Chasing Slow – A Review
The thing about chasing slow is that you’re usually in a rush to find it.
You know the feeling: your days are too busy, your nights are too short. Your to-do list is filled with all the wrong things. Your must-have list is the same.
And just when you realize you’re rushing towards a never-ending finish line, and life is rushing right alongside you, you decide it’s time to slow down.
Or I did, at least.
And Erin Loechner’s book was there to catch me.
In its most basic synopsis, Chasing Slow is one writer/blogger/mother’s memoir/diatribe/advice book on how to live a slower, more meaningful, less material life.
But it’s how she shares that advice that makes it magical.
First, the book is really beautiful. Don’t buy it on your Kindle, buy the real thing. The publisher put a lot of thought and effort into the design and layout and it feels fresh and cool and inspired. It is just nice to read. But more importantly, Erin is a natural born story-teller and you weave your way through her pages and the different stages of her life with an easy flow. You laugh a little here, you tear up a little there, you feel every step of the stumbling path alongside her. And while you’re cruising alongside her personal tales of struggle and self-doubt and triumph and change, you get to the root of Chasing Slow: the concept that resonates with all of us, despite our own personal struggles, self-doubts, triumphs and changes. And it sticks.
The true brilliance of this book lies not only in its core messages but in how Erin illustrates them. She writes with ease and candor and her mantras resonate in a way that feel real and true versus preach-y and perfect. And those are the kinds of messages that sit with you. That stay in the back of your mind after you put the book down. That pop up here and there in your mind’s eye, reminding you on a particularly busy work deadline that it’s all under control as long as you let it be. That calms your inner voice in the middle of the night when it’s worrying about next year and five years after that and ten years beyond. That whispers to you to put the phone aside and listen to your kids when they’re speaking to you. Really listen.
Those are all the moments where Erin’s book work their magic. Long after you put it down. Long after you stop rushing. Right when you decide it’s time to slow down.
Let this book catch you. You won’t regret it. I promise.
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