Do you want to learn how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect? Well, i will let you answer that and if your answer is yes,then i know of a way that you could achieve that.
The way you can learn all this important lessons is by reading the book,’Present Over Perfect Book’ and also its the book i will be reviewing.
In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about ,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
Author: Shauna Niequist
Best place to buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Zondervan on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date : August 9,2016
What It Is
This book is bestselling author Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life.
It is a collection of essays that focuses on the journey from frantic and tired to connected and free.
As a wife, mother, friend, and writer, Shauna shares with vulnerability and transparency about the reality of living wholly present in our relationships with our families and the others we love and inspires readers to discover their own path to this more fulfilling way to do life.
Shauna Niequist was born in Barrington, Illinois. She studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is an author and a blogger.
Shauna Niequist (pronounced Nee-quist) is a writer, mother, wife, and avid reader. She grew up in a Christian home,(i think this is why her book has such a rich christian feel to it.) and after she journeyed away from the church in college, books and authors and stories about other people’s journeys helped her find her way back.
The daily joys and challenges of life are the inspiration for her books and blog posts, which she admits don’t fall into any neat categories of Christian writing.
Her books include Bread and Wine, Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, and Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. All this books just go to show her skillfulness in writing good books.
Born: Barrington, Illinois, United States
Spouse: Aaron Niequist
Education: Westmont College (1998)
Parents: Bill Hybels, Lynne Hybels
Siblings: Todd Hybels
What The Book Talks About
Lessons from the book:
The world will tell you how to live, if you let it. Don’t let it. Take up your space. Raise your voice. Sing your song. This is your chance to make or remake a life that thrills you.
What kills a soul? Exhaustion, secret keeping, image management.
And what brings a soul back from the dead? Honesty, connection, grace.
Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.
Bless them. But don’t spend too much time with them. Draw close to people who honor your no, who cheer you on for telling the truth, who value your growth more than they value their own needs getting met or their own pathologies celebrated.
How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.
What people think about you means nothing in comparison to what you believe about yourself.
Many of us considered our souls necessary collateral damage to get done the things we felt we simply had to get get done – because of other people’s expectations, because we want to be know as highly capable, because we’re trying to outrun an inner emptiness.
And for a while we don’t even realize the compromise we’ve made. We’re on autopilot, chugging through the day on fear and caffeine, checking things off the list, falling into bed without even a real thought or feeling or connection all day long, just a sense of having made it through.
If you’re not careful with your yeses, you start to say no to some very important things without even realizing it. In my rampant yes-yes-yes-ing, I said no, without intending to, to rest, to peace, to groundedness, to listening, to deep and slow connection, built over years instead of moments.
We get used to smiling, hugging, bantering, practicing good eye contact. And it’s easier then true, slow, awkward and painful connection with someone who sees all the worst parts of you. Your act is easy. Being with you, deeply with, is difficult.
[Present over perfect is] about rejecting the myth that every day is a new opportunity to prove our worth, and about the truth that our worth is inherent, given by God, not earned by our hustling.
It’s easy to be liked by strangers. It’s very hard to be loved and connected to the people in your home when you’re always bringing them your most exhausted self and resenting the fact that the scraps you’re giving them aren’t cutting it.
It’s from our souls that we love, that we feel, that we create, that we connect.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The place I encourage you to get the book from is on Amazon. It is my personal favorite online store and it comes in handy when you want to do more shopping other than just the book. So if you were planning to buy more stuff online in addition to the book, I would say Amazon is your best bet.
There is also a summary book of this book that cuts across the book and gives you the gist and weighty points you would want to use to make change in your life. It is also on Amazon and is something I recommend if you are those people who like having most moving points somewhere for constant reference.
A good book that this book is really thought provoking. Shauna essentially lays out various thoughts and premises of a slow and contented life in short chapters that sometime feel nearly independent of each other.
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I hope you found this review useful to you.