"Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. It's the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands."
In this follow-up book to Cold Tangerines, author Shauna Niequist shifts her gaze to the challenges and blessings of change in Bittersweet. Drawing from her own experiences in a recent season of pain and chaos, she explores the bits of wisdom and growth we earn the hard way, through change, loss, and transition, and offers her own reflections on what brought her hope along the way.
©2010 Shauna Niequist (P)2010 Zondervan
Having just discovered the Relevant podcast last summer I was accustomed to a different side of Shauna. Sure, the title clearly tells you that this isn't light reading. But having been well acquainted with the level of 'bitter', or pain, that she addresses I am once again blessed by the wisdom and tenderness of her voice to our generation. There is beauty in each struggle and this book is a wonderful testament to that.
"Love, love, love!"
I keep listening over and over to this uplifting and heart piercing book! Thank you for sharing your life with us!
Shauna has an amazing way with words. She helps you see things in a way you've never seen them before. Her words paint a clear and vivid picture and grasp your heart. Her raw honesty and real-ness is so refreshing and inspirational. I can only hope she continues to bless us with her words and stories from her life. My life is changed from having read her book.
"I want to listen to it again!"
I'd highly recommend this audiobook/book to friends & family. In fact, I already have two people in mind that I'm going to gift this book to.
As I've gotten into the world of audiobooks, for non-fiction/personal books in particular, I've found it makes ALL the difference in the world to have the author read her/his own book. I love hearing Shauna's voice tell her own stories. Other books have been ruined for me when it's someone else's voice telling the author's story-- it is clearly ungenuine-sounding in most of those cases. Not so with Shauna telling her own stories... so good!! So real!!
I loved this book from start to finish, and was captivated by her stories. Her stories are meaningful, deep, very relatable (even her stories about her marriage, although I'm not married-- I could understand because of the way she tells it). Not only that, but the book is inspiring in a way that makes you (me) want to jump back on some trains in life and faith that I've fallen off of. I plan to listen a second time through sometime, because there are so many nuggets of wisdom scattered throughout.
Shauna is a wonderful writer. She expresses herself in amazing word pictures and really communicates well. Well done and great read to get a perspective on just what she says- Change, Grace and Learning the Hard way- story of my life!!! Enjoy- I sure did.
I love how raw Shauna is in her writing. This book is a collection of beautiful, colorful essays strung together as one. I feel as if I have known Shauna forever and I experienced each emotion of this bittersweet life with her. I love that she read her own book. This is the first book of hers I have read and I am a fan! I plan to read or listen to them all! Love love love this book!
"Not a guy book"
Your wife or girlfriend might love it but this wasn't my cup of tea, not really a guy book. I love Donald Miller, Bob Geoff, and Andy Andrew's and this book as recommended from my recent purchases, normally audible recommendations are great but this one didn't work for me.
"Just beautifully written."
This book made me laugh, cry, think. It's beautifully written and from the way she reads it I knew by the middle of the book that the author was also the reader. You could hear her joy, sadness, overwhelming moments. I felt as if a friend were sitting with a glass of wine and telling me her story. Love this book.
"Absolutely loved this book!"
I loved the stories Shauna shared and that she was the narrator for this audible read. Thank you for inspiring me and for voicing your opinions about God and His love for us. Great work! I'll be reading this again.
"Easy to Relate to"
honest, sincere and to the point.
When she spoke of her true experiences, and how they were bad but have brought good into her life as well.
No crying, I had a few moments of laughter but most of all I experience a peacefulness and optimism I hadn't felt in a while.
This is a book I recommend to all my friends.
"Fantastic, inspiring choice."
I absolutely would recommend this to a friend. I would listen to it while I would get ready in the morning and it started my day off on such a positive, creative note.
It doesn't really have characters, but I love Shauna. The way she describes her life helps you see that God's working and sprinkling beauty throughout your life as well.
This was the first book I'd listened to but I love that Shauna read it. It sounds exactly like you think it should when you read her words. It was so nice hearing her personally say them.
I've learned that it's ok to be in process and that God's there and working, you just have to take the time to look for him.
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