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Overview A collection of stories and ideas about the life of celebration that God gives us, this book offers a vision of life as a collection of bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption and celebration, in and among the heartbreak and boredom and broken glass.
Publishers Description Cold Tangerines is a collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in our everyday lives. It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything. It is about spiritual life, and about all the things that we have called nonspiritual life that might be spiritual after all. It is the snapshots of a young woman making peace with herself and her life, and trying to craft a life that captures the energy and exuberance we long for in the midst of the fear and regret and envy we all carry with us. It is both a voice of challenge and song of comfort, calling us upward to the best possible life, and giving us room to breathe, to rest, to break down and break through. Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak And boredom and broken glass.
From Publishers Weekly Niequist, a 30-year-old mother and first-time author, wants readers to look around their ordinary lives and celebrate all their manifold, quotidian blessings. To that end, she offers 40 short essays, each an exploration of something mundane and wonderful: getting pregnant, throwing parties, collecting champagne flutes. She recalls a breakup that deepened her relationship with God, and explains why moving into a fixer-upper helped her learn that God loves us as we are. A lovely, honest and wistful tone characterizes the title piece, an ode to living a life of gratitude and joy. Essays on a friend's health scare, the power of art and experiencing Christmas with a newborn are especially powerful. Yet Niequist's relentlessly first-person reflections would have been leavened by more fully developing some of the other characters, the relatives and friends who pop up. Sometimes her prose is annoyingly abstract (if we cultivate a true attention, a deep ability to see what has been there all along, we will find worlds within and between us), and there are clichd observations. Still, with a bit of seasoning (and more vigorous editing), Niequist could be a writer to watch. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 10/08/2007 page 20
Publishers Weekly - 08/13/2007 page 63
CBA Retailers - 09/01/2007 page 68
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.76" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.92" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 9, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310273609 ISBN13 9780310273608 UPC 025986273606
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More About Shauna Niequist
Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. As an author and blogger, Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life---friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God. Shauna is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron and Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
Reviews - What do customers think about Cold Tangerines?
Cold Tengerines Feb 9, 2010
Arrived on time and in good condtion. Easy to read. Written likea journal. Loved it.
bookclub Jan 14, 2010
I won't be very eloquent but straight forward...............the book was boring, the author was whinny and self obsorped and the entire book club disliked it..........you learn a little something with each book you read but this one really isn't worth it. Frustrating......didn't want to finish it but forced myself.
Refreshing Jan 7, 2010
Cold Tangerines is written my a 30-something year old woman, Shauna Niequist. She writes about the lessons she has learned thus far in life - through faith, her parents, her husband, and motherhood. I loved this book! Her humor and ADD-ness, which I appreciated, really comes through in her writing. She wrote honestly about life's struggles. Her authenticity and humor were refreshing.
Excellent book Oct 18, 2009
Very refreshing, easy read! Inspiring, fun book. Highly recommend for just a light read with some great reminders for living life to the fullest!
Amazing Book Oct 17, 2009
O.k. so to be honest right from the get go, I am not into religious books. I am not into a book that houses God in a church, or uses God for excuses. But I am what you would call quite spiritual. That means many things to many people, but it's a general statement that's important for this book and for one reason only. This book talks about God all the time.
Yet because of her writing, I was ok with the fact that her religion is Christian, and mine is not. I was ok with the fact that she has a slightly different way of approaching her spirituality than I do. Once I crossed that bridge in the beginning chapters, I was in awe of her. Some of her stories I think will change my life. Perhaps lean me into a direction that is a little bit more of who I really am.
The way she contemplates her life is so complex, thoughtful, touching, riveting, hilarious, intense, vulnerable and most of all REAL.
The talent of this author has to do with her honesty about humanity. About the human experience. She is a fantastic authentic storyteller, and so each chapter is a chapter about her current life. Specific experiences that were either highly beautiful or very challenging, and she describes her process, her reactions and her meditations on each subject. How she made sense of it all.
Reading her book is like being in her mind and looking at the world directly through her lens. Now that's talent. There were times I laughed and, truly, times I cried. There were times where I had to put the book down to reflect, because one of her stories impacted my own life so intensely.
I would say that anyone who would not like this book would be those who are offended by her god. But I believe that is what balanced critical thinking is about when it comes to reading ~ opening yourself up to another person's life in a way that is inclusive to whatever works for you as a person. Leaving the stories or philosophy that is not relevant to your life, out.
Yet, she also states clearly in one of her sentences that she equates extreme religious fundamentalism to things like environmental destruction, so I'd have to be honest and say that this put me a bit at ease!!
So, those of you who hesitate because you're too liberal, too un-church going, too "alternative": just go for it. She'll touch you deeply if you keep your mind and heart open.