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

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Only Love Today is the inspirational read from best-selling author of Hands Free Mama, Rachel Macy Stafford. 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 f ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Zondervan (first published March 2017)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will refer back to this audio focused on love and acceptance for self and others. Many ideas to think about in a positive way, like getting a soothing hug and a long talk with your best friend. Gorgeous writing.
Lindsay Groff
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Motherhood is not what I thought it would be like. One of my favorite sayings is, "You're making it hard to be the mother I always imagined I'd be." I'm impatient. I yell. And then, I feel guilty. This book has helped me slow down, forgive myself, and learn new ideas to be calmer and more present with my strong-willed daughter. Thank you for this gift. #OnlyLoveToday
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel's authentic voice, humble tone, and gift for story-telling are what first drew me to her blog more than a year ago. She is one of the most influential modern day poets of our time, and her newest book does not disappoint.

Only Love Today, is a keep-in-your-purse companion for every woman and an essential read for every mom struggling to balance it all. Its non-dated, seasonal format is such, that you can open it up to any page when you have just 5 minutes to spare and gleam nuggets of tru
Kristin Shaw
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, this book wrapped me in love. It's not necessarily a book one must read in one sitting; in fact, I'd recommend savoring it slowly, reading a page or two or a chapter at a time. Rachel's the real deal: she walks the talk and owns up to the mistakes and missteps in her life in order to teach others, and her humility and pure heart shines through every word. If you need to be uplifted or feel the power of love in this world, do not hesitate to pick up this book. You'll wan ...more
Lenisa Jones
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
So good. Lots of great advice in this too. It's one that I need to buy a copy of to keep at home. It's written so you could read daily if you wanted. Full of great reminders and tips of things to remember to do each day.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the author says, "this is not a daily inspiration book; it is a moment-to-moment encouragement book." It is full of wonderful insights and positive thoughts so I am giving it 4 stars, but I've decided that the daily (or moment-to-moment) format is not my style of reading. This is also more poetic in style that I often like. Still, it is a good book!

I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this was written more for parents raising children, I found that there was plenty that spoke to me, even with no children at home any more. There's lots to say about stopping to appreciate the small gifts and sweet moments in your life - and unplugging from the things that are not bringing you joy. The author divided this into seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter - with a theme for each season. She purposefully did not give readings for a specific day or month as she felt that that ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So inspiring and encouraging! The format is an easy read, divided into sections that let you pick up and read when you are able. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!!!
Christina Coats
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were definitely some great takeaways in this book, but overall I felt it was unorganized and somewhat overwhelming.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Just okay- got kinda bored with it.
Jennifer Andreu-Yarbrough
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I purchased Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love it was for the cover and for the extended title. After a day with my two small sons fraught with frustrations, whining and crying (both me and the boys), I figured I needed all the help I could get to breathe more and stress less. Even though nothing in this book is revelatory, it still was a helpful reminder on what is important in life. I liked that the book isn't meant to be read everyday (though you cou ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third time I have started this book, and the timing could not have been more perfect this time around. Only Love Today hit the spot after months of being idle, experiencing quite a bit of worry and pain, medical uncertainty, watching my house and list of to-dos pile up, and most of all missing loads of precious time with my kids and husband. This is a book of encouragement, mainly to mothers — probably type A mothers who are list makers and can’t sit still unless they have to, or fac ...more
Dominique Paine
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has the power to change the world. We all have to start somewhere and Rachel does a beautiful job of showing you the places to 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 ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That More Peaceful Person started with one calm reaction in the midst of chaos.
That More Positive Person started with one silver lining comment in the midst of a downpour.
That More Attentive Person started with one question and a vow to listen, really listen, to the response.
That More Mindful Person started with five undistracted minutes on a sunlit porch...

To you, the weary nurturer who begins each day feeling lost and overwhelmed...
To you, hopeful artist praying for inspiration...

For the sake
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Good as a daily devotional type book. Hard as a manifesto because in real life you really can’t truly always drop everything and be there for yourself and your kids. And that doesn’t help your kids even if you could.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book so much!!! I love the theme about always choosing love and only love today. I don't have children (yet at least) but I could easily relate to many other parts of the book and still liked the parts about only love today with kids. It's really good life advice in general in both relationships with others and the world and yourself and advice for when/if I have kids. I highly recommend this book and think most women would enjoy it. This is the kind of book I could see m ...more
Laura Costea
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only Love Today
is like a bouquet
of fresh-picked flowers.
And you inhale them, and you say,
“My heart feels lighter than it did yesterday.”
For the mom hoping to remember the reason behind it all…
For the wife who knows she should let go, but can’t seem to remember how…
For the servant-hearted soul who’s gotten caught up in doing, and wonders how it feels to just be, to enjoy your being…
For the person of deep faith who still wonders, am I good enough?
Only Love Today is a book with practical, simple
April Cook
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I think it will be my go to book for a while. I shared so much of it with my family and friends. I love how it is set up so that you can just pick it up and start reading anywhere. And that it is set up in seasons.
Kathye A.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has been such a gift to my soul and also to my relationship with myself, my husband, and my children. As a busy mother of three, I have savored the wonderfully written pieces that are gentle yet powerful reminders to take the time to notice the beautiful things in life while they are still in front of you. I also appreciate the theme of being more gentle with yourself. My new morning routine is to read one of the short entries before I get up and start my day. I find that my mind keeps ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've followed Rachel's blog for years, and read her other books, which really spoke to the heart of my overachieving, type-A nature. Only Love Today is another gentle reminder of the many reasons why we can only love others well when we remember to offer forgiveness and grace to ourselves simultaneously. While it's written from the perspective of parenthood in many ways, it's also a helpful read for anyone who wants to learn how to not be so hard on themselves or to be aware of the many moments ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been so blessed to have received an advance copy of #OnlyLoveToday to read and review. This is an amazing book, and I don't use that word lightly. Rachel Macy Stafford's beautiful words pulled me in on day one, and every day I love this book even more. I just pre-ordered six more copies and keep telling everyone I know - RUN, do not walk, to order this book ASAP! It truly is a life changer, as it has that rare quality to speak to the heart of anyone and everyone. A huge bonus is the format, ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a new fan of Rachel's work after stumbling across her other books. This book speaks a message that resonates with me. Only Love Today can mean something different for everyone, but for me it helps bring into focus how I want to interact with my kids and husband. It is such an important message. Rachel covers a variety of topics in this book, and the format of this book allows you to get a quick daily dose of encouragement. This book is for anyone that wants to learn how to better love thems ...more
Michelle Gale
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end this book is filled with so much inspiration and practical action. I'm keeping it out in plain site to pick up on my more difficult days to help give me that little bit of love I need. Rachael has outdone herself. So grateful for this resource.
Kaia Roman
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Rachel's blog and really enjoyed her first two books but this book is something extremely special. The way it's written in bite-sized inspirational morsels is just perfect to fit into a busy life. And while I read this book, I felt it change me. Rachel's words seeped into my soul and planted a seed of love that has been growing and spreading to those around me. Only Love Today - three small words with immense transformational power! Highly recommend.
Gretchen Morrison
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Only Love Today is the kind of book you'll keep going back to. You'll want it on your nightstand to read before bed, in your car while you wait to pick up kids, on the train/Subway while you are going to/from work, in your kitchen while the kids do HW. The format is such that you can pick it up & read it anywhere for as long or as little as you want. It's the reminders you've been looking for to live a life with more love & gratitude. I predict you'll be buying it for friends & famil ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I honestly believe Rachel Macy Stafford changes lives. She has changed mine in the years I've been following her blog and reading her books. The latest one, Only Love Today, is one of my favorites because it takes her beautiful and genuine tagline, "only love today," and makes it accessible for every day life. The book is organized by season, and there are many short essays and inspirational poems in each section, perfect for dipping in and out of, especially in our busy lives. I can't recommend ...more
Amy Schindel
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book. You can read random sections or read from front to back. Make sure you have a highlighter or pen handy as there are a LOT of parts you will want to mark. You will soon find that Only Love today will replace your sighs of frustration when kids (or coworkers) do something annoying. Only love today will chug away in your heart like the little engine that could, giving your peace and patience in any aspect of your life.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll never really be finished with it! It's an amazing book to pick up when you need it and it tells you just what you need to know. Great ways to do little things each day to make life just a little more meaningful.
Kerry Foreman
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I checked "currently reading" and I think that won't change for years to come. This isn't a book you read once and put down. It's a open again and again for reference, for guidance and for enlightenment. As a Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist, I have recommended this to many clients who struggle to stay in the present moment. You will find this book is a reminder to live our lives NOW. To embrace what is in front of us instead of future based thinking. So often we our brains like to ...more
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Five years ago, Rachel Macy Stafford admitted the honest answer to the question that had been a long-time source of pride: "How do you do it all?" Rachel's answer was painfully simple: "I miss out on life, and what I miss I cannot get back." That very day, Rachel began her Hands Free journey to let go of distraction, perfection, and societal pressure to grasp what really matters in life. This life ...more
“This journey is not about what happened yesterday; it is about the choices I make today.” 3 likes
“It is not always possible for me to choose love in the midst of challenging situations, but I can definitely try to soften—soften my voice, my touch, my opinion, and my timetable.” 3 likes
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