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

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
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LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION

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.



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LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTION

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.


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Meet the Author

Shauna Niequist

Shauna Niequist lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband Aaron and her son Henry. She grew up at Willow Creek, then studied English and French literature at Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California. She worked at Willow Creek for five years and at Mars Hill, in Grandville, Michigan, for three years, and is a part of the Mars Hill community. Shauna is a writer and speaker, and her first book, is Cold Tangerines, which is a collection of essays about the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives. Her very favourite things are throwing parties, taking full advantage of Michigan summers, and reading great books.

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An enjoyable journey to being more present.
5 stars By CChoy, Feb 23 2018
Strap yourself in for a journey, one that will have you question everything you have valued and placed first in your life up until now. Shauna helped me navigate from a place where only perfection validated my very existence to a new destination- one that led me to the peaceful streams my spirit was longing for. I have learned to place value not in my perfection, but in God and His desire for me to be present in every moment of my life. This book will help you
to evaluate how you are living your life, and will gently guide you to greener pastures where you can begin to enjoy every moment of everyday, no matter how mundane it may seem to others. Only Jesus is perfect, let us cling to Him as we choose to be more present in the lives that He has blessed us with. A great read. 
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Refreshing
5 stars By Jacqueline, Jan 07 2017
This is a refreshing book to read. It is written in an easy style and has short chapters, so if you are super busy like Shauna was, it is easy to fit reading it into short moments.
Shauna shares from her heart and very vulnerably about her life of busyness and stress and how she changed this. I loved her honesty. I loved that she gives hope yet shares how it is not an easy or instant journey to change. This is a very encouraging book to read.
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A beautiful book
4 stars By Laura, Dec 15 2016
This book explores the idea of simply slowing down, sitting in silence and embracing the calm.  It speaks a deep and well thought out message of peace for weary, overburdened souls.  The first few chapters need a little perseverance to really embrace the style and topic, but it is more than worth the effort!
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 461500
  • Product Code 9780310343042
  • ISBN 0310343046
  • EAN 9780310343042
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Aug 2016
  • Sales Rank #41991
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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