Book Six

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.

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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.

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Goodreads rating: 3.93/5
My rating: 4/5 stars
Days read: January 21-27
Recommend: Yes, along with all of her other books

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