“If we are each as unique as the Bible says we are, then our calls to courage are equally unique…If I can embrace them and step into them as they come, I can change the world. So can you. We each just have to be brave in our own ways.” – p. 41, Let’s All Be Brave
And with that quote from Annie Downs in her newest book, Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have (Zondervan, 2014), I can’t tell you exactly what bravery means for you. Because bravery might mean something different for you than it does her or him or me. That’s part of what’s awesome about our lives.
In this book, Annie uses personal experiences and biblical stories to offer this memoir-style encouragement on being brave in this life God gifted to you. She also utilizes repetition of truths in an encouraging and conversational tone. Just like we need to brush our teeth everyday, sometimes we need to hear about bravery and being loved and loving others every day.
Throughout this book, Annie speaks on what bravery is, why bravery needs community, why we (as God’s children) should be brave, and what bravery can do.
With chapters with such oppositional titles like “Say Yes” and “Say No” or “Hold On” and “Let Go,” you might think the author aims to confuse. But Annie is able to explain how bravery is both. Sometimes we need to hold on; sometimes we need to let go. If your brave looks like staying home and serving, that’s still brave. If your brave looks like traveling overseas, that’s still brave.
Annie writes with obvious passion and is “all in” to whatever she’s writes a book on. Her conversational tone and utter honesty proves that investment in sensory-filled sentences like this one on dreams on page 88: “It sounds like work and it feels like vulnerability and it smells of getting in over my head.”
What I love about how Annie writes is how she explains that she is not a perfect example, and that’s even more encouraging. She doesn’t know it all, she hasn’t always made perfect choices, and she’s still trying to figure some things out – and that’s perfect to read about. And inspiring.
I enjoyed the whole book, but the last four chapters really bumped up the awesomeness of this book. And, just like your own journey of mistakes and growth, we needed to read all the stories and thoughts she shares in the first chapters to have those last four chapters be even more beautiful.
Annie’s other books were written primarily for teens, but Let’s All Be Brave is inspiring for any age and worth your reading time.
“The truth is that courage doesn’t have an expiration date.” – p. 155, Let’s All Be Brave
What’s brave to you? How has God led you to be brave on your journey?
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