LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTIONInstead of pushing for perfectionA few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, Ive learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And its changing everything.Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. Ill walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.Written in Shaunas warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving ...
|Title||:||Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living Reviews
I am a fan of Shauna Niequist's honest and approachable style. Her devotional Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are is one I've relied on for the past couple of years.
Having read probably 10 books about "slowing down" and "simplifying," I'm never quite sure if I'll glean anything new from a book or if it will just be more of the same. I'm not sure if Niequist's writing just resonates so well with me, if I was desperate to hear the message, or if this book is really that good, but th ...more
This may be for some. But definitely not for me.
Poorly written. I felt so much was left out. The word whining comes to mind and narcissism...
definitely not for me.
I thought this would be like Brene Brown's work: accessible social science, with vaguely spiritual overtones and practical self-help tactics. This book turned out to be more like a Christian memoir. The religious language was off-putting for me (though I see other reviewers feel the author was not Christian *enough*) -- but I kept reading, subbing in humanist ideas for the religious parts to make it more relatable (e.g. thinking of my meditation/reflection/gratitude practice when she speaks of p ...more
I love Shauna's honesty. Always have, (probably) always will. And her cry for saying no to perfectionism and yes to connection are words I can always hear more. I bookmarked a few words that got my heart, and her essay on "Good Fruit" is one that I will come back to again. I'll buy her next book and read her blogs. (4 stars) But the book really lost steam about halfway through. (2 stars) And the filler uncomfortably sat in the way of an otherwise enjoyable collection, often slipping into stories ...more
Another positive audiobook focused on simplifying life. Some helpful tips here and lots of acceptance.
2017 Summer Vacation Book #1 (Audio #1)
This was so great as well as so convicting. I loved all of it, and the audiobook is fantastic!
If you want to start your next year out right, this book is for you. Niequist really explores our lack of presence in our lives as this becomes overshadowed by busy schedules and pleasing the wrong people in our lives. Basically, this book is giving you the side-eye, overcommitted extrovert. You know it is!
Shauna shares her own struggles of overcommitting, guilt about what she isn’t doing, and how we look for validation through social media instead of the people sharing our home.
Yup, it hit me r ...more
This book spoke to me so deeply. The whole book is wonderful, but three things in particular pervaded my recent thinking.
It’s ok for life to be less impressive on the outside. This might mean fewer vacations, fewer blog posts, and fewer parties, because being home and being with our loved ones leaves a space that is “beautiful and peaceful and full of life and connection, what I was looking for all along.” A Romanian saying I learned from my step-father-in-law is “They will not build a statue of ...more