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For Christie Havey Smith, her role as a mother is her greatest gift. But one significant day, tensions bring her to the floor, and the go-getter girl sees how she has misplaced pieces of herself in the midst of motherhood. Suddenly all she wants is to explore the possibility of 'being' instead of trying to 'be everything'. This is Christie's charismatic story of following For Christie Havey Smith, her role as a mother is her greatest gift. But one significant day, tensions bring her to the floor, and the go-getter girl sees how she has misplaced pieces of herself in the midst of motherhood. Suddenly all she wants is to explore the possibility of 'being' instead of trying to 'be everything'. This is Christie's charismatic story of following her toddlers in a humbling yearlong lesson on how to see the world. It is the heart song of a mother making life-changing discoveries with a view from three feet off the ground. She sets out wanting to remember what it means to be amazed, be free, be attentive, be present and love without limits. What she experiences is the spiritual discovery of herself. ''With boundless curiosity, courage, and a wide-open heart, Christie Havey Smith takes us on the adventure of motherhood. From Three Feet Off the Ground is a story rich with insights and luminous moments of wonder.'' --Lisa Fugard, Author of Skinner's Drift


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For Christie Havey Smith, her role as a mother is her greatest gift. But one significant day, tensions bring her to the floor, and the go-getter girl sees how she has misplaced pieces of herself in the midst of motherhood. Suddenly all she wants is to explore the possibility of 'being' instead of trying to 'be everything'. This is Christie's charismatic story of following For Christie Havey Smith, her role as a mother is her greatest gift. But one significant day, tensions bring her to the floor, and the go-getter girl sees how she has misplaced pieces of herself in the midst of motherhood. Suddenly all she wants is to explore the possibility of 'being' instead of trying to 'be everything'. This is Christie's charismatic story of following her toddlers in a humbling yearlong lesson on how to see the world. It is the heart song of a mother making life-changing discoveries with a view from three feet off the ground. She sets out wanting to remember what it means to be amazed, be free, be attentive, be present and love without limits. What she experiences is the spiritual discovery of herself. ''With boundless curiosity, courage, and a wide-open heart, Christie Havey Smith takes us on the adventure of motherhood. From Three Feet Off the Ground is a story rich with insights and luminous moments of wonder.'' --Lisa Fugard, Author of Skinner's Drift

35 review for From Three Feet Off the Ground: The Year My Children Taught Me How to See the World . . . and Myself

  1. 4 out of 5

    L.D. Cedergreen

    Insightful and beautifully written. I laughed, I cried and when I read the last page, I hugged myself and then my children!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Read my other reviews at my blog - http://thecrreeds.blogspot.com/search... This book is made up of many inspirational, Christian anecdotes. Is it for everyone - no. Which is why I can't give it the full five stars. Teenage me would have skipped large parts of the book. Men probably would have a hard time relating. HOWEVER if you are a man that feels like you are having a hard time relating to your wife now that you have a kid - you may want to give this a read to get in her head a bit. For me, a Read my other reviews at my blog - http://thecrreeds.blogspot.com/search... This book is made up of many inspirational, Christian anecdotes. Is it for everyone - no. Which is why I can't give it the full five stars. Teenage me would have skipped large parts of the book. Men probably would have a hard time relating. HOWEVER if you are a man that feels like you are having a hard time relating to your wife now that you have a kid - you may want to give this a read to get in her head a bit. For me, at this particular point in my life, this book was great. As a mom of a 1 year old I related to the author and appreciated her viewpoint. Her children sound darling, and anyone who spends a large amount of time with a child, truly appreciating them, cannot help but see that their viewpoint has a different focus than adults. They remind us that the truly wonderful things in life are simple. Joy, happiness, and love are all things that we insist on making complicated. I will probably read this book again, and I would recommend it selectively.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karolina

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This memoir is a reflection on mindfulness and love from the perspective of raising small children. The stories interwoven to show how to wonder, be in the present moment, and love and be open stand up to any philosophical treatise. Not being a mother yet myself, I sometimes fear falling into a funk and state of hurried/frantic life with children. The author throws herself into this, not just as a new job to tackle or battle to win, but really extracts eve I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This memoir is a reflection on mindfulness and love from the perspective of raising small children. The stories interwoven to show how to wonder, be in the present moment, and love and be open stand up to any philosophical treatise. Not being a mother yet myself, I sometimes fear falling into a funk and state of hurried/frantic life with children. The author throws herself into this, not just as a new job to tackle or battle to win, but really extracts every beautiful moment and lesson she can from her time raising her kids.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadhiya Ajanth

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