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Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Do you yearn for a more meaningful, connected life but find yourself settling for busy? Do you find yourself pushing for perfection, trying to prove and earn your worth? We invite you to join Shauna Niequist on a journey that has changed her life.

Do you find yourself isolated, tired, and burned out on busy? The Present Over Perfect Study will teach you a new way to live: a life marked by grace, love, rest, and play. Walk with Shauna down a new path, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you bang proving and earning for your worth.

Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining the exhausting image of perfection.

Stop. Rest. Play. Create. Connect. Cultivate silence. And in the silence, discover the voice of Love you have been aching to hear.

Join Shauna as she shares her honest account of what led her to begin this journey. There is another way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

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5 Reasons to Join the Present Over Perfect Study

In this study you will learn to:

  • Consider the landscape of your own life and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect
  • Learn a new way to live your life: a life marked by grace, love, rest, and play.
  • Walk down a new path away from frantic pushing and proving, and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and ordinariness of life
  • Find freedom from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more
  • Discover another way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.

About the Present Over Perfect Study

Shauna Niequist

Our worth is inherent, given by God, not earned by our hustling… I will not waste one more day trapped in comparison, competition, proving, and earning

Shauna Niequist Present Over Perfect

“This book is an account of my winding, messy journey from exhaustion to peace, from isolation to connection, from hustling and multitasking to sacred presence. And this book is an invitation, too—a hand holding out across the pages, inviting you into that same journey, because it has been the greatest, most rewarding change of my adult life.”

I think this drive for perfection manifests first of all in the the tendency to put our lives on hold, waiting for “things” to be perfect, whatever those things are for each of us — jobs, homes, relationships. And second, it’s the impulse to prove and perform, instead of allowing our vulnerabilities and weaknesses to be seen.

I have a deep sense that when I finally get it all together — my messy house, my weight, my all-over-the-place emotions — then I’ll finally be happy and whole. But the word that’s guiding me right now is anyway. I wish all sorts of things were different about me, but I’m showing up anyway. I’m connecting and letting myself be seen anyway. I don’t want to miss any more of my life waiting to get it all together.

And I have missed so many sweet and tender things along the way because I was too busy pushing and proving, believing that I had to hustle in order to be loved and accepted. That myth has shaped so much of my life, and the work I’m doing now is to believe the truth: love is never, ever earned, and it was, in fact, there all along.

Will you join with me on the journey to live a life drenched in love and soaked in grace and full of meaning?

Shauna

About the Author

Shauna and Aaron, her husband of 16 years, have two children, Henry and Mac; the family lives in suburban Chicago. “The more you put into family life, the richer it is…I had been paying the minimum balance for a long time. Now I am more conscious of being connected, being there for bedtime.”

Unlike her bestselling devotional Savor, Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Present over Perfect doesn’t have any recipes. Instead it offers plenty of food for thought about the demands and decisions women face today. In a series of thematically organized reflections, Niequist’s fifth book in a decade describes her spiritual development over the past three years, moving from the “frantic” of the subtitle (Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living) to spiritual peace and quiet.

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