coffee and a book: “bittersweet”
There is not much I love better than sitting at a coffee shop and whiling away the hours with a good book. Welcome to another edition of an occasional series on here called “Coffee and a Book,” where I tell you about a book I’m reading right now and you have a chance to share what you’re reading (and loving…or not.)
Right now, I’m reading…
Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist
I just finished this gem not too long again and absolutely fell in love. Having read Shauna’s last book, Cold Tangerines, I knew what to expect: honest, genuine words, broken up into bite-sized essays that toss you this way and that, challenging you, softening you, reaching out and grabbing hold of the deepest set desires and instincts we have. Somehow, you put down her books, feeling much less alone in the world.
Bittersweet delves into the intersection of the bitter and the sweet in life; the joy and the pain; and how one feeds into the other seamlessly. Through an intense and often heartbreaking chronicling of her own bitter season in the past several years, Shauna argues that we cannot truly know life without knowing what it is to be broken and, in turn, redeemed.
She also writes with a great affection for food and the role it plays in our lives — which, of course, tickled me to no end. She writes:
“Food is one of the ways we acknowledge our humanity, our appetites, our need for nourishment. And so it may seem trivial or peripheral to some people, but to me, when I’m telling a story, the part about what we ate really does matter.”
She writes beautifully of grace and honestly about doubt and the vulnerable condition of being human, especially as a mother. But hers is a fierce and strong vulnerability — the kind that can only come from being split apart and having the courage to get put back together again.
An excellent read, I encourage you (especially if you are a twenty or thirty-something woman) to pick up a copy. And possibly also a box of tissues and some dark chocolate truffles.
Visit Shauna’s website here.
So what are you reading right now?