My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.
Shauna Niequist is one of my favorite authors. My copy of Bread and Wine is stained and weathered from sitting on the counter while I try recipe after recipe of hers. Picking up Present Over Perfect was a no-brainer. Shauna is an Enneagram 7, while I am a 4, but she writes the way I think and her words read like my words. I love it. In Present Over Perfect she delves into that very idea – being present over being perfect – which often means creating margin and space in your life, saying yes to the right things and no to the wrong things. “What kills a soul? Exhaustion, secret keeping, image management. And what brings a soul back from the dead? Honesty, connection, grace,” she says. We are in a season of the Church where we’re getting a lot of “how to manage your life better” books from women in ministry, which I think is phenomenal – everyone has a story and it resonates differently with each reader. This particular one resonates deeply with me. I felt the cadence it presents deep in my soul. Like Neiquist, I’ve realized in the last few years that my body and soul require a lot more tenderness and attentiveness than I’d imagined and I don’t want to get to the end of life and be known for being organized or for simply standing in someone else’s space. This book was a breath of fresh air.
Goodreads rating: 3.93/5
My rating: 4/5 stars
Days read: January 21-27
Recommend: Yes, along with all of her other books