Thursday, October 12, 2017
Let's All Be Brave
Info: Zondervan, copyright 2014, 205 pages
Annie F. Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia, she's never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same. As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor.
Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire. How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? The call to be brave isn't just for one person---it's for everyone.
Let's All Be Brave is more than a book, it's a battle cry. Annie challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she gives us the help to take the next step forward---even when it's scary. This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage---nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.
I've found myself in a contemplative state lately. Why? No idea really. This happens when I feel myself stretched a little too thin, tired, or needing some time off I guess. It's that desire to take back a little bit of control and realign my priorities. Oh how easily things can get out of balance. Last year Annie F. Downs helped me with her book Looking for Lovely, so I thought I'd see if she could help me again. This time I picked up Let's All Be Brave : Loving Life with Everything You Have and it didn't disappoint.
Annie F. Downs writes from the heart. She preaches without being preach-y and offers stories that relate the beauty of the gospel and mercy of God in our everyday lives. Bravery doesn't have to mean big gestures or wildly courageous feats. Let's All Be Brave is about the willingness to live bolding, taking those first steps especially when it's hard, and living with open hearts and open hands. It was a message I needed to hear. (Isn't it beautiful when the right message finds you at the right time. Annie Downs and Andy Stanley get me every time.)
If you haven't looked up Annie F. Downs, you should. Her laughter and joy is contagious. My Wednesday evenings are spent listening to her podcast while I cook dinner, and they are just the right boost I need midweek. She calls her listeners "friends", and that's exactly how you feel after listening to her podcast or reading her books - like you've made a friend who is there to encourage you to try the thing that has been on your heart for years.