Present Over Perfect

Present Over Perfect

Leaving Behind Frantic for A Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Book - 2016
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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.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan :, Zondervan,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780310342991
Branch Call Number: 248.4 Nie
Characteristics: 236 pages


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Aug 07, 2018

Beautiful read! I heard Niequist spoke and I sense the honesty and vulnerability of her words! This book spoke to me the same way! And that I'm ok not to be busy and not to be perfect! Highly recommended!

ArapahoeJane Aug 07, 2018

~A nice reminder of what is important in life, which is somehow easy to lose track of in the busyness of every day. This book was written by a woman with whom I could relate. That is to say, she's a normal person with plenty to do. She's not an oblate or someone with a natural proclivity for sitting motionless for hours on end. I found her stories believable, reasonable and inspiring.

Am I, just from reading the book, experiencing a "simpler, more soulful way of living." Not yet. :-) I guess it takes mindfulness, effort and presence. Darn! If only someone would write THAT book...

somanybooksHPL Jul 05, 2018

A great read or listen [a female perspective on 12 rules for Life]. The author references the bible a lot, but there is still a good message there and while you many not agree with all the examples the book is a good foundation/reminder about what to consider in life and those you share it with.

Feb 27, 2018

First off, this is a very God centered book, if you don’t like that then this book might not work for you. I found that the author has a very different life from mine, but the overall themes were applicable to me. The specifics didn’t help, but overall it inspired me. The author lived a very busy career based life, flying all over the country 40+ times a year giving speeches and leaving her family behind. This book is her journey to overcome that. It isn’t a how to book, there isn’t much concrete advice, just her journey. I think a lot of people can relate the overall themes and bits of information to their own situations, but the details will be unrelatable to many.

CarleeMcDot Mar 15, 2017

I had heard such great things about this book that I was excited when I saw our library carried it. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the book, maybe some suggestions on ways to change your life, but whatever it was, it didn't come through. I felt pretty disappointed throughout the entire book. It was like the author spent the whole time saying that her life used to be hectic and always chasing movement and perfection and busyness but now she isn't. But how? Why? What tips and tricks do you want to share with the rest of us? "Make the decision to slow down." "Get a basketball hoop." "Throw candy." Again, maybe those resonated with others, but for me I walked away expecting and hoping for so much more.

Feb 06, 2017

I enjoyed the book and it was like reading my inner voice that is always saying, "Don't forget you're important in your own life." It is definitely spiritually based, so if you are a non-religious person, this might not be the book for you. If you look past all of the "God stuff," it is a motivational and easy read. As a religious person myself, I enjoyed the spiritual component.

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