New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to look at the landscape of your own life, consider how it might feel to leave behind the pressure to be perfect, and begin the practice of simply being present in the middle of the mess.
A few years ago, Shauna found herself exhausted and isolated, her soul and body sick. She was tired of being tired and burned out on busy. It seemed like almost everyone she talked to was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, and depth, but settling for busy.
But then something changed. She decided to trade the hustle and bustle for grace, love, stillness, and play, and it changed everything. 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 rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people who matter most to us.
As you witness Shauna's journey, you'll be inspired to embark on one of your own. She gives you the encouragement you need to:
Put an end to people-pleasing tendenciesEmbrace moments of simplicity, quiet, and stillnessAccept that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy
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 while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Join the over 500,000 others who have already started walking this new path away from frantic pushing and proving and toward their true selves.
Returning to the theme of decluttering everyday life and concentrating on what is truly important, Niequist (Savor) weaves together a series of essays concerning her personal experiences overcoming a life overwrought with busyness, stress, and feelings of inadequacy. After years of frantic living, Niequist has come to the realization that she's missing out on the beauty of everyday life with her husband and children that it will all speed past her if she doesn't slow down and simplify, learn how to say no to demands on her time, and stop worrying about others' opinions of her. "Present over perfect living is real over image, connecting over comparing, meaning over mania, depth over artifice," she writes, explaining along the way that she's found a new "strength" in embracing quiet surroundings and in spending time alone. To emphasize her points, she quotes Scripture, but does so sparingly and intentionally more often than not, her included references to her faith are intended only to bolster her own experiences of mindful living. Her style is conversational, friendly, inviting, and never heavy-handed, making the book accessible to people of all faiths. Women will find the advice hits closest to home. Niequist's latest book is her most satisfying blend of mindfulness, scripture, and self-help to date, offering readers the blueprint for a life lived in the real instead of the ideal.
A good jumpstart to discovering myself. Thank you.
A must read for Moms
I love how relevant the words in this book are. They flow off of the page and into your soul. This book is life altering-yet comforting. So much so that I just re-read it for the second time. Buy it. You won’t regret it!
Just what I needed right now! Wish I would have read it 20 years ago! But, nevertheless, I will begin to apply it now, better late than never! Thank you Shauna for your great and simplistic insight into how I feel!