Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Author Shauna Niequist loved her life and her work. But she wasn’t enjoying her life or her work. She yearned for connection, meaning, depth but “settled for busy.” She was living “a set of beliefs and instincts” which were not hers, an elusive image of perfection. And she was wearing out at age thirty-six. Her health deteriorated. This book is her invitation to join her struggle to live a different model, leaving 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.” While her prose at times wanders into flowery excess, her reflections and insights help the reader learn how to re-orient to life through intentional practice and spiritual principles.