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Author: Shauna Niequist Narrator: Shauna Niequist Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780310348320
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In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave 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.

As she puts it: "A 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 course of the last few years, I've learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it's changing everything.

"Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth."

Written in Shauna's warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An honest conversation about your faith and where you want to go with it.”

    Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Niequist’s latest book is her most satisfying blend of mindfulness, scripture, and self-help to date, offering readers the blueprint for a life lived in the real instead of the ideal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author narrates her collection of essays with the intent that sharing her journey from being busy and unfulfilled to slowing down and embracing simplicity will help others who know the same burned-out feeling. Niequist’s soothing, warm voice supports her message of seeking grace. Her delivery is smooth, and her pace leisurely; she sounds authentic as she encourages others to relish the present and consider each piece of advice. Each essay reflects an openness to life and is spoken in a gentle way—as to protect listeners from the burden of perfectionism and overextending themselves.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LG | 2/10/2019

    " I generally don't read "self help" type books, but this was recommended by a friend. The book was fantastic and so relevant. I have recommended this book to 5 other people since reading it. I also love that the author narrated it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari Hackett | 8/1/2018

    " This book is an inspiration and a treasure all in one. I found myself with ah moments, weld up tearful moments, and moments of joy. More importantly an urgency to awaken my soul and to bring it out of hiding. I feel lost and yet I feel found. Thank you for sharing our story in such a poetic peaceful way. I feel as though I have met a new friend. Certainly would like to connect!! "

About the Author

Shauna Niequist grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron, a pianist and songwriter. They live in suburban Chicago.