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Hey y’all its Lauren Akins. I’m a mother to three beautiful little girls, a wife to country star Thomas Rhett, and a dedicated philanthropist. I’m now, also an author! In my first memoir, LIVE IN LOVE, I open up about the real story of my family. Who we are, what we believe, what our passions are and why we do what we do.

Finding our path hasn’t been easy, but the Journey has taught us a lot. Living the dream is possible. But it doesn’t get handed to you. It takes time. It takes faith. It takes effort. It takes making good choices, and making touch choices too. My hope is that through sharing my story and the story of my family, LIVE IN LOVE will serve as whatever you need in this moment: a self-help book, a romantic escape, a marriage book, a family guide, a beacon of faith, a behind-the-curtain peek at a country music couple, an inside look at the international adoption process, or just a light-and love-filled distraction. With any luck, it’ll be all of those things all at once.

At the end of the day, my family is happy knowing that we have each other, we have our family, and we have our friends. We’re surrounded by love, the things that matter most, and as long as we’re working hard to keep those close, we’re good. Why? Because we’re living in love.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins, the wife of country music star Thomas Rhett, shows what it’s really like to be “the perfect couple” fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PARADE


When country music star Thomas Rhett won the ACM Award for Single of the Year with “Die a Happy Man,” his wife, Lauren Akins, was overjoyed. Her childhood best friend and now husband was being anointed the hottest new star in country music—for a song he had written about  her. He was living his dream. Lauren was elated, but she was also wrestling with some big questions, not the least of which was,  How can I live my own life of purpose?

Lauren Akins never wanted to be in the spotlight, but as Thomas Rhett made his relationship with Lauren the subject of many of his hit songs, she was tossed into the role of one of America’s sweethearts. Revered by fans for her down-to-earth ease and charm, her commitment to humanitarian work, and the pure love she exudes for her family, Lauren has never shared her side of their story—full as it’s been with deep love, painful loss, tremendous joy, and a struggle to stay grounded in faith along the way—until now.

In  Live in Love, Lauren shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents,  Live in Love takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.

Live in Love is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.

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­“Akins’ first book is an intimate glimpse into her relationship, her work in Uganda, and balancing motherhood and adoption.” —Parade

About the Author

Lauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife, and philanthropist who live in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, country superstar Thomas Rhett, and their three little girls, Willa Gray, Ada James, and Lennon. Lauren has worked as a missionary nurse for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International.

Mark Dagostino is a multiple  New York Times bestselling co-author who is dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift.

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Camp Gregory

At some point, most of us develop at least some idea of what we think our lives are going to be like when we grow up. But how often do we stop and take a moment to look back and think about where those dreams came from?

So much of what we want as adults gets formed in our hearts when we’re little kids, and yet, do any of us really remember how we first came up with the particular set of expectations we have for our own lives? I mean, when did those dreams and desires first set in? Was it just our families and upbringings that taught us what to like, or what not to like? Was it school that pointed us in one direction or another? Was it friends? Or church? Or something we barely even remember?

Were we even paying attention when God put those dreams in our hearts?

When I think back on my childhood, the first thing I see is an evening in the early summer. It’s dusk, when the lights are just starting to come on in the front yards, and the first few lightning bugs are starting to glow.

A dozen or more kids from our neighborhood are at my house playing kickball in the front yard. We’re midgame when we hear a voice call out from the front porch of a house just down the street.

“Y’all come home for supper!”

That would be Laurie, my friend Hunter’s mom, who also happened to be best friends with my mom. And without missing a beat, Hunter would yell back: “Five more minutes! We’re almost done!” Every kid would follow his lead and beg for the same thing. “Five more minutes. Just five more minutes!” Eventually Laurie and sometimes one or two of the other parents would just give up and let their kids stay at our house as long as they wanted.

Laurie would come walking down the street with whatever dishes she was going to serve at her own house that night, and I swear I can still smell the charcoal burning as she and my mom would get to work throwing hamburgers on the grill on our back porch.

“How many we got tonight?” my mom would yell. “Ten?”

The more the merrier in the Gregory household.

We’d keep on playing until it got so dark that we couldn’t see the ball anymore. Then everyone who was staying for supper would pile into the house, tired and hungry, with brown feet—’cause we never wore shoes.

We’d wash our hands (and maybe our feet) and form a line through the kitchen, loading up our plates and sitting ourselves down at the dining room table, where my dad would ask us all to hold hands before anyone was allowed to touch the food.

“Dear God,” he’d pray, “thank you so much for this great country we live in, where we get to worship you freely without risk of people coming after us and trying to kill us—”

My dad told it like it was. To everyone. Even God.

“Thank you so much for all the people out there on the front lines who protect us and allow us to have these freedoms,” he’d continue. “And thank you so much for Hailey and Hunter and Hannah and Kamron and Kara for being here with us tonight. Keep them safe as they go back to their own homes later, where they live, and bless all of our family and friends, and continue to give us health and safety and happiness in the future. Thank you so much for this food and bless it to the nourishment of our bodies.”

We’d be dying to dig into the food when he’d ask every one of us to go around the table and tell God something we were thankful for that day.

Hunter might say, “Hamburgers!” My sister Macy would chime in, “Sunshine!” I’d add, “Winning in kickball!” And on and on.

It didn’t matter if it was something small, something funny, or something profound. Everybody was grateful for something.

When it finally came back around to him, my dad would wrap it up, saying, “Please God, forgive us our sins, and help us to do better every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

And we’d all reply, as loud and fast as we could, “Amen!” as we dug in.

On lots of those nights, Laurie’s kids, Hailey and Hunter and Hannah, and Kamron and Kara (friends who lived across the street and just up the road in the opposite direction), and whoever else was there never even went back to their own houses. They’d end up sleeping over, sometimes along with a few other friends from the neighborhood, or kids from other far-off neighborhoods who we knew from school. We would get all of our extra quilts, blankets, and pillows and lay them on the floor, and all the boys would sleep in one room and all the girls in another, and as far as my parents were concerned, all were welcome.

We lived “up the hill,” north of Nashville, in a town so small it’s lucky to have its own post office. The nearest grocery store is fifteen minutes down the road, but we could get to downtown Nashville in twenty minutes if my parents managed to avoid rush-hour traffic.

We may not have lived in the city where everybody was close to everybody, but that didn’t matter, because everyone we knew wanted to come to our neighborhood, and especially to our house.

We all had big back yards surrounded by woods, where us kids would spend hours and hours exploring. Our front yards were big enough for kickball and capture the flag, and playing all kinds of games we’d make up on the spot. I can remember a bunch of us tying our bikes together with ropes to make a big bike-train one day, with our little siblings in the red wagon as the caboose. And everybody’s dogs were always running around off-leash, too, right out in the streets, just like us. The streets were small enough, the cars moved slow enough, and the neighbors were close enough that the chances of anything bad happening seemed small.

There were hardly any fences. Kids didn’t call each other to see who was home. We’d just go knock. I can’t even imagine how many times my mom opened the door to see some boy’s or girl’s face and hear, “Is Lauren home?”

If I was, she’d let ’em in. And if I wasn’t, if I was at soccer practice or something, they would ask, “Well, is Macy home?” and they’d end up coming in to play with my little sister.

Everybody knew everybody, and everybody watched out for everybody. And I know that sounds like something straight out of the 1950s, not the 1990s, as if I grew up in some kind of idyllic small-town neighborhood straight out of the American Dream, but honestly, that’s kind of what it felt like.

Our home was a red brick, ranch-style, one-story house with four small bedrooms. It was one of the smaller homes in the neighborhood, actually, which made it all the more fun that it was so full of people all the time. We had a big back porch, and a little front porch, and just enough space in the back yard to fit a trampoline before we hit the woods, which sloped down to a creek. Every time I walked in the front door the house smelled like good food and clean sheets. Not a soapy clean or sterilized clean, more like a place where you just want to stay. Like, “Mmmm. What is that smell? I don’t know if I want to eat it or wash with it!”

Our house was almost as full of kids in the wintertime as it was in summertime. Our neighborhood was up a little higher in elevation than Nashville, which meant it was always a few degrees colder and that we’d get more snow. And because we had all kinds of hills in our neighborhood, it was a perfect place to go sledding. So whenever the weatherman predicted there was a snowstorm coming, we would bring a slew of kids home with us from school. They’d all tell their parents, “We are going to the Gregorys’ tonight because we’re supposed to have a snow day tomorrow!” and at the end of the school day, Dad would load up our big ol’ Chevy Suburban with all the friends we could fit. Even when all the seats were full I’d open the window and yell, “We can fit three more in our car!” Then we’d call more people the moment we got home and ask, “Can you come spend the night?”

There’d be so many kids packed into our house all the time that everyone started calling it “Camp Gregory.” In the hallway at school I’d overhear kids asking their friends, “Y’all going to Camp Gregory tonight?”

“Yeah,” they’d answer. “Of course. It’s gonna snow!”

My mom and dad embraced every kid that came over. I could bring someone home who looked different or talked different, even if they went to a different church or didn’t go to church at all, and I was never nervous to introduce them to my parents. I never once thought, “Oh, this person is really different, I don’t know how my parents are gonna react.”

One of the Gregory House Rules was that everybody is on the same playing field. My parents simply loved people, and they modeled that the whole time we were growing up.

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Cecelia Grove
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Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020
AHHHH I love Lauren Akins! And this book is nothing but fantastic! She really is the kindest and most caring individual. I feel blessed she put her honest heart into this book. Truly. Her heart shines through the pages of this book. I can’t say anything but positive reviews... See more
AHHHH I love Lauren Akins! And this book is nothing but fantastic! She really is the kindest and most caring individual. I feel blessed she put her honest heart into this book. Truly. Her heart shines through the pages of this book. I can’t say anything but positive reviews about her! ❤️
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Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
Let me preface this by saying that I love Lauren and her family. It''s been fun to watch them grow over the years. I was SO looking forward to this book but it was honestly just...underwhelming. In the book, she discusses her childhood/college experience,... See more
Let me preface this by saying that I love Lauren and her family. It''s been fun to watch them grow over the years. I was SO looking forward to this book but it was honestly just...underwhelming.

In the book, she discusses her childhood/college experience, relationship with TR, trips to Uganda/the adoption process, and the birth of her second child. Pieces of it seemed super whiney to me (eg: complaining about not getting into a specific sorority or complaining about red carpet events). It was also a little too preachy for me too. I''m a Christian and I know her/her family are religious but it seemed like the book CONSTANTLY focused on that. Her writing style is literally the way she speaks so don''t expect this to be a literary classic when purchasing the book.

I do appreciate her open and honest struggle with TR''s career, finding her purpose, and the new mom/marriage struggles. That, as a mother and wife, is something that I can relate to and truly enjoyed reading about because it made them seem more relatable as a couple. Overall, I''m not sure that I would purchase this again because it sometimes read like a teenager''s diary.
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Live In Love
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
This book was simply beautiful!!!!!!! Lauren Akins spoke completely from her heart and you could just feel her story In your own heart! It was so moving, honest ,sweet , funny and I think everyone should read this love story! They should make it into a movie! I love how s... See more
This book was simply beautiful!!!!!!! Lauren Akins spoke completely from her heart and you could just feel her story In your own heart! It was so moving, honest ,sweet , funny and I think everyone should read this love story! They should make it into a movie! I love how s he feels about GOD and family! You will cry because you will be so moved by it all! You will feel her love!!!! So happy for her , Thomas Rhett and their beautiful family !
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Live and love is a journey
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
I have never written a review, but this book warranted one. I read this book in a day and a half with part of the reading using the audible. I have never used audio books before but what a pleasant surprise that it was that Lauren and Thomas Rhett did the narrative!... See more
I have never written a review, but this book warranted one. I read this book in a day and a half with part of the reading using the audible. I have never used audio books before but what a pleasant surprise that it was that Lauren and Thomas Rhett did the narrative!

Thank you Lauren for sharing so much of your personal life, your faith and journey into marriage and family. Being married is tough on it''s own and adding fame and the crazy lifestyle of a singer just adds to the challenge. It warms my heart how much Thomas Rhett loves you and your family and is willing to do whatever it takes to make it work and your determination to make sure you both stick to those wedding vows. You are both an inspiration and example that it takes a lot of love and hard work to make a marriage last. I always say life is about choices and we have to live with the results of those choices. Love is an ever changing journey that is so worth it.
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Ain''t it funny how life changes?!
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2020
I have to start out by saying I have not read a book in over 10 years and for some reason this book called to me, in part that may be because my husband and I adopted our son almost two years ago and I wanted to hear someone elses adoption journey. I absolutely love Thomas... See more
I have to start out by saying I have not read a book in over 10 years and for some reason this book called to me, in part that may be because my husband and I adopted our son almost two years ago and I wanted to hear someone elses adoption journey. I absolutely love Thomas Rhett''s music and "Die a Happy Man" was my husband and my wedding song but Lauren has always stood out to me as an honest and down to earth kind of girl..and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! It was incredible. I cannot wait for book number 2 Lauren! ;)
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Loved this book!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2020
This book was so great! I love the way Lauren writes and tells stories. The whole book was so inspiring and I loved getting to know them through their life story. Showing us how strong their faith is and how it’s gotten them through a lot of difficult situations really... See more
This book was so great! I love the way Lauren writes and tells stories. The whole book was so inspiring and I loved getting to know them through their life story. Showing us how strong their faith is and how it’s gotten them through a lot of difficult situations really touched me, especially when it comes to their relationship and the whole adoption process they fought through. I’ve always loved Thomas Rhett’s music and I love following them on instagram, but this book just shows that they’re really just normal, “real” people who go through hard times just like the rest of us! I also love that her and I are both Tennessee girls! I definitely recommend reading this book and I hope Lauren decides to continue writing another book in the years to come!
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Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2020
I love this book! Lauren is so inspirational. I love Thomas Rhett’s music and I learned of his family, then growing family and was sold. I really like how down to earth Lauren is so I pre-ordered her book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. Now keep in mind... See more
I love this book! Lauren is so inspirational. I love Thomas Rhett’s music and I learned of his family, then growing family and was sold. I really like how down to earth Lauren is so I pre-ordered her book and couldn’t put it down once I started reading. Now keep in mind this book is about her life and her points of view and I do like how there are a few inserts from Thomas Rhett on his comments and takes. Lauren is a beautiful story teller and takes you into her world. She begins telling her story growing up with her parents and how she and Thomas Rhett meet, date and breakup. She takes you down the road in his truck to her front porch sitting. She talks about life in college and balancing relationships. She talks about god and how her faith has guided her. I really admire her faith and she’s made me a believer in the power of prayer. I’ve read a few comments that mentioned she complained a few times in the book. Yes, this is true and she’s owned it as she wrote, it isn’t until the end of the book that it completes a full circle. She talks about not getting into her dream sorority and how she felt her world ended. Now picture a beautiful girl who was down to earth, homecoming queen, raised by good parents in a healthy relationship, had siblings and friends and grew up country overall she had a good life. After completing her nursing degree and having a life changing experience with her mission work, it was then she realized how her life was so different from the kids she’s healing. Her point is wow, I thought not getting into my dream sorority was the end of the world and here’s a baby girl lying on a cement dirty floor with no blanket, toys or a mom. She was 20-22 years old so yes she was young so the sorority thing was one of her few small experiences she had which was nothing compared to what she saw. She then went on to adopt this baby girl and walked you through the whole process. She turned down 5 star resorts and restaurants and red carpet events including the Super Bowl to go work in Uganda (by work we’re talking using her nursing degree for a greater cause). Through her upbringing and mission work she also dabbled into the life of being a country music star’s wife. She gave the dollar amount of money they lived on while Thomas Rhett started out, how they managed his stardom and life with the perks of being a celebrity. Where I really found her relatable was when she described she’s home with the kids, sink full of dishes and her husband has the option to go to the gym while she’s still supporting 40 lbs of baby weight. Lol same girl same. I mean yes yes yes!!! Who would have thought celebrities are just like us? I can relate to putting a career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom while my partner continues to build a career and has the option to do things because I’m the primary care taker. I too know how it feels to wear sweat pants with spit up and unshowered while your man is dressed up in a suit and Gucci shoes lol. I love how real she was and how honest. She tells you exactly how she felt even the times she prayed for his career to be over. From an outsider I think the fame and fortune provides a lavish lifestyle and while Thomas Rhett was providing he wasn’t available with his time. Lauren is open about marriage counseling and how it’s helped them communicate. Lauren is such an inspirational figure. I remember reading pages that brought me to tears, some sad and some full of joy for their love and success. Many times I wish I could give her a hug and tell her how inspiring she is. She’s built a beautiful life and has so many things figured out at a young age. I’m impressed, amazed and a believer. Lauren found her purpose and will continue spreading love. Her heart is gold. You will fall in love with her and their love story.
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Thank you Lauren for your truth, your challenges and God''s love through prayer!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020
I have no words!!! As a book blog, you get a lot of books thrown your way. This book is one that I had to read on release day. I had waited MONTHS for this book. When I downloaded on my kindle at midnight, I put every book aside to read it! I am so glad that I. This has to... See more
I have no words!!! As a book blog, you get a lot of books thrown your way. This book is one that I had to read on release day. I had waited MONTHS for this book. When I downloaded on my kindle at midnight, I put every book aside to read it! I am so glad that I. This has to rank in the top 3 books that I have EVERY read. With all of the books out there, it truly takes a special book to take you out of your world, grab your heart, and take you onto an adventure.

When you think of Lauren Akins, I am sure that you think of Thomas Rhett. Don''t get me wrong, I do too. But I also LOVE Lauren! She is her own person. She''s real about life. She continues to share her world with us on her social media. That said, I would LOVE to be part of her CREW and friends. They seem like amazing people of God and a whole lot of fun!!!

This book really had nothing to do with Thomas Rhett and his story. If that was what you were looking for, then keep on reading what you are reading.... This book is completely Lauren''s story. Her life is one that completely touched my heart. She is so raw and real with Live In Love. She talks about her life and journey with God. It has not. been the easiest ride at all, but God had a plan for her. I really think that this book was also part of God''s plan. It inspired me and challenged my own walk with God. Of course we all are down in our world, but God has a way of using our lessons to challenge us with our walk with him.

My 14 year old daughter also read Live In Love. She is such a Thomas Rhett fan (I mean, there are worst people to be fans of.). Her twin has special needs. Her twin was granted a wish from Wishes and More. My other kiddo sometimes lives in the shadow of her twin (special needs). She really wants a wish of her own. Her wish is to meet Thomas Rhett and his family. Given covid, it has not been something that I have been able to help her wish come true... (I am one of those moms that is just stubborn enough to do whatever I can to make their wishes come true if at all possible.) But, this book really took her on an adventure as well. She was challenged by God as well. There were so many moments that we talked about. But I think that the thing that she really took away was how TR and Lauren were so intentional on saving themselves for marriage. She told my husband and I that she was inspired to save herself for "God''s boy". That is what we have always call our twins future husbands (if that is what God''s plan is). We have always taught them to save themselves for marriage, but you know, it doesn''t matter if mom and dad tell you... So when Lauren Akins says that is what her and TR did, well, well, I could not be happier. SHE IS LISTENING!!! And God really challenged with this book as well.

Thank you Lauren for your truth, your challenges, God''s love and all the feels that I got with this book. And, if you need any other people to add to your CREW and your prayer chain, let me know. Prayer is an amazing thing! Look at how prayer changed your life with you and your family!!
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Ronnie Jones
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Such a wonderful read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2020
I literally couldn''t put the book down. I read it in 7hrs and was completely absorbed. Such a beautiful story of Lauren''s life, her love for her family and God. I particularly loved how the book is filled with photographs which brought even more life to an already wonderful...See more
I literally couldn''t put the book down. I read it in 7hrs and was completely absorbed. Such a beautiful story of Lauren''s life, her love for her family and God. I particularly loved how the book is filled with photographs which brought even more life to an already wonderful story.
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Such a beautiful story told my Lauren
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Loved it!
Reviewed in Canada on October 24, 2020
Very good book. Light read but easy to keep interest.
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Best book!
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Hey y’all its Lauren Akins. I’m a mother to three beautiful little girls, a wife to country star Thomas Rhett, and a dedicated philanthropist. I’m now, also an author! In my first memoir, LIVE IN LOVE, I open up about the real story of my family. Who we are, what we believe, what our passions are and why we do what we do.

Finding our path hasn’t been easy, but the Journey has taught us a lot. Living the dream is possible. But it doesn’t get handed to you. It takes time. It takes faith. It takes effort. It takes making good choices, and making touch choices too. My hope is that through sharing my story and the story of my family, LIVE IN LOVE will serve as whatever you need in this moment: a self-help book, a romantic escape, a marriage book, a family guide, a beacon of faith, a behind-the-curtain peek at a country music couple, an inside look at the international adoption process, or just a light-and love-filled distraction. With any luck, it’ll be all of those things all at once.

At the end of the day, my family is happy knowing that we have each other, we have our family, and we have our friends. We’re surrounded by love, the things that matter most, and as long as we’re working hard to keep those close, we’re good. Why? Because we’re living in love.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this refreshing and inspiring memoir, Lauren Akins, the wife of country music star Thomas Rhett, shows what it’s really like to be “the perfect couple” fans imagine, and reveals what it actually takes to live in love, stay in love, and grow together.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PARADE


When country music star Thomas Rhett won the ACM Award for Single of the Year with “Die a Happy Man,” his wife, Lauren Akins, was overjoyed. Her childhood best friend and now husband was being anointed the hottest new star in country music—for a song he had written about  her. He was living his dream. Lauren was elated, but she was also wrestling with some big questions, not the least of which was,  How can I live my own life of purpose?

Lauren Akins never wanted to be in the spotlight, but as Thomas Rhett made his relationship with Lauren the subject of many of his hit songs, she was tossed into the role of one of America’s sweethearts. Revered by fans for her down-to-earth ease and charm, her commitment to humanitarian work, and the pure love she exudes for her family, Lauren has never shared her side of their story—full as it’s been with deep love, painful loss, tremendous joy, and a struggle to stay grounded in faith along the way—until now.

In  Live in Love, Lauren shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents,  Live in Love takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.

Live in Love is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.

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­“Akins’ first book is an intimate glimpse into her relationship, her work in Uganda, and balancing motherhood and adoption.” —Parade

About the Author

Lauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife, and philanthropist who live in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, country superstar Thomas Rhett, and their three little girls, Willa Gray, Ada James, and Lennon. Lauren has worked as a missionary nurse for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International.

Mark Dagostino is a multiple  New York Times bestselling co-author who is dedicated to writing books that inspire and uplift.

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1

Camp Gregory

At some point, most of us develop at least some idea of what we think our lives are going to be like when we grow up. But how often do we stop and take a moment to look back and think about where those dreams came from?

So much of what we want as adults gets formed in our hearts when we’re little kids, and yet, do any of us really remember how we first came up with the particular set of expectations we have for our own lives? I mean, when did those dreams and desires first set in? Was it just our families and upbringings that taught us what to like, or what not to like? Was it school that pointed us in one direction or another? Was it friends? Or church? Or something we barely even remember?

Were we even paying attention when God put those dreams in our hearts?

When I think back on my childhood, the first thing I see is an evening in the early summer. It’s dusk, when the lights are just starting to come on in the front yards, and the first few lightning bugs are starting to glow.

A dozen or more kids from our neighborhood are at my house playing kickball in the front yard. We’re midgame when we hear a voice call out from the front porch of a house just down the street.

“Y’all come home for supper!”

That would be Laurie, my friend Hunter’s mom, who also happened to be best friends with my mom. And without missing a beat, Hunter would yell back: “Five more minutes! We’re almost done!” Every kid would follow his lead and beg for the same thing. “Five more minutes. Just five more minutes!” Eventually Laurie and sometimes one or two of the other parents would just give up and let their kids stay at our house as long as they wanted.

Laurie would come walking down the street with whatever dishes she was going to serve at her own house that night, and I swear I can still smell the charcoal burning as she and my mom would get to work throwing hamburgers on the grill on our back porch.

“How many we got tonight?” my mom would yell. “Ten?”

The more the merrier in the Gregory household.

We’d keep on playing until it got so dark that we couldn’t see the ball anymore. Then everyone who was staying for supper would pile into the house, tired and hungry, with brown feet—’cause we never wore shoes.

We’d wash our hands (and maybe our feet) and form a line through the kitchen, loading up our plates and sitting ourselves down at the dining room table, where my dad would ask us all to hold hands before anyone was allowed to touch the food.

“Dear God,” he’d pray, “thank you so much for this great country we live in, where we get to worship you freely without risk of people coming after us and trying to kill us—”

My dad told it like it was. To everyone. Even God.

“Thank you so much for all the people out there on the front lines who protect us and allow us to have these freedoms,” he’d continue. “And thank you so much for Hailey and Hunter and Hannah and Kamron and Kara for being here with us tonight. Keep them safe as they go back to their own homes later, where they live, and bless all of our family and friends, and continue to give us health and safety and happiness in the future. Thank you so much for this food and bless it to the nourishment of our bodies.”

We’d be dying to dig into the food when he’d ask every one of us to go around the table and tell God something we were thankful for that day.

Hunter might say, “Hamburgers!” My sister Macy would chime in, “Sunshine!” I’d add, “Winning in kickball!” And on and on.

It didn’t matter if it was something small, something funny, or something profound. Everybody was grateful for something.

When it finally came back around to him, my dad would wrap it up, saying, “Please God, forgive us our sins, and help us to do better every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

And we’d all reply, as loud and fast as we could, “Amen!” as we dug in.

On lots of those nights, Laurie’s kids, Hailey and Hunter and Hannah, and Kamron and Kara (friends who lived across the street and just up the road in the opposite direction), and whoever else was there never even went back to their own houses. They’d end up sleeping over, sometimes along with a few other friends from the neighborhood, or kids from other far-off neighborhoods who we knew from school. We would get all of our extra quilts, blankets, and pillows and lay them on the floor, and all the boys would sleep in one room and all the girls in another, and as far as my parents were concerned, all were welcome.

We lived “up the hill,” north of Nashville, in a town so small it’s lucky to have its own post office. The nearest grocery store is fifteen minutes down the road, but we could get to downtown Nashville in twenty minutes if my parents managed to avoid rush-hour traffic.

We may not have lived in the city where everybody was close to everybody, but that didn’t matter, because everyone we knew wanted to come to our neighborhood, and especially to our house.

We all had big back yards surrounded by woods, where us kids would spend hours and hours exploring. Our front yards were big enough for kickball and capture the flag, and playing all kinds of games we’d make up on the spot. I can remember a bunch of us tying our bikes together with ropes to make a big bike-train one day, with our little siblings in the red wagon as the caboose. And everybody’s dogs were always running around off-leash, too, right out in the streets, just like us. The streets were small enough, the cars moved slow enough, and the neighbors were close enough that the chances of anything bad happening seemed small.

There were hardly any fences. Kids didn’t call each other to see who was home. We’d just go knock. I can’t even imagine how many times my mom opened the door to see some boy’s or girl’s face and hear, “Is Lauren home?”

If I was, she’d let ’em in. And if I wasn’t, if I was at soccer practice or something, they would ask, “Well, is Macy home?” and they’d end up coming in to play with my little sister.

Everybody knew everybody, and everybody watched out for everybody. And I know that sounds like something straight out of the 1950s, not the 1990s, as if I grew up in some kind of idyllic small-town neighborhood straight out of the American Dream, but honestly, that’s kind of what it felt like.

Our home was a red brick, ranch-style, one-story house with four small bedrooms. It was one of the smaller homes in the neighborhood, actually, which made it all the more fun that it was so full of people all the time. We had a big back porch, and a little front porch, and just enough space in the back yard to fit a trampoline before we hit the woods, which sloped down to a creek. Every time I walked in the front door the house smelled like good food and clean sheets. Not a soapy clean or sterilized clean, more like a place where you just want to stay. Like, “Mmmm. What is that smell? I don’t know if I want to eat it or wash with it!”

Our house was almost as full of kids in the wintertime as it was in summertime. Our neighborhood was up a little higher in elevation than Nashville, which meant it was always a few degrees colder and that we’d get more snow. And because we had all kinds of hills in our neighborhood, it was a perfect place to go sledding. So whenever the weatherman predicted there was a snowstorm coming, we would bring a slew of kids home with us from school. They’d all tell their parents, “We are going to the Gregorys’ tonight because we’re supposed to have a snow day tomorrow!” and at the end of the school day, Dad would load up our big ol’ Chevy Suburban with all the friends we could fit. Even when all the seats were full I’d open the window and yell, “We can fit three more in our car!” Then we’d call more people the moment we got home and ask, “Can you come spend the night?”

There’d be so many kids packed into our house all the time that everyone started calling it “Camp Gregory.” In the hallway at school I’d overhear kids asking their friends, “Y’all going to Camp Gregory tonight?”

“Yeah,” they’d answer. “Of course. It’s gonna snow!”

My mom and dad embraced every kid that came over. I could bring someone home who looked different or talked different, even if they went to a different church or didn’t go to church at all, and I was never nervous to introduce them to my parents. I never once thought, “Oh, this person is really different, I don’t know how my parents are gonna react.”

One of the Gregory House Rules was that everybody is on the same playing field. My parents simply loved people, and they modeled that the whole time we were growing up.

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