Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life - eBook  -     By: Shauna Niequist
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Zondervan / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310316947
ISBN-13: 9780310316947
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Publisher's Description

Cold Tangerines is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in our everyday lives. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that we have called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and her life, and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling us upward to the best possible life, and giving us room to breathe, to rest, to break down and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak And boredom and broken glass.

Author Bio

Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild & silly & darling boys, Henry & Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for IF:Table, and she is a member of the Relevant podcast, and a guest teacher at her church. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.

 

Publisher's Weekly

Niequist, a 30-year-old mother and first-time author, wants readers to look around their ordinary lives and celebrate all their manifold, quotidian blessings. To that end, she offers 40 short essays, each an exploration of something mundane and wonderful: getting pregnant, throwing parties, collecting champagne flutes. She recalls a breakup that deepened her relationship with God, and explains why moving into a fixer-upper helped her learn that God loves us as we are. A lovely, honest and wistful tone characterizes the title piece, an ode to living a life of gratitude and joy. Essays on a friend's health scare, the power of art and experiencing Christmas with a newborn are especially powerful. Yet Niequist's relentlessly first-person reflections would have been leavened by more fully developing some of the other characters, the relatives and friends who pop up. Sometimes her prose is annoyingly abstract (“if we cultivate a true attention, a deep ability to see what has been there all along, we will find worlds within and between us”), and there are clichéd observations. Still, with a bit of seasoning (and more vigorous editing), Niequist could be a writer to watch. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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    I can't say enough good things about Cold Tangerines. It's refreshing, honest, and for me was like pouring water on a thirsty soul. Shauna's writing is real and engaging and reading this book feels more like sitting down for coffee with a friend than it does being preached at by an expert. Highly recommended!
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    January 14, 2010
    Donna
    This was a very enjoyable book, I loved the authenticity of Shauna. It was such a comfort for her to share what seems to lurk inside of me. It felt good to see that I am not alone in some of the feelings I don't want to admit I have. Her chapters where great, with each chapter being a story in and of itself. I truly loved the book, and can't wait for more to come. Thank you for redirecting me to enjoy my day to day life fuller.
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    February 28, 2008
    Deann Hawkins
    I have so enjoyed reading this book!What a wonderful collection of essays about life lessons. I love how you can read a little or a lot, depending on your own schedule, because the chapters are so short and tell a complete story in and of themselves.This author is very real and honest; she openly admits what so many of us are thinking. This book has helped me to be more aware of the infinite blessings that are all around me.
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