|I took my book to the beach!|
Great quote: "Think back to your time at the beach. Saltwater was in your hair, the kids were covered in sand, you took a nap in the middle of the day, and your e-mails went unanswered. There was no striving involved - and didn't it feel freeing?" (Page 86)
Book summary: "The beautiful four-color book of inspirational photos, Bible verses, quotations, and short writings invites you to escape the buzz of the everyday and into the tranquility that the beach offers. Each section of this book will cover a “beach rule” and encouraging thoughts on how you can incorporate that mind-set or behavior into your daily life." (Amazon)
My thoughts: Life is Better at the Beach by Christina Vinson focuses on 15 beach rules, designed to remind readers of relaxing times at the beach, but also to focus readers on God's plans and peace.
The "rules" of the book are simple and relaxing beach-themed ideas. From "Breathe in the Fresh Air" (Rule 7) to "Don't Miss the Sunset" (Rule 13), each idea allows readers to draw parallels between a memorable trip to the ocean while being stuck in the hectic stresses of day-to-day living.
Rule #10, for example, is to "Observe the Tide." With the word-picture of following the rhythm of the tides, Vinson encourages readers to look to seasons of life as they also ebb and flow. "...you will not stay in stay in the same season forever. If you're in a barren and desolate winter, take heart because spring is coming." (Page 108)
Take a life lesson from these Beach Rules:BEACH RULE 1: Wake up smiling
BEACH RULE 2: Shoes are optional
BEACH RULE 3: Soak up the sun
BEACH RULE 4: Look for seashells
BEACH RULE 5: Build sandcastles
BEACH RULE 6: Ride the waves
BEACH RULE 7: Breathe in the fresh air
BEACH RULE 8: Nap often
BEACH RULE 9: Take long walks
BEACH RULE 10: Observe the tide
BEACH RULE 11: Read a good book
BEACH RULE 12: Listen to the crashing waves
BEACH RULE 13: Don’t miss the sunset
BEACH RULE 14: Leave your troubles behind
BEACH RULE 15: Make memories
Much like an actual trip to the beach, the only drawback to this tiny book is that it is rather short and sweet. The book itself is 192 pages, but a lot of that space is taken up by gorgeous beachy photographs and Bible quotes in fancy script font.
With its glossy pictures and eye-catching fonts, Life is Better at the Beach is an excellent choice as a gift book for those who love the shoreline. This is a quality book with a message that is both lighthearted and uplifting at the same time.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
- Pages: 192
- Year originally published: 2016
- Author: You can learn more about the author at christinavinson.com.