Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect

LIVE A LIFE OF MEANING AND CONNECTIONInstead of pushing for perfectionA 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...


Details Present Over Perfect

TitlePresent Over Perfect
ISBN9780310342991
Author
Release DateAug 9th, 2016
PublisherZondervan
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Christian, Self Help, Religion, Faith, Autobiography, Memoir, Spirituality
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Reviews Present Over Perfect

  • Annie Rim
    2016-08-22
    I was drawn to Shauna Niequist's newest book, Present Over Perfect because its title seemed to indicate our current season. I quickly realized that Niequist's life and my life are vastly different. While I'm learning to live with a messy playroom, Niequist is finding balance by saying no to Big Opportunities and Flashy Job Offers. She's learning to settle in at home with a cup of tea and her family. Perhaps it's harder for someone with a lot of o...
  • Callie
    2016-08-30
    1.5/5 stars.I have never read anything by Shauna Niequist, but I see her books everywhere. So when I saw Present Over Perfect available for review, I thought, why not? Niequist is known (to me) for her food memoir, so I knew this book would be a bit of a departure, but I was excited to give it a try. However, I would not recommend reading this book. As so many books I have read lately, I felt this one had positive and negative elements, but the n...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2017-06-17
    Another positive audiobook focused on simplifying life. Some helpful tips here and lots of acceptance.2017 Summer Vacation Book #1 (Audio #1)
  • Morgan
    2017-01-26
    Where to begin with this review...I think first the positive. First and foremost, this book should be called a memoir. It should not be read for spiritual instruction, but since Niequist has assumed the role of an author, speaker, and teacher, no doubt readers are coming to her for instruction. If I were rating this book simply on writing style and relatability to the author's struggle for simplicity, for being present over perfect, I would give ...
  • Jennifer
    2016-08-25
    I am a fan of Shauna Niequist's honest and approachable style. Her devotional Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are is one I've relied on for the past couple of years.Having read probably 10 books about "slowing down" and "simplifying," I'm never quite sure if I'll glean anything new from a book or if it will just be more of the same. I'm not sure if Niequist's writing just resonates so well with me, if I was desperate to hear the me...
  • Angela Mushrush
    2017-01-12
    I stopped on page 70. I just can't believe this is a book and I'm embarrassed and kind of angry that I bought it. There are some truths in this book. Basically that she's addicted to working and is really rich and blah blah blah. She could have summed this book up in about a paragraph on her Facebook account. I waited for her to say how she became present over perfect but she just kept talking about vacations and describing places (like Hawaii) o...
  • Von
    2016-08-02
    I WANTED to like this book, really I did, and to be honest there were a few chapters I really appreciated. However, I just don't think I can relate very well to the context of the struggle. It's really hard for me to connect to someone that has the luxury of going away from life every summer to a lake house or Lake Geneva and leaving things behind. I kept wondering why things were so tough for a person that has two healthy kids, a loving/wonderfu...
  • Danielle
    2016-11-01
    Some good nuggets in here and a good theme, overall. But super repetitive (super!!!) and felt a bit thrown together. Like, her editor called her to badger her about a new book and she said, "no! I'm done hustling! I'm taking a break and getting back to my core!" And her editor said, "great! Write about that! I need it in a week!" It has that messy, mid-journey memoir, right-in-the-thick-of-it feel to it. It very easily could have been (probably s...
  • Maureen
    2017-12-03
    This was so great as well as so convicting. I loved all of it, and the audiobook is fantastic!
  • Rebecca
    2017-02-12
    I think there were nuggets of good thoughts here and there in this book, but overall, I was overwhelmed by the serious lack of recognition of privilege throughout. I had to wonder if someone making a low to middle-range income had read a manuscript at any point through the editing process. It might have helped. I think the fact that I heard a ton of hype about this book may have set me up for disappointment, but still. That said, if you happen to...
  • Ioana
    2016-08-02
    I'm always curious of Shauna's new books, although I have realized long ago that I'm not always the targeted audience of everything she writers. I don't resonate with everything she writes about in this book, but there have been some aspects that rang true and caught my attention.Shauna Niequist tells stories from her personal discovery of what it means to have way too much on your plate, saying "yes" to one more thing, but forgetting what is imp...
  • Christy Ryan
    2016-07-27
    Hmmmm. Not what I thought. This type of book is truly my favorite type of non fiction. I love books on balance, busyness and best yes. My night stand is full of them. Love the title and the concept of slowing down and giving your best to those in your home first. But, I felt like I was drowning in so much new age thinking that this one just wasn't for me.
  • Rebecca
    2016-10-07
    This book spoke to me so deeply. The whole book is wonderful, but three things in particular pervaded my recent thinking.It’s ok for life to be less impressive on the outside. This might mean fewer vacations, fewer blog posts, and fewer parties, because being home and being with our loved ones leaves a space that is “beautiful and peaceful and full of life and connection, what I was looking for all along.” A Romanian saying I learned from m...
  • Sarah
    2016-01-07
    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm convinced Shauna Niequist is me, just 12 years older and with an excessive love of cheese I'll never be able to share. Basically everything she writes hits me squarely in the heart and tells me exactly what I need to hear right when I need it most. This one was no exception. Full review to come.
  • Jennifer
    2016-01-11
    A 4.5 for me. A really strong (good) message about not hustling. Almost feels like she can see into my brain.
  • Amy
    2016-10-07
    Shauna repeats herself WAY too much, felt like I was reading a blog post about the same thing over and over again. Is this book a memoir or self-help? very selfishly written if she truely meant to inspire. the premise is good, but how??? no meat whatsoever, especially if you're looking for truth based on the Bible. I have never given such a low review, I almost feel bad, but she says in her book that she isn't looking for accolades from others an...
  • Amy
    2016-12-30
    If you want to start your next year out right, this book is for you. Niequist really explores our lack of presence in our lives as this becomes overshadowed by busy schedules and pleasing the wrong people in our lives. Basically, this book is giving you the side-eye, overcommitted extrovert. You know it is!Shauna shares her own struggles of overcommitting, guilt about what she isn’t doing, and how we look for validation through social media ins...
  • Stacy
    2016-09-21
    I'm going to agree with many of the reviews that this was more of a memoir then any kind of self-help book. It was like reading her diary. It seemed repetitive and very biblical off for me at various points. It was an easy read but I was disappointed. I was expecting more encouragement on my own path to a life of simplicity. I don't recommend this book unless you enjoy reading someone's diary of thoughts and struggles. I do recommend The Best Yes...
  • Samantha Baruzzini
    2016-10-17
    Sometimes you read a book and it feels good to finish something. Then there are books that move me. Bring tears to my eyes. Convict me of needing to find and rediscover pieces of myself and my soul and connection to God. To make the time for quiet and stillness and prayer. For creating and recreating furniture and art and song. That is this book. I haven't picked up and finished one so quickly amidst my busy-with-life frantic mindset in a long ti...
  • Mollie
    2017-02-15
    I did not learn anything from this book. The best thing about it was the title. The rest was her complaining about how busy she is and how she isn't going to write books anymore—while she is writing a book. I wish it had more practical advice, or even just wisdom about what matters in life versus what doesn't. Instead it felt like a lot of self-loathing followed by peace followed by more self- loathing.
  • Lori
    2016-10-15
    I really enjoyed the book "Bread and Wine", but I struggled to finish this one. Too repetitive and the new age religious tone of this book, well lets just say I'm not a fan.
  • Lisamarie Landreth
    2017-08-05
    Shauna does it again with another book I'll be revisiting year over year, season after season.
  • Rene
    2017-01-11
    This may be for some. But definitely not for me. Poorly written. I felt so much was left out. The word whining comes to mind and narcissism... definitely not for me.
  • Elizabeth Moore
    2016-08-19
    "...and the soul felt its worth."
  • Melody Warnick
    2017-03-06
    That thing when you read a book that is exactly what you need at this precise moment in your life? Yeah, I love when that happens.
  • Michelle
    2016-09-27
    A thoughtful and reflective, "Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living" Chicago author wife and mother Shauna Niequist shares her personal transformation, going from being overworked and overwhelmed to peace-connection-rest.The crisis point arrived in her life with her anxiety levels were "through the roof" from caring for her small children, unfinished writing projects, travel, speaking engagements, ...
  • Melissa
    2016-03-21
    I love Shauna's honesty. Always have, (probably) always will. And her cry for saying no to perfectionism and yes to connection are words I can always hear more. I bookmarked a few words that got my heart, and her essay on "Good Fruit" is one that I will come back to again. I'll buy her next book and read her blogs. (4 stars) But the book really lost steam about halfway through. (2 stars) And the filler uncomfortably sat in the way of an otherwise...
  • Amanda
    2017-01-25
    The season of life I am currently in is crazy chaos, so the theme of this book sparked my interest. Everyday I am looking for more ways to simplify, stay present, and not worry so much about having everything perfect, so I wanted to love this book. I really did. And although I love the theme of everything Shauna wrote about, I did not feel very connected to her words. Maybe it is becuase our worlds and personalities seem very different. She write...
  • Jessica
    2016-09-04
    I could not bring myself to finish this book! The beginning resonated with me in a big way, but halfway through and I felt she started repeating herself. And, sorry, but not everyone is afforded the privilege to be able to steal away and write in your serene beach house alone and just has trouble slowing down enough to do so. That irritated me to no end. Sorry, Shauna...it's a pass for me.