Shauna, Shauna… I just don’t know where to start. I’ve already recommended Shauna Niequist’s three previous books, Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet and Bread and Wine, but I haven’t exactly explained why.
I think it’s safe to say Shauna’s writing started my healing after our two miscarriages one year apart. Reading her own story of miscarriages and deep hurt I started thinking about loss and difficulty and sorrow, differently. I started believing God still loved me even when life seemed like it was going all wrong.
Savor came in the mail on March 3rd, and the very passages that were so pivotal for me are in the pages of Savor for March 2nd and 3rd. Here are some excerpts:
I believe that suffering is part of the narrative, and that nothing really good gets built when everthing’s easy. I believe that loss and emptiness and confusion often give way to new fullness and wisdom. […]But I realized all at once, sitting in church on a cold dark night, that the story I was telling was the wrong one – or at the very least, an incomplete one. I had been telling the story about how hard it was. That’s not the whole story. (p. 68)
I began to live a much smaller story, and that story was only about me. I wanted an answer, a timeline, and a map. I didn’t want to have to trust God or anyting I couldn’t see. I didn’t want to wait or follow. I wanted my old life back […] (p. 69)
I realized this was what I had been doing, and that instead of wanting this season to be over, I need to live it and learn and be shaped and trust and believe that Jesus is good to me.
I’ll be honest, I’m not good at savoring the moment… Turning it over and pondering it and enjoying it or living it out to its fullest… If it’s hard I’d much rather it be past me, and sometimes I’m just to busy to stop and enjoy the happy times… In her own life, Shauna works hard at living in the moment and enjoying life as a gift (I know ’cause we’re Instagram pals ;).) I want to take a cue from her.
This collection is my attempt at paying attention, at clearing away space and noise, and inviting you to hear the drumbeat, too. God’s always speaking, always. He’s always moving, always present, always creating, always healing. The trick, at least for me is paying attention. The trick is savoring.
Savor is compiled of passages from her three books, but also includes new content and recipes! How fun is that? Each day has a corresponding Scripture, and a question to help you go deeper. Also, it’s a beautiful book. Fun fact: the cover was designed after one of her actual kitchen tea towels. Cool, huh? I thought it was a regular old cover, so I was so surprised to unwrap it and find it’s actually fabric-covered! The pages are edged in navy blue, and the lettering is by the one and only Lindsey Letters. It’s truly something special.
I’m so pleased to be able to give away a copy of Savor to one of you! Just enter below!
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P.S. Oh, and then there was that one time I met Shauna at Allume… It’s not great photo quality, but I just couldn’t resist…
**I received a copy of Savor for review purposes. All opinions are my own!**