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Present over Perfect Audiobook

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

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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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    mrs K. 28/11/2016
    mrs K. 28/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Evie 17/10/2016
    Evie 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great lessons to be learned but too religious"

    This book was great in regards to the overall message. It was beautiful written too. Unfortunately i started to disconnect when it started being too God-centric. As an atheist i found it off putting to have everything referred back to God. Rather than a chapter, it's a theme that is persistent throughout which stopped me really enjoying the book.

    It reminds me of R Brown's Power of Vulnerability - which i LOVED!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caz 20/08/2016
    Caz 20/08/2016
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jenna B
    12/08/16
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    "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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon Martin
    12/08/16
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    "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

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lauren walton
    14/08/16
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    "A life changer."

    I am listening to this for the second time this week. The first time challenged and undid me. This time I want to learn from Shauna's journey

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kirk
    30/08/16
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    "Great book!!"

    This book spoke to me on every level. Her story could've been my story. In fact it was my story. Now that I have listened to the audio book - I loved her voice, by the way - I will go back and buy the book. There are just too many things I need to underline and save and perhaps put on my mirror. If you are in the midst of a life change, this book will bring you peace. Or if you just know that you are too beholden to external sources of validation, this book will help you realize that you are enough exactly as you are. It's a great message.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Austin
    09/08/16
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    "Just lost my girlfriend for pursuing "perfection""

    Really eye opening. Being apart of the generation that worship self driven entrepreneurs it makes you rethink your motives. Is it really worth losing relationships to achieve goals? Thankful for Shauna.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Newton MA
    14/11/16
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    "Ok"
    What would have made Present over Perfect better?

    The whole concept of the book can be summarized in a few paragraphs. Instead the author goes on and on and on with metaphors and imagery that is really not necessary.


    What was most disappointing about Shauna Niequist’s story?

    The author wants us to believe that she is slowing down yet she tells us the story of how she writes a book, attends church, has speaking engagements, goes out with friends, speaks daily to friends... it's exhausting! And my goodness the whiny voice! Too much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Exhaustion


    Any additional comments?

    Am I the only one who is tired of these bloggers wannabe writers who over flourish/over complicate their language when what they really say is simple? SHe talks about the tenderness of a conversation.... what????

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • philip w smith
    CHAMPAIGN, IL, US
    15/09/16
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    "Great Explanation/Insight"

    This book is full of reminders in regards to how easy it is to get swept away with the unimportant. It also leaves you gifts of encouragement, guidance, and wisdom. While written from a woman's perspective it is still highly applicable to men. Thank you Shauna!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tennessee
    09/11/16
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    "Somewhat repetitive; a lot of "I""

    I listened to this book straight through on a road trip. It might better be consumed a bite -- or essay -- at a time. From the beginning, I identified with so much Niequist had to say, and I've already taken many if the steps she suggests to transform my life. However, I can understand how some other reviewers couldn't identify with the lifestyle, opportunities, and choices she presents. I have friends without college degrees working minimum wage jobs to help support the family that would have a hard time relating to the author's life. On the other hand, reading the book for them could spark imagination and broaden their thinking about possibilities in their lives.
    On another note, the Niequist's delivery of the Audible version reminded me of Brene Brown. Brown, however, has the benefit of being able to intersperse personal anecdotes and realizations with stories from her research, so listening at length doesn't become tiresome. And she's more humorous and laid back in her delivery.
    Overall, a good book in smaller doses than I took.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laurie Scarpelli
    19/08/16
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    "Devoured This Book!"

    One of two books this year that I wanted to own the audio and the hardcover because I wanted every word to penetrate my heart and mind. Shauna's best work to date.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Newmarket, NH, United States
    14/11/16
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    "It would be 5 stars if it didn't mention Jesus and Bible"

    I thought the book was very good and definitely something most of us can relate to. The only parts I didn't like (thankfully there weren't too many) were the parts where the author mentions God, Jesus, Bible,.....you name it. I am a spiritual person so I tried to replace those words/parts with "loving universal energy" ......the whole Christian thing (at the exclusion of other religions) I can't totally deal with. But overall, very good inspiring book. I want to slow down too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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