Occasionally I choose a book for review and then look at it when it arrives and think- "Why did I want to read this?" Seeing it in reality is different from reading the description online. And I think that it's probably not going to be a very good fit.
Let's All Be Brave was one of those books for me. I read the description online, and I was interested. "In , Annie’s first book for adults, Annie calls you to grab hold of the brave life you desperately desire. Using honest and often humorous illustrations from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating biblical stories, she challenges you to step into those places that require courage and gives you the help you need to take the next step forward . . . even when it’s scary." But when I received the book and looked at it more closely, I didn't know why in the world I chose it. It seemed to much of the "you can do it all if you just believe in yourself" philosophy. But I had agreed to review it, so I opened it up and began to read, planning to just get through it.
Within the first few pages, before I had even finished a chapter, I knew I had been wrong. The words Annie wrote were directed to me. I'm sure of it. I was drawn in. I was encouraged. I was convicted. I was inspired. I wanted to take action. I wanted my fifteen year old to read the book because I knew it would be perfect for her introverted, sometimes withdrawn personality.
Annie Downs began as a blogger. She left her comfortable home to pursue a career as a writer. She's also been a missionary to college students in Scotland. And she works with college students in Nashville now. She also writes books- some to teen girls and then Let's All Be Brave.
In Let's All Be Brave, Annie looks at the concept of bravery. What does it mean to be brave in life? How can we brave in small things, then in big. Sharing stories from her life and passages of Scripture, Annie writes in a personal way, as if she is speaking to the reader.
The book's message wasn't one of "you can do it all if you believe in yourself"as I first thought. Instead, Annie constantly points readers to God, through Whom we can be brave in any situation- whether saying no, saying yes, standing still, serving as a missionary over seas, or serving people in our own communities.
I don't think you can read Let's All Be Brave and not be changed. Annie's words will speak to your heart, touching that one area that you need to change, encouraging you to do that one thing you need to do.
I'm looking forward to sharing this with my kids- especially my oldest daughter. And I can most definitely recommend it as a good read. You can read more about Annie and her books here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.