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Bittersweet

We've talked about the lovely orange book that is Cold Tangerines - a beautiful book, now on many a Kerith woman's bookshelf! Well, the long-awaited next book by Shauna Niequist is the equally beautiful pale blue book that is Bittersweet. The full title being Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
I bought it at the Willow Conference - had it signed of course:) and read it on holiday in Wales. The analogies with food and meals really connected with me as I read - like a delicious and beautifully prepared meal, I wanted to read more and could have wolfed it down, but chose instead the restraint of reading slowly. Each chapter is self-contained - an observation, a recount of an ordinary event in her life. That's what resonates so well as you read it -thinking "that's my life" "I've felt like that" "I wasn't sure other women felt like that too". It's about seeing God in the ordinary. It's about real , authentic life. It's about learning and growing through all of life - sad and hard times included. To me, it's a picture of what Romans 12 v 1 is like in real life for a Christian woman living in the west in 2010.

I love it - am about to start reading it again . I highly recommend it and hope many of you get to read it. Two friends made the same comment to me last week, straight after reading the first chapter "that's my life, it's what I'm going through". Her writing about it has given them hope. Shauna's writing appeals to all sorts of women - all ages too. You can buy it at the Kerith bookshop on Sundays; or if you can't wait, buy it now at Amazon

Shauna's doing a blog-tour of Bittersweet, and as part of that is offering to giveaway a book when it's reviewed , so she will send a free copy of Bittersweet to one of my blog readers - cool hey? SO...if you write a comment on this blog, with a short account of a bittersweet moment in your life, you'll be entered for the giveaway. It's going to be a kind of lucky-dip to pick the winner really, (rather than "the saddest story wins" !) If you post something on Facebook or Twitter, send me that link as a comment to this blog and you'll be entered too! Can't wait to hear your thoughts .



 

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Anonymous said…
Loved Shauna's lastbook, read it through a number of times! Definitely will be purchasing that one on Sunday and will let you know my thoughts....Suzanne x

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