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Shauna Niequist’s ‘Present Over Perfect’ Sells
Over 250,000 Copies in Less than Six Months

“Amid the breakneck pace of life in the 21st century, this is an important book…it points us toward hope and healing.” – Relevant Magazine 

Grand Rapids, Mich., February 15, 2017 – The instant New York Times bestseller, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living (Zondervan, August 2016) by Shauna Niequist has reached more than 250,000 copies sold since its summer release.

“The immediate and ongoing response from readers to Shauna’s message in Present Over Perfect has been gratifying for all of us at Zondervan,” says Carolyn McCready, executive editor at Zondervan. “It’s been a distinct pleasure to work with an author of Shauna’s caliber for over 10 years now, seeing lives impacted in both personal and powerful ways as she shares her spiritual journey with vulnerability and care.”

 The breakout title debuted at #2 on The New York Times Advice, How-To, & Miscellaneous bestseller list for Aug. 28, 2016, #1 on the Publishers Weekly Nonfiction list, #1 on The Wall Street Journal Best-Seller Nonfiction list and #8 on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list.

With a foreword from renowned scholar Brené Brown, an extensive pre-order campaign and national marketing/publicity outreach, Present Over Perfect garnered media attention from The Chicago Tribune, First For WomenDarling Magazine, The Huffington Post and much more.

Per Publisher’s Weekly, “Niequist’s latest book is her most satisfying blend of mindfulness, scripture, and self-help to date, offering readers the blueprint for a life lived in the real instead of the ideal.”

About the Book:

In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, Shauna Niequist was aching for another way to live. At 36 years-old the popular author found herself exhausted and isolated, fed up with the frantic life she had created. In her book, Present Over Perfect Niequist shares what she’s learning on her journey to trade competition, comparison, and exhaustion for meaning, connection and unconditional love. 

About the Author:

Shauna Niequist is the author of Present Over PerfectSavorBread & WineCold Tangerines, and Bittersweet. Shauna is a bookworm, a beach bum, an enthusiastic home cook and a passionate gatherer of people. She is married to Aaron, and they live in Chicago with their two boys, Henry and Mac. You can connect with her online at

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit


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