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“I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet”

December 13, 2022
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“We’re all new. And we’re not failing. But we’re learning, and it’s exhausting and humbling and fun and hard.”

Shauna Niequist in I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet

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The REFIT team recently connected hundreds of people online as they dove into a community book study with a book that tells it like it is. Let me tell you . . .

I will read this book again. And again. And again.

In her book, I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet, Shauna Niequist dives into what happens to our hearts and our souls when things we planned do not go as planned. Her search for light in dark moments that brought forth a season of unknown and unfamiliar is a search we all can relate to. She invites you in, prepares you a plate, and hands you a truth you can savor.

Her stories bring a brilliant mix of humble and raw and hopeful and human. Her authenticity goes before her as she talks about the things we just don’t want to talk about—our failures and fears and disappointments and crushed plans. In the online discussion sessions for the REFIT community book study, I watched the author’s bravery become contagious as others followed her lead and talked out loud about hard things.

We traveled together as we read together, finding the common ground of humanity between us—a door opened by the author’s words. Shauna Niequist shows how glimmers of light can appear through shades of change, leading us to accept that we can be beautifully ourselves right where we are. And she never denies that sometimes the journey requires a long walk.

I think this book should be required reading for humans.

I think she proves the happy ending is not an ending, but a path that requires our presence.

I think you should have already clicked this link to buy it.

No, no one paid me, I just really adore this book. You will too when you see the parts of your heart that you get to walk through within the pages.

Happy reading (and walking)!

The opinions I have expressed in this review are my own. I am not receiving any financial compensation for the content provided. At times, I may participate in a review team that provides an Advanced Reader Copy of the book to me at no cost. If that is the case, that information is disclosed within my review. 

About the Book

I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet

By Shauna Niequist
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310355567, 978-0310355564
Pages: 240
Genre: Christian Self-Help

When everything we’ve been clinging to falls apart, how do we know what to keep and what to let go of? I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet, now a New York Times bestseller, is a clear-eyed look at where we go from here–and how we can transform our lives along the way.

Just after her fortieth birthday, author Shauna Niequist found herself in a season of chaos, change, and loss unlike anything she’d ever faced. She discovered that many of the beliefs and practices that she usually turned to were no longer serving her.

After trying–and failing–to pull herself back up using the same old strategies and systems, she realized she required new ones: courage, curiosity, and compassion. She discovered the way through was more about questions than answers, more about forgiveness than force, more about tenderness than trying hard.

In I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet, Niequist chronicles her journey–from her life-changing move from the Midwest to Manhattan to the power of unlearning what is no longer helpful and accepting the unknowns that come with midlife, heartbreak, and chronic pain.

With her characteristic candor and grace, Niequist writes about her experience learning how to:

  • Discover new ways of living when the old ways stop working
  • Embrace the challenges and delights of releasing our expectations for how we thought our lives would look
  • Trust God’s goodness in a deeper, more profound way

Follow Niequist as she endeavors to understand grief, to reshape her faith, and to practice courage when it feels impossible.

Shannon Leach is a slice-of-life encouragement writer and the owner of A Repurposed Heart and ARH Inspirations. Her authentic stories and books about leadership, life, and loving people focus on encouraging others and reminding them they are not alone. Her work can also be found in Guideposts and multiple Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and is the co-founder of the nonprofit The Fostered Gift.
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