1. Kerrie says:

    I recently discovered Rachel’s blog when she wrote a post called The Bully Too Close to Home. Although I’m not a mother, it really resonated with me. Maybe I related to her daughter’s feeling of defeat as I am the oldest of 5 children from single-mom-working-3-jobs household. Maybe I related to Rachel and the rising pressure of self-inflicted expectations of perfection and the lack of self-love. I’ll definitely be reading her book as all parents, soon-to-be parents, and humans alike should. We all need a lesson in letting go, self-love, and living a little more hands free.

  2. I am speechless & wiping tears from my grateful eyes. Never in a million years would I have thought anyone would say this about my book & about me. To be called a healer. I had to read that sentence several times. I have healed … through every difficult step of this journey, I have healed … but to think I am healing others by sharing my painful truths is incredible to me. And to think, this beautiful endorsement of my book and my words are coming from YOU — the person whose eyes I so often look through to see all that is truly beautiful and to see what is truly important. A million thank you’s are not nearly enough.

    • Lesley says:

      Rachel, you are indeed a healer, a beautiful, brave, inspiring healer. I read this review and your reply also with tears tolling down my cheeks, as I do reading all of your posts. I imagine the many million thank you’s from all of us who you have helped and whose lives you have touched and changed are not nearly enough to express our gratitude to you. But here us my heart felt Thank You for being the gifted person you are and fir helping me wake up, see the light and see my beautiful family. Congratulations on your book and ever growing success with your blog. xx

  3. Isn’t amazing the impact a person can have as they share their struggles and triumphs?! I also had a chance to read Rachel’s book and several people have asked if if would be good for Dads. I just want to let everyone that I would definitely recommend it for Dads! Guys are often scared away by “mama” in the title but the insight in this book is incredible and will make anyone a better parent.

  4. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much for recommending this book. It sounds like a book I need to read. I really struggle with perfectionism- a lot of times I don’t want to go out or have people over because I’m worried about my toddlers misbehaving in front of other people and the million things that could go wrong/make me look like a failure to the other “perfect” moms… sigh. It sounds like something I should read. Thank you.

  5. Vicki Sweetman says:

    I came across Hands Free Mama when I read an article titled ” The important thing about yelling”. It was a slap in the face on my own reality. Ever since then I have been addicted to her blog. It stated all my own personal worries, and guilt trips about being a mom to 5 year old twin girls. It made me for the first time, in a long time, see them as children again. It made me stop and pause when I lost my cool. Rachel says exactly what we all feel and go through,but are too ashamed to say, and she puts what’s really important back into perspective. I want to thank her. She has changed my outlook on my children and made me a better, more present mother, and for that I am eternally grateful. I’m buying this book asap.

  6. eila says:

    What a thoughtful review. I cannot wait for my copy to arrive….though {achem} there is some irony that I feel a sense of disappointment/anxiety when Amazon says 1-3 weeks, since we’re so used to instant gratification in our wired lives!!

    I’m stockpiling my tea, and clearing my schedule, so I can just delve into this book when it does happily appear in my mailbox!!

  7. Annette says:

    I am VERY eager for my review copy. I only learned of it/Rachel in the past couple of weeks, but just in time to snag a copy. I suspect it will be in my top favorites of the year.

  8. anne says:

    I love when my favorite blogs know each other! I hope I’ll get to read Rachel’s book – she definitely has inspired me with her blog. 🙂

  9. Tracey says:

    I have been reading Rachel’s blog for about a year and ALWAYS share it with whoever I talk to that week. Without fail, she has inspired me to take a good look at how I live my life and how I’m parenting my kids and how I can improve both those things. Thanks Rachel for your honesty, which has encouraged so many people around the world. Thanks Beth for an awesome review and helping to share the Hands-Free Revolution with even more people. I wish more people would take this on board.

  10. Heidi says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book now!

  11. Drea says:

    I just discovered her blog via a post on facebook about how to miss out on your childrens childhood. I loved it. I do not own a cell phone, never have. I feel akward sometimes because I don’t have one but I am truly glad that I don’t have to break it as a habit!

  12. I found Rachel’s blog months ago through facebook and it has been life-changing to me. She is able to put dark truths of parenting in this electronic-dependent age into words. She’s not judging in any way though, just encouraging positive change. I bought her book and I bawled like a baby through the first chapter. I’ve put some more changes into place and am slowly working toward my goals of being a hands free mama too!

  13. Holly says:

    This is so great! I am reading this now. I don’t know why I am missing your posts. Usually I get emails with each of your new posts! So glad to see this here 🙂

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