Present Over Perfect - Shauna Niequist

Present Over Perfect

By Shauna Niequist

  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4.5
From 404 Ratings


New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to look at the landscape of your own life, consider how it might feel to leave behind the pressure to be perfect, and begin the practice of simply being present in the middle of the mess.

A few years ago, Shauna found herself exhausted and isolated, her soul and body sick. She was tired of being tired and burned out on busy. It seemed like almost everyone she talked to was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, and depth, but settling for busy.

But then something changed. She decided to trade the hustle and bustle for grace, love, stillness, and play, and it changed everything. Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people who matter most to us.

As you witness Shauna's journey, you'll be inspired to embark on one of your own. She gives you the encouragement you need to:
Put an end to people-pleasing tendenciesEmbrace moments of simplicity, quiet, and stillnessAccept that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy
Written in Shauna's warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

Join the over 500,000 others who have already started walking this new path away from frantic pushing and proving and toward their true selves.


  • A must read for Moms

    By Sage Moreno
    I love how relevant the words in this book are. They flow off of the page and into your soul. This book is life altering-yet comforting. So much so that I just re-read it for the second time. Buy it. You won’t regret it!
  • Great Read!

    By PeaceInNow
    Just what I needed right now! Wish I would have read it 20 years ago! But, nevertheless, I will begin to apply it now, better late than never! Thank you Shauna for your great and simplistic insight into how I feel!
  • Treasured

    By MarriedT
    Fantastic, transparent and transformative

    By Sanz the good twin
    I’ve read 7 books so far this year and this one is by far my favorite!! I absolutely love the stories and the message that I needed to hear!
  • What I needed to hear!

    By Sings4love
    The message of this book was exactly what I needed to hear. The book is full of encouraging words and fresh prospectives, and that is a must have for anyone struggling with balance in their life.
  • Amazing!

    By LBosWorld
    So practical! Real and raw. Really challenged me to think about my life and reevaluate how I spend my time and who and what I put first. Definitely making some changes after reading this.
  • One of the best books I’ve read!

    By Mooshiiii
    This book is now my all time favorite read! You won’t regret it! I read this book after reading Girl Wash Your Face and that book was really good! However, I haven’t been able to find a good read that matches Present Over Perfect yet. As a new mom that experiences mom guilt a lot, this book helped me realize I don’t and can’t physically nor mentally do it all perfectly. My son, husband, and friends don’t want me to be perfect, they just want me to be present and engaged. Highly recommend reading this book!
  • Present over Perfect

    By Teeps9
    Great read, I was applying some of these skills, but the book got to the heart of why you want to reconnect to your heart, your growth.
  • Great book

    By AlissaHenryTV
    Starts off really strong, winds up being repetitive and fluffy at the end. But overall I loved the book and would highly recommend it.
  • Present over perfect

    By Peggy Gavin
    Truly loved this book. Life changing.