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Bittersweet - Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

Shauna Niequist

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'The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness. 'It's the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, audacious, earthy. 'This is what I've come to believe about change: it's good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good. By that I mean that it's incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God's hand, which is where you wanted to be all long, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be. 'I've learned the hard way that change is one of God's greatest gifts, and most useful tools. Change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us. It can show us who we've become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. I've learned that it's not something to run away from, as though we could, and that in many cases, change is a function of God's graciousness, not life's cruelty.' Niequist, a keen observer of life with a lyrical voice, writes with the characteristic warmth and honesty of a dear friend: always engaging, sometimes challenging, but always with a kind heart. You will find Bittersweet savory reading, indeed. 'This is the work I'm doing now, and the work I invite you into: when life is sweet, s

Language:

English

Length:

5h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:40


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:47


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:14


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:18