You know those books that hit you right when and where you need it? I can definitely say that about Annie’s newest release Looking for Lovely. Refreshing and inspiring, I was so encouraged by this book!
“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.”
But how? When the enemy whispers lies that we are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or are you too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?”
In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.
Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!
“I saw God in those sushi rolls. I saw how He is a God who puts everything in its right place.”
I really loved the reminder that we can see God in the little things. Through Annie’s sometimes funny, sometimes serious, all the time interesting stories, this truth came alive with Annie’s words.
I really loved the chapter My People. I was able to pause and be thankful for my crew of family and friends the I love TO DEATH and who hold me up. I stopped reading and sent all the text messages because now is always a good time to remind people you love them!
Here’s a couple quotes:
“Your people remind you of the goodness of God and remind you of what it means to finish.”
“Maybe when we make our hearts available to the hard moments and allow ourselves to experience God’s love in new ways, we are also increasing our capacity to love others.”
I loved the encouragement, the honesty, the vulnerability and knowing Annie wrote this with the readers in mind. It’s not about Annie, but about allowing God to share her story to encourage others. I love her voice and humor – it’s like we were chatting in person talking about all the Lord is doing in our lives.
I most definitely recommend to everyone!
I will say just this one teeny tiny thing I have to disagree with Annie on. It’s her unfortunate choice in football teams ;). But that, my friends, is a chat to have come August (#WhoDat!)
Have you read any of Annie’s books?
What little things have you seen God work in recently?
(Thank you to B&H Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)