Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love

Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love

by Rachel Macy Stafford


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New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford shares simple words of inspiration each day to help you find hope and encouragement amidst life's challenges.

Millions of Stafford's fans from her blog and her books find hope, challenge, and inspiration through her poetic and powerful short pieces on her blog. Only Love Today brings these pieces and many new, original entries together in a beautiful book based around the four seasons.

From finding daily surrender in the autumn and daily hope in the winter, to daily bloom and daily spark in the spring and summer, you will always find fresh beautiful words for your day.

With a flexible, non-dated structure, Only Love Today is perfect to pick up at any time of the year to find strength and vision for a new and more connected way to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310346746
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 122,927
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rachel Macy Stafford is a writer with one goal: to help people choose love as much as humanly possible. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today; a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education; an in-demand speaker, and beloved blogger who inspires millions in her weekly blog posts at handsfreemama.comand through her supportive Facebook community, The Hands Free Revolution.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

I Spring: Opening Up 15

Renewal, New Habits, and Growth

II Summer: Shining Through 89

Authenticity, Connection, and Acceptance

III Fall: Wrapping In 167

Gratitude, Grace, and Awareness

IV Winter: Holding On 241

Hope, Encouragement, and Introspection

Conclusion: Looking Down 319

Epilogue 323

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Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her words are inspiring and life giving!
dpaine More than 1 year ago
This book has the power to change the world. We all have to start somewhere and Rachel does a remarkable job of showing you the places you can start. Not pushing, but guiding you, like a close friend does. You can read it front to back, you can read it by different seasons, or you can literally just flip the book open and read any passage. 2 or 3 pages a day could change a lot more than you think it can. 2 or 3 pages a day can make you feel better, as if there is less weight on your shoulders, it can change the way you see your loved ones and change the way they see you. I have searched for years for a book like this. I wanted a daily reading that wasn't by date {I can't stay on dates. Some days I read ahead, some days I miss} that wasn't necessarily religious. I do believe in God. But I was looking for something to help restore my faith in humanity, not God. This book has done it. If we all raised our children like Rachel is raising hers, our children would see a far better world than we do. I have a lot of anxiety, this book helps me calm that part of myself. If I feel overwhelmed, or anxious or even angry, I can turn to this book, read a page or two, and I feel better. Like all hope is not lost. I can't encourage you enough to read this book. It WILL change your life. All you have to do is read it. The book will change you without you having to try much. Rachel's loving and kind words penetrate your heart and soul and you will cry happy tears at the thought that someone else suffers thru what you do or feels the way you do. You are not alone. Only Love Today will show you that.
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
Have you heard of Hands Free Mama? It's an awesome book, and an awesome concept. Well, from Rachel Macy Stafford, the woman who wrote Hands Free Mama, comes this new and awesome book, Only Love Today. Each entry is short, sweet and a great way to begin your day. If you're like me and love the idea of reading a little devotion every morning, but get caught up in the "perfection" of missing a day and getting all messed up by the dates, this is the book for you! It's non-dated lay out is perfect for someone who wants to be able to pick it up when they can but not feel the pressure to make sure it happens every day. This book is also set up by seasons, and provides unique encouragement and insights for each season of the year and season of life.
AGood More than 1 year ago
Need a go to place when you are feeling like an awful mother...or spouse...or friend? This book is your place. It will remind you that you are not alone. It will remind you that you don't have to be perfect. It will remind you to breathe and look around you at the things you have and count your blessings. The book is meant to be the type of book that you can just open to wherever and read; it can also be read cover to cover. It will be make you laugh, cry, smile and say "Me too". I highly recommend this book. Reading it is like having Rachel sitting there with you with a cup of coffee while she reminds you to put yesterday aside and live in the moment.
expatg More than 1 year ago
This book will change your life and the way you think about those you love. It's simple, easy to read format allows you to choose what message you need to read, pick up and read from anywhere, or use it as a daily reminder. I've been following Rachel Macy Stafford for awhile now and this is her best work to date! I've enjoyed my copy so much, I've ordered more as gifts for my friends and family. Only Love Today will be a mantra that you won't be able to stop using!
Alana_ More than 1 year ago
Looking for a book that you can open to any any any help you find inspiration or to help calm the anxious voice inside? This is the book for you! Rachel's words have a calming effect & and you will find yourself breathing through your difficulties and finding strength in what IS good happening around you. "See flowers, not weeds!" #OnlyLoveToday
JenAndzeski More than 1 year ago
I must say, I am so grateful to have ONLY LOVE TODAY at my fingertips morning, noon and night- it's the perfect way to start and end my day with LOVE. I've read both of Rachel's previous books and cherish them dearly, but ONLY LOVE TODAY is on a whole other level. The format is such that you can pick it up ANYTIME- at the dr's office, waiting in the car at school, anywhere- and flip to any random page for a quick daily dose of inspiration. Each chapter guides you through a different season of life- from blossoming with the beauty of renewal, new habits, and growth that only spring-time showers can bring; to brilliantly shining through like the summer sun with authenticity, connection, and acceptance; from wrapping our souls in the warmth of gratitude, grace and awareness as the colors of autumn crunch beneath our footsteps; to desperately holding onto hope, encouragement and introspection as the bitter cold winds of winter blow ferociously outside our window. The ONLY LOVE TODAY masterpiece that Rachel Macy Stafford has created is EXACTLY what our world needs, EXACTLY when we need it the most. She truly embodies the spirit of OLT in every way possible. Her kindness and unconditional love has blessed my life and inspired me to grow and flourish into a woman I could have never dreamed of becoming, a mother my daughter needs and deserves, and someone I can be proud of despite my flaws and imperfections. I am forever grateful for her soul-nourishing words of wisdom and grace. So thank you, Rachel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving us all such a wonderful book to enjoy and learn from. Here is your chance to shine and shower the world with a love that only you can bring. Like it says in ONLY LOVE TODAY, "Don't wait to live the life you've been yearning to live. There's joy to be found, and it starts today with a single step." And that single step is bringing ONLY LOVE TODAY into your lives, your homes and your hearts- it's hands down the best gift you can give to yourself and your family. SHARE THE LOVE. BE THE LOVE. ONLY LOVE TODAY, AND EVERYDAY.
CKClark More than 1 year ago
What I love most about this book is that you can literally pick it up and go to any page - start where you are. When I feel anxious or hear that inner bully shouting I turn to one of the pages to be inspired and reminded of what matters most. This book is truly magnificent! A nightstand staple for sure. It's something I'll read a little each day. Thank you so much for gifting us with this treasure, Rachel!
blessedbeyondwords More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good things about this book! As soon as I heard it was coming out on March 7th, I marked my calendar and got ready to pre-order. Rachel Macy Stafford's newest book is a collection of short essays that read more like pep talks from a sweet friend. She's open about her own struggles with impatience and control, and gives practical tips on how to choose love every time. You can read each essay in just a couple of minutes, which makes this perfect for carline, doctors' offices...anywhere you have a few minutes to read. Mine will become part of my quiet time routine, so I can end with the intention to choose "only love today." Buy it, and give it as a gift! I did and I am! :)
KathyeA More than 1 year ago
Never has a single book been so transformative for me, until now. The collection of writing in this beautiful book has changed my perspective in life, and has strengthened my relationships with my loved ones. As a mother of three active children, I have often experienced waves of overwhelm and stress, and have lost sight of the truly important things in life. This book gently refocuses your energy and attention back to what matters most, and it lovingly gives you permission to let go of the unattainable goal of being perfect. Rachel Macy Stafford has given us all a gift with her writing, and I am so thankful as I receive it with open arms and heart. This book would be a perfect gift to yourself or someone you love. If they are like me, they will keep it with them everywhere they go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rachel Macy Stafford is an exceptional author!!! I have been following her writing for years now and have been waiting for THIS book! It is so inspirational, helpful, and full of insight. Rachel has a wonderful way of painting a picture that has me saying, "me too!" This book will change your life- it will change you- it will change all the relationships you are a part of!!!!
MinorcanMama More than 1 year ago
Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe more, Stress Less, and Choose love by Rachel Macy Stafford is classified as Religious/Inspirational, but it’s really just like picking up the phone and talking to your best girlfriend. Rachel writes with a voice that is down-to-earth honest, hopeful, and encouraging. The book is organized by the seasons in small vignettes, sometimes poems, that can be read a like a Daily Devotional. Being a nature lover and gardener, I love that the book started with Spring as the season itself was beginning. This book can be started at any time of the year, but I just felt like starting this journey of intentionally choosing love each day when the sun was shining more, the earth was thawing, and flowers were blooming was just perfect. I read the book straight through, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, but one could skip around, if they prefer. Topics such as New Habits, Growth, Renewal, Authenticity, and Connection are clearly marked. If you felt like you needed clarity on a particular topic, you could easily find what you are looking for, read it, and be inspired. This book reads like Rachel’s blog, “Hands Free Mama.” The entries are full of depth and insight that leave you with a positive statement about how you can apply it in your own life. As a result of reading this book, I have purposefully slowed down and listened to the people in my life more and I have seen the rewards…the smile on my daughter’s face when I tell her that I do have time to play dolls and I leave the dishes until later, the softening and lightening of the banter between me and my husband now that I choose to stop and acknowledge the things that he does that I am thankful for, and the sweet silly grin on my 3-year-old’s face when I tell him we have to “XOXO Before We Go,” Rachel’s tip to stopping and saying goodbye every time you leave.