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Review: Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey off the Beaten Path

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Review: Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey off the Beaten Path

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Genre: Christian Living
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing
Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Chasing slow. Just the title makes me want to sit back and savor the book.

Erin Loechner of Design for All Mankind and HGTV fame has it all. Or so it seemed to those looking in from their side of the screen. But in her book, Erin takes us to the other side of the story, peeling back the layers and sharing her journey to slow.

In the days of insta-celebrities and everyone wanting a platform to tell (and sell) their stories, Erin’s book was incredibly refreshing. I found myself “amening” throughout her journey to LA. Her heartbreak and exhile back to the Midwest. Life doesn’t always give you picture perfect breaks, and Loechner is honest about how her greatest professional moments came coincided with her darkest personal chapters.

It’s no coincidence afterall. As Loechner reminds us often throughout her gorgeous book (don’t get the Kindle version. Spring for a physical copy), when you are rushed, you aren’t taking deep breathes in life. Rushed means panic attacks and shallow living.

Loechner’s book is poignant in parts and back to the world of DIY in others. She’s similar to Shauna Nyquist in her tone and content, but this book is no Cold Tangerines. No, this is Erin’s book and Erin’s story. If you like Shauna, chances are you’ll like Erin. But know that you’ll love each woman for their own personality and worth.

Erin is known for her minimalist aesthetic – she’s also a cohost on “The Simple Show” podcast. But she’s quick to remind people that without grace, minimalism is just another metric to fail out.

One thing I loved about Erin’s writings was that infusion of grace. She isn’t setting out a manifesto of minimalism but instead, an invitation of grace and thankfulness. She invites us to relish the small moments and the idea of enough instead of always grasping greedily for more.

I got the book from the library but I’d like to have a copy around the house. Not because I’ll read it through multiple times – it’s not that kind of book – but because it’s the type of book you have on your coffee table and leaf through from time to time and glean insights from.

Rated G: I can’t imagine it not being appropriate for anyone.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased.


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