For the last two weeks, I’ve been starting my mornings nose-deep in Shauna Niequist’s new book Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are. It doesn’t disappoint, friends. She combines stories and scripture to create 365 devotional essays that are real while being eloquent, smart while having soul. She encourages women to slow down and savor the ordinary moments that comprise our everyday lives — those moments that are often overshadowed. Reading Savor has been so good for my soul.
“This collection is my attempt at paying attention, at clearing away space and noise, and inviting you to hear the drumbeat, too,” writes Niequist. “God’s always speaking, always. He’s always moving, always present, always creating, always healing. The trick, at least for me, is paying attention. The trick is savoring.”
I’ve been a fan of Shauna for awhile. Savor features work from her incredibly popular books Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Savor also includes new content and recipes for 21 dishes that have accompanied Shauna on her journey to soak in simple, everyday life. I’m a pretty avid reader, but Shauna’s writing always stands out, working it’s way into my heart, staying with me throughout the day. She has a way with words that just have me going, “Yes! That. Exactly that.”
“Things will not always be as they are now — there will be new things, other things, good things. But I don’t want to miss this, this right now, this sacred everyday. And I don’t want to only see the surface. I want to see the depths — the work of God all around me, in conversation and prayer and silence and music. I want to connect with the God who made me from dust, on purpose and for a purpose.”
As I’ve spent a few quiet moments with Savor each morning, I’ve noticed something. Shauna writes in a vulnerable way that strips down everything else, pulling you in with her stories, leaving you with so much to chew on. My editor’s heart loves reading her work because she writes in a descriptive and succinct style — something that’s actually pretty tough to pull off.
Also, can we just talk about how beautiful Savor is? Because oh my word. It’s gorgeous! It’s one of those books I’ve been leaving on my end table, because it’s just so…pretty. (It’s a bound linen hardcover featuring Lindsay Letters‘ work, and I think we can all agree that Lindsay Letters is kind of the best, right?) I’m so thankful to have received a copy of Savor for review — it’s the type of book that is a gift. Which is why I’m so thrilled I get to give away a copy to one of you lovelies. (Hey, girl, heyyyy!) I wish I could get a copy into each one of your hands, because I know you’ll be blessed by it.
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