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Publisher's Summary

In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, some of us are aching for another way to live: more intentional, more connected. Simpler, slower, richer. Many of us have believed the myth that achievement and success bring us contentment, only to find it's actually things like connection and meaning, not success and achievement, that provide true peace and genuine happiness.
Present over Perfect is best-selling author Shauna Niequist's motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. Similar in format to Shauna's previous books, Present over Perfect is a collection of essays that focuses on the journey from frantic and tired to connected and free. Many of us find ourselves busier than we want to be, missing the sweetest moments along the way. We end up resentful and distracted, full of regret and feeling disconnected. Present over Perfect is a hand reaching out to a new way of living - full of grace, space, and connection.
As a wife, mother, friend, and writer, Shauna shares with vulnerability and transparency the reality of living wholly present in our relationships with our families and the others we love and inspires listeners to discover their own paths to this more fulfilling way to do life.
©2016 Shauna Niequist (P)2016 Zondervan
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4 out of 5 stars
By Shannon Martin on 08-12-16

Thought provoking.

This book made me re-evaluate my goals and aspirations. For that reason alone it was a good book. If I have a reservation about the book it is that not everyone can do the drastic life change she did. Some people are in a season or station in life where they do not have the option of dropping work, however, the introspection is still healthy. I would recommend this book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jenna B. on 08-12-16

starting over right now

seriously LOVED hearing the author read her own words. i felt like she was snuggled up next to me with a cup of hot coffee, compelling me to listen closely. i finished last night and am restarting this morning. it's that good.

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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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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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