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Title: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Genre: Christian Life - Inspirational / Christian Life - Spiritual

Author: Shauna Niequist

ISBN-13: 9780310342991

Publishing Date: August , 2016

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore


316 Reviews – average 4 out of 5
Reader reviews as posted on Goodreads.


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.

A review by Annie Rim
Rated the book 3 out 5

I was drawn to Shauna Niequist's newest book, Present Over Perfect because its title seemed to indicate our current season. I quickly realized that Niequist's life and my life are vastly different. While I'm learning to live with a messy playroom, Niequist is finding balance by saying no to Big Opportunities and Flashy Job Offers. She's learning to settle in at home with a cup of tea and her family. Perhaps it's harder for someone with a lot of opportunities to say no and to find that balance. I'd imagine that the sparkle of recognition is tempting. In that sense, Niequist is open about her change in mindset and what that cost her family and her career.

However, as an average mom who doesn't have a Big Career to say no to, I had trouble relating. The big ideas were powerful but the details were privileged and narrow. Niequist leads an idyllic life: Vacations at a lake house, travel, tons of family support, the ability to reimagine her work-from-home job to more perfectly fit her family's needs. And I say this as a middle-class, educated woman of privilege. I wonder how people living paycheck-to-paycheck, without the ease of reinvention would relate to this message?

Where You Are, As You Are is one I've relied on for the past couple of years.

Having read probably 10 books about "slowing down" and "simplifying," I'm never quite sure if I'll glean anything new from a book or if it will just be more of the same. I'm not sure if Niequist's writing just resonates so well with me, if I was desperate to hear the message, or if this book is really that good, but this book struck a major chord. The highlighter function on my Kindle was working in overdrive while reading this book as my brain went right along saying "Yes! That's right! This is what I need to do. This is what I need to *stop* doing!"

As much as a liked this book, there were a few chapters in the middle that seemed to drop out of the sky. They related to some very specific church-building initiatives and seemed out of place in the book.

A review by Melissa Jarmel
Rated the book 3 out of 5

I love Shauna's honesty. Always have, (probably) always will. And her cry for saying no to perfectionism and yes to connection are words I can always hear more. I bookmarked a few words that got my heart, and her essay on "Good Fruit" is one that I will come back to again. I'll buy her next book and read her blogs. (4 stars) But the book really lost steam about halfway through. (2 stars) And the filler uncomfortably sat in the way of an otherwise enjoyable collection, often slipping into stories that may have been better left untold to the public, once descriptively alluding to the extreme messiness of a friend's life while minimizing the messiness of her own ("I've been carrying his family's deception and betrayal and disease for decades. I'm honored to. And he carries the broken parts of my family's story, and my failures and regrets.")

Also I couldn't help but think that the length she goes to say how putting work before her family was bad seems to be wrapped up in a lot of shame, for herself, but also for others. Some times work has to come first for a period if that is the story that you and your family are telling together, and there isn't shame in that. Hurt happens when expectations are set that aren't met, when narratives go off track. She touches on this concept at one point but leaves it behind again and again to drive home the point that being with family all the time is better. And how much better it is to snuggle with her son. But that's also a privilege. Because she hustled and has resources now that allow her to be able to choose to snuggle with her son instead of work. Not everyone has the resources to make that decision.

A review by Samantha Baruzzini
Rated the book 5 out of 5

Sometimes you read a book and it feels good to finish something. Then there are books that move me. Bring tears to my eyes. Convict me of needing to find and rediscover pieces of myself and my soul and connection to God. To make the time for quiet and stillness and prayer. For creating and recreating furniture and art and song. That is this book. I haven't picked up and finished one so quickly amidst my busy-with-life frantic mindset in a long time. It will be one that stays on the shelf, to be highly recommended for years to come.

Read this book. Let it invite you to the courage to slow down and soak in what lights your soul ablaze.

A review by Christy Ryan
Rate the book 2 out 5

Hmmmm. Not what I thought. This type of book is truly my favorite type of non fiction. I love books on balance, busyness and best yes. My night stand is full of them. Love the title and the concept of slowing down and giving your best to those in your home first. But, I felt like I was drowning in so much new age thinking that this one just wasn't for me.

A review by Elizabeth Moore
Rated the book 4 out of 5

"...and the soul felt its worth."

A review by Sheri Joyce
Rated the book 4 out of 5

Devoured. Borrowed this, from the library but now, plan to purchase to revisit and be reminded. I found myself wanting to quote whole pages and chapters to the world and feeling frustrated over the limiting ability to convey and share with others good words string together. This read like a memoir. Not a how to or a practical step by step. Loved walking along this journey with Shauna and saw myself in several instances.

Shauna repeats herself WAY too much, felt like I was reading a blog post about the same thing over and over again. Is this book a memoir or self-help? very selfishly written if she truly meant to inspire. The premise is good, but how??? No meat whatsoever, especially if you're looking for truth based on the Bible. I have never given such a low review, I almost feel bad, but she says in her book that she isn't looking for accolades from others anymore, so... oh well!

A review by Jill Wallace
Rated the book 3 out of 5

Good book. I liked the last quarter of the book best. I think I would have appreciated the whole book more when I was younger.

A review by Kate Simpson
Rated the book 5 out of 5

Every once in a while, there are those books that just change everything for you and here is on