A call to embrace the God-given courage that lives inside you from bestselling author Annie F. Downs.
How often does fear hold you back from the very things you most want to taste, touch, and experience? Author, blogger, and speaker Annie F. Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia, she's never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging the reader to do the same.
The call to be brave isn't just for one person - it's for everyone. Let's All Be Brave is more than a book, it's a battle cry. Annie will challenge you to live boldly, calling you to step into those places that require courage and giving you the help you need to take the next step forward - even when it's scary.
Annie uses honest and often humorous illustrations from her own life, contemporary real-life examples from the lives of others, and fascinating biblical stories to help you discover God's surprising answers to overcoming fear, uncertainty, and anxiety and grabbing hold of the life you desperately desire.
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About the Author
Dara Rosenberg is an accomplished voice-over artist who has been recognized nationally for her extensive work in audiobooks and commercials. She has a BFA in drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in drama and musical theater. Dara lives in New York City.
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Let's All Be Brave
living life with everything you have
By Annie F. Downs
ZONDERVANCopyright © 2014 Annie F. Downs
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an honest moment
March 2013 My dining room table, Nashville, Tennessee
I'm not brave. I lack courage. I'm thirty-three years old, and I sometimes cry when I leave my parents' home in Georgia to drive back to my little brick house in Nashville. I have never jumped out of a plane, and I only ride roller coasters when I'm trying to impress a boy.
Some people live for an adrenaline rush. I live for a sugar rush.
I don't think it is fun to risk, to gamble, to possibly lose. I like safety, smart choices, and learning the easy way. Tell me it's a bad idea and I'm going to believe you.
A few months ago, my friend Lyndsay's car ran out of gas. (Something that does not happen to me because I do not let my gas gauge go below a quarter of a tank. I never once saw the "low gas" light come on in my first car. I don't know if it even worked. Never risked it.) But Lyndsay is a natural-born risker, and she pushes that two-door coupe to its gassy limits.
So her car coasted into Nichole's parking lot, and Lyndsay carefully directed it into a slot. It was out of gas, out of fumes, literally just rolling because the wheels are round. Before sitting down for dinner with Nichole, Lyndsay called her boyfriend, who brought over a can of gas. While she was still at the table, he filled up her tank with a few gallons of gas and then drove home. When she was ready to leave, her car worked fine.
Lyndsay told me the next day, "That did not hurt enough for me not to do that again."
She's the valedictorian at the School of Learning the Hard Way. And she wears it like a Ms. Tennessee sash and crown.
That's how risk takers roll. That is not how I roll.
But I want to be brave.
And I'm going to ask you to be brave too, even if you, like me, don't take to it naturally. I'm here to ask you to please do that thing in your heart that scares you to death. To make that move or leap or step or sound you wouldn't have made a week ago.
There is no formula and there are no rules. There is the Bible, our guidebook for all things, but other than that, being brave is organic and spiritual and a unique journey for each person.
I won't be making a list of brave things you should do. I won't be saying, "Here is exactly what courage looks like" or "If you want to really risk in a way that impacts the people around you, do these particular things." I don't think that works. I don't think you need me to tell you what to do. I think you know. I think you just need a little pregame warm-up. A little something to oomph you along. An understanding of the map you are holding.
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I had lunch with my friends Chris and Jimmy this week, and we were talking about this very subject. And Chris said, "Courage implies action, like you are going somewhere or going to do something." Courage. Maps. Movement. We talked about what it means to be on your map and off your map and whether there's a map at all.
I left that barbecue lunch buzzing with hope and ideas. I love talking about what courage looks like (probably more than I like actually living it). I think an appreciation for brave people and brave moments has been in me forever. To this day, my favorite Steven Curtis Chapman song is "Burn the Ships" from way back in the mid-90s. It's a song about Spaniards sailing for Mexico in 1519, and upon arrival and in the midst of many hardships they wished they could go back. Instead they decided to burn their ships. Stay there forever. And figure out what that life would hold.
That stuck with me when I first heard the song as an awkward middle schooler—sometimes you set sail without a view of the destination, trusting the tools you've got. And once you get there, you stay. You move forward, not backward. You burn your ships.
In my mind, when I think about you and me and where we are going, I see ships sailing and maps waving in the breeze and forks in the road. I see airplane arcs on tiny television screens and I see navigational tools strewn across a desk.
I see action. Movement. Travel.
X marks the spot, but it's not about the X. (Also, it's not about your ex.) It's about getting there. It's about the brave things you have to do between here and there to make you the person your X deserves. (Again, not what your ex deserves. You have got to get over him or her.)
But here's the problem: I'm known for getting lost. I cannot be trusted to lead if we need to get from here to there. So if you're on a journey or an expedition or an adventure, I'm going to get you lost.
If I had my pickings of what flaws to be known for, I'd go for something like "too pretty" or "too nice." Instead it's usually "too directionally challenged to be in charge at this moment." (Or any moment of travel, really.) Mama always said I'd marry a mapmaker—it would be the only way to balance out the deficit in my skill set. So any cartographers out there, give a girl a call.
I love maps. Before Siri would talk to me on my iPhone and tell me when to turn right and when to turn left and redirect me because somehow I had still missed the turn, I had a lot of maps in my car. I still have a few because, you know, I'm me and I get lost and I can't get too much directional assistance.
I need maps. And so do you. Maps of the mall because, seriously, I just need to pop into Gap for a breezy white cardigan. Maps of the airport because Atlanta's airport is practically its own city. Maps of your town and maps of your state. Maps of the places you've been that you never want to forget and maps of the places you want to go to.
Your life, start to finish, is a map. And we are HERE. That's all I know. I don't know where you've been and I don't know where your map will take you. I only know there will be moments when you feel like the map has turned or changed and moments when you realize you've read this map wrong all along. You will crumple it up and throw it down, only to return to it for direction once you finish your cryfest. I get it. I know.
But it's your map. Not my map. Or my cousin's map. Or your spouse's map. It's yours. And there is something so sweet about God doing life that way. Giving you your own rivers to cross and mountains to climb and forks in the roads of your life that I will never come to. You get to be brave right there, in each of those places. Bravery begets bravery. If you'll be brave, I'll be brave. And when I am brave, you feel like you can be too. We are holding hands and I promise I won't let go.
Let's all be brave.CHAPTER 2
March 2013 Mountain Brook Starbucks, Birmingham, Alabama
I think the hardest thing about writing is the blank page. Or computer screen. It's said to be a writer is to have homework every day for the rest of your life. You remember that feeling, don't you? When you have a paper to write or an assignment to turn in and you know you can do it if you can just. get. started. I find the same to be true if I'm creating a presentation for a conference I'm speaking at or if I'm trying to write a message on a Father's Day card. I know what I want to say. I just often don't know where to start.
My favorite hamburger in Nashville is the turkey burger with a gluten-free bun at Burger Up in 12South. It's always cooked perfectly, and they have this honey mustard aioli that will just bless you. The owner of Burger Up is Miranda. She's a bit of a legend in our neighborhood for taking a boring stretch of street and adding some substantial eateries. I wrote my first book almost solely at her coffee shop, Frothy Monkey. Next came Burger Up and then a sandwich shop, and now? Josephine.
Josephine, the newest restaurant to situate itself on 12th Avenue South, hasn't even opened yet, but everyone in our neighborhood is buzzing about it. They're going to have a Sunday brunch that is pretty much all the permission I need to eat nowhere else after church except right there in one of her perfectly made booths.
Every time I run into Miranda on the street or in Burger Up, I ask how Josephine is coming along. She always tells me about another decision she has made—the style of patio furniture, the foods she has traveled across the country looking for, the right chef to bring to town, the kind of napkins and cutlery.
Every decision requires her to start somewhere. The menu was blank. The walls were blank. Even the title of the restaurant was blank. But one day she made that first decision toward offering us a new neighborhood favorite, and once things got started, they haven't stopped. Her courage shows up as community tables, delicious food, and warm hearts all up and down the neighborhood thoroughfare.
I'm flying to Minneapolis today. Travel is a major part of my life and job right now, which means fewer turkey burgers from Burger Up, but luckily, on an airplane seems to be where I get lots of writing done. Sitting in a window seat with my laptop open and All Sons & Daughters pouring truth into my ears—this is prime writing time for me.
As I'm buzzing over some farmland (I'm guessing somewhere in Iowa), I'm thinking about how hard it is to start, whether it's a new book, a new restaurant, or any other dream you may have. To start the journey toward that thing ... I don't know what it is for you, but it's not a journey to courage. The moment you take that first step, the moment you start, little seeds of courage, the ones I believe are already planted there right now, begin to sprout in your heart. You aren't headed out to find courage. It's in you, it is blooming, and it is with you as you travel and say yes to things that seem scary. Remember, it's not only the X that matters; it's getting there.
At my home church, the high school students host and run the middle school retreat. It's a really neat experience. As an adult leader a few years ago, I loved watching my sister Sally, an eighteen-year-old senior, be the retreat director. She nailed it. It was the only middle school retreat I ever attended, but I'm pretty sure she was the best retreat director ever. The coolest part about being an adult leader was I literally just had to supervise, not really plan or lead. It was awesome.
We were at one of those retreat centers that have cabins and bunk beds and two showers for every twenty people, and it was as rustic as you are picturing.
And I loved it. Yes, I absolutely love retreats. You know why? I love when all my friends are trapped in the same place for days at a time. Is that weird?
On the Saturday night of this middle school retreat, I crawled into my little twin bunk, shoved up next to another twin bunk, and closed my eyes. It wasn't thirty seconds later that I felt someone tap my shoulder.
Because we are a people who love to prank, I was sure I was about to (1) be sprayed in the face with some sort of liquid or (2) get to participate in pranking someone else. Instead, it was Mallory, another senior helping lead the retreat. Because it was March, Mallory was just a few months from graduating and heading off to Auburn University.
She asked me to scoot over, so I did. I was worried—Is something sad? Something wrong? To snuggle up next to your leader in a twin bed means that something isn't right. So I lay there on my side as Mallory stared up at the springs on the bunk above us. Light from the moon barely snuck in through the curtains, but it was enough for me to watch as she was obviously wrestling with something in her heart.
"I don't want to go to Auburn," she whispered, and I heard the tears dripping onto my pillow. I waited, thinking she had more to say. When she didn't, I responded.
"Okay, Mal. You don't have to."
"I think," she stammered slowly, "I want to be a missionary. I want to go to YWAM." Her voice was still shaky.
"Okay, Mal. You can do that." I said it quietly. I wanted it to fall softly into her heart. Of course, I wasn't her parent or the final decision maker in her life, but I knew all that would shake out. She didn't need me to help her figure out how it would work out; she needed me to tell her that it could. I know what it is to need to say the brave thing, whether it actually works or not. To just start the process.
Mallory didn't begin her journey toward courage right there. That little glow of courage was growing in her heart for days, maybe weeks. And then in the hours and minutes before she actually got up out of her bed, it grew feet, didn't it? Feet that brought her to me.
Somewhere, at some point, she started being brave—probably before she even realized it. It wasn't when she told me. It was long before, when something in her heart began to beat with a different rhythm.
You just have to start, my friend. That thing that is whispering on your insides? That conversation you need to have or that place you need to go? That job you want to try or that ministry you want to attempt? That major you want to pick at college or that mission trip you want to go on?
You've got to start somewhere.
Tell somebody you want to be brave.
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Today I volunteer as a leader for the college ministry at my church. It is one of the greatest joys of my life. I love that after four years of living in Nashville, virtually blind to the college scene (besides noting the massive decline in traffic during the summers), those students are now one of my favorite reasons for living in this town.
Each Sunday night after the service ends, we head together to the gym and eat cereal. Yep, cereal. College students totally dig it. It's hilarious. Our pastor, Pete Wilson, and I have a little game we like to play. We stand behind the cereal table and try to guess which cereal the students will pick. There are usually six or so options—the staples like Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Flakes and the classics like Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms, and then there are the wild cards that trade out, like Cap'n Crunch and Reese's Puffs, for example.
Here is how the game is played. A new young college guy will come over to the countertop lined with cereal and milk and supplies, pick up a bowl, and we'll introduce ourselves. "I'm Annie. This is Pastor Pete. What's your name?" And the startled student will say, "Uh, John."
I smile and continue. "John, we're so glad you're here. Now, Pastor Pete and I have a little competition going. We'd like for you to look at the six cereal options and pick the one you want. BUT. Don't say it out loud. Just think it. And then we'd like to guess what you are going to pick. You ready? Have the cereal in your mind?"
At this point, the student is usually quasi-entertained (because I'm obnoxious and Pete is really cool) and wants to play along, so he picks which one he would like—and we guess.
"Cinnamon Toast Crunch?" It's usually my go-to guess.
"Nope," John replies.
"Cap'n Crunch Berries?" Pastor Pete makes a left-field guess.
"Yep!" John says, and fills his bowl.
Now I'll tell you this, Pastor Pete has a pretty solid guessing percentage. But I'd like to have a formal investigation initiated because I am almost 100 percent sure that at least half the guesses Pastor Pete gets right are because the student changes his mind based on what the pastor thinks the kid wants.
And just so you know, I get about one out of every eight cereal guesses right. Terrible winning percentage, I know. But they don't lie for me like they do for Pastor Pete.
Also, on a personal note, this is my favorite time of the Sunday night events. I get to talk to every student and connect with him or her week after week. As silly as it sounds, this is a big part of my ministry, and I love it.
Last week, Pastor Pete was out of town, so a new volunteer, Paul, stood with me at the cereal table. I tell Paul how Pastor Pete and I have this little guessing thing we do, and I suggest he and I try it for a little while. So we start guessing some of the students' cereal choices. I'm totally off my game and go 0 for 7 right off the bat, which leads to a lot of students rolling their eyes and my confidence going down the drain. Ouch.
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Table of Contents
A note from the author 13
an honest moment 15
just start 21
your people 69
your talents 81
your words 91
say yes 97
say no 107
hold on 119
let go 125
at home 133
around the world 143
every day you have 151
everything you have 157
the why 169
the rhythm 177
thank you 203
sounds good to me 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A few months ago I was in the beginning stages of dealing with a very deep heartache. At just the right time God used Annie F. Downs devotional on Proverbs 31 Ministries to speak to my heart. That devotional led me to find “Let’s All Be Brave!” I was totally unprepared for how much “Let’s All Be Brave!” would apply to my current life circumstance, heartache and all. God really used Annie through her book to encourage me to keep pressing on, to not give up, and to keep trusting His plan while I wait on Him as He works in my life and circumstance. At this point it’s time for me to let go of something I love very much and I believe that reading “Let’s All Be Brave!” all those months ago was what God used to prepare me for this moment and for my healing process. I highly recommend “Let’s All Be Brave!” It was so helpful for me and I really believe that no matter what you may be dealing with this book as well as Annie’s other books will be very encouraging reminders to keep trusting God and pressing on no matter what and to follow His leading through every circumstance.
This is an awesome book. I purchased this book some time ago and it has been traveling with me to a few different countries as I am more of a casual reader than a dedicated reader like most. The book is filled with short stories which all paint a picture of what it looks like to be brave. Brave looks different from one day to the next and it looks different from one person to the next too. What matters is that we all strive to be brave, however that looks, whether we realize it in the moment or years later. The book is a great read and follows the travels of the author as she defines what it means to her to be brave. It is an excellent read!
This is a must read by an Incredible Author! She talks to you like you are sitting across the table having Coffee. Her words are genuine, honest and I literally read the book in 2 days and I have now bought of hers. She is BY FAR my Favorite author and top 3 books ever!!!
I absolutely love this book!! I stumbled upon it at the library and felt completely led towards it. Before I even finished it, I emailed Annie to share at how moved I was by it. I've never emailed any author before and I'm an avid reader! Her voice, style, and character comes out beautifully and it was such a complete pleasure to read. I'm a huge fan of this book!
Let's All Be Brave really opened my heart and mind to what living on mission looks like in my life. It also gave me the tools and inspiration to pursue my God given gifts and talents. Annie Downs combines practical life lessons with hilarious personal stories for a read that is both informative and entertaining. As a reader of MANY books, I highly recommend this one! Also, check out her newest book, Looking for Lovely - it's just awesome!
You need to read this book! Bravery isn't a fairytale, it's a learned skill. Annie redefines our definition of bravery and describes how to practice it on a daily basis. Teaching us to fully lean on Christ and step outside our comfort zone, Annie will encourage you to be brave in all walks of life.
This book really challenged me a lot to be brave and stand tall in this dark world. It taught me so much that I read some parts of it over and over again to remind me never to give up and to be brave because God wants me to. Annie is an amazing and gifted author. She writes it so you really get to know her. As a teenager, I would really recommend teen girls to read this but any age group can read it too. It will challenge and teach you so much.
I absolutely LOVED this book! As someone who has experienced a lot of transition, disappointment, and heartache in this last season of my life, I found this book to be both edifying and encouraging. With humor and depth, Annie broadened my perspective on what it really means to be brave. Her story is relatable in a way that makes you feel like you are listening to your best friend. And her wise truth-telling will undoubtedly have you thinking about the opportunities for courage in your own life. No matter what your age or life stage, I can't recommend this book enough! It's one of those "keepers" that I see myself reading again and again.
Annie (after reading her book, you're automatically on a first name basis) is inspiring. Not because she's necessarily done wild and crazy things that our world and culture calls brave, but because she opens your eyes to see what brave looks like in YOUR life by sharing little and big ways she stepped into unknown and terrifying places in her own life. When prayerfully and thoughtfully reading through this book, it's impossible not to begin recognizing ways God is calling you to better, deeper, more. "Let's All Be Brave" is any easy read that, for me, has stirred up movement and longings that insecurity and fear have buried for years. Worth the money, worth the time.
A wonderful, uplifting and REAL read. Annie's vulnerability and honesty are what we need more of in this world. I laughed, cried and experienced life with Annie throughout this book. A definite must-read to all those who struggle with fear and bravery.
To say that Annie's book birthed new bravery in my life would be an understatement. I am so thankful for her faithfulness in putting pen to paper with these words. It was exactly what I needed to read as I graduated college and about to enter the "real world." This book was key in helping me making some pivotal decisions in my life that couldn't have been made without bravery.
It took me a while of sitting here to figure out how to review this book. I'm still not sure how. See, this isn't my usual type of book. Yet, something about this one spoke to me, drew me in. Annie wrote with open honesty and vulnerability typical of these kinds of books. She shared things from the deepest parts of her life. Her hopes, her dreams, her fears. She illustrated these points with stories from her life, or with stories from Scripture, which I thought was exceptionally well done. However, Annie is first a blogger, and that showed, as I think her writing style didn't completely translate into book writing. The timeline also jumps around quite a bit, which really confused me. Each chapter has when and where she wrote that particular chapter, so that jumps around. But even in those sections she may be talking about something that happened in the past, or "two weeks ago". But ultimately, this was one that spoke to me. It saw straight through me, told me that I am not alone when it com to some of the things that I face. Which, to me, makes it hard to rec. Because if it doesn't speak to you, will you not like it as much? Yet I do recommend this one, a lot. It was full of truth and wisdom and, of course, some Annie humor.
I'm not necessarily brave - especially when it comes to things I want to do but am afraid I'll fail at. This book truly gave me the courage to go for my dreams - to be brave - and not worry about failing. Annie Downs is a wonderful writer who shares her own experiences of being brave, or not being brave, and how this affected her life. I really loved the stories where she took a chance and how being brave made such a difference in her life. She shares openly that she is not really a brave person but with God's assurance and strength, she has been able to do things in her life she would have never imagined. I really liked her writing style, with lots of humor sprinkled throughout. She makes this book a joy to read with her easy to enjoy writing and openness. You cheer for her when she makes those brave decisions that opened new doors of opportunity to do things for God and you feel bad when she has disappointments in her life. She's like the friend you have that you like because she's so real. I was truly inspired by this book! I really liked how she based her book on so many Biblical truths that we can apply to our own decisions to be brave. She really helped me to realize that being brave is worth it because it allows God to open door after door where you are able to use the talents He gives you to affect others in a positive way. This book will be remaining on my table so I can refer to it again when I'm not feeling very brave. It will give me that shot in the arm I need to put the fears aside and be brave! *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Shelton Interactive
(Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of this book to review by BookLookBloggers. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post this review.) I really wanted to love this book by blogger Annie F. Downs. It's the first book of hers I've read, and I loved the concept and title. I NEED more bravery in my life right now! And I know several good friends who really enjoyed this book. So I was disappointed when I found this book to be lackluster from the very beginning. It was far too personal, as the entire book was simply "essays" about times in her life (some random examples, I thought) of when Annie tried to be brave, that were confusing, muddy, and convoluted to the uninitiated reader (i.e. anyone who is not very close to the author). I felt that this book tried too hard to be hipster by including the coffee shop where each piece was written. The pieces were not chronological, which made following Annie's travels and stories confusing. The stories were more like mini therapy sessions for the author, in my mind, with a,"So be brave! Like I sorta was!" at the end of each "chapter." Not what I was looking for. The writing style was also far too young for me, very adolescent-oriented and not quite deep enough for the subject matter. The sentence structure was very stylistic. That might suit others just fine, but it just didn't jive for me. I also found it disconcerting that Annie talked about the writing process a lot, making reference to the fact that she was writing a book, and in one or more cases, spending at least a whole page talking about how nervous she was to be writing what we were going to be reading on the next few pages. Bravery? Maybe. Good reading? Not in my book (ha, a book pun, get it?). Sorry Annie and friends, I really am. But this one only gets 1 star from me.
Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs is a collection of narratives on bravery from Annie’s life experience. She shares her story, and reflects on the times she has been called to be brave. Sometimes she stepped up to the plate, and sometimes she missed it. This book focuses on recognizing opportunities to be brave on a daily basis. The best audience for this book is probably girls ranging from middle school to young adults. Let’s All Be Brave was different than I was expecting. I picked up this title hoping Annie had some deep Biblical insight on bravery, but this is not that book. However, once I adjusted my expectations, I enjoyed it. Annie’s language and tone are conversational, and her anecdotes made me laugh. Her writing style is casual: she is not afraid to start a sentence with the word like. Let’s All Be Brave is essentially Annie’s autobiography with the focus being her thoughts and opinions on bravery as she has seen it in her life. If you are looking for a book that feels like a conversation with an optimistic, peppy, small group leader, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a deep Bible study on bravery, this is not it. While Annie does reference several Bible stories that focus on bravery, it’s not deep or expository. However, you will be very happy with Let’s All Be Brave if you are looking for a friend, a cup of coffee, and a pep talk. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Annie has a voice that is filled with truth and wisdom. She writes to you as if you are sitting across the table from her, sharing her heart and letting us all into her life. And that vulnerability, that courage to share herself so completely, is beautiful. Add in a little humor, and this book is a hit! Let’s All Be Brave is filled with gems of truth that push you to pursue what God has placed on your heart. You already know what that is. Annie shows you that it is okay to take that leap of faith, to be brave, even if you can’t see how it all works. Life pursuing what God has for each of us is far better than the lives we would live on our own. This book is powerful. It will make you think about your life and how amazing it is when you pursue God with arms wide open, seeking direction from Him. So, if you have a dream, if you have aspirations for your future, read this book. If you feel scared or anxious, if you hesitate at the sight of unanswered questions and the unknown, read this book. If you are in need of encouragement, read this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I honestly cannot rave about this book enough. Seriously. It was incredible uplifting and so full of truth and insight. And it's so real. I felt like I was sitting down and chatting with Annie over coffee the entire time I read it. It made me laugh, it made me cry (and I cry maybe twice a year), and it really made me reflect on so many things in life I often overlook. For a few years now, my life motto has been "Be BOLD," and this book was such a wonderful reminder and encouragement of what it really means and looks like to be brave for the Lord. Every single person who breathes should read this book.
Before reading Annie's book "Let's All Be Brave" I didn't know I needed to face the fact that I wasn't being brave in life. From the moment I opened her book and began to read the words God inspired Annie to write, I quickly learned what I had to do in order to become brave. This book will challenge you, make you laugh out loud, and help you see all that God has in store if you just allow Him to work in your life. "Being brave means seeing yourself the way God sees you." That's one of my favorite lines from the book. Thank you Annie Downs for writing such an incredible and encouraging book for women of ALL ages!
This book is filled with highlights. The way Annie writes is very personable and it truly feels like she is speaking to you in person over a coffee date. There are many times in the book when she allows you time to stop reading and really think about the questions she is asking you to bring to mind. I loved that the most. There is an emphasis on personal reflection, so this book isn't just a surface level "GO!" - It's a whole hearted go-be-the-person-you-were-made-to-be-and-stick-to-your-true-self-while-doing-it. Great book for all ages.