Recent Reads: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Notes From A Blue Bike

What the book's about: Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider is about living intentionally in a chaotic world. It's about living simply in regard to five key areas of life: food, work, education, travel, and entertainment.  

Why I read this book: I read this book for several reasons:   

1. I follow and enjoy Tsh's blog, The Art of Simple.    

2. I was captivated and inspired by Tsh's family's year of global travel.   

3. I read this book as inspiration / research for a discussion in our high school youth ministry about materialism.    

My favorite quotes from the book: 

- "There are studies that show that being lifted out of poverty to a livable income indeed increases your overall happiness, but that the difference in happiness between a $75,000 and a $750,000 annual income is nil. More money ceases to yield a better life after a certain point."

- "Our job is not to teach our children everything about life - it's to pass on a love of lifelong learning."

- "Once they've traveled, kids have permission to question the how and why of their surroundings, because they've tasted and seen that other people live differently." 

- "We'd rather spend money on experiences, not things."  

My favorite essays in the book: As a a lover of travel, I appreciated Tsh's essays in the travel section. As a new parent, I found the entertainment section especially thought-provoking. 

Who I'd recommend this book for: Those who followed Tsh's worldwide adventures or who follow her blog will enjoy Notes from a Blue Bike as will fans of Jen Hatmaker's Seven; So, too, will people interested in learning more about living intentionally and simply.

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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