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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,139 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Shauna's honest, beautiful storytelling style makes this devotional as comforting and inspiring as an hour around the table with the people we love.

Combining content from Bread and Wine, Cold Tangerines, and Bittersweet, as well as new writing and recipes, this devotional from Shauna Niequist speaks spiritual truths to women in short passages that invite us to connect with
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Zondervan
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Mandy I tend to just jump in here and there on whatever day it is, and find each passage self-contained. I don't think it needs to be read from the beginnin…moreI tend to just jump in here and there on whatever day it is, and find each passage self-contained. I don't think it needs to be read from the beginning to end. Enjoy!(less)

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I feel bad. I never do this, but I am abandoning this book. Instead of looking forward to my devotional "snack" for the day, I am becoming resentful and reading out of duty with a begrudging attitude.... not a good sign. First off, I really can't call this a devotional. I know what she is trying to do, but the material presented is not executed in any sort of way that convicts, nor encourages me in my walk with God. I love life applicable lessons, but this, for me, reads very choppy and often fe ...more
Kimberly Coyle
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd read her grocery list. And that's saying something since I hate to cook. This book is gorgeous, inside and out.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
No one writes more beautifully than Shauna Niequist.

That being said, this was a book of her essays, chopped down into smaller bits for a "devotional." Most of this isn't new material, but her wonderful essays that appear elsewhere like Bread & Wine and Bittersweet.

Read those instead.

Firstly, because this is not really a devotional. At least not enough to suffice for a year spiritually on its own. It would be a wonderful inspirational passage to read in the afternoon as a pick-me up over tea or s
Dawn Michelle
I was not as enamored with this book as I was with "My Utmost for His Highest". Not even remotely. This is much more geared towards married women with children. While I had several of the devotions that spoke to me, the book on a whole just didn't work for me. So many time I was reading one of them and was reminded of my own failed marriage and ended up in tears and I am pretty sure that was not the intended response.
She IS a good writer though and I appreciated that aspect of the devotional.
Michele Morin
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
We are a gulping people —
A swallowing whole, planning the next mouthful before the bolus lands kind of people

We’re that way with our food, too.

Savor by Shauna Niequist is a daily flavor of the Word —
A slow down and think about it experience of considering one verse, one concept at a time.

Shauna describes the book as her “attempt at paying attention, at clearing away space and noise.” To facilitate this focus, she has arranged her writing in 365 daily readings, each with a relevant scripture vers
Ashley Wells
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was actually pretty disappointed in this book, as a devotional. It is just not enough for me, it's often not connected with the scripture, and it's so short and sometimes the point isn't clear. I do like the prompts, but even those are often not connected.
I read from this daily devotional book every day during 2016. While Niequist's words didn't always resonant, some days they seemed written precisely for me on that specific day. All in all, this book changed my life. #TheYearOfYes
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
Reading Savor was like reading a Facebook post each day.
Lisamarie Landreth
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shauna Niequist
When I discovered Shauna Niequist in 2011 after the publication of Cold Tangerines, her writing felt like a "voice in the wilderness making straight the way of the Lord" (John 1:23). Her books helped me make sense of the Christian life in a new way with as many I thought it was just me moments as pages. Her lifestyle serves as one of the inspirations behind my brand's point of view and continues to empower me daily. I read everything she publishes from books to blog posts, so I was a little disa
Niki Overstreet
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As many of my readers know, lately been dealing with personal family issues, and have been in need of encouragement and positivism in my life. And this book it doesn't disappoint, my dear friends. The author combines stories and scripture to create 365 devotional essays that are real while being eloquent, smart while having soul. She encourages women to slow down and savor the ordinary moments that comprise our everyday lives.

Savor features work from her incredibly popular books Cold Tangerines,
Wendy Hudson
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I loved Shauna's last book and was excited to get my hands on this one. It is a daily devotional with recipes spread throughout. Honestly, I did not read every single devotion so to be fair I can only speak on the 25 or so that I did read. Let me begin by saying that this isn't a deeply scriptural devotional. I found the daily writing somewhat lacking and not anything I could relate to. They are very short and to the point. I hope she will write more books in the future and steer away from devot ...more
JoJo Sutis
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I simply COULD NOT wait to get my hands on a copy of Savor!!
I waited and waited and waited to request a review copy and when I finally could request a copy- they were all gone.
So I broke one of my own review rules and requested an e-copy.
I loved that this devo is a 365 devo!
I loved Shauna’s writing style- eloquent and lovely and descriptive.
I enjoyed her stories and recipes!
It was very inspiring and heartfelt and I really did enjoy it so much!
A great read! Inspiring! Heartwarming! Fun!
If you’re
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is not a devotional. It is a life coach. Skip the book and read your Bible instead. If you want a devotional that expounds on the assigned Bible passage, focusing on God's glory, try Moody's Today in the Word.
Cristine Anda
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
"When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate, and when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."

A devotion that allowed me to experience His love and peace on the daily.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A book of daily readings, however long, is not usually high on my list of books to read and/or use in my personal time of connection with God. Devotionals, in my past experience, are often too watered-down or simplistic for my tastes. I can’t think of one I’ve read that I would recommend enthusiastically.

Shauna Niequist changed all that with her book Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, a collection of 365 devotions. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Booklo
Virginia Garrett
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to live abundantly where you are, as you are? What does it mean to Savor?

Shauna Niequist has written a devotional designed to give us a few moments to savor the quiet, savor the time with our Savior. She focuses on the two big F's...Food and Faith. One could even add the third F, Fellowship.

Designed to meet the needs of women it feeds the soul, and the body. Shauna has interspersed recipes throughout the pages. It's a true meal of comfort food for your whole self. The devotion
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Version

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist, is a daily devotional for women. I understand that the physical book is quite a lovely volume. I am reviewing the ebook version.

Savor contains 365 devotionals that are short and sweet. Each day has a title, a bible verse, a short devotion and a question or two to think about. There are also recipes scattered throughout the devotional. The devotions are for women going about their everyday lives who need encourag
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let me preface this by saying I am a big fan of Shauna's books. I love both Bread & Wine and Bittersweet. She writes well and her books are poignant and engaging. So I feel bad giving this book a low rating, but it really disappointed me.

This book is marketed as devotional and is divided into short readings for each day that include a scripture verse and two or so paragraphs of a personal narrative followed by a question. I admit I haven't used a devotional in years (I prefer in-depth Bible stud
Kristen Doyle
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Savor is a departure from some of my more typical shares. It’s also possible I am one of the last people on earth recommending this book to you as I’ve seen it all over the place in the past couple of months, but there is really good reason for it. This is an absolutely beautiful book… it’s not a sit down and read cover to cover book (although that’s what I did), but more a daily devotional about everyday life and living abundantly (and sprinkled with really gre
Ryan Moore
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Classic Shauna Niequist In a bite sized version.!Her books are like a bath that's a bit too. It's comfortable but it hurts a little. A must read!
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devotionals that are perfect for this season in life. Short, but thought provoking. I love her honesty, passion and subject matter.
Geneva Woodmansee
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
At first I didn’t think I’d like this one, as it appeared to start with a very religious tone. But that soften and I didn’t mind it so much. The author of this appears to be very much an extrovert, and while that was at odds with the way I often feel about things, I appreciated what she had to say.
Jessica Howard
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I used this as my devotional this year, and it was a lovely way to start and end 2019.
Kendra Hanson
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like a dose of encouragement and grounding each day.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
What does it mean to live abundantly? This is the question that Shauna Niequist explores in her new devotional book Savor.

I have been looking for a good devotional book for quite some time. I like to have the story as well as the verses from the Bible to dwell on. Savor does just that. With a mix of her classic story telling as well as her wonderful recipes, Shauna brings us through a year closer to God as well as exploring the fellowship that we need throughout the year.

We all want to savor eve
Mar 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
I saw a friend was reading this and I LOVE the word and intent of "savor"-ing life.

But I didn't expect this book, supposedly full of devotions, to be primarily devoted to how great the author's life is?

I don't want to be too harsh, but it just felt like the formula for her devotions were basically like this:

1) Scripture.

2) Fairly random and very specific recounting of her personal day. Not really much of anything to take from it, though VAGUELY including some minor element or reference to the s
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Savor; Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist is a daily devotional, yet so much more.

I read Niequist's book Bread & Wine last year and enjoyed it. She has a lovely way of writing and her descriptions take you there. The same carries over to this devotional - less preachy and more "conversation around the table".

Recipes are included as well, "because spiritual living happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and
Julie D.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I became a huge Shauna Niequist fan after reading her book "Bread and Wine". I love her style of writing and how honest and open she is. I loved "Savor" and am even more of a fan!

This book is written like a devotional, and you can certainly use it in your daily quiet time, however, I read it from cover to cover in short order! I would definitely recommend it as your daily devotional because there is so much to enjoy and ponder in each devotion that I really do recommend taking the time to think
Sarah Carter
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“When any of us mother – when we listen, nurture, nourish, protect – we’re doing sacred work.”

Motherhood is a daily thing and finding a book that can give motivation and inspiration daily while on that journey is a wonderful thing. Savor is a 365-day devotional by Shauna Niequist that I used in 2016. I have read Niequist’s Bread and Wine book and have several of her other books on my to-read list. I enjoy her honest writing style.

Savor gives a Bible passage, thoughts and questions to ponder ever
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Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron Niequist, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live ...more

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