Shauna Niequist, Interview #171

Name:  Shauna Niequist

Where you live: outside Chicago

What you do as a vocation or avocation?  Writer & mother

Your two favorite books: Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies & Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast

Your two favorite songs:  Brandi Carlisle’s The Story, Civil Wars’ Poison & Wine

Why you are interested in spirituality?
Because I believe that the divine is apparent all throughout our daily lives–in the faces of people we love, in the broken and beautiful moments that make up our lives.

Your favorite quote:  
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  –George Bernard Shaw

Your favorite web sites:  Ordinary Courage

Your hero?  My parents.

A spiritual lesson you hope to learn?  Rest.

A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?”
Around the table with people I love, or on the water.

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”–George Bernard Shaw

To read more of Shauna’s writing, blog, and books, please visit her site:

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