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Hands Free Mama

A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!
Written by: Rachel Macy Stafford
Narrated by: Jaimee Draper
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the power, joy and love of living "Hands Free." If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.

But this isn’t the way it has to be. In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most. Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities.

What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.So join Rachel and go hands-free. Discover what happens when you choose to open your heart - and your hands - to the possibilities of each God-given moment.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Oasis Audio

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  • Jane G.
  • 2016-05-18

This would be a decent blog, not so much a book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Rachel Macy Stafford again?

Highly unlikely.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has a squeezed sounding voice. It makes her sound like a kid, not a grown up parent who has self actualized. She pushes her ideas too much, so it sounds like she is being patronizing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There themes are very important.

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My major problem with this book is how the author goes on and on about how great her life was once she decided to go "hands free" but offers few suggestions that target the problems that actually keep up in our heads or on our devices- real problems like making rent or struggling with problems in our own life. She also uses ONLY HER OWN EXPERIENCE as the example in the book. There are no experiences from other users. The whole book reads like a long boring celebration of the autor's self. zzzzzzzz.....

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  • Jen H
  • 2015-02-25

Slow down time

Beautiful book! Well put. One of those books you will want to own! This book will change your life forever!

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  • Heather
  • 2015-05-30

Invaluable!

Makes you take stock of yourself and feel just as inadequate as we are. And you can't help but make a resolution to let the house go to potts while you go play in the rain. Get off the devices and love your kids and play with them. It is so honest it hurts.

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  • AK
  • 2017-03-01

I got a headache from all the eye-rolling I did

What disappointed you about Hands Free Mama?

The basic message of this book ("be more present") could have been covered in an one brief essay. And if I hear once more about how PRICELESS time with our kids is, me and my kids are going to punch the Bluetooth speaker.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The writing is cute (not in a good way) and the narrator plays that up. She was perkily true to the material, which was annoying to listen to.

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  • Eliot's Girl Friday
  • 2016-10-05

Beyond annoying

I like some of the author's blog posts, and her overall message is lovely and wise. This book, however, was syrupy, repetitive, and horribly dull. Big disappointment. And the reader's voice and intonation are very Disney-like. Which is to say, incredibly annoying.

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  • Jules Du
  • 2016-09-15

Narration was too sappy for me

I love Rachel's blog and writings, but could not get through this book. The narration was so sappy and did not feel authentic.
I also felt like the book surprised me with its religious undertones that are not so heavily present in the blog.

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  • GWEN PITTS
  • 2019-02-02

Not for Moms with Driven personalities.

This book has several practical suggestions on removing distractions from daily life. It was a self-help book meets sunshine and roses.
It was extremely hard to finish and I found myself hitting fast forward in most of the chapters because I felt the stories and examples were too narrow and not relatable to my Driven personality.
That being said, it would appeal to readers who want their heart strings tugged and are looking for tender moments and reminders to stop and smell the roses.

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  • Elizabeth West
  • 2018-03-08

Just what I needed!

I often have a hard time reading books and even listening to audiobooks because I can't get into them enough to keep my attention. this one kept my attention and fed my heart and soul. The speaker's voice was easy to listen to as well and we all know that makes a huge difference with audio books!

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  • Tammy
  • 2018-02-22

Loved this book!

So many reminders of what we are missing and suggestions to stay in the moment.

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  • Vanessa
  • 2017-08-19

Must Read!!!

If you grasp the heart of this book and put it into practice, you will be changed and so will others around you. She shares her stories and her journey, offering you ideas to change at your own pace. She encourages you to get back up and keep going, should you fall back into your distracted ways. I am buying a hard copy to earmark and share.