What I Liked
This book was very in keeping with my personal theme this year: Give up being perfect for being authentic. Niequist really delivered in capturing the importance of not chasing perfectionism but instead focusing on what matters. Also, because of this book I have made it a personal mission to go to a lake or see a large body of water minimum of two times per year.
What I Wished was Different
I personally did not find anything too upsetting or problematic in this book. However, even if something was off or imperfect…well, that would be in keeping with the theme.
Overall, I resonated a great deal with this book. It was something I stumbled upon on my Libby App and tried out. Come to realize halfway through, I saw Shauna Niequest speak one time and she did a reading from her book Cold Tangerines at my Ama Matter. I enjoyed her except so much I quoted it on my FB status at 18 years old. Here I am 14 years later enjoying her still.
This book does have quite a spiritual theme throughout. Shauna quotes bible passages and discusses growing up in her father’s church. However, I felt the book had an underling theme of openness and a “come as you are” acceptance that I truly loved. Also, she breaks down her chapters easily that one could skip the majority of that if they wished.