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Cold Tangerines

Not long to go now until REAL, and the excitement's mounting.

I follow Shauna Niequist via her blog and Twitter, and it's been fun reading along, " listening " to her, and realising we're soon going to meet her in person! She is in the final stages of writing her third book, and I'm looking forward to hearing some excerpts from it at REAL. Her two already published books are absolute favourites of mine. Each is written in a very readable style - the chapters are self contained, so you can pick the book up and read a chapter at random - great for beside the bed, on the coffee table, or in the car (that one's especially for the mums waiting to pick children up from activities!) I can't tell you how many times I've re-read each one, and each time God uses her words and her stories to encourage and challenge me.

We have Shauna's books available at Kerith Resources on Sundays - both books have already been widely read and enjoyed by all different age groups of Kerith women - buy a copy or borrow one, but do get hold of one to read before REAL to hear something of Shauna's heart.

I've reviewed Bittersweet before, so here's an encouragement to read Cold Tangerines. This beautifully written review is by my lovely young student friend Ellie Jackson.

Cold Tangerines
If you have ever pondered the spiritual significance of a cup of tea then Shauna Niequist will probably be able to reveal it to you. Cold Tangerines is a collection of exquisitely written splurges about the joy that can be found in the little things; whether that’s a cup of tea or writing in pencil or needles or pennies, Shauna candidly peels away the preconception that the ordinary is mundane and instead offers us‘a shameless appeal for celebration.' I’m under the impression that this book is not intended as a gorge-fest to be read hungrily in a couple of hours, but is neatly divided into easily digestible segments for an everyday burst of holy positivity. She advocates the beauty and the power of God in the daily grind,from the more obvious bible studies, to childhood passions, inanimate objects and influential relationships. The result is 40 chapters of honest, raw, conversational prose that spurs you on to examine what your own cold tangerines might be. It’s something to keep on your bookshelf to remind you to be grateful when life is hard and when life is good. It’s a book to share with your friends and an attitude to share with the world. It will resonate with your soul and beguile you into thinking that you’ve made a new best friend,which you have, after all we’re all sisters in Christ, but just remember that even though you might feel you know Shauna inside out, she doesn’t know your name yet!
Whatever is true, whatever isnoble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever isadmirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things Philippians 4:8


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