Savor All of Life’s Moments
It’s easy to get caught up in the busy day-to-day activities of life and let yourself develop routines that cause more stress than anything. But what if you created a routine that brought you joy and peace? In her new daily devotional book, Savor, Shauna Niequist invites you to join her in the journey of walking with the Lord in unity with others in your life. Savor, which released on March 10, not only provides individuals with stories, questions and verses to reflect upon, but also incorporates various recipes for readers to try. Niequist says she used recipes that she loves to make with her family and ones that are also fairly simple and work well for groups.
Niequist says she wanted to use recipes and incorporate the food aspect into her devotional because of the ability of meals to bring people together. Each recipe is placed in the book about every two weeks in the hopes of allowing individuals to gather with those closest to them and share in the fellowship. “It’s a time to gather with the people you love because spiritual life doesn’t just happen alone,” she said. “It happens in connection and community with others.”
Although she says that she is not a routine person, Niequist has learned that there are certain routines in life that are beneficial to put into practice on a daily basis. By ensuring there is a certain time, along with a provided resource, to grow in relationship with God, one is able to experience genuine changes that help them create lasting, valuable routines.
Niequist also said that, with as quickly as the days go by, she found herself often missing out on great moments simply because she wasn’t looking for them. “The day is so much better if I start from a place of prayer and connection with God, letting His love drench my spirit,” she said. “I pay more attention to the relational tide of life than the to-do lists.”
Such results are what this author says she hopes to bring to others, as well. She wants to invite people to develop daily rhythms like the one that has truly helped her. She says she is excited for the release of her book and hopes that it will provide such benefits for them, too.
Additionally, Niequist says she hopes that Savor will serve as a reminder that your life is richer than you often realize. “It’s about that routine that is really sacred and can really enrich our lives,” she said. “It’s that routine of prayer and silence that’s a true healing practice.”
Niequist, who says she has wanted to be a writer her entire life, worked with a team of individuals to ensure the successful production of Savor. She said the final step of the process was when the team members all flew into town and gathered around her kitchen table to pray together—a fitting setting to finalize a devotional that seeks to bring people together in meal-time community.
One thing Niequist says she really hopes is for individuals who aren’t comfortable in the traditional church setting to be drawn into Savor’s devotionals. She says she writes with the faces of friends she’s had over the years who don’t know Jesus in mind. “I want to write in such a way that the language of my faith makes sense to them,” she said. “One of the things I pray for is that for someone who would not pick up a traditional Bible that this might be more of a bridge, walking them to that place to feel connected and included.”