I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free

Morrow. Jan. 2024. 288p. ISBN 9780063286115. $29.99. SELF-HELP
In 2014, seeking to shake things up and get out of her comfort zone, Brown started a 30-day personal challenge she called “I Did a New Thing.” Brown has periodically continued this challenge since then, and her book encourages readers to try it out too. Drawing ideas from her life as mom, wife, vegan, entrepreneur, influencer, and actor, the author suggests day-by-day challenges by sharing encouraging anecdotes and ending each chapter with examples from her New Thing Catalog. Brown’s New Things range from simple (color, stargaze, try a new food) to challenging (learn to ride a bike; ask for a raise; schedule that doctor appointment) to unusual (date night with children; flowers for strangers; photoshoot for an elder).
VERDICT The authentic voice that made Brown a social media “Mom and Auntie to America” shines bright in this read sprinkled with a warm, welcoming, and inclusive spirituality (God is Brown’s touchstone, but her asides and testimonies are colloquial and nondidactic). Recommended for readers who are already familiar with Brown’s other books (Feeding the Soul; Cooking from the Spirit; Seen, Loved, and Heard) as well as newcomers to her works.
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