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Includes the name: Tsh Oxenreider

Image credit: Tsh Oxenreider (left) and husband

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Merkitty avainsanalla

Yleistieto

Syntymäaika
1977
Sukupuoli
female
Maa (karttaa varten)
USA
Asuinpaikat
Austin, Texas, USA

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Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed this on audiobook from my library.

Thoughts: This was okay. It was interesting to watch a family travel around the world. However, I was hoping for more interesting adventures on their travels. This book spends quite a bit of time reflecting on religion, mental health, and how the best times were the times they spent were during their rests. These were times where they stayed in a single place doing regular everyday things as a family. It spends less time explaining the challenges of travel and the intriguing things they did.

I was hoping for more of a strategic and action based story about how they traveled the world and what they spent their time seeing. A lot of this story seems to be more about the author's own personal struggles to find a place where she feels like she belongs. The answer in the end should surprise nobody, you feel most at home where your friends and family are. After seeing the whole world they settle down in the place you would expect them to settle down in. I did learn that two things seem to be consistent throughout the world: pizza and friend potatoes of some sort. I also did appreciate that the author didn't shrug away from the cost of travel and addressed how they were able to do much of their trip fairly cheaply.

The author initially sets this up as a book to support why you should travel with your family even if you have young kids. I have traveled a lot both for work and with my family. I whole-heartedly agree with this, you should have your kids on planes and traveling early. It teaches them a lot about needs and wants, about other people, and helps them to be accountable for themselves. When you travel you get into tough situations and traveling when you are young helps you realize you can be resilient in these situations. However, I was disappointed that by the end of the book the message was more focused on the fact that the most important things in life are things you can't travel to get. It just felt like an inconsistent story and messaging.

The author narrates this herself and you can definitely tell. The narration was stiff sounding without a lot of inflection. I would recommend skipping the audiobook and reading (not listening to) this if it sounds intriguing to you.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was okay. I was hoping that this would dive into the logistics of traveling and the wonders this family saw. However, much of the book is spent on the author's religious/spiritual journey and on her need to find a place to belong. I also found that the message she gives at the end of the book somewhat negates her initial message which was an inconsistency that bothered me. I think this might be for people who are less analytical than I am and more interested in hearing about a woman's internal spiritual journey coupled with traveling the world with her family.
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krau0098 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 20, 2024 |
I enjoyed this quick read, even though I don't have kids or do homeschooling and my life is not much like the author's. What we do share, though, is a passion for travel and experiencing other ways of living and seeing the world. Enjoyed the recounting of life in Turkey and elsewhere.
 
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fmclellan | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
This is the first year we really dove in and did Advent as a family. It was fun to be able to read this each night as a family. I like the layout of the book and look forward to returning to this each year. We paired it with a children's Advent book that has one illustrated door that opens with a piece of the story each day. Tsh's focus on celebrating the quiet moments and letting them draw you closer to the real meaning of Christmas would particularly fitting this year.
 
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bookworm12 | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 21, 2020 |
This is a beautiful, thoughtful, reflective, and gentle companion for entering advent with a grateful heart, prepared mind, and anticipatory spirit.

Although I think you will be drawn to this if you are a follower of Christ or desiring to experience Advent, it is respectful and accessible to anyone in that broad definition. It isn't formulaic or intended to feel like an obligation because if it does, what's the point?

Each day features a short reading, a piece of music, and a piece of art to reflect on.

It is an approach to advent that could become a ritual or a family tradition to be looked forward to year over year. Every year the experience will be a little different because every year, you're a little different.

This is well done and ageless - it feels effortlessly current and enduring at the same time without trying too hard to attain either. Advent/Christmas and the New Year is my favorite time of year hands-down, despite this not being my favorite year by a long shot.

I definitely recommend this it's a book I'm glad to have bought, happy to own, and will pull out around Thanksgiving every year. The fact that it's beautiful to look at and to touch is just the cherry on top.
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