>I warned you it was coming, and it’s finally here!
I have been fortunate enough to be able to review Shauna Niequist’s new book, Bittersweet, and share it with all you lovely readers.
I have been pondering what to write for my review for quite some time, and I haven’t really known where to start. This is mostly because with each chapter I read, I feel like getting up out of my chair and saying, “AMEN!”, and then frantically sitting back down to type out an excerpt to email a friend. …which I have actually done already on a few occasions.
This book is one of the most honest things I’ve ever read – things I’ve always wanted to say but never known how to. And not about life’s major headlining issues, but the underlying currents that drive us along. Each chapter is just a few pages long, but each one has a pretty powerful punch to it.
Maybe it’s because I feel as though I’m in the same life stage as Shauna, with both my physical and emotional world swirling with change and unsteadiness, but I find myself wanting to re-read certain chapters to soak them in better, studying them like I would a piece of art. Shauna’s writing reminds me of why I love modern art – she uses basic words or movements that everyone can understand to create something something beautiful that reaches down and touches your very soul. Certain chapters don’t necessarily apply to my life right now, but others have touched me in a significant way.
After reading the chapter titled Love Song for Fall, I actually sent an email to my best friend saying that I wish I could somehow print out that entire chapter and frame it on my wall.
[love song for fall]
I could gush for a while about this book, but let me sum it up with this:
This book is designed for busy women. It has short chapters, each of which are thought-provoking and brutally honest and incredibly applicable to life. And yet, this book somehow manages not to be a devotional, or a self-help book. It’s like opening the window into Shauna’s mind and just listening to it work its way through the day.
Oh…and if you love food as much as I do, you’re going to definitely love all the descriptions she uses in this book, not to mention the chapter titled, What We Ate, and Why It Matters.
Add this to all your Christmas lists my sweet friends…it’s an excellent book. (or buy it, right now, right here!)
You can also check out more of Shauna’s awesomeness at her website: www.shaunaniequist.com
Now for those of you who made it all the way through, there’s more! Because Shauna is incredible, she is allowing me to give one of YOU a free, signed copy of this wonderful book!
All you need to do is leave a comment after this post. I’m going to leave the window of opportunity open till Saturday at midnight, and then after that point, I’ll use random.org to choose which winner, who I’ll announce on Sunday.
Because I’m a mean, snarky woman, I’m not going to let you just say, “pick me!” in order to be eligible. No, my friends, you have to do a little work. All I want is to hear a short little description of your favorite Christmas memory. It can be about an event, a tradition, a food, or even a decoration. That’s all, I promise!
Now go comment, and make sure you share this opportunity to score Shauna’s new book with all your friends!