This Wilmington Author Urges Readers to Make Peace With Imperfection

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In a world where self-help is focused on endless progress, this Delaware author encourages seeing yourself as simply Good Enough.

Jessica Richie will host a conversation and Q&A session at Hockessin BookShelf at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. Seating is limited. RSVP here.

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Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection, a book co-written by Jessica Richie, of Wilmington, and Kate Bowler, of Durham, North Carolina, recently hit the New York Times bestseller list. The book gives everyone permission to do what is “good enough” in a world that isn’t perfect.

Richie and Bowler met at Duke University Divinity School–Richie was earning her master’s and Bowler waws a professor– where they hosted a podcast called Everything Happens. The pair launched an initiative of the same name to publish other books, podcasts and media centered on such themes as forgiveness and inspiration. “We took the idea of ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and crossed out the ‘for a reason’ part,” Richie says, “because sometimes things just happen that we can’t avoid. We need better language and richer theology.”

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The book of devotionals is a great place to start healing, Richie says. “When faith doesn’t come naturally, we are low on belief, or we are tired or overworked or stressed, then these devotionals are a way to bring you back to yourself and lean into traditions.” Find Good Enough at Target stores and Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach.

Hockessen BookShelf is located at 7179 Lancaster Pike in Hockessen. The new and used bookstore often hosts events, and even calls them an “integral part of their store.” To learn more about Hockessen BookShelf events, including the Jessica Richie Q&A, other author signings, book clubs and more visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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