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Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild and silly and darling boys, Henry and Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for IF:Table, she is a member of the Relevant podcast, and a guest teacher at her church. Shauna’s three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.
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I also feel that perhaps if this book was structured differently, I would enjoy it much more. I'm not sure I would consider it a devotional and feel that maybe even the author and her editors had to stretch a bit to make it one. The great thing about Shauna's writing is her story telling and the way she can weave lessons and big ideas into them. 3 short paragraphs just isn't enough for her to do what she does best and often, what should have been one story is split into 3-4 days readings, which just doesn't do the writing justice and sometimes it feels like the days reading abruptly ends. I really do enjoy the questions she poses for further reflection on your life at the end of each reading. Some great things to think about or even journal about. I like that part. But I wouldn't say that each day's reading points me back to Jesus, which isn't bad, it just doesn't feel like a devotional. I use devotionals to deepen my understanding of God and some days, yes, certainly it does this but some days not at all. If this book was called something else and maybe structured differently, I think it would be more effective.
I'll still read Savor and plan to finish it and try out some of the recipes, but I'm reading it with a different frame of mind now. Not as a devotional but as a thought provoking book, and I'll read multiple days at a time until I feel like the story she was trying to tell over a few days was over. There really are some great parts of this book, and I have felt challenged on multiple occasions, I just expected something different. I still have great hopes for any future book she may write.
UPDATE: I never finished this book. Just couldn't get into it with how choppy it was. I really don't recommend it to anyone as a devotional.
This is marketed as a devotional because that is what it is... You could read it through but I think the title gives you the gist of how this book is to be read. Read a page and savor it. Turn the words around in your mind, your spirit---- think about what Shauna is saying and then relate it to your own life. Read her blog or other books for more narrative style writing.
You must get the hardback copy of this book. It has a "linen-like" cloth cover with a dark navy font color. The page edges are also navy and it has a ecru satin ribbon slipping out of the pages to mark your journey from day to day. There is also a recipe index to check mark your favorites as the recipes are peppered throughout the book.
This is not a book for in-depth theology, but is great for encouragement and simple truths that can lift and inspire you to find the things in your own life to savor. I will buy it again as gifts for special occasions like birthdays or to put with a wedding gift.
Anyone buying and using this devotional will be blessed each morning as they start their day!