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Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter Paperback – August 25, 2013
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Annie F. 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. Annie is the author of two books for teens: Perfectly Unique, a spiritual growth book for high school and college girls, and Speak Love, a challenge to women on how to use their words to make a difference in the world. 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 working on books, Annie spends her days writing all over the internet- blogging at AnnieBlogs.com and (in)courage.me - sharing truths about her life in Nashville as a single Christian woman and the stories that are woven into each day. Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women as a Girls of Grace speaker as well as at other retreats and events.
Annie is a huge fan of singer/songwriters, burritos, her community of friends, and sports of all kinds.
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P.S. We saw you speak at Girls of Grace and love that your wisdom about words is now in book form!
I though that I was going to read this book and just get ideas for class topics from it. But I don't think that will work. The brilliance of this book is that it is a perfect class book. It has memory verses, discussion questions, and homework/journaling built in. I am going to use it for my proposal for this class.
I will say that while this book is awesomely amazing- she leaves out some important stuff. When she talks about becoming a Christian she only mentions asking Jesus into your heart. There isn't really any mention of repenting or baptism. And guys that is important. Both of those things are commanded of us. Jesus says repent AND be baptized. So while yes, you need to ask Jesus into your heart and keep him there, you also need to ask for forgiveness and be baptized like he commanded of you. Thus reveals I problem that I have with most of my favorite writers these days but I digress.
So this is the part where I say go buy the book- GO BUY THE BOOK- but I am also going to say this; if you have a teenage girl (I would say boy because so much applies to them but it was directed at girls) this would be a great gift for them. I would even venture to say a girl who is in the fifth grade up. OR is you are in charge of a small group at your church for teenagers or for grown women (yes, we need it too) it would be a great book for your next study. The pre-order swag is probably all gone as this book comes out on August 20 but you can still try here or if it's after the 20th then the book is still worth the cost. You can buy the book at all major retailers.
** I was provided with a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**
Speak Love is written mostly for teenage girls, but other women can glean beauty from the text, too.
Annie convincingly builds a case (that's God-centered and Scripture-based) about WHY we need to speak love. According to her, we are supposed to follow God's example. We are supposed to reflect Jesus.
My favorite part of Speak Love is the powerful quotables that make me think hard.
I also love the illustrations and advice concerning bullying. With compassion and conviction, Annie speaks straight to the heart of those who are considered "mean girls".
The author calls Speak Love an "offensive book", but it's not offensive in a bad way, it's offensive in a very good way! The intent of the book is to inspire people to take the loving offensive in their relationships.
I sincerely recommend Speak Love to anyone who struggles with "speaking love".
My girls and I have laughed and giggled throughout the book. Annie will crack you up, but then she'll turn around and hit you with a spiritual truth right in the gut. I like a girl that can do that to you.
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I would like to thank you for writing this book. No kidding,it was and still is, the best book i've ever read (next to the Bible of course;).Read more