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About the Author

Annie Downs is an author and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites the young women reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply. When she’s not writing books or traveling for speaking events, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet―blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and incourage.me, sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, the Internet, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310337959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was drawn to Annie F. Downs’ Let’s All Be Brave for several reasons–one being that the author, like myself, is single (although several years younger than me), and she lives in Nashville, where I went to school and where I hope to move back to someday. But the main reason I wanted to read this book was because I often find myself struggling to, as the subtitle says, live life with everything I have. It’s hard for me to step out of my comfort zone and put myself at risk for failure or embarrassment or even discomfort. I figured that reading a book written by someone who has been similarly challenged to step out of her own comfort zone would be good motivation for me to, well, be braver in my life.

Unfortunately, I just found the book to be so-so. It was essentially a series of essays from different moments in Downs’ life where she felt the need to be brave, from her post-college move from her native Georgia to Nashville, to living overseas in Scotland and moving back to Nashville. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading other people’s life stories and the lessons they’ve learned from them, but it felt like each chapter ended with the same refrain to be brave. After a while I wanted to tell her, “Okay, I get it–I’m supposed to be brave and trust God and let go and be brave some more.”

I did enjoy her stories, and particularly liked the chapter in which she addressed her struggle to trust God’s timing and ways when it comes to singleness and marriage. That’s an area in which I could really identify with her. Overall, the book was entertaining but not quite as deep as I’d hoped it would be.
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Funny. Smart. Beautiful.

I loved this book. And I am thinking that everyone who reads this book wants Annie to be their best friend.

I walked into this book with curiosity about one woman's story. But I walked out of it with far more. Annie makes me feel brave. And she makes me know -- for sure -- that bravery isn't about being fearless. It's about being *less controlled by my fear.* It's about doing the next thing, and the thing after that -- even if it scares you a little.

It's about living life with everything we've got. And not fretting over those places where we think we lack.

There's all kinds of freedom tucked between these covers. Just for you.

I highly recommend the book to readers everywhere who want to make the world a better place -- a world that starts right under your own two feet.
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This book was everything I hoped it would be. Reading these pages, Annie's voice sounds like courage and feels like friendship, offering hope and perspective for those of us who want to live free instead of scared.

I am in love with the cover, but she doesn't walk a tight-rope over Nashville even once in this book. Instead, she speaks to the small corner in each of our souls where courage already lives, inviting us to access the bravery required to do regular, life-living things - make a new friend, go on a blind date, move to a new city, hold on to hope.

I appreciate how Annie honors the courage it takes to do the regular things, but she also nudges me a little outside my introverted comfort zone. One of my biggest takeaways from this book is actually summed up in the title - Let's All Be Brave - because no one is brave alone.
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I bought this book because Christa Black, a songwriter/author/speaker that I adore, suggested it. As "brave" has been a buzzword for me this year, I bought it without knowing hardly anything about it.

Started reading it immediately and before I knew it I was halfway through it because I CANNOT put it down. It will have you in tears, laughing, dreaming, and discovering the bravery that's already in you. I've found it to be so encouraging in my own journey of bravery. Annie will quickly feel like a friend you've known for years and her writing makes you feel like you're sitting across from her at Frothy Monkey.

In short, get this book. Read it. Savor it. And then go say yes and be brave!
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Let's All Be Brave is a book for me, and for almost everyone--it's another in a progression of autobiographical memoir-type reflections by highly committed Christians I've been reading, books by folks brave enough to open themselves up and be more than a bit vulnerable to a general public. Like a close friend who's not too clingy, Annie Downs brings the reader along as she walks, talks, and travels. From Georgia to Tennessee to Edinburgh. As she takes her portable office (laptop) into the snack emporium or coffee shop. Chapter titles are short and fun: just start; say yes; say no; hold on; let go.

Annie writes about the stuff of life in an easy, natural conversational voice. Transitions, relocations, disappointments, relationships, quandaries about what now, what's next--Annie reveals her experience, her responses in the Spirit of grace, her theological and other takes on the same type of life stuff each of us has been through and know we'll deal with again. "Grace" is my word for this year 2015; in this book about bravery, Annie reminds us grace has rhythms of start, stop, race, slow down, hesitate. In Spanish "hope" and "expect" are one and the same word: espero. In essence that means hope already is almost realized whenever you claim "¡espero!" Annie tells us it's about radical hope [page 163] that I'd further describe as deeply planted, solidly-rooted, almost impossible to uproot, throw away, destroy. I'll take a bow to Annie's Wesleyan heritage and say that's prevenient grace. That's God's ongoing presence and action each of us bravely can dare to trust.

I hope to be brave enough to run with the idea of someone untying my ship from the dock [page 201] and pushing it out to sea just far enough I can't quite reach back far enough to take the person's hand.
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