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

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Zondervan, 2010 - Religion - 252 pages
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ÔThe 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.ÔItÆs 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.ÔThis is what IÆve come to believe about change:itÆs good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good.By that I mean that itÆs 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 GodÆs 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.ÔIÆve learned the hard way that change is one of GodÆs greatest gifts, and most useful tools.Change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us.It can show us who weÆve become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways.IÆve learned that itÆs not something to run away from, as though we could, and that in many cases, change is a function of GodÆs graciousness, not lifeÆs cruelty.ÖNiequist, 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.ÔThis is the work IÆm 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.Ö

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

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I've had this window open for ages, trying to decide what to say about this book. I really enjoyed the first half, and think overall her thoughts are incredibly timely to my life. What hung me up in ... Read full review

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The author writes with passion and honesty, with richness and truth - drawing on lessons learned the hard and beautiful way. I related to her in so many levels even if the details of our lives were ... Read full review


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Shauna Niequist studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is an author and a blogger. Her books include Bread and Wine, Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are.

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