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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. As an author and blogger, Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life---friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. Shauna is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron and Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
KristenAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Water On A Thirsty SoulNovember 19, 2012KristenAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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!
Donna5 Stars Out Of 5January 14, 2010DonnaThis 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.
Deann Hawkins5 Stars Out Of 5February 28, 2008Deann HawkinsI 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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Located in: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Submitted: April 30, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. My husband Aaron and I live in Grand Rapids, and we have a son named Henry, who is eighteen months old. Aaron is a songwriter and worship leader, and he just finished an album called With Broken Fists. I love to read, and throw dinner parties, and and spend as much time as possible on Lake Michigan--I think the lake in the summer is the best part of living in Michigan.
What was your motivation behind this project? I'm really captured and inspired by everyday life. I think normal life is beautiful and compelling, and that God's fingerprints are all over our lives, if we choose to see them. I love books that tell stories about daily life-- about meals and fights and children and dreams and grocery lists. Ideas and concepts are so important, but I love the texture and smells and sounds of real life, so those are the things I write about.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Books have been so important to me, and many authors have become friends through the pages of their books. I'd be honored to become a friend to someone in the same way, to help them to feel not so crazy or alone, and to see God's fingerprints in their normal lives, too.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The process of writing this book changed my life, because I literally had to learn to write as I went--there are easier ways, I'm sure, but that's how it happened for me. It forced me into solitude and patience and honesty, and those are things that transform you. Also, I had a baby right in the middle of the writing process, so I learned to be a mother and to be a writer right at the same time. So much of both those roles are about seeing, listening, slowing down. I've learned to quiet my mind and my heart and my screaming anxiety, and to listen, and that's affected my entire way of living.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Anne Lamott's 'Traveling Mercies' just stunned me. I didn't know you could do that-- tell the truth like that, tell your own story like that, use language and image like that. Sara Miles' 'Take this Bread' really affected me. I highly recommend it. Right now I'm reading Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary' for my book club, 'The Memory Keeper's Daughter,' and Erica Jong's writing memoir, 'Seducing the Demon.' I recently read Sue Monk Kidd's 'When the Heart Waits,' and Pete Scazzero's 'Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.' Also, my friend Nancy Ortberg's 'Looking for God' is amazing.