I can't wait to tell you about this one.
This is the kind of book you simply fall into and don't want to find your way out. Shauna Niequist writes about life and faith and what it means to embrace the bittersweet moments.
"When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."
Niequist writes like a great chef. Every word choice feels like the perfect ingredient, savory or sweet. She draws you in, making you feel so comfortable inside her little world as she explores what it means to accept the painful circumstances that God allows in our lives. She shares openly about a particular year where she got pregnant, lost a job she dearly loved, had a baby, and wrote a book. This same year, her husband lost his job in a painful way, and that led to a move and all the upheaval that creates.
"Change is not a function of life's cruelty but instead a function of God's graciousness."
" When your life is easy, a lot of the really crucial parts of the Christian doctrine and life are nice theories, but you don't really need them. When, however, death of any kind is staring you in the face, all of a sudden rebirth and new life are very, very important to you."
I also love her sense of humor. I mean, this is a girl I can relate to:
"I'm pretty certain that I could out-eat most women my size, should the opportunity ever present itself. Sometimes I see tiny women on TV eating like 58 hot dogs, and I think to myself, Please, I could eat a hundred of those. I did hold the record for most ice cream sandwiches at my summer camp: eleven and a half."
You can visit Miss Shauna here and read about another great book she wrote called Cold Tangerines.
If you'd like a FREE copy of this book, leave a comment on this post with your email address and....the title of a favorite book of yours.....then I'll put the names in a bag, choose one randomly, and have it sent right to you. Now, that's a great early Christmas, don't you think? I think this is my first give-away! Pretty exciting, I must say.
Deadline for posting a comment is noon on Friday, December 17th!