Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World - eBook  -     By: Tsh Oxenreider
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Thomas Nelson / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781400205585
ISBN-13: 9781400205585
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Publisher's Description

Life is chaotic. Butwe can choose to live it differently. 

It doesn’t alwaysfeel like it, but we do have thefreedom to creatively change the everyday little things in our lives so thatour path better aligns with our values and passions.

The popular blogger and founder of the internationallyrecognized Simple Mom onlinecommunity tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply,fully, and intentionally.

Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from ahillside in Kosovo to a Turkish high-rise to the congested city of Austin to asmall town in Oregon. It chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertimedilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions viaplane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike.

Entertaining and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bike invites you toclimb on your own bike, pay attention to who you are and what your familyneeds, and make some important choices.

It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it—living your lifeaccording to who you really aresimply takes a little intention. It’s never too late.

Author Bio

Tsh Oxenreider is the founder of (previously Simple Mom), a community blog dedicated to the art and science of simple living. She's the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time, a regular contributor to (in)courage, an advocate for Compassion International, and a top-ranked podcaster. A graduate of the University of Texas, Tsh currently lives in Bend, Oregon, with her family. Learn more at

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  1. Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Living Intentional, but not Simple
    July 15, 2014
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Notes From A Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider is described as part memoir, part travelogue, and part practical guide. That does seem to sum it up fairly well. Oxenreider does chronicle the various places she has visited and adventures there, although I am not quite clear why she was in most of them. There are also long discussions on what decisions were made and why they were made about schooling, televisions, and numerous other daily activities. To be fair, she definitely does have a talent for writing and expressing herself. Her style reminds me somewhat of Ann Voskamp. And, I was very impressed with the way the book was divided into organized sections. Great clarity of thought went into what belongs in each section.

    But, I must confess, her idea of a simple life is vastly different than my own. While I am certainly in favor of world travel and broadening one's cultural activities, she did come across as a tad condescending at times.I am happy for her that she is able to live her life the way she wants to, but that is not a lifestyle many are able to live. There are some great ideas, but not all are realistic for many of the people I know. It is a great book for some people, but just not for me.

    Thank you to Shelton Interactive for the opportunity to read and review this book. They provided a copy to me at no charge. I was not required to write a positive review.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Breath of Fresh Air
    May 22, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a breath of fresh air Tsh Oxenreider brings with Notes from a Blue Bike. As a 30-something who cringes at the idea of doing things because "culture says so", this book was a sigh of relief for me to know that there are people who do things in ways that breathe life into them and that work for their families even though it may be just left of convention.

    Told in a series of short chapters that read like fond memories of Tsh, the book alternates between flashing back to her time living abroad in Turkey to life in Bend, Oregon and other places in the U.S. The book is divided into seven parts {Awakening, Food Work, Education, Travel, Entertainment, and Revival} throughout which Tsh draws a picture of the life she and her family have chosen: one of unhurried simplicity. Tsh is not preachy or otherwise coming from a position that would alienate the reader into believing they are inferior if they do not live the way she has chosen to live. Her words are light and her tone is approachable. She invites readers to dig into to the depths of their souls and truly live out life the way that works best for them. She is authentic and honest about challenges that might arise through the art of cultivating a life that is moving in contrast with the majority of the world around you. Tsh is clear that this is an intentional practice that will take time to master, but the resulting joys are never ceasing.

    If you're the type of person who desires a slower life, a life that allows you to pour into your family the things that matter to you, then Tsh's book is a must-read. It is not a practical "how to" but rather a journal of sorts of how Tsh's family accomplished it for themselves. Her invitation to you will remove the intimidation and allow you to exhale as you start creating the life you want in order to focus on what matters.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. I was not required to post a positive review.
  3. Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 22, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was a treat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tsh's words for the first time. I hadn't heard of her blog or previous books before, but sure am glad I picked this up. When I first read the subtitle- "The art of living intentionally in a chaotic world", I doubted what ideas this author could present that so many others have already tried to examine. I was very impressed with how Tsh delivered. She has obviously challenged many of her own ideas over the course of her life, and I really liked her honestly and transparency on a number of important areas of life. Reading her book felt like having coffee with a good friend. I love her casual, yet inspiring ideas, and the style she presents them. Her style was very thought-provoking and at times affirming for me.

    I really appreciated her views on work, food supply, education and especially on entertainment and different phases their family have experienced in this department over the years. Her world view is precious and because of it she really helps to challenge a lot of our typical North American norms. Her ideas and mentality about travelling with small children were also real and refreshing.

    Reading this book helped me to take inventory of where our own family is at on a number of these topics. If your looking for a book to help you take a breath and check your focus in the daily choices of life- this is it.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring and encouraging
    March 8, 2014
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Oxenreider does a fine job of sharing her family's experience and her own personal thoughts on intentional living. For the most part, the book reads like a memoir and not a self-help book. This I liked. Sometimes, reading about another's experiences and how they arrived at solutions, what worked, what didn't, and what they would recommend is more inspiring than a listing of steps one should take.

    The book is well organized and easy to navigate. Each chapter is clearly labeled with location and date. This labeling is necessary due to the number of locations which Oxenreider has called home and the breadth of the time covered. The chapters of self-contained, but for the most part, flow easily from one to the other. At times, her thoughts appear jumbled, but generally by the end of each section she has woven these distinct thoughts together coherently.

    Her humility in admitting to 'having not arrived' is also refreshing. I did not feel like she was offering a one solution fits all to the problem of chaotic living. However, she does write from her own experiences, which could limit the benefit for readers who do not have the same situations. Although Oxnereider tried to counter for this by offering a few situational stories and solutions of fellow intentional living friends, these seemed a bit forced and not truly diverse.

    Throughout the book, Oxenreider does not shy away from the realities of American culture and its celebrated chaos. This I appreciated greatly. It is not easy to intentionally live in a society where many things call for attention. Every reader can relate to the difficulties of intentional living.

    Though this book may not offer the exact solution for your life, or mine, it will offer an inspiring example of one family's path on the road to more intentional living.

    Read it, not for a specific solution, but for the inspiration and encouragement.

    Fine Print: I received a copy of this book in exchange for this honest reaction to the book.
  5. Manassas, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent resource on intentional living
    February 10, 2014
    Manassas, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    she's written pure truth when it comes to intentional living. Through sections on travel, food, money, time, etc., she expresses her own family's journey to live more intentionally, while giving realistic tips on how we can do that within our own family. It was an amazing read for me and it has once again jump-started our goal to be completely out of debt. Right now that seems like crazy talk, but I know it's possible!

    Reading the pages was like having a conversation with a friend and I loved how honest she was with herself when it came to making parenting mistakes or what truly saving ALL extra money meant. It opened my eyes to a lot of things I could be doing better as a parent, a wife, and a homemaker. I absolutely loved it.
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