Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

by | May 6, 2020 | Book Review | 1 comment

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.  



“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and look back and realize that the best thing about me was that I was organized.”