What if you told God you would do anything . . . and he took you up on it? Jennie Allen, founder of If: Gathering, shares the prayer that changed everything. *Now with Bible study questions!
In the years since the initial release of Anything, God continued to stretch Jennie Allen and her faith because of the courageous prayer of surrender that she and her husband, Zac, prayed, "God, we will do anything. Anything." Previously caught in the dizzying haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie went on to begin living out the adventure God had written for them—to include becoming the founder of IF: Gathering, an organization to gather, equip, and unleash the next generation to live out their purpose.
Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters.
This newly revised edition is updated throughout to include a new introduction and an in-depth Bible study component for those who have been wanting to lead a study on this topic.
Join Jennie on an adventure to discover your anything, those things that actually mean nothing until you know the God truly worth giving it all up for. And when you do, that will change everything.
Anything is also available in Spanish, Lo que me pidas.
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About the Author
Jennie Allen is an Arkansas native but Texan forever, Bible teacher, author, and the founder and visionary of IF:Gathering. A passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe, Jennie is the author of Restless, Anything, and her most recent book, Nothing to Prove. Her Bible studies include Stuck, Chase, Restless, and Proven. Jennie has a master's in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and teammate, Zac, and their four children, Conner, Kate, Caroline, and Cooper.
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The Prayer that Unlocked My God and My Soul
By JENNIE ALLEN
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Jennie Allen
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"Get off the phone and come in here, Jennie!" I was sixteen.
I got off the phone with my boyfriend and headed into the kitchen. My two little sisters were already sitting at our kitchen table. Everything felt good. Mom always went all out at Christmas—food and decorations, like something out of a magazine but better because you could smell and feel it. Christmas felt important and set apart.
The table had a wreath in the middle with candles sprinkled through it. I knew what we were doing. We did it most Sunday nights each December. We sat and sang—yes, our family of five awkwardly sang hymns around our table. We talked about Christmas and what happened on that night thousands of years ago. It's called advent, a beautiful tradition of focusing on Christ throughout the month of Jesus' birth.
We each held a candle while we sang (one year my little sister caught her bangs on fire). Then Dad read a story about the coming Christ and teach us a lesson we could learn from it.
I remember he seemed a little tense that night; it seemed like a lot of work. Looking back, I realize he was doing his best to give us God.
But how do you give someone God?
There were stories on felt boards about Noah's ark and Samson. There were lessons at Sunday school about how I shouldn't gossip or have sex yet. But how do you give someone God?
I never questioned those nights or appreciated them. I was neutral.
Honestly, I felt neutral about God. When you grow up with the stories and songs and lessons, you accept everything; you aren't trying to explain God if you grew up hearing about him since birth, like Santa Claus. I knew what I thought I needed to know. I didn't feel much, for the most part, when watching people talk about him. I don't remember it feeling very real. In fact, I remember God feeling a little plastic.
He was like a plastic statue on our mantel. In my child's mind, it seemed my family was revolving around the statue; we all would talk to the statue and about the statue. But to me, he was just a statue, a figurehead in our home that felt unmovable. Static. Stale. Unconcerned. Our plastic God. I looked into other families, and as I got older, I even tried my best to look into people's souls. Most of them seemed to have a plastic God too.
Falling in love with God was an intangible concept to me. I knew it was part of the whole deal, the package. I had heard that along the way in some of the lessons. I just didn't know how to truly relate to the plastic statue. Even if I could look past the plastic, then he was just invisible. How do you fall in love with someone invisible?
I wanted to feel something. I wanted it to be real. I needed it to be real. But how do you make something like God real?
You don't. You can't.
I was the type to play along. I wasn't faking; I just lived in a place that issued scripts. Everyone took theirs and played it. Mine was gods don t mess handed to me, and I played it as sincerely as I could ... It wasn't fake; it was just my normal. I was a good girl, from a good family and a good church and a good school, who made good grades and had good friends and made good decisions and even had a good dog. I was a good Christian. I mean, I should have been—I had heard the stories, songs, and lessons 7,338 times. It's what I knew.
I don't remember God, the real God, being there. He probably was. But I just didn't see him—till I did.
You can't control seeing God. That is left to his own discretion—how or when people really see, really get him. But I needed God to not be plastic before I trusted him, especially with everything.
Plastic gods are safe. Plastic gods don't mess with you. Plastic gods don't matter much; they fit in a small crevice of the life you want, the life you were planning to have. And when everything in life is working ... plastic gods feel like enough.
Unbelief is not just something attributed to an atheist or agnostic. Unbelief is found in nooks and spaces within Christianity. Every sin, at its root, is based in something we do not fully believe about God.
Recently, as I was about to actually sign the contract to write this book, I was staring at a stoplight on my way home. I was about to give my life to writing about and talking about my God (or at least the next few years). I was, in essence, taking my faith to such a public level that if he weren't real, it'd be a waste or very fake.
I sat at the stoplight long enough to have a complete crisis of faith. I pictured heaven and angels and hell and God in heaven and Christ on earth ... and I thought it all seemed like a tremendous long shot, so far from the reality of my days ... car pool and laundry and vacations—all the stuff sane people spend time thinking about.
In the questioning it felt as though someone were ripping away every safe and precious thing I held. And then I remembered. I remembered the evidence of his hand even that day in my life, his undeniable presence in my soul as I have suffered or felt him leading me. The marked changes to the insides of me that were not a result of my effort. All of it was screaming of something more—tangible spiritual realities. Green light. Faith crisis was over.
Doubt is in all of us ... if we go there. If we let it rush in every once in a while.
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Laura's crisis of faith lasted longer than a red light.
Something in her eyes and her voice was incredibly serious, "I don't know what I believe anymore. I am not sure I even believe in Jesus."
Laura went to our church. She was a deep, raw person with whom I eagerly grabbed time whenever kids and schedules allowed. Laura grew up as a pastor's kid in a world that was similar to mine. She went on to work for a college ministry until she had her second son. Laura was the best of the good girls. She knew the rules and she played her part well. God was real because her mom and dad had always told her he was. God had always been such a big part of her life that she never questioned what life would be like without him. She married a good man and had two good children and attended a good church. And yet she was questioning all of it, wondering if any of it had ever been real.
She felt guilty for questioning; she honestly did not even know how to question. Life's realities were causing her to wonder why she'd ever believed in the first place, if her faith had ever been truly hers, or if she just believed because that was all she'd ever known. As we talked, I felt the Lord leading me to encourage her down this road.
"Laura, God can handle your questions, but don't drag this out. Go there and then decide if he is real or not."
She cried, fearing what her family would think, fearing what life would feel like if she did not believe in the God everybody she loved feared. But it was as if God was giving this good little girl permission to wrestle with him. The God of the universe was lovingly saying, "It's okay."
She kept this picture in her mind as she questioned, a picture of a weak and tired soul standing on the top of a tall, far-reaching skyscraper.
God, in the form of a strong, well-grounded crane, swept her up and let her to look over the edge of faith. She peered over into options, visions of things she'd never explored or chosen to see. God graciously led her jump, and yet she felt him holding her out there as she swung for over a year, searching.
Laura would go on to give God everything with me, and he turned her life completely upside down. But his journey for Laura had to begin with Laura deciding whether or not Christ was the way. Until that was secure, everybody was just playing house.
Unbelief is no small thing. It lays the foundation for all the places we struggle, and ultimately faith in Christ is what will separate those who belong to God from those who do not.
Usually we do not fear God. We do not see him for who he is; we doubt him. We belittle him. It is the most damaging thing in us—to mistake God for something small or wavering. Yet we leave the doubts alone in us, thinking they are our simple, fickle thoughts.
A.W. Tozer wrote, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." Nothing defines a soul more than what that soul believes about God. And no outward observer can know what is in the soul of a person. The most important thing about us is truly only known and defined by the owner of the soul and the one who created it. Everyone else only sees what we want them to see. Nothing defines us more ... nothing is more important than what we believe about God.
I used to think knowing about God was the same as knowing him. I remember sitting in a room full of future pastors at seminary.
I always felt out of place. Maybe it was because I was a girl; maybe it was because I sat tearing up listening to professors talk about God while everybody else was taking notes and arguing dispensationalism.
As God was being dissected in front of me, I kept looking around at all those guys, thinking, Did you hear that?! This is ludicrous. I was freaking out as we talked about angels and hell and how our souls transform the second we trust Christ. Come on, people. It's insane.
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At the lake one weekend, I had a deep conversation with a close friend that triggered a big question for me: how does someone know God? She strongly believed the only way someone knows God is through reading Scripture. I agreed. We do not know God apart from Scripture, and every other experience must be held up to his Word, since it is the clearest revelation from him. It was the foundation for every understanding I held about God. I clung to it as I would the very words of God because I believe that is, in fact, what Scripture is. But it still seemed too simple to me. I knew that experiences, friends, prayer life, worship, church, and books had also brought me closer to God ... helped me to know him.
On Monday I posed the question in class to one of my favorite professors. The answer that followed went on to shape my view of God. He began by listing all the ways we grow or know God: prayer, studying Scripture, church, worship, experiences, suffering, confession, community, and on and on. Then he said, "But obviously each of these is unpredictable ... many people who study the Bible never find God. Many people who go to church never really know him. The only exercise that works 100 percent of the time to draw one close to the real God is risk."
I think the whole class started questioning him ... looking for proof text in our minds, trying to find a category for what he had just said.
Then he went on, "To risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that."
We were all speechless. Knowing God, really knowing him, was getting more complicated. But if he was real, if he was God, then certainly he was worth knowing—not just the facts, but knowing what it is like to run with him, lean on him, have his hand alone holding us up.
Scripture describes a radical, reoriented life for those who trust Christ—one full of living for the invisible and the future. It is a life fully surrendered to an invisible God whose agenda for my time here is contrary to my own, a life very different from the safe, comfortable one I was creating.
I started craving something that had never seemed acceptable to me until that day ... a reckless faith, a faith where I knew God was real because I needed him, a faith where I lived surrendered, obedient, a faith where I sacrificed something ... comfort or safety or practicality ... something. But my heart raced faster when I thought of it, and something about it resonated.
Stepping out wholly dependent on God to come through, stepping away from what is secure and comfortable exposes the holes in our faith. And then if God comes through, it expands our faith.
Something about stepping off cliffs where God leads allows God the opportunity to move in greater ways. When we step off and he shows up, we see him differently than we would if we were standing safely looking over the edge.
The first night I saw Jesus I was seventeen. I was sitting, looking up at a lumber cross. I sat in front of the crosses every year at Kanakuk Kamp. I had seen the nailed pieces of wood at least five years running. The campfire was crackling, and three men hung there on a sticky night in July, reenacting the day Christ died, the day his very visible, warm body hung there in a similar way.
But that night I saw him. I saw my sin and how it put him there. I saw the cost. I saw his mercy, and my heart moved. What Christ did on a cross—he bought me; he died so I wouldn't. My plastic god broke, and a new, unsettling God rushed in. I felt him.
We are fleshy, feely creatures. We love things to feel real; we want them to feel warm and tangible and to move through us, and at least make our hearts beat faster.
I'll never forget when I went to see Titanic for the first time. Before the movie came out, I had heard the story several times. We even sang this funny little song about it at camp; it included a line like "We all went to the bottom of the sea ... the captain, octopus, and me."
And then I saw the movie.
I cried for two days. I never sang that stupid song again. When a story gets real, it does something inside of you. When it isn't real, it feels pretend, shallow—you can sing silly songs about it.
After that sticky July night, things got real and everything began to change. My numb, cool soul was full with something tangible—something chaotic and yet trustworthy. The living God had saved me, made a way for me, and then filled me and began to mess with my life and affections. I hadn't walked an aisle or thought especially hard about Jesus.
In one moment he did something I could not have done. This movement was not because of the depth of my new faith in that moment; it was a cross. It was the person I could now see who was saving me.
In one moment I was free and safe forever. God moves. God saves.
In that moment God flipped something dead to life. All the Christmases I sang around wreaths holding candles, all the stories and lessons snapped to life because they only make sense in light of this person.
However, we can believe in Christ and be free and still be stuck. God was my new master, but I didn't know how to shake all the old ones. I knew a lot about God, but I still did not know him. I believed he was big enough to save me forever, but now I would have to grow to believe he was big enough to weave in and out of my every day, leading me, changing me.
But now he was real, and I was his.CHAPTER 2
It was a gorgeous day in Dallas, and I was driving to my home after class. I was only a few blocks from the seminary when my phone rang. One of my best friends, Kathryn, was on the other end. Kathryn and I had grown up together, but it wasn't until college that we became inseparable. Our friendship was sealed while driving out to the lake on a beautiful Sunday, right before the end of freshman year. I played some cheesy Christian song on the stereo and the girl broke down, telling me she wanted to live differently—she wanted to live for God. One song and she was changed. Seriously, she never looked back. I love people like that ... sincere, impassioned, decisive.
Years later, when I answered the phone, she was crying.
"Jennie, do you think my dad is in heaven?"
My heart stopped and my brain raced to find the answer. I scanned through my memories of his mess of a life and found myself doubting.
Kathryn had recently lost her dad to a heart attack. Her dad, Mike, was one of the most joyful, screwed-up men I knew. He had broken his marriage and could be seen more in bars than church. His life did not at all resemble the steadfast Christian men I knew.
But something about Mike was alive and full of joy. Every time you were around him, you felt it. He befriended every person he ever met. In fact, Kathryn had to go to his grocery store and pharmacy and barbershop after he died because he counted them all good friends, and Kathryn knew they would be wondering where he was. The man loved well.
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Table of Contents
My anything xi
Part 1 everything keeping us from anything
1 plastic god: abandoning unbelief 3
2 least good: abandoning pretending 13
3 missing buttons: abandoning shame 25
4 giant people: abandoning approval 33
5 normal drug: abandoning entitlement 41
6 scrapbooks: abandoning fear 51
7 eighty years: abandoning this life 63
Part 2 praying anything
8 crashing curtains: waking up 75
9 new eyes: real change 83
10 . big God: praying anything 91
11 a thousand problems: God rushes in 99
12 dominoes: no turning back 107
13 spreading insanity: lots of yes 115
Part 3 living anything
Jesus' anything 127
14 seeing God: our purpose here 129
15 blast off: overcoming doubts 137
16 out of control: God in the chaos 145
17 war on: fighting brave 155
18 backward: where freedom hides 161
19 better dreams: poured out 173
20 wind: everything different 179
what is your anything? 185
about the author 193
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ANYTHING The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul By Jennie Allen Often our familiarity with the concept of God keeps us from the reality of God and Jesus. We bring them out for special occasions, like a holiday decoration that has become a tradition over the years. But how do we make God and Jesus a real and tangible part of our being and our life? In Anything Jennie Allen takes us on a journey, a journey of turning over our lives to God. Until we give Him our anything we are incomplete. We will continue to live our lives trying to earn God's grace through works and outward shows, but grace cannot be earned. Jesus gave His anything to pay for my sin because He loved me. But to know God is a risk because He will reveal our true selves to us. God will sweep away all the pretense in our lives until realize we need Him. Many obstacles keep us from a true relationship with God. We like, Adam and Eve, hide our nakedness behind leaves – leaves of religion, morality, and good works but God sees through our leaves and sees to our very soul. We are ashamed of our sin, but He already knows our faults and has already forgiven us. We all desire approval, but instead of seeking after God's approval we turn to the world and make approval king of our lives to the exclusion of using our God-given gifts. We must let go of normal and embrace God and extraordinary that He is waiting to give us. We must give Him everything and anything. Anything we hold back from God becomes an idol in our life. But when we trust God with everything He provides a stability that we cannot find in the things of this world. Following God is not a guarantee of an easy life, nor was it an easy life for the first disciples. When we truly offer anything to God we are awakened to just how temporary this life and world are. We must let go and turn over control to God. We must to quit pretending our lives are perfect and worshiping this lie that we tell ourselves. When we surrender to God we are not consigning the rest of our life to bondage rather we are freeing ourselves to be who God created us to be. Giving our anything to God sometimes keeps us right where we were before we placed our lives on the altar. When we've handed our life over we are more fulfilled in our lives and we are able to fulfill a need that was before us all along. In giving His everything Jesus poured out His life to restore us, so how can we then refuse Him anything? We must be like Jesus. He loved me and He gave up for me. I, in turn, must give up for Him. He will never leave me alone in my doubts and fears, I need only call out to Him and turn them over to Him. The difficulties of my life are an opportunity for me to grow and to rely on God. Are you willing to give God anything or will you settle for the world? The choice is yours, are you willing to take the leap? Anything will help you take an honest look at your life. Is God king or have you allowed someone or something else to sit upon His throne? Anything will open the eyes of any reader and is perfect for either a personal or group study environment. I received a copy of this title for my honest review.
A transparent book with a fresh perspective! Anything is a journey of reckless abandonment. Jennie invites you into her life and shares the deepest parts of her soul as she surrenders every piece of her life to the calling of Christ. Anything gave me a new perspective of my life and revealed places in my heart I had not given God control. I laughed and cried alongside Jennie's stories and was taken to a place of complete surrender with the days I have left to live. Jennie's writing style reminds me of Donald Millers with a calling and passion to live for Jesus like Francis Chan or David Platt - but she specifically speaks to our generation of women. Her energy is contagious! A must read.
my copy of this book was provided by booklookbloggers Anything by Jennie Allen ****4 1/2 stars I love anything by Jennie Allen (see what I did there?). Jennie Allen is the real-deal, a sold-out-for-God girl-next-door that you want to be your best friend to do life with. In this book, she shares the prayer that she humbly (not boldly) prayed to God, and the ways it changed her life and many others. Letting God do ANYTHING in your life...wow. I mean, I know we say it all the time, right? God, YOUR will be done. But to surrender every single area of our lives to that REALITY...that gets messy right-quick. Follow along with Jennie as she walks the path, hand in hand, and gives us projects to prepare our hearts and minds for all that God has prepared for us to do. That verse above? Fits perfectly with this book, too. If God goes with us, we will get there. Wherever scary-sort-of place there is. God never says it will be easy. Quite the contrary; He tells us it will be hard. But then He goes before us and beside us. Never leaves us, never abandons. Through Anything.
In this book Jennie Allen and her husband were both longing for a deeper, truer relationship with God, so they began to pray Lord, we will do anything. Jennie heard about Katie Davis, the then 18-year-old mother of 13 girls in Uganda. (Read her story here!) Katie’s story wrecked her, made her realize that she is just one person but her impact could be huge. Jennie wanted more in her life. During this process their lives came unraveled, radically changed. God called them to bigger platforms in ministry, He told them to welcome another member to their family of five, a young boy from Rwanda, to fill the empty bedroom in their home. Jennie writes about how her friends lives were influenced too, how giving your whole life to God is daily sacrifice, but how you end up filled and overflowing with more than you ever imagined possible. She shares about how their prayer for anything impacted their marriage and family. This book inspired me to more, to realize the impact one life can make. I had downloaded the ebook version, so I plan to reread it soon, and this time to have a notepad and pen handy. There were so many good words I want to highlight and go back to again and again. Read this book, I highly recommend it!
Friday, July 10, 2015 Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen, © 2015 revised and updated, includes Bible Study "You make beautiful things out of dust. You make beautiful things out of us." Redefining Hands Available in the Potter's hands to be made into a new vessel ~ not the one I think I need nor the picture of the life I thought I was supposed to have. Join this beautiful journey with God. I like this quote: "God was writing a story for my life I never would have written." --Anything, 145 What if we got beyond ourselves, to the very heart of God to be all of who He created us to be? His alone; His love encompassing us! Not our "shoulda, coulda, woulda, oughta" but His "Rest in Me, I have it covered?" Jennie shares, gathering insight, overcoming doubts, really doing what He asks us ~ for our good and for His plan, changing us, sharing Him, beyond learning about Him ~ to know Him. Jennie talks about what was further after she and her husband, Zac, prayed "anything," surrendering to God, letting Him change them, for every day of their lives. Yielding everything. Daily abandon, preferring others to yourself. Jennie speaks of letting the person who just drove up have the parking space ~ laying our "rights" down? To pursue reconciliation quickly rather than letting it fester ~ and cause us to go inward instead of loving and being a peacemaker? "I wanted time for the other things God was leading us toward. And somehow in all the little deaths, in seeing more of God, I was watching my soul untangle." --Ibid., 105 One interesting thing is, words on a page will speak differently to each reader for we are not cookie cutters in the same shape or place. I feel this writing reflects Psalm 139 and 23 ~ we are so loved, and He delights in guiding us. The added Eight-Week Study Guide in the back begins reading a section of chapters, Scripture and reflection questions; and if you have done any of her other studies in a group setting, the Conversation Cards are so revealing to our heart. Part 1: Everything Keeping Us From Anything; Part 2: Praying Anything; Part 3: Living Anything; with reference Notes. Jennie Allen is a passionate leader following God's call on her life to catalyze this generation to live what they believe. She is the author of Restless and the Bible studies Stuck and Chase, and is the founder and visionary of IF: Gathering. Jennie is married to her best friend, Zac, and they have been blessed with four children. ***Thank you to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a copy of Jennie Allen's Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Reading Jennie Allen is like sitting across from a good friend, taking a deep breath before sipping your latte and diving into the beautiful mess of life. Her honest and direct approach reads like honey and sits just as smooth in your soul. I experienced another taste of her wisdom and truth when I read Anything, which I received through Book Look Bloggers. Anything explores the prayer that unlocked Jennie and her family to live in the exhilarating freedom of God and His plan for their time on earth. In this expanded edition, she includes a Bible study at the end of the book to help uncover our lies, fears and hopes to surrender our safe and comfortable hearts to an unexpected and exciting journey with God. I wish the Bible study section was longer, to go even more in depth with the topics of surrender and looking into the life and prayers of Jesus, but having even a little was an added bonus. I found myself reading this book at the perfect time in life, as I have wrestled with keeping the life I’ve known and completely giving it up to God to rework as He will. Her knack at getting underneath the surface and accurately pinpointing the American Life we buy into resonated with me and helped open my heart to what God is asking of me. I pray many others chisel away at their hearts and learn to unleash the Anything prayer in their own worlds.
This book was simply amazing. It is deep, insightful, and will absolutely make you think about your relationship with the Lord and whether or not you're willing to do anything for Him. I had reviewed Jennie's Bible study, "Stuck" and it was so great I didn't think she could top that, but she not only topped it, she went way above and beyond! I think the first thing I love about reading her book was that she's totally real and open. She tells it like it is and doesn't sugar coat her feelings or life. I love that! This book was about her and her husband praying a prayer to the Lord that they would do anything He called them to do. Anything. I don't know about you, but that strikes a little fear in my heart! If you're like me, you pray, "I'll do anything for you Lord, but....." With Jennie and her husband, there was no "but". As I read her book, though, I realized how much God was working in their lives through this huge prayer! I wondered how much I was missing out on by not praying this prayer. How many things does the Lord have for me to do, but I haven't surrendered my will to His? Reading "Anything" made me want to pray this prayer, though, because I could see how much the Lord was doing through Jennie! How amazing to be used in such a wonderful way! Her Bible study and this book are a testament to her willingness to surrender and be obedient to God and I can see how much these two things have changed my own relationship with the Lord! Imagine if she hadn't been obedient and we didn't have these great resourses? She was honest that she and her family were attacked by the enemy when they became obedient to the Lord and prayed this prayer of surrender. I love that. She prepared us for the war that would be ahead of us if we chose to pray "anything" to the Lord. After reading this book, I'm ready. I'm ready to pray that prayer! I want the Lord to use me and I want to have the faith to be obedient to anything he calls me to! I highly, highly recommend this book! It will scare you to death, but in a good way! lol We all like to think we are in control of our lives, don't you know. You will come to see that surrendering all to the Lord is the greatest calling we can have in this life. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Shelton Interactive
I was sucked into this book immediately, it is easy to read thanks to the author's conversational and intimate style. I loved all the personal stories and it became a real page turner for me. Even though I've been a Christian for a while I found myself drawn closer to God as I wrestled with the questions and challenges that the book brings up. It's definitely a great book to read either individually or as a group, I would have loved to have discussed each chapter with some girlfriends. Either way, it truly was a life-changing book for me, I find myself desiring to know God more and truly figure out what I have put ahead of God in my life.
The author is transparent and vulnerable in this book about praying "anything" into your life. An inspiring read that leaves you encouraged and desiring God's specific journey for your life. Don't miss it!
I highly recommend this book! Jennie offers an exceptional, yet humble insight into our own souls and our relationship with God.
I found this book very true from my standpoint, not having always lived in U.S. culture and currently elsewhere in the world. She pushes U.S. culture and how we might change our thinking when we look at our relationships here on earth and with God. The ladies in our group here found the book refreshing, and questioning what it means to give everything when you may have thought you already gave it all. It was a wonderful book touching my soul in many ways!
Read this book. It will change your heart, soul, and life. God is using Jennie Allen mightily. He is moving.
This is a great book so far! I would definitely recommend it. I did have to return this book for another one because it was missing some pages. Misprint. But besides that its good!
This book is written with courageuos honesty. Jennie Allen makes us think about our mission and ministry as she shares her insights and struggles to pray that she will do anything God asks of her.
Jennie and her husband Zac prayed a prayer one night that told God they would do ANYTHING he asked them to do. This prayer radically changed their lives and opened up the way for this book to be written. I’d read some great reviews for this book and was looking forward to reading it to see if it lived up to my expectations. I wasn’t expecting it to blow me away. It isn’t the style of writing or stories, although those are good. It’s the message that she is presenting. What would happen if every Christian opened themselves up to praying that prayer? What would happen if we were willing to let go and give up whatever God asked us to part with? The message in this book is all about total surrender to our God and living a life that isn’t normal. Not only did I enjoy reading this book, I felt convicted. It’s the type of book that I will be buying copies of to give to friends and family. It was just that good. I received this book free of charge from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.
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.
I flew through this book and couldn't put it down. Jennie openly and vulnerably shares her story about handing her life and her family over to God. They way she talks about faith and God are compelling. This book challenges what I am tempted to hold onto for myself. It increased my desire to see God move in my life. I've started buying the book for friends so that we can have real conversations with each other about how we can offer God anything and everything. I'd recommend the book to anyone.
You will love Jennie's raw and fresh approach in this book. God used her to stir in my heart a passion for glorifying Him...whatever that may be. Jennie's vulnerability is contagious and led me to a place of opening up the tight grip of my hands...holding everything up to God and saying "All I have is yours". You will be blessed through the pages of this book!
This book is not a typical "Christian Living" book. I'd say it's more like reading the journal of a good friend, except without the guilt. You find this friend on a journey to knowing more of God in the most personal of ways. In reading it, you close the book and envy that relationship she has and think, "Now what about me? Am I willing to let God have anything?" It's challenging, inspiring and convicting. Watch out, it might just mess with you.