Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Savor- by Shauna Niequist: Book Review

Savor by Shauna Niequist is a devotional aimed to help everyone focus on the important things in life, to pause and think what is it that really matters in life.
Although the message is applicable for everyone, this is more like a women's devotional. The topics approached in the devotional are mostly dealing with food&community and friendship, but not limited to these. The devotional are really short and concise, which makes them very practical to read. For me, personally, this is a perfect approach to devotionals, especially since I'm not a devotionals-reading kind of person. Maybe this is why I tended to read several at a time, not necessarily in the morning, but whenever I had a few free moments. They are perfect for a person who has a hard(er) time sticking to a strict, classical devotional. Each devotional starts with a Bible verse and the author's thoughts on a certain topic, ending the devotional for the day with a question to help the reader meditate.

Other reviewers have said that she “recycles” pieces from her other writings, like her previous three books and her blogs. This is probably true, but understandable (365 devotionals!). However, some devotionals seem to be cut short, and this is what probably has to do with the “recycling” I was talking about. An idea is started in a certain devotional and it’s only finished in the devotional of the next day. It’s not something that hinders the reading, however.
The title comes from the author's intention to slow down and take each day as it comes, without hurry and heedlessness to the importance of each day. Through her poetic writing and carefully chosen words, she nudges her readers to pace down and savor the uniqueness of each day.

I was offered an ebook copy of this book by Zondervan via blooklook. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

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