Amanda Soule's new book, entitled The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Through the Seasons, is available on August 9th.
Most of you might know Amanda from her blog Soulemama or one of her previous two books... The Creative Family or Handmade Home.
I felt privileged to sneak a peak at it a bit early. And what a wonderful book! It just might be my most favorite of the three.
The Rhythm of Family is a bit different than Amanda's previous two books. Not only are there family friendly projects and recipes...but essays from both Amanda and Steve, aka Soulepapa, on how to maintain family connections throughout the seasons.
And with my bookstore overflowing with "craft books" now, I am more drawn to their thoughts and feelings toward their children and how they can all create family memories by exploring the natural world around them.
From the publisher:
"Written over the course of a year, through the passing of the seasons, this book is a heartfelt and inspiring guide to creating deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the seasons. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the wood-stove in winter, our activities naturally change season to season--from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythm in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day.
Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger. Through crafts, recipes, and ways to connect with the outdoors, this book is a guide to and example of living a richer life closer to nature."
My favorite things...
:: writing a manifesto for each season
:: how to make wintry weather cowls
:: We Live By the Sea, an essay by soulepapa
:: how to make "bug stay away"
Congratulations Amanda and Steve! I am so beyond thrilled for you two.
You can order a copy today or The Rhythm of Family will begin popping up in bookstores August 9th.