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Let's All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have Paperback – July 15, 2014
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Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author and nationally known speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. Her most recent books include Looking for Lovely and Let’s All Be Brave. Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking at events, conferences, and churches. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her at @anniefdowns.
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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. Most of us bravely need to trust the breeze of the Holy Spirit to guide our little ships through the waters on to the next port of call. Annie didn't talk about it, but I know it's just fine and also brave to moor my boat at the next dock, so nothing will tempt any of us too seriously to leave new city too soon! Let's All Be Brave is one more in the short series of books I'm keeping forever and expect (hope) to pick up, pick a chapter, and again get motivated and inspired to be brave, to live in grace.
When God tells you to be brave, he will make it work. It won’t be perfect.
It won’t be easy but it will be your story and your best story. Annie Downs
I thought I know what bravery looked like which is why I’ve never described myself as brave, not once. I’ve always tried to be brave, wished I was brave but never felt particularly brave. Hence when Annie Downs announced her book, Let’s All be Brave. I knew I wanted to read it just to see what bravery looked like in someone else’s life.
I found pieces of my story in Annie’s stories of bravery. There was a particular chapter that I felt was written almost verbatim from my own life. It brought me to tears. I took my time reading and stopped often to reflect on Annie’s transparent words. It made me realize that bravery isn’t series of things that you do or even a huge or dangerous act. We can all be brave even as we make simple everyday decisions. Bravery can look like simply making a concerted effort to do the hard things even when it doesn’t seem to make sense to do so.
My takeaway from Annie’s book is… we all have our moments of insecurities and seemingly insurmountable mountains to overcome but if we just take it one moment at a time, one act at a time, one day at a time… we can all be brave.
This book is the story of a thirty-something, single woman coming to grips with her life and what God would like her to do.
Let’s All Be Brave can be funny at times. There are also times you will wonder why things happened the way they did.
We give this book all five stars. It is very well-written and entertaining. We think you will enjoy it.