Let’s start off with a random fun fact. I like jumping out of a planes (I highly recommend it as a way to celebrate any year of birth), am always up for an adventure and even move states away, but I don’t feel so brave in other parts of life. Sometimes it’s the little things that are the hardest for me to be brave about. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but all that to say, I think that no matter what you like to do or what you’re willing (or not so willing) to try, there’s something in each of our lives where we could all use a little more bravery.
Annie 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.
As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie Downs shares her journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire.
How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? 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 challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she gives us the help to take the next step forward—even when it’s scary.
This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage—nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.
Let’s All Be Brave features:
• Funny/interesting stories that draw readers into each chapter
• God’s surprising answers to finding courage and boldness
• Challenging questions and advice to help readers make real-life changes to live fully and glorify God more every day.
“To believe in yourself means to believe that God made you and there is no one like you, that you have a unique call to courage, and that you can do the thing that is staring at you in the face.”
One of the biggest takeaways from this book was Downs’ honesty. She shared from her heart about things that aren’t so easy to share with the entire world and by her simply writing the book encouraged me to continue to be brave and stay faithful to the journey and path the Lord has me on. So Internet high five Annie!
“Courage is for every age.”
It’s a fun read as well, with stories and pieces of Annie’s life to encourage and inspire. I haven’t read Annie’s blog before this book, but I think I might have to add it to my list. So if you’re looking to be inspired by one woman’s story, go ahead and grab this book.
I’d love to hear from you! If you’re willing to share, where could you use more bravery or where have you recently been brave? I’d love to be encouraged by you!
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)