Author Ellie Roscher joins Spirited Book Club to discuss her and Heidi Barr’s “12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Live a More Intentional Life.”
In a culture that says bigger is better, it is subversive work to take tiny, lasting steps toward learning and growth.
In 12 Tiny Things Ellie Roscher and Heidi Barr journey with us through twelve essential areas of life: space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community. In each of these areas, we are invited to take one tiny action that is sure to open up growth and renewal.
12 Tiny Things guides us in curating a spiritual practice that promotes a more reflective, rooted, and intentional life. Regardless of how the ground feels underneath your feet, trust that there are roots there to tend. By trying on one tiny thing at a time, you can slowly, deliberately, and playfully remember who you are. You can nourish that being with tenderness. Together, we will reach and grow toward the sun.
Excerpt from the Introduction
“This book is about finding rootedness in life on the go. It celebrates that you do not need to extract yourself from your existing life to cultivate more alignment, presence, and satisfaction. Tiny things are available to us all. One tiny thing at a time, we can find ourselves thriving and more in love with our lives.”
Reviews for 12 Tiny Things
“12 Tiny Things whispers in the ear, suggesting small gestures in daily living that a reader can use to live a fuller existence. Beautifully written, rich with metaphor, this little book is wonderfully wise.” —Sue Leaf, author of Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life
“Ellie and Heidi are exquisite storytellers and draw wellness outlets from personal experience without sounding prescriptive. 12 Tiny Things is unlike anything else I have read in the self-help category ~ the book’s methods are both approachable and change evoking. I’d recommend 12 Tiny Things to anyone looking to make positive changes in their life.—Katie
“In 12 Tiny Things, Barr and Roscher have given us twelve humble but insightful meditations on self-care, inclusion, gratitude, and mindfulness. There is nothing tiny about the impact this book will leave.” —L. M. Browning, TEDx Talker, and author of To Lose the Madness
“Timeless, simple, and powerful. If you’re ready to explore your values and find ways to thrive, regardless of what is happening in your life or in the world, 12 Tiny Things may be the first step you’re looking for. Start with one tiny thing.”—Amanda Clark, Certified Health Education Specialist
“These ladies do a great job reminding us of how the smallest of changes, done on a consistent basis, can change our lives!! I was lucky to have had great in person conversations with Ellie, and will treasure her teachings and guidance from this book!”—Tiffinay
“It covers the essence of what makes life rich, simple and creative. The writing is inviting and gently encouraging.”—Cassandra Arnold
FIRST BOOK CLUB MEETING for January 6: Chapters 1-6
FIRST BOOK CLUB MEETING for January 20: Chapters 7-12
- Where would you like to create more space in your life? What is one thing you can say no to or let go of to create more space?
- What is something you love to do that you don’t get paid for? How can you bring the same joy and presence to this moment and the task at hand?
- What is something or someone that is important to you but is not getting enough of your attention?
- Who is someone who sees you clearly and what is one word they would use to describe you?
- What are you doing, where are you and who are you with when you feel at home in your body?
- Write a list of five things that you really want. Which three are the most core to you?
++Book discussion facilitated by Sheri Brown
Author Ellie Roscher joins Spirited Book Club to discuss her book!
Ellie Roscher is the author of 12 Tiny Things, Play Like a Girl and How Coffee Saved My Life. Her writing also appears in the Baltimore Review, Inscape Magazine, Bookology Magazine, Church Anew and elsewhere. Ellie hosts the Unlikely Conversations podcast, teaches yoga at Up Yoga and teaches writing at The Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Writing Project. Ellie holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Theology from Luther Seminary.
Ellie’s book, 12 Tiny Things: Simple Ways to Life an Intentional Life was featured in the May 2021 issue of Living Lutheran.
Ms. Roscher is facilitating a weekend retreat on 12 Tiny Things at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center on January 28-30, 2022. Click for more information.
Heidi Barr is a wellness coach committed to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities, and the planet. She is the author of Woodland Manitou and Cold Spring Hallelujah. Heidi lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter.