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Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Shauna Niequist
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (21 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273608
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 Aug 2012
I recently read this book for a second time and it was just as amazing as the first time. Probably better. I remembered some of the stories and anecdotes, some of the reflections and thoughts. But not all of them. Some of them seemed completely new to me which was great. It was like discovering a treasure chest all over again that you had forgotten you had. Amazing. My favourite thing about this book is the honesty within it. Niequist doesn't creep around the truth, hiding the bad stuff away from the light she shines on her life. She tells us about the bad things as much as she tells us about the good things. It's really inspirational and I have recommended it to so many people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read 21 Aug 2008
I love this book and have passed it on to so many friends! I laughed and cried and identified with so many of Shauna's stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly written, completely amazing book 11 Sep 2012
I've been a fan of Shauna for quite a while, following her blog and Cold Tangerines had been on my Amazon wishlist for ages so I was delighted when I got given this book as a gift!

Cold Tangerines completely and absolutely exceeded my expectations. It is SO well written that you feel like Shauna is personally telling you her stories. You can tell she has thought intricately about every sentence that when she describes a moment, or a scene, or a sound, you are remembering it with her.

The book is a beautiful collection of thoughts about finding God in the every day - it really causes you to stop and look around at the detail of life and appreciate it, rather than let it pass you by. I have laughed and cried at this book and it's the kind of thing you can read just a little bit of, muse on, and come back to. It is a book to cherish, chew over and savour...that's if you can resist reading it all in one go!

I know this is a book I will come back to time and time again when I am worn out and need reminding of the preciousness of every day life.

100% recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent, encouraging 13 Sep 2014
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Shauna Niequist is a new author for me. I found her writing pithy, intelligent, encouraging, humorous and compassionate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Five Stars? 8 Mar 2008
By K. B. Noonan - Published on
For me, several criteria must be met before I'll consider the highest review rating for a book, movie, or piece of music. For instance, if reading a collection of words causes me to put a book down, get up from where I'm seated and wander around the room because I don't know what to do with the emotions that have slipped past all the safe guards and invaded my soul, then there is something significant about the one who penned those words.

I did not want to read this book. It seemed to have all the promise of a superficial, feel-good, new-agey amassing of words that guarantee a happiness equal in value to the suggested retail price. And the brief author-bio on the back cover should have clenched the deal: a Christian from Willow Creek -- certainly her words could be nothing more than a focus-group confirmed, market-driven strategy for a thinly veiled excuse to proselytize. However, the subtitle expressed a subject of deep interest to me: finding the sacred in the mundane, so I opened the book and read a random paragraph.

What I read startled me. The paragraph was an admonition to the reader about the great risk of being someone who cares and the author's words had very little to do with a superficial happiness. She writes:

"...I whisper to them, 'be careful.' You will be haunted by what you find there, and you won't be able to wash away what you've seen and heard. You will see things and hear things, and then you will be responsible for them, for telling the truth about who you are and who you discover you are not..." (pg. 141)

Filleted by these words, I checked the book out from my library and began to page through the short chapters in no intentional order. Contrary to all my unfortunate biases, I was quite humbled to discover a human being. I wasn't reading, in some circumfrential manner, about a person, about their life history, about their successes and failures, about their concepts or their opinions about life. I was, instead, invited past the writer's fleshy parts to the cellular level of existence. (This, by the way, is another high-rating criterion).

Niequest does something with words. And her words are, at first glance, what I assumed the whole book would be -- superficial. But then she surprised me. In the midst of mundane story-telling she manages an alchemical shift (one almost imperceptible), weaving experience into digestible pieces of very raw wisdom. Inexplicably, after almost every chapter, I found myself faced...with myself (more criterion). Absolutely magical.

In my view, the author achieves her stated goal: encouraging a life of celebration. But she accomplishes this by taking the reader on a journey through the unsafe and dark terrain of her own soul (leading the way in her pajamas, no less). The landscape is, at times, scandalous with its honesty, and almost always emotionally and spiritually raw. In other words, she brings the reader to the place of being human...and about that, there's nothing superficial.

There are other things that I feel should be present in a work worthy of five stars. Some of the criteria are subject or genre specific. Niequist's work certainly deserves this rating. This is an excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Afternoon Well Spent 2 Oct 2007
By A. Wiersma - Published on
I got Cold Tangerines in the mail from a friend two days ago and sat down to read for twenty minutes. Six hours later--and after migrations from my favorite comfy chair to the kitchen table to the car (not the safest way to read, admittedly) to my bed--I closed the book and felt just as embraced and understood and satisfied with the ride as I was terrifically annoyed that it was over.

Shauna's entries made me grin that knowing grin I grin when I read my own past journals. The sordid and the splendid kind of collide, and although some of the memories and realities are hard to face, they remain my memories, my realities. Her style has that quality--the "resonance" thing that will frustrate you by what you see in the mirrors she holds up as much as it delights you. I hope it's the first of many more books from Shauna.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Am Eating it Up! 26 Nov 2007
By A. Mury - Published on
Cold Tangerines celebrates the rawness and reality of life amidst the amazing wonders God provides daily, if we just look (taste, feel, see, touch). Thanks for helping me contemplate my soul more and feel encouraged that even when life is hard (as it will be), there is so much authenticity, intimacy and joy offered. I loved "basement," and laughed as I'm your "other" kind of friend but NOT my basement (i'm like YOU and felt so known) but i'd like to say it's because I'm married to a creative person like you so I don't get my neat cleaned-up shelves. it's probably better i don't. GET THIS BOOK--YOU WILL BE FILLED.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to mind you that God is there, even in the little things... 2 April 2008
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It isn't very often that I find a book that I would recommend to all my friends. In her book Cold Tangerines Shauna Niequist revisits chapters of her life, some humorous, some silly, some reflective, while others somber. Each moment is delicately interwoven with a touch of God. Seeing God in the every day and being able to learn from and/or laugh at what is set before us is truly a gift.

Shauna is able to open up and allow the readers to peek at so many aspects of her life. The chapters read almost like letters from a dear friend, as her struggles become teachable moments, and her humor has you laughing out loud. By the end you feel like you've known her from childhood.

One section of the book that brought goosebumps was on pg. 50 "True friendship is a sacred, important thing, and when it happens when we drop down into that deeper level of who we are, when we cross over into the broken, fragile parts of ourself. We have to give something up in order to get friendships like that. We have to give up our need to be perceived as perfect. We have to give up our ability to control what people think of us. We have to overcome the fear that when they see the depths of who we are, they'll leave. But what we give up is nothing in comparison to what this kind of friendship gives to us. Friendship is about risk. Love is about risk. If we can control it and manage it and manufacture it, then it's something else, but it's really love, really friendship, it's a little scary around the edges."

To have someone in your life to love you and care for you even though they know who you are is such a blessing. Reading that portion of the book caused me to pause and to think about people that have been blessings to me, who have loved me through difficult times.

I bought copies of this book for the girls in my Bible study. After they have read it I asked what part they enjoyed the most, and the best part about getting their answers is I never get the same response. The book has so many different aspects that each reader has had the ability to learn and be challenged by a different part.

The Lord knows that I am not perfect, but I do know that it's what I do with what He has given me that matters. Life is not one moment, life is a collection of moments. Those moments put together form your path, your journey. If you are looking for a book that will remind you that God is in the everyday journey, this book is for you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking essays 3 Mar 2008
By voracious reader - Published on
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This is a collection of very thoughtful, honest essays written by Shauna about the wonder in life we often overlook. The author is no naive pollyanna - she looks at life honestly - but also with a desire to find and celebrate the joy in the midst of the ordinary and mundane and sometimes really hard stuff of life. Very encouraging read!!!!
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