I recently met with a friend who was challenged by trying to accomplish and balance all the responsibilities in her life: a wife, mother, employee, daughter, and the many other hats she was wearing. Can you relate? This sounded so much like me and other pastors that I know. My friend also shared that her mother had recommended the book to her, and she was recommending to me too: “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist. The theme of the book was learning how to be more present and more of a human being than a human doer.
I keep a stack of books that I want to read or feel I must read (part of that is the doing part). And yet this book kept coming to my mind, perhaps because of my personal need to be more and not do more. I ordered it and began to read. It so resonated with me that I asked Rev. Phil to read and consider it for the Autumn Book Groups. I knew that some of the theology that was included in the book was not necessarily Unity’s and yet the messages were beyond theology. I was so pleased that the book resonated with Rev. Phil, too.
So we decided to share it with you for the Autumn Book Group. Our Sunday lessons revolve around the book, and small group home study groups will use a study guide to complement the book. I believe you will enjoy the book just as much as I have. I invite you to get involved at the level you feel comfortable, and remember you are loved.