Beautiful, joyful, practical antidote to perfectionism
For every perfectionist, workaholic, anxious person - or anyone involved in ministry, which is usually a combination of all three - this book is the perfect antidote. Niequist writes part-essay, part-memoir on her journey abandoning the quest for perfectionism and performance, and finding contentment in the everyday. One of the things that stood out for me was the question, ‘Since you will disappoint some people, who will you choose to disappoint - your family and close friends, or your ‘audience’ for your message?’
Niequist, like her father Bill Hybels, has an incredible capacity for making her message memorable and repeatable, and I must have underlined about half of the entire book. She is a master of metaphor, and I really loved the imagery of water throughout. She has the sort of welcoming, positive, easy tone that makes you feel instantly that she understands you: the ‘me too’ moments.
I’m ashamed to admit that this was my first Shauna Niequist. I confess I avoided her books for a while because, from a distance, they seemed so centred on cooking (which I can’t do) and tasting delicious foods (which I often can’t eat.) But I’m so glad I listened to all the hype about this book, because it really is excellent (and hardly about food at all) - and I will now work my way through her back catalogue.