Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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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