Honestly, I didn’t know what I was getting into when I requested this book other than several fellow twenty somethings I follow on Instagram and Facebook, *highly* recommended I read it. I always get a little worried when it’s published by Zondervan as they are a bit more theologically conservative than me and I really dislike being told how to think, feel or interpret the word of God.
Reading Let’s All Be Brave is like sitting down in a coffee shop and talking with an old friend, she also includes the coffee shop or location of where she wrote each chapter. She gets personal and talks about her struggles to be brave, courageous and disciplined…and how her lack of has shown her how to be. Each chapter gave me an opportunity to see how I can be brave, here and now. Where I am. Knowing I don’t have to move to Africa, or Scotland to be a missionary is comforting. But also knowing that each time I move whether of my own valuation or not was a move in the right direction. Houston to East Texas to Central Texas, to the Colorado Front Range then the Western Slope and now the Central Valley of California…each a step in the right direction. A majority of the time I think my path is something I can only see right now- the current path under my feet, and that my machete is slowly reveling what is to come. At the end of this book, I was in awe of the support and encouragement I just received. (I am also pretty friendless in my new home, so this book was like a friend to me)
I love a good memoir, personal struggles and overcoming them are the most encouraging things I can read…and when it’s a story of a single young Christian woman, being brave, I am hooked. I scribbled and underlined, even bracketed. This is a book, I will be buying for my friends when they are suffering, when they are being brave and don’t know it and a book I will be re reading in years to come. There were times when I was reading I was so encouraged half way through chapters I had to stop and say yes to myself out loud (my husband thought it was strange) and other times I would stop to cry and pray for courage to be THAT brave.
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3 thoughts on “Let’s all be Brave by Annie F Downs- A Review”
I love Annie! I am dying to read this book. I’m all about being brave this year 🙂