Present over Perfect book club: an introduction

Shauna Niequist books

I was in the middle of severe grief due to miscarriages, and I found this book called Bittersweet. I don’t recall what made me pick it up. Whether it was the picture of the crumbled chocolate on the front or the subtitle; ‘thoughts on change, grace and learning the hard way’.

Either way, it found its way home with me. As I read it, often with tears in my eyes, I was so grateful for this author Shauna Niequist. She managed to articulate her own pain in such a way that she gave me words to express mine.

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quiet spirit

quiet-spirit

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This often quoted passage from Isaiah foretells the birth of Jesus, calling him the Prince of Peace.

We only have to glimpse the headlines of the news today to see a world of hunger and need, war and death, terror and tragedy.

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quiet your body

quiet-body

Sometimes I live so much in my head that I don’t really inhabit my body. Yes, it gets me from place to place, but often I rush from thing to thing and I don’t pause long enough to notice my body. And then I wonder all of a sudden why I am so hungry, or tired, or my shoulders ache. I don’t pause long enough to notice, really notice what my body is telling me.

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a quiet mind

quietmind

At this time of year my life is marked by the never-ending internal list. You know the one cataloguing presents purchased, food to be organised, the Christmas shirt required for the end of year concert, etc.

Add to that the everyday chores and I find I am subject to a constant internal dialogue that means my mind is extremely loud.

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