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Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul [Kindle Edition]

Jennie Allen
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Safe. Comfortable. Happy.

Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he's invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster.

We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don't satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn't He be everything?

Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on an adventure God had written for them.

"God, we will do anything. Anything,"

Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is...

Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous.

If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.

From Publisher's Weekly:
"Bible teacher Allen (creator of the new Stuck DVD Bible study) comes out of the gate strong, displaying accessibility and purposefulness in her first book. With an eye to the fears and doubts teeming beneath the surface for many female churchgoers, she compels her audience to figure out whatÆs stopping them from using their God-given talents, and to be willing to do anything that God asks of them. By giving readers a glimpse of her own introspection and the interior life sheÆs revealed on her personal blog, she employs heartfelt honesty to connect with readers. Tales of loved ones who have taken the ôjourney to total abandonmentö show how giving oneÆs life over to a higher purpose can ôwreckö comfortable livesùand allow people to seize more important opportunities. Though the book is aimed at women who must balance their calling against more practical tasks like finishing the laundry and shopping at Target, AllenÆs friendly yet urgent messages will have the wheels spinning in the minds of all audiences and may be the tough medicine that propels them to action."

"Jennie Allen is a visionary, a girlfriend, and a Jesus-chaser. I can't think of three qualities I appreciate more in a woman. I loved this book from cover to cover and have been really contemplating the way a one-word prayer can affect one's heart and ministry in this life. I want to be an 'anything' kind of girl, and I appreciate and respect the example Jennie has set in pursuing God and what he desires in us. It's just a word on a paper, but it's a lifetime choice that can make all the difference. You in?"
- Angie Smith
Speaker, Women of Faith
Author, I Will Carry You and What Women Fear

 



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About the Author

Jennie Allen's passion is to communicate a bigger God through writing and teaching. She graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a master's in biblical studies and is blessed to serve alongside her husband Zac in ministry. They have four children, including their youngest son who was recently adopted from Rwanda.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Convicting May 3, 2012
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The subtitle of this book says it all: The prayer that unlocked my God and my Soul. That's a magnificently powerful statement to make on the cover of a book, or anywhere else for that matter. Anything. How many of us pray genuinely to God that we will do anything for Him? Not a surface prayer that we back out of while sputtering excuses to justify our fickleness (and weakness in our resolve) when that anything becomes something too hard, but a deep heartfelt, on our face surrendering of our entire lives to the Lord without reservation.

It seems terrifying almost, at least to me. What if he calls you to sell everything you own and move to a third world country? What if he asks you to do something that for which you feel utterly unequipped? What if anything means you go through the worst trials of your life all for His glory?

Here in America, Christians have the luxury of comfort, relative safety and the freedom to live their lives however they see fit. Even the poorest among us our leaps and bounds ahead of most of the world. We're raised from birth to work hard to attain our "American dream." While there is nothing wrong with seeking to provide well for our families and to be successful in life, has this focus on climbing ladders both social and financial caused the modern day American Christian to avert their eyes from our true purpose---to spread the love of Jesus throughout the world.

We've also begun to fit our faith into our own little labeled boxes, with lists of rules and principles taped to the side. A Christian is...followed by a laundry list of traits that we ought to exhibit to be a "good Christian woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I'll do anything! May 14, 2012
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Anything wins the award for the best book I've read in the past year. However, it wasn't because I learned something new or was introduced to an idea that I hadn't heard before. It's because it caused my heart to be sifted...allowing those nuggets of passion, God-honoring risk, and non-complacency to rise to the surface.

It's easy to lose passion and desire for risk. Kids come along and it's not as easy to take a risk for the sake of the Kingdom. It's easier to do things in such a way that, in general, there is a known outcome.

However, this book showed up at my doorstep at a good time. Through it, God reminded me of who we're living for, what our purpose is here, and to not give up just because it's hard. Of course it's hard. But being soft-hearted and willing to say `yes' to the voice of God, even if it doesn't look "normal" is worth it. It's what I signed up for when I said "yes" to Jesus.

In her book, Jennie does a great job of telling her family's story of how God shook up their hearts and lives a little bit, and how He has used their willing, surrendered hearts to change the life of the people around them. She also does a good job of showing that saying to God, "we'll do anything", doesn't mean you move to Africa. Sometimes it looks like moving closer to home to take care of a sick mom. Other times it looks like adopting or fostering children in your community or across the world. Sometimes it looks like staying put, and being more intentional in living simply and giving generously to those around you in need. But she reminds us that following Jesus certainly does cost something.

One chapter in particular sticks with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing April 17, 2012
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I love this book!!! It opened my eyes to see how I had been holding back in an area of my life where I didn't want to. If you believe in God but aren't seeing Him move in powerful ways in your life, please consider reading this book. It's a wonderful story of the author's willingness to hand over the reigns of her life to God. Many of us have faith and even a relationship with God, but reading this challenged me to give Him everything, and let Him do ANYTHING He wants with my life. My life couldn't be more richer as a result of this simple but difficult act of faith. He is an adventurous, loving, exciting, deep, personal God who is pleased when His children trust Him with anything and everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Our Fulfillment: Anything for the Lord July 11, 2012
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Socrates maintained that the best life, in measure, is apprehended when the soul ponders ultimate beauty in its pure form and when it pursues knowledge of ultimate forms. Others, who believe that human existence and our universe are just "accidental afterthoughts," leave souls in despair, immersed in purposelessness. If one reads Bertrand Russell summing up life as "unyielding despair," one starts to ache for meaning and purpose. To find meaning in life, one has to look to the true and living God. He is the God of the living and He gives life purpose and meaning. Life is a sacred gift to be unwrapped everyday with the joy of a child's birthday.

And Jeanie Allen in "Anything" reminds the reader that our hearts were made to live in and for God. All else, in the end, doesn't really satisfy. But God is real and His children live with Him now, and afterward forever. Thus He should be our main focus and for, primary love, and foremost joy.

The Bible instructs people to do "all things for the glory of God." Holy writ notifies the world that in our life, we can have the supreme joy of knowing the Father in a loving, covenant relationship. One cannot have real meaning in this life without the Lord Jesus Christ. Emptiness, loneliness, purposelessness, and despair are the companions of those who do not seek God in Christ. A covenant life with God Almighty brings daily enrichment, enchantment, and a wonder-filled life. Doing all things for the glory of God and enjoying Him brings a splendor-filled zest to the daily delights of nature, employment, motherhood, children, friends, God's Word, prayer, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

So say to the Lord: "God, we will do anything. Anything!"
This is the central point of this inspiring volume.
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My passion is to inspire a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. I love words and I believe God uses them to heal souls and to reveal Himself to people. I am blessed to be working with Thomas Nelson to publish several studies and trade books, engaging women's minds and hearts toward Christ. The first study, Stuck released in the fall of 2011, and the book, Anything released Spring 2012.

I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies. And while all that sounds pretty fancy... I am really just a mess of a girl, trying to figure out God, and why I seem to keep struggling with the same invisible issues I had in kindergarten.

I am so blessed to serve alongside my husband Zac, in ministry in Austin, Texas. We have 4 children: Conner 11, Kate 9, and Caroline 6 and our youngest son, Cooper 4, recently adopted from Rwanda.

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