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"Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. It’s the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands."

In this follow-up book to Cold Tangerines, author Shauna Niequist shifts her gaze to the challenges and blessings of change in Bittersweet. Drawing from her own experiences in a recent season of pain and chaos, she explores the bits of wisdom and growth we earn the hard way, through change, loss, and transition, and offers her own reflections on what brought her hope along the way.

©2010 Shauna Niequist (P)2010 Zondervan

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Love, love, love!

I keep listening over and over to this uplifting and heart piercing book! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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Life changer

Shauna has an amazing way with words. She helps you see things in a way you've never seen them before. Her words paint a clear and vivid picture and grasp your heart. Her raw honesty and real-ness is so refreshing and inspirational. I can only hope she continues to bless us with her words and stories from her life. My life is changed from having read her book.

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Made me feel peaceful

I felt serene while listening to the book. It enhanced my spiritual life. I didn't want it to end.

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Not as good as present over perfect

I LOVED Shauna Niequist's book, Present Over Perfect---and was anxious to have more of it, so I got this one. It's self-indulgent and a bragadocious memoir, with moments of loveliness and humor. I don't really know what it's supposed to be, or say. But whatever it is, I didn't get it.

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Just beautifully written.

This book made me laugh, cry, think. It's beautifully written and from the way she reads it I knew by the middle of the book that the author was also the reader. You could hear her joy, sadness, overwhelming moments. I felt as if a friend were sitting with a glass of wine and telling me her story. Love this book.

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I want to listen to it again!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd highly recommend this audiobook/book to friends & family. In fact, I already have two people in mind that I'm going to gift this book to.

What does Shauna Niequist bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I've gotten into the world of audiobooks, for non-fiction/personal books in particular, I've found it makes ALL the difference in the world to have the author read her/his own book. I love hearing Shauna's voice tell her own stories. Other books have been ruined for me when it's someone else's voice telling the author's story-- it is clearly ungenuine-sounding in most of those cases. Not so with Shauna telling her own stories... so good!! So real!!

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I loved this book from start to finish, and was captivated by her stories. Her stories are meaningful, deep, very relatable (even her stories about her marriage, although I'm not married-- I could understand because of the way she tells it). Not only that, but the book is inspiring in a way that makes you (me) want to jump back on some trains in life and faith that I've fallen off of. I plan to listen a second time through sometime, because there are so many nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout.

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really good

Shauna is a wonderful writer. She expresses herself in amazing word pictures and really communicates well. Well done and great read to get a perspective on just what she says- Change, Grace and Learning the Hard way- story of my life!!! Enjoy- I sure did.

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Narration is painful and message is tedious.

Struggled to listen to it so stopped mid chapter 3. It's ok to tell your story but your voice and story are whiney. I wanted to learn from you but didn't know when or if that would happen.

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I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Listening to this audiobook felt like getting away for a weekend with my best friend and listening to her share her stories with me. Although the specifics of my own struggles may be different, I find inspiration in the wisdom and insights the author shared. My courage and my resolve have been renewed, and for this I am grateful.

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What I needed.

I'm currently in a rough patch in ,y life and I stumbled upon this book when I was searching for something new and I'm SO glad I did. Shauna gave me the messages I needed and didn't expect to find. This book is beautifully written and I couldn't put it down! I love audible but after listening to the first few chapters I needed to buy a hard copy so I could make my personal notes on the pages. It's a must read!

Thank you Shauna! I'll be forever grateful!

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  • Mrs.Deb
  • 01-02-15

Sweet sucker punch

Having just discovered the Relevant podcast last summer I was accustomed to a different side of Shauna. Sure, the title clearly tells you that this isn't light reading. But having been well acquainted with the level of 'bitter', or pain, that she addresses I am once again blessed by the wisdom and tenderness of her voice to our generation. There is beauty in each struggle and this book is a wonderful testament to that.