Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Paperback | February 23, 2013

byShauna Niequist

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"The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. "It's the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, audacious, earthy. "This is what I've come to believe about change: it's good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good. By that I mean that it's incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God's hand, which is where you wanted to be all long, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be. "I've learned the hard way that change is one of God's greatest gifts, and most useful tools. Change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us. It can show us who we've become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. I've learned that it's not something to run away from, as though we could, and that in many cases, change is a function of God's graciousness, not life's cruelty." Niequist, a keen observer of life with a lyrical voice, writes with the characteristic warmth and honesty of a dear friend: always engaging, sometimes challenging, but always with a kind heart. You will find Bittersweet savory reading, indeed. "This is the work I'm doing now, and the work I invite you into: when life is sweet, say thank you, and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you, and grow."

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"The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no le...

Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild & silly & darling boys, Henry & 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:Tabl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:February 23, 2013Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310335280

ISBN - 13:9780310335283

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! In short essay format, an easy read that I think most can relate to!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Picked up this book randomly 2 years ago and although the interesting anecdotes are long forgotten, I still remember how much I enjoyed the book. Shauna speaks to her readers as if she were speaking to you over coffee. A great read for any woman, Shauna has a way in connecting with her reader, assuring you that you do not have to have it all figured out and that like many things in life, the journey of faith can be one that is both bitter and sweet. Looking forward picking up her other books.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A memorable read! Picked up this book randomly 2 years ago and although the interesting anecdotes are long forgotten, I still remember how much I enjoyed the book. Shauna speaks to her readers as if she were speaking to you over coffee. A great read for any woman, Shauna has a way in connecting with her reader, assuring you that you do not have to have it all figured out and that like many things in life, the journey of faith can be one that is both bitter and sweet. Looking forward picking up her other books.
Date published: 2013-08-07