America’s Exhausted Women

Tilly Dillehay | November 10, 2016


“If anyone else wants to live this life I’ve created for myself, they’re more than welcome to try. But I’m done. I need a new way to live.”

This is the state of Shauna Niequist’s mind in the opening scene of her new book of memoir-style essays, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.

Niequist—author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread and Wine, and Savor—sets out to describe and reflect on a three-year process in Present Over Perfect, calling it “the single most profound life change I’ve yet encountered.” She shed obligations, misconceptions, and belongings that had overwhelmed her life. The book promises to lead us through this process, helping us discover the same peaceful lifestyle and self-acceptance she’s currently enjoying.

“If I’m honest, I let words like responsible and capable govern many of my years,” Niequist says. “And what good are they? Words that I’m choosing in this season: passion, connection, meaning, love, grace, spirit.” 

This Zondervan release debuted at number two on The New York Times advice and how-to bestseller list in August, as well as number one in Publishers Weekly andThe Wall Street


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