense of companionship and camaraderie instead of condemnation. Emily’s books leave me with a sense of being seen. What I love about Simply Tuesday is the emphasis on Christ. These small moments would not be significant if Christ didn’t exist. If not for the hope of Christ, it wouldn’t matter if our souls could find a bench to sit while the visible world moves in a flurry around us. In Simply Tuesday, Emily helped me to see how Christ is the key even more than I previously realized (and I’ve grown up in the church). Each chapter draws you gently in, to see that His unending Love accepts and also transforms. As a striver, a fixer and a self-deprecator I needed to hear that and I’m grateful for Emily’s guidance.
cthrash More than 1 year ago
This book was like a big hug I didn’t know I needed. In her gentle and gracious way, Emily invites the reader to sit, to rest, to listen to your life right now, where you are, and to hear the beauty in the moments both big and small. Learn some every-day ways to practice being a kingdom-dweller instead of a kingdom-builder. Exhale a sigh of relief as she unfolds a tapestry of truth—real, Biblical, Jesus-truth—the kind of truth that empowers you to excuse yourself from the rat race and, instead, grab hands with Christ as he walks with you through the slow, simple minutes of life.