I was telling someone the other day that my life felt like a merry-go-round that is spinning faster and faster. Yet, I have spent a great deal of the past year of my life slowing down and minimizing what I have been doing, and my life still feels that way. I can remember the pain of realizing that I was looking forward to a root canal because I could count on it being a quiet day without much activity. Perhaps some of you can relate to that feeling. It’s the feeling that Shauna Niequist taps into in her latest release Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living.
In this book, Niequist chronicles her feelings of isolation, exhaustion and her need to slow down her busy life. She does this over the course of several personal narrative essays. Over the course of these essays, she explores the themes of her feelings and changes a thematic sort of way. It’s not a self-help book. She’s not giving advice. Instead, she’s exploring the interior of her world and buried within are nuggets of truth that I did find myself occasionally relating to.
I would not say that this is my favorite book written on slowing down, keeping from being busy and taking control of your life. The text is slow and rambling, and if you don’t enjoy the author’s style, then you’re not going to to enjoy this book. This is a pleasant, slow read, but I don’t think it’s life-changing or even really helpful if you’re looking for practical tips to slow down your busyness.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.