Thursday, November 6, 2014
Review: Bittersweet:Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by:Shauna Niequist
About the Book:
The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. 'It's the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul.
About the Author:
Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron Niequist, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac. Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life--friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. You can find out more about Shauna and read her blog at www.shaunaniequist.com.
In each part of our daily lives, there are times of happiness, sadness, anger, regret---you name it and I am sure that it has happened to all of us in one way or another. This author is not new to me, I have reviewed for her once before, the book was entitled Bread&Wine. I really like the way that the author conveys her thoughts in her writings. Whether she is discussing food, family, friends or God she is always able to get my attention. In Bittersweet, she shows us the different lessons that she has learned along the way about life in the hopes it will help someone out there get through it, get by, or just be.
In her many lessons she will take you back in time to different experiences and bare her soul. And as she does it each time, I am thinking ya know I really get what she is saying. I really enjoyed the lesson entitled Gifts, Under the Tree and Otherwise. The author begs of you to really reach out to friends and loved ones this Christmas and don't be afraid to share with them how you truly feel about them. With life, we have to take the bitter with the sweet because in all things this is how God grows us and blesses us. Shauna Niequist reminds us of this very thing and she also begs of us to see God's good in ALL things!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad and Zondervan.