Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the Season by Alexandra Kuykendall has an expected publication date of September 5th 2017 by Baker Books and is a Christian Living/Personal Growth Book. The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time for women to slow down and relish what’s right in front of them. An annual marker for many, it is a holiday that can often remind us how life is not going as we’d planned. Our family relationships remain strained, our finances stretched, and our schedules stuffed with too much to do in too little time. Following the formula of her successful Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares with readers her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Addressing the themes of Advent and Christmas, she reflects on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, with practical pullouts on common Christmas stressors, such as finances, schedules, and extended family. Kuykendall’s signature candor helps women go easy on themselves, remember what truly matters, and find joy in their imperfect Christmases.
About the author: Alexandra Kuykendall spends her days washing dishes, driving to and from different schools and trying to find a better solution to the laundry dilemma. All while trying to sneak in chunks of time to work on various writing projects. On staff with MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) for nearly a decade, Alex continues as a regular contributor to MOPS’s Hello Dearest blog. She is an established and trusted voice in mothering circles. Alex lives in the shadows of downtown Denver with her husband Derek and their 4 daughters. She is co-hostess of the annual Open Door Retreat and speaks to women’s groups around the country on issues of parenting, faith and personal growth. From church basements to the set of Good Morning America, Alex offers women grounded perspective on how to approach the “crazy busy” in front of them. Find out more about the retreat at TheOpenDoorSisterhood.com or connect with Alex at AlexandraKuykendall.com
My thoughts: Loving My Actual Christmas is a Christian Living/self help book that is centered around making Christmas more about God and less about gifts and stress. Kuykendall gives you a practical plan for a more delightful and meaningful time with your family and friends. She shares with you her own personal experiment to be more present in her own life. This book is full of hope, love, joy, and peace. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a more enjoyable less stressed holiday season. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**