Those who have read Shauna Niequist’s previous books, or follow her snapshots from the kitchen on social media, won’t be surprised to find food and recipes throughout her new daily devotional, Savor. With every comforting bowl of soup or sweet slice of cake comes a story of the people in her life, who cook and eat and celebrate alongside her. In honor of her latest title, the Chicago-based author shares with us a reflection on what it means to savor our friendships. – Kate Shellnutt, Her.meneutics editor

It’s my birthday, she said, so I get to ask the questions. She was right—the birthday girl is the boss. It was her 30th, and we were at a French restaurant she’d chosen, plates full of omelets and baguettes, tiny pots of jam and Nutella, flaky croissants and coffee cups.

Before she asked, she told us about the last year. She said she felt anxious and pressured. She worried that she wasn’t measuring up, that she wasn’t impressive, that she had to keep running and running and doing and doing in order to be loved and respected. She wanted to leave that behind, to close her 20s and walk forward in a new way: free, connected, grounded.

You’d never guess that this is how she felt. She’s the kind of friend who lights up a room, looks you in the eye, laughs with freedom, and lives with style. She makes it look easy. But what she told us that morning, as we passed jam and bites of chocolate croissant across the round table, was that there was a darkness under the surface, and she needed a new way forward.

We each answered her question. This is what we do when we feel scared: centering prayer, counseling, writing in a journal. We talked about spiritual direction, ...

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