Saturday, August 20, 2016

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Book Description

Instead of pushing for perfection
A 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, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.
Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll 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 Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

My Thoughts:
I can't say enough good things about this book! This book is one of those books that is so relatable and real to life that you can't help but cry, nod and just say "yes" to everything that Shauna says. I can relate to so many of the seasons she has been going through and I feel like this book speaks deep to my soul. It is an invitation to leave a world of crazy demands to something more simple. Its taking the world of yoga pants and putting pajamas on at bed at night. It's learning the art of rest and being in the moment. She takes us into learning how to be present. I love this book and will read it again! I highly recommend this book to anyone. I give this book 5/5 stars.  Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for review.

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