Hands Free Life Pre-Order Goodness & Other Details You Don’t Want to Miss!

handsfreelifeWe live in a culture where grand achievements and small waistlines are complimented … where busyness is a badge of honor … where text messages replace face-to-face contact … where day-to-day responsibilities overwhelm and downtime is extinct. People are hungry for simple ways to live better and love more because knowing how does not come instinctively nor easily in this culture of overwhelm.

Whether readers are just starting their journey toward a life that really matters or have been at it awhile, Hands Free Life will teach parents, singles, women, and men how to create habits that will allow them to invest in the most significant parts of their life.

With a Hands Free Life perspective, readers have the power to look back and see they didn’t just manage life, they actually lived it—and lived it well.


testimonialOur society’s definition of success—in which success is defined just in terms of money and power—isn’t working. With a mix of powerful storytelling and practical tools, Hands Free Life offers the inspiration and the daily actions to live our lives with more grace, more joy, more gratitude, and more love.
~ Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

Inspiration for this book

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Pre-order a copy of Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More and get access to the Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters ebook FREE provided by BookShout (download the BookShout FAQs).

Here’s how it works:

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  • Pre-order a copy of Hands Free Life from your favorite retailer.
  • Take a photograph of your receipt and send it to the following e-mail address: handsfreelifebook@gmail.com
  • You will receive a response with a promo code and link to redeem your FREE Hands Free Mama ebook within 24 hours.
  • Click the link, input your promo code in the appropriate location, and gain access to the ebook. ENJOY!


Promotion begins June 29, 2015, and ends September 7, 2015.

You must pre-order a copy of Hands Free Life: Nine Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More book (ISBN 13: 978-0310338154) or eBook (ISBN 13: 9780310338161), published by Zondervan, to take advantage of this offer.
Hands Free Mama, LLC may choose to request a copy of original store receipt or copy of email confirmation to validate your purchase. If purchase cannot be verified, offer will be void. Hands Free Mama, LLC is not responsible for lost or damaged pre-order receipts, nor can we provide any technical assistance for accessing the free book on BookShout.com. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

featureSprinkled throughout each chapter are affirmations called Hands Free Daily Declarations. These uplifting statements will inspire mindful daily practices and new thought processes to help you:

  • Make meaningful, lasting human connections despite the busyness of everyday life.
  • Live in the now despite that inner nudge pushing you out of the moment toward perfection and productivity.
  • Protect your most sacred relationships, as well as your values, beliefs, health, and happiness, despite the latent dangers of technology and social media.
  • Pursue the passions of your heart without sacrificing your job or your daily responsibilities.
  • Evaluate your daily choices to insure you are investing in a life that matters to you.

Advance Praise for Hands Free Life

testimonial2Rachel does it again! As I read Hands Free Life, I felt my pulse slow, my lungs fill, and my anxiety lessen. Rachel’s writing is a Reset button. Her advice is practical, and her message is clear, gentle, and true: Less stress! Less distraction! MORE LOVE! Thanks, Rachel, for reminding us what matters: our people.
~ Glennon Doyle Melton, author of New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior and founder of Momastery.com and Together Rising
testimonial3In this intensely insightful book, Rachel teaches parents how to engage with their children as they truly deserve: with heart, presence, and grace. Hands Free Life will inspire you to grow with your children and reach depths of your being like never before. Its words will allow you to discover your highest potential as a parent and thereby bestow your children with an inestimable gift: your engaged being.
~ Dr. Shefali Tsabary, New York Times bestselling author of The Conscious Parent
testimonialIf you need a clear-minded and clear-hearted guide to a more fulfilling life, this is it. Again, author Rachel Macy Stafford provides us with actionable and meaningful ways to love well, live fully, and leave a legacy we can be proud of.
~ Patti Digh, author of Life is a Verb and seven other books
testimonial2 Rachel’s wise words inspired me to be a more connected, more present parent, and for that I’m so thankful. I’ll be handing this out left and right to the people in my life.
~ Shauna Neiquist, bestselling author of Savor and Bread and Wine
testimonial3 It took one day. I only could allow one day to read Hands Free Life. I was busy being a dad, a husband, and a cancer patient. I knew I was distracted, but there was a purpose. I was on a mission, and I acknowledged my limited time. As I settled in to read Rachel’s words, my heart stayed in my throat the entire journey. She gets it. She knows we’re distracted, and it’s not just the number of screens we have in our lives. It’s our incredibly complex, crazy, and somewhat out-of-control lives. Rachel Macy Stafford will help you reconnect and build strong relationships. Even if you make a moderate amount of effort, your family will thank you for strengthening your relationships! Once again, I owe Rachel a big thank-you for bringing relationships and family to the forefront of everyone’s mind.
~ Garth Callaghan, The Napkin Notes Dad
testimonial Reading Hands Free Life spoke to me at a deep, heart level. It challenged me to stop hurrying through life, quit worrying about what other people think, and start savoring the ordinary, everyday moments. I smiled through some parts, cried through others, and came away with fresh resolve to make each day count—not in more efficient productivity, but in more meaningful relationships. Highly, highly recommended!
~ Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
testimonial2 Rachel’s words beautifully remind us of the little things—and the big things that make a LIFE. A happier, healthier, more fulfilled life. In Hands Free Life, we are gently but firmly guided to unplug from our 24/7 world and to passionately pursue the connectivity that is so vital to our children, partners, families, friends—and ourselves. Pick it up today—and I promise: you won’t want to put it down.
~ Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of The “Me, Me, Me” Epidemic—A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World
testimonial3 Can I simply say: Read this beautiful book. It will feed your soul, free your spirit, and fill your heart. Hands Free Life is an irresistible wake-up call for all of us who wish to parent more thoughtfully, love more generously, and live more joyously.
~ Katrina Kenison, author of Mitten Strings for God and The Gift of an Ordinary Day
testimonial With her unique blend of transparent storytelling and thoughtful insight, Rachel Macy Stafford reminds us again why hers is one of the most important voices of our generation.
~ Joshua Becker, bestselling author of Simplify and founder of Becoming Minimalist
testimonial2 Hands Free Life is the perfect combination of advice and anecdote. Stafford’s personal stories are engaging and enchanting, while her daily declarations serve as their punctuation; reminders that we need to pause and let go of the chaos, ensuring our hands are free to embrace the grace in parenting’s small moments.
~ Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure
testimonial3 Rachel has written a beautiful and profoundly wise book, one that heightens our own joy of life and enables our children to fully thrive.
~ Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, developmental psychologist
testimonial Hands Free Life came to me right when I needed it most. Essentially a road map for intentional living, Rachel’s approach, stories, and message are making a difference in my life by teaching me to grasp hold of what really matters.
~ Ali Edwards, storyteller and author of Life Artist
testimonial2 I was hooked from the first story. Rachel’s writing is like a bear hug from a loving parent—warm, reassuring, full of joy, and a strong reminder of love and security. This book will speak to every loving parent’s heart with wisdom and insight that is sure to strengthen every family.
~ Justin Coulson, PhD, parenting author, researcher, speaker, and father of six
testimonial3 I want to give this book to every parent I know. Rachel Macy Stafford’s gentle spirit and insightful wisdom leaves readers encouraged, inspired, and challenged to cultivate more intentional, present lives. I am a better mother because of Hands Free Life.
~ Jessica N. Turner, author of The Fringe Hours
testimonial In the midst of countless daily reminders to hurry up and catch up, does it ever feel like all you do is mess up? The message of Hands Free Life reads like a gift and a second chance. If you long to linger in your own life but aren’t sure where to start, let Rachel Macy Stafford show you how. Her gentle words will cast a hopeful vision for your family, with practical tools to help you create the margin you long for and the relief your soul needs.
~ Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
testimonial2 Just a couple of chapters into Hands Free Life, I learned not to sit down with the book unless I had a box of tissues at the ready. Rachel’s truthful style of storytelling brought me to grateful tears again and again, redirecting my gaze me back to the beauty found in my everyday, regular ordinary … and reminding me that perfectionism is not a prerequisite for a hands free journey. Such a freeing message!
~ Jamie C. Martin, author of Steady Days and writer at SteadyMom.com
testimonial3 At last—a book about changing habits that didn’t leave me overwhelmed and doubtful, but rather excited and hopeful! Rachel Macy Stafford’s gentle tone, personal reflections, and easy-to-embrace habits inspired and encouraged me, so much so that I found myself instantly—and naturally—incorporating her insights and ideas into my day. Hands Free Life is simply a must-read if you want to be lovingly guided toward filling your days with more meaningful and enjoyable moments.
~ Sheila McCraith, author of Yell Less, Love More
testimonial In today’s distraction-filled culture, it’s tempting to fill our days with “busy-ness” to feel like we’re accomplishing something, while the reality is we’re just moving farther and farther from the kind of authentic life we want to create. Rachel Macy Stafford’s new book, Hands Free Life is the antidote to the hamster wheel! With compassion and empathy, this “been there, done that” mother teaches readers how to build an authentic and satisfying life that matters.
~ Meagan Francis, author of The Happiest Mom
testimonial2 With a refreshing focus on less pressure, more love, Hands Free Life beckons us to a life that cherishes the individuality of each family member and the transformative power of presence. This book is about less pressure, more love; less comparison, more perspective; less distraction, and more life!
~ Anna Whiston-Donaldson, New York Times bestselling author of Rare Bird
testimonial3 Hands Free Life is such an important book! One of biggest challenges most of us face in today’s digitally connected, fast-paced world is how to disengage from technology and connect to the things and people that matter most. Rachel Macy Stafford’s powerful and down-to-earth advice helps us live with more presence, awareness, and perspective.
~ Mike Robbins, author of Nothing Changes Until You Do
testimonial This book expresses what an amazing time we can have within the family dynamic when we learn to let go of the excessive demands we find ourselves in. It allows us to become aware of the way we self-talk about our parenting while promoting how to live life to its fullest in harmony. Rachel has so eloquently shared what it takes to “keep track of life” and how it impacts our relationships with those we love.
~ Lisa Hein, international bestselling author and motivational speaker
testimonial2 Hands Free Life is a heartwarming book by a talented writer who lifts you up with inspiration and plants your feet squarely on the ground, ready to focus on what really matters.
~ Sandra R. Blackard, author of Say What You See® for Parents and Teachers

About the Author

Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times bestselling author who provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones. Since starting the blog Hands Free Mama in 2010, Rachel’s work has been featured in USA Today, TIME.com, MSN.com, The Huffington Post, and Reader’s Digest, and she has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and Global News Her blog currently averages two million visitors a month. Rachel loves being outdoors, baking, and doing acts of kindness with her husband and two daughters who inspire her daily.





  1. […] Rachel Macy Stafford is the founder of www.handsfreemama.com where she provides simple ways to let go of daily distraction and grasp what matters most in life. She is the New York Times bestselling author of HANDS FREE MAMA. Her highly anticipated  book, HANDS FREE LIFE, releases on  September 8. It is a book about living life, not managing, stressing, screaming, or barely getting through life. Through truthful story-telling and life-giving Habit Builders, Rachel shows us how to live better and love more despite the daily distractions and pressures that try to pull us away. Those who pre-order HANDS FREE LIFE from now until September 7 receive a special pre-order bonus. Click here for details. http://www.handsfreemama.com/hands-free-life-pre-order-goodness/ […]

  2. […] Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More (Zondervan, 2015) is an inspirational lifestyle guide written by Rachel Macy Stafford. With any pre-order of Hands Free Life comes a free e-book download of Rachel’s New York Times bestseller, Hands Free Mama (this offer is good until September 7). Click here to pre-order your copy. […]

  3. […] Editor’s Note: I’m honored to bring you this beautifully written story and peek inside New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Macy Stafford’s NEW book, Hands Free Life. You can read my review here. Be sure to pre-order your copy by September 7 so you can receive a free eBook of her bestseller Hands Free Mama. Learn more and pre-order your copy here. […]

  4. […] Rachel Macy Stafford is the founder of http://www.handsfreemama.com and the New York Times bestselling author of HANDS FREE MAMA. In her new book, HANDS FREE LIFE, Rachel describes how she finally started living life, instead of managing, stressing, screaming, and barely getting through life. Through truthful storytelling and life-changing Habit Builders, Rachel shows us how to respond to our loved ones and ourselves with more love, more presence, and more grace. HANDS FREE LIFE releases on September 8. Those who pre-order HANDS FREE LIFE from now until September 7 receive the FREE eBook of HANDS FREE MAMA. Click here to learn more about the book and pre-order bonus: http://www.handsfreemama.com/hands-free-life-pre-order-goodness/ […]

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