In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, some of us are aching for another way to live: more intentional, more connected. Simpler, slower, richer. Many of us have believed the myth that achievement and success bring us contentment, only to find it's actually things like connection and meaning, not success and achievement, that provide true peace and genuine happiness.
Present over Perfect is best-selling author Shauna Niequist's motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. Similar in format to Shauna's previous books, Present over Perfect is a collection of essays that focuses on the journey from frantic and tired to connected and free. Many of us find ourselves busier than we want to be, missing the sweetest moments along the way. We end up resentful and distracted, full of regret and feeling disconnected. Present over Perfect is a hand reaching out to a new way of living - full of grace, space, and connection.
As a wife, mother, friend, and writer, Shauna shares with vulnerability and transparency the reality of living wholly present in our relationships with our families and the others we love and inspires listeners to discover their own paths to this more fulfilling way to do life.
©2016 Shauna Niequist (P)2016 Zondervan
seriously LOVED hearing the author read her own words. i felt like she was snuggled up next to me with a cup of hot coffee, compelling me to listen closely. i finished last night and am restarting this morning. it's that good.
This book made me re-evaluate my goals and aspirations. For that reason alone it was a good book. If I have a reservation about the book it is that not everyone can do the drastic life change she did. Some people are in a season or station in life where they do not have the option of dropping work, however, the introspection is still healthy. I would recommend this book
Really eye opening. Being apart of the generation that worship self driven entrepreneurs it makes you rethink your motives. Is it really worth losing relationships to achieve goals? Thankful for Shauna.
This book spoke to me on every level. Her story could've been my story. In fact it was my story. Now that I have listened to the audio book - I loved her voice, by the way - I will go back and buy the book. There are just too many things I need to underline and save and perhaps put on my mirror. If you are in the midst of a life change, this book will bring you peace. Or if you just know that you are too beholden to external sources of validation, this book will help you realize that you are enough exactly as you are. It's a great message.
I bought because it was recommended by audio. I like stories about sailing and challenges, it had a picture of water and the abstract wrote about challenges. I listened to the book on a round trip, that involved enough windshield time to complete the book. I was challenged by the authors thoughts, I giggled at remembering similar times in my life. I wept at the words and images that she used to nudge buried emotions. I am going to recommended to several friends tomorrow. And look for other books....kind of like to meet her over the kitchen table.
One of two books this year that I wanted to own the audio and the hardcover because I wanted every word to penetrate my heart and mind. Shauna's best work to date.
Repetitive, I felt like I was constantly waiting for her to get to some magical point or lesson, but I ended up waiting too long. Moral of the story, learn how to say no and be present where you are. Also, somethings that really bothered me is that references to the bible were slim to none. I can't fathom reading a book from the spirituality section without hearing about God, The Bible, etc.
This book I believe was Beautifully written. Such poetic but truthful words that Shauna uses. It was food for my soul and I'm inspired by it!
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