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In the sea of parenting books, “Live Love Now” and its author stand out for several reasons. Firstly, this is a book which is not going to make you feel like you are falling short of expectations. It encourages you not only to “come as you are,” but also to be an example of authenticity, encouragement and guidance. Secondly, it is full of personal stories which are written so warmly and masterfully that you will get this tingly feeling of having Rachel over for a cup of tea - not only while you read but later too when her words will do circles in your overactive mind. Last, but not least, this book is what the world needs right now. We live in the most uncertain times of our lives, we are a few steps away or already neck deep in a generalized state of anxiety, our small children are looking up to us to regulate their own emotions while our older children are teaching us how to make the best of the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to try our best as parents now more than ever. This book will give you some parenting tools on how to be peace in the chaos or how to unveil the disguises of fear. However, more importantly, in my humble opinion, it will make you feel less alone as Rachel’s aura of authenticity and vulnerability will wrap around you like a warm blanket. Go ahead, gift yourself this book and learn how to be gentle with yourself and strong for your children at the same time.
Rachel Stafford’s love for young people is evident in her new book Live Love Now. As a mother of teenagers, I couldn’t wait to read this book. Rachel’s innovative approach to parenting or working with youth is inspiring. She guides you through three ways to connect with children of any age: Part 1-Be a Truth-Teller, Not a Taskmaster; Part 2-Be an Encourager, Not an Enforcer; and Part 3-Be a Guide, Not a Half-Listener. Each section of the book showed me ways that I could improve my approach with each of our daughters. It also showed me ways that I may feel that I have messed up over the years and how I might course-correct to be a trustworthy advocate to our teens as they grow into adulthood. There are two sub-sections to each Part including 1. Unseen and Unheard, 2. Rejected, 3. Adrift, 4. Micromanaged, 5. Worried, and 6. Not Enough. Each sub-section has reflection questions at the end to help you dig deeper and further explore what you may be doing right as well as what you might be able to improve.
This book is a must-read for anyone desiring to prepare children to be strong, to be self-assured, and to know that they matter as they face the world, no matter their age. I would also recommend this book to anyone who works with children in an educational or a ministerial role. There is no doubt that the youth of this generation are different from generations before, but their core desire is the same - to be loved. Live Love Now will help you love them the best you can NOW and in the future.
I’ve been a fan of Rachel’s books from the beginning and have read all four. But this book – Live Love Now is her best. My kids were little when she wrote Hands Free Mama and now my oldest is a teenager – just in time for Live Love Now. Rachel’s heartfelt and heart wrenching honesty about her own struggles through parenting her teens well is a breath of fresh air. This book includes practical suggestions and insights into how to be an Encourager for our teens. Teens today feel immense pressure and they need to know we, their parents, are there to support them, that we are for them and not against them. After reading this book I feel I have the tools to be a true Encourager for my teen and her two younger siblings.
Read this book if you have teens or preteens in your house and are looking for ways to connect with them and show them in tangible ways that you are there to support them as they find their way in the world.
I’m so excited to add Rachel’s newest masterpiece, LIVE, LOVE, NOW, to my bookshelf! If you have teens or are around them, you won't want to miss out on this POWERFUL and insightful book !
Young people need guidance to face all of the stressors they are encountering today: academic pressures, parental expectations, lack of purpose, isolation, and loneliness. Rachel offers straight forward strategies to help guide them through today's biggest challenges with humanness and heart, so they can discover the deep, life-giving connections they are longing for. She makes you feel as though you’re not alone in this parenting journey and offers HOPE!
This book is a must-have and I highly recommend it to everyone! Get your highlighter ready!! Thank you Rachel Macy Stafford...this world is a better place because of YOU! xo
The timing of this book’s release is like balm for our world. Rachel has again written a beautiful manifesto of peace, compassion and healing. The grace-filled way she shares her journey and wisdom on parenting, family, relationships and life is exactly what I needed to be reminded of in our productivity-driveN society. It is a lovely companion to her others, but stands out as my favorite (so far) because of its universal appeal to all people, not just parents, to focus on what’s important and find grace in that journey.
I turned 40 last year; I'm officially "middle-aged." I discovered Rachel Macy Stafford's work about five years ago, and her books and social media posts have been like lifelines for me. I dearly wish I had discovered them earlier.
Live Love Now is just what I need as my oldest approaches teen-dom and all the raging hormones, epic highs, and debilitating lows that come with it. Even just the titles of the three parts of the book--"Be a Truth-teller, not a Taskmaster," "Be an Encourager, Not an Enforcer," "Be a Guide, Not a Half-Listener"--contain so much truth and guidance, this book will be a lifeline for parents and anyone who works with young people. No single person in this world likes to feel rejected, unseen, or micromanaged--yet so much, this is how we treat our young people. Don't you remember being young and feeling superfluous? I sure do. And this is not how I want my kids to grow up.
This is a hard time to be young. Expectations for youth are so much greater than they were thirty years ago, and social media has a large role in that. I love this sentence from Rachel: "We cannot control all the conflicting messages our kids receive, but we *can* control the messages they receive from us." Our family has been talking more and more about things we cannot and things we CAN control--and the message I send to my kids about their value is one I can and will control.
And Live Love Now does not just apply to how we treat our young people: it's a guidebook for how to be a decent human being. EVERYONE can benefit from reading and applying the ideas Rachel so eloquently presents. Her writing is a gift to the world.
Whether you're a parent, a teacher (of any age), a counselor, a spouse, a friend--no matter who you are, you will gain wisdom and love from Live Love Now.
Rachel Macy Stafford did it again! She continues to pour her heart into her writing and sharing her authentic ways of being with her readers. This book is geared towards helping youth be who they are authentically and living their purpose. Rachel guides the readers through stories and what she has learned by listening (and daring to ask young people what is the one thing). If you work with young people or have young people in your lives, this is a must read!!
“Live Love Now” invites us, in the tag line, to “Relieve the pressure and find real connection with our kids”... And I think it delivers many tools to help us do just that.
Rachel shares vulnerable moments in her own life, both as a mother and a former special education teacher, in the spirit of sharing her insights. She shares her experiences, and then offers practical guidance - both her own, and that of subject matter experts - on how we can do better.
If you follow her blog, some of these passages will ring familiar. However, the beauty of revisiting her words is that sometimes a message that didn’t hit home the first time hits home the second time, or a message resonates differently when your child is a few years older. Rachel has augmented this book with several series of questions to consider and with input from experts and other authors, as well. Though I’ve been a follower of her blog for several years, I still found myself reading this book with a highlighter in hand.
The tone of the book is grace-filled and encouraging, never defeating; it’s very approachable. For example, from the questions on page 128: “How might you be more of an encourager rather than an Enforcer in respect to your kids’ technology use? What might be some benefits of adopting that role?”
The whole book feels like an invitation to exhale... and to invite our kids to exhale along with us.
I stared at this book for a long while because I knew I needed it and I wanted it but I know it meant facing what I feared. Rachel’s words have always had healing powers. Not only does she say exactly what you need exactly when you need it the most but gives you hope and encouragement without any shaming or strict rules. It is as always, accepting who you are and letting your love flow to your loved ones without judgment. There are many authors who promote similar concepts but Rachel has always found the most beautiful blend of words to promote this message. I have followed her blog for years and have read all of her other books. As my own kids enter the tween and teen years, I’m even more grateful for her healing words and guidance.
Rachel Macy Stafford's latest book, Live Love Now, is a must-read for all parents. Stafford, also known as Hands Free Mama, has written her best work with this book, trying to reach parents of tweens and teenagers, but, in reality, writing a book that should reach all parents regardless of their stage of parenthood. The book aims to connect parents with their children in today's reality, encouraging parents to be truth-tellers, encouragers, and guides rather than taskmasters, enforcers, and half-listeners. For me, raising a ten-year-old son, Stafford's chapter on social media really resonated, in particular, but there are so many gems in this book, that each chapter is, itself, a teaching tool for parents trying to do their best in today's world. In addition to chapters packed with Stafford's own personal experiences, shared with honesty and vulnerability, Stafford provides reflection questions for the reader in which to further discover one's own thoughts and opinions. This is a book that I will keep on my Kindle (or shelf) for a long time to come.