Prior to reading this book I hadn’t heard of Shauna Niequist or her previous book Cold Tangerines, but I decided to give her new book a try anyway. I did some research and apparently Shauna is the daughter of Bill Hybels, the Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. I read Bittersweet, because I was curious about her thoughts, I was also curious about her writing style, and coincidentally I haven’t read many books written by women. To me reading Bittersweet was like reading a publicized diary.
Bittersweet is a look into Shauna’s personal life, her past, her pleasures and sorrows, her most precious moments, etc along with making life suggestions and giving encouragement to readers. Although I can’t relate to some subjects she wrote about like having a miscarriage, I enjoyed reading chapters like ‘say something’ and ‘twenty five’ as I learned a bit from her experiences. Of course a drawback in my opinion is since she is a Christian author and the daughter of a Mega Church Pastor, I would preferred to have read provisions of scripture in addition to her thoughts; especially whenever she mentioned moments in Biblical history and God. Overall this is a very deep, poetic book filled with many familiar emotions: happiness, anger, sadness, excitement, even envy. I liked reading this, just remember to compare it to scripture for it is wise to do this with any other book which has a Christian label.
Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: Ben Umnus was given a free copy of this book by Zondervan Publishing, but he was neither paid for his review nor was he commanded by Zondervan Publishing to write a positive review. This review is the personal, written opinion of Ben Umnus. This disclaimer is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This entry was posted in Faith, Literature and tagged Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, Bll Hybels, book review of Shauna Niequist, Christianity, Cold Tangerines, encouragement, female author, God, grace, Holy spirit, Jesus Christ, personal reflection, Shauna Niequist, Todd Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church, Zondervan.