Sep 20, 2010

Bittersweet: Review And A Giveaway!

This morning I'm pleased to bring you not just a review of a great book I've been loving on the last few weeks, but also a super fun giveaway!

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way is the second book by author Shauna Niequist, writer of faith and the intersection between daily life and the divine. Her essays have been read around the globe, and touch on some of the most basic shared human experiences - food, friends, and family.

In Bittersweet, Shauna tackles the idea of change and grace, two things that have been heavy on my mind of late. As I touched on Friday, life has been throwing me too many curve balls of late, and while I'm excited to pursue all these new twists and turns through a minimalist lens, it can be easy to get caught up and forget all the important stuff.

At a place in my life where everything is so acutely colored with both the bitter and the sweet, it was comforting to dig into these essays from Shauna. In truth, our daily lives are always colored with both sides of the coin, but it is often forgotten - and so in a season of life when everything around me so obviously reminds me to be thankful, that there is both positive and negative always, and yes that there is both bitter and sweet in every moment, this book was a God-send. I have turned back to the pages of this book time and again for comfort and peace, a reminder that I am not the only one who has ever felt so lost and so confused, and yet so infused with life and passionate about every single moment.

In celebration of this book, I am offering up a super fun giveaway - one commenter will win both Bittersweet and Shauna's first book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life! To win both copies, simply leave a comment to this post with a great book you've been reading lately. I will draw a winner on Friday.

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