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In this book, New York Times best-selling author Shauna Niequist invites you 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.
As she puts it: "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."
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.
©2016 Shauna Niequist (P)2016 Zondervan
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1 out of 5 stars
By Sunshinegirl on 11-03-17

Aimless and humble bragging

If you want to hear an entire book about her “humble bragging” accomplishments and her extravagant life- mixed with a handful of random babbling that makes no sense and has no direction, with uncertainty about which religion she associates with (she mentions going to temples, rabis, pastors, spiritual director, cathedrals..) - then this is the book for you!
Honestly this book is written for wealthy stay at home trophy wives who brag about all “the hardships” in their life like going on extravagant retreats and vacations to Hawaii... also, this book is SO random... she goes from talking about “don’t say yes to everything” to “say yes to everything!” And then, randomly includes stories about her friends affairs and just all around I don’t recommend this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 10-19-16

Lovely concept but lacking

Loved the whole concept of this lovely book. To be honest, it felt like it was mostly her telling her story, which was nice. Yet- there wasn't a ton of help for the listener. I wanted to be guided, not just listen to author share her story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mrs K. on 11-28-16

Playing over and over

So loved this book I've been playing it over and over in my car letting it's powerful yet gentle message wash over my weary soul. Thank you Shauna for penning such a honest and personal journey to a different life. I am grateful and forever changed.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Caz on 08-20-16

Life changing

This book I believe was Beautifully written. Such poetic but truthful words that Shauna uses. It was food for my soul and I'm inspired by it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By caz on 08-08-17

Love love love

This book is on repeat in my busy kitchen. Completely loved it, identified with it and recommend anyone seeking grace and peace in their daily life to read it

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3 out of 5 stars
By Danielle on 07-17-17

More a poetic memoir than the self-help genre

I appreciated many parts of Shauna's story and will probably listen to it again in the future, but I'm not so much of a whimsical person and was looking for a simpler, more practical book.

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