In Let’s All Be Brave,
Annie’s first book for adults, Annie calls you to grab hold of the brave life
you desperately desire. Using honest and often humorous illustrations from her
own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating biblical stories,
she challenges you to step into those places that require courage and
gives you the help you need to take the next step forward . . . even when it’s
To see yourself the way God sees
you is the first step in being brave.
When God tells you to be brave, he will make it work. It won’t be
It won’t be easy but it will be
your story and your best story.
I thought I know what bravery looked like which is why I’ve
never described myself as brave, not once.
I’ve always tried to be brave, wished I was brave but never felt
particularly brave. Hence when Annie
Downs announced her book, Let’s All be Brave.
I knew I wanted to read it just to see what bravery looked like in
someone else’s life.
I found pieces of my story in Annie’s stories of
bravery. There was a particular chapter
that I felt was written almost verbatim from my own life. It brought me to tears. I took my time reading and stopped often to
reflect on Annie’s transparent words. It
made me realize that bravery isn’t series of things that you do or even a huge
or dangerous act. We can all be brave
even as we make simple everyday decisions. Bravery can look like simply making
a concerted effort to do the hard things even when it doesn’t seem to make
sense to do so.
My takeaway from Annie’s book is… we all have our moments of
insecurities and seemingly insurmountable mountains to overcome but if we just
take it one moment at a time, one act at a time, one day at a time… we can all