I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet By Shauna Niequist

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I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet: Discovering New Ways of Living When the Old Ways Stop Working By Shauna Niequist

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Book/Novel Author: Shauna Niequist

Book/Novel Title: I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet

 

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When everything we’ve been clinging to falls apart, how do we know what to keep and what to let go of? I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet, now a New York Times bestseller, is a clear-eyed look at where we go from here–and how we can transform our lives along the way.Just after her fortieth birthday, author Shauna Niequist found herself in a season of chaos, change, and loss unlike anything she’d ever faced. She discovered that many of the beliefs and practices that she usually turned to were no longer serving her.After trying–and failing–to pull herself back up using the same old strategies and systems, she realized she required new ones: courage, curiosity, and compassion. She discovered the way through was more about questions than answers, more about forgiveness than force, more about tenderness than trying hard.In I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet, Niequist chronicles her journey–from her life-changing move from the Midwest to Manhattan to the power of unlearning what is no longer helpful and accepting the unknowns that come with midlife, heartbreak, and chronic pain.With her characteristic candor and grace, Niequist writes about her experience learning how to:Discover new ways of living when the old ways stop workingEmbrace the challenges and delights of releasing our expectations for how we thought our lives would lookTrust God’s goodness in a deeper, more profound wayFollow Niequist as she endeavors to understand grief, to reshape her faith, and to practice courage when it feels impossible.Praise for I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet:”Gentle. Loving. This tender book asks us to listen to our pain, lean into our discomfort, and trust that we can be lifted back on our feet by God and each other.”–Kate C. Bowler, New York Times bestselling author of No Cure for Being Human”This book is a masterpiece. It is a journey and an invitation and a joy and a heartbreak and all the things you need to read to be reminded that hope can still be found.”–Annie F. Downs, New York Times bestselling author of That Sounds Fun
As a reader of Shauna Niequist since Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, this latest installment is a fitting continuation.She is “still a yes” to the power of forgiveness, to life around the table, and all those foundational things. Her sometimes gut-wrenching honesty in her difficulties is not a bid for a pity party, but rather an invitation to fellow endurers of hardships; a message: you are not alone.I will certainly be rereading this when I go through difficulties and feel like I want an empathetic friend in the trenches alongside me. If that is you right now, then you might give this one a whirl.
I have to many pages marked and highlighted, and have shared so many insights with others! Perfect read after finishing a very busy school year… honest and real!
I got this book through my library app. While I’m very thankful for the app I kinda wish I had bought the book. It is good and each chapter could read like a daily devotion. Shauna is honest and vulnerable. I had no idea what she had went through with her dad. Although she doesn’t mention it much I googled and read the story. She talks moving to New York, motherhood, marriage, health challenges, friendships and many other things. It is worth reading.

The Niequist has all these rich ideas and experiences, but never fully commits to any of them. Each chapter (can it really be called an essay at this length?) is between 2-4 pages. The thoughts are compelling enough to cause self-assessment if the reader is so inclined, the author never sees them through.The book feels as if either the pain of the story is too much for the author to be vulnerable about (understandable, but then don’t share it) or else she was rushed by a deadline. As if someone said “you reference the pandemic, let’s get this out while COVID is still relevant.”This book could have been great, had it been given some time to simmer, Niequist time to heal. Instead it’s a skimmable, phoned-in, and disappointing.

 

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