Book Review: Cold Tangerines

I’m late to the party, but I finally read Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. Her writing is really more of a series of short stories/excerpts. It took me awhile to get over the fact that the chapters may or may not happen in chronological order or follow a specific pattern. The result is that some chapters I loved and others I skimmed, but as a whole the book was sweet and uplifting.

I specifically loved the chapter titled ‘puppies’ in which she describes her leading a small group of teenagers at her church’s youth group. It could have been me writing! I have loved, loved, loved serving with our church’s youth ministry and I have learned and laughed so much with the girls there. They mean more to me then they will ever know.

Shauna ended the book talking about wanting to live a life full of joy.

I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing… and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift, who will use it up and wring it out and drag it around like a favorite sweater.

I, too, want a life that sizzles and pops and most days I feel like that is just the life I have.

PS and if you need a break from all my adoption talk this book is completely void of that.

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