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I know God is loving; I know he is good; I believe he is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if he is really kind - really, deeply, always kind. Is he?  

Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought it would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined. For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to him - to remind themselves and the people around them of his work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember him.  

In the back of my mind, God reminds me that he is the same trustworthy God - the one who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story - of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. 

God is who he says he is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who he is, we will not. We will remember God.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

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Quick read.

To me, it just seems like stories from the author's journal or autobiography. There are a few places where I could relate, but mostly I just didn't quite feel a connection. Maybe if you have a strong church family, have lived in other countries, traveled around a lot or have tons of friends, it will resonate more with you than it did me. I just didn't quite get the point I guess. If I could give it 3.5 stars that would be my choice, but I can't and 3 seems inappropriate, so I'm giving it 4.

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I wanted to like this book

I like her personality and her voice. I have listened to her podcast for the past two years. This book fell flat for me for a number of reasons. First, the author seems blind to her own privilege--she is an extremely successful author and influencer. Her version of suffering are relationship woes. As a single woman in my 30s, I get it, but throughout this book, I rarely got the sense that the author understands how privileged she is or that she views her platform or writing as a way to help people. Instead the bulk of her work is musings about her own life, what went wrong, what went right, mostly what went wrong. It reads like an entitled self absorbed narrative that is supposed to be about God. Second, there's nothing here about the biblical truths regarding suffering, Christ's suffering for us and our suffering for him. Or how trials help us more deeply identify with Jesus. She puts God on trial for not providing a husband, for not allowing her to have a best selling book, and for not giving her greater professional influence. God doesn't guarantee those things, no matter how many people "speak" those things over you. He does promise that this life will bring troubles and call a us to give thanks in every circumstances. There's nothing about Thanskgiving, nothing about finding pleasuring in serving God or his people during this season. Her books, her speaking, all of it seems to be about her. That worries me and sends the wrong message about the Christian faith.

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This is what you need

I happened upon Annie through several podcasts and heard her talking about this book. I was intrigued because I could sense the “rawness” in her voice as she was talking about it on the podcast. I have had one heck of a year and was looking for something beyond the typical Christian answer to the things I was feeling. Annie is so real. She is raw. And I literally wrote in my journal this last year the same phrases she uses to describe her own journey. I knew I wasn’t the only person who felt like this, but it was hard to tell my heart that every day and truly believe it. Annie’s story will encourage you, even though it isn’t the ending you’d expect. You will relate to her and realize you truly aren’t alone. I am so glad I decided to use my free trial of audible on a whim and listen to this book.

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I think I rewrote almost every word of this book down in my journal as I processed listening to it. So much resounded with my soul. Annie’s journey’s has mirrored my own the last few years in ways that can’t be a coincidence. This book is the real deal raw journey of faith and at first, the ending made me mad! I was crying and hoping for an answer and ticked when she said she didn’t have one. Yet, what I found as I continued to listen was an even greater gift than I could have imagined. Through this book, I found that in the desert journey, I wasn’t alone... in the wrestling and learning to limp... I wasn’t the only one...in the place where I’ve been the last few years where the pain somehow only seems to grow more and though I have felt like breaking... I’m not alone. Yes, Annie has been in those places - but more importantly God has been there... and through it all, I cannot walk out of any of this not remembering Him! I walk away from this book with lots to think on and ponder, a sense of being known, and a resolve that I will Remember God and His kindness/goodness... even though I have a LOT of work to do in trusting it all. A BIG Thank You to Annie for writing this book and being so brave with her life...

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This was my first audio book and my first Annie Downs book. It won’t be my last of either. Annie is so raw and so real and I love her for it. If you want to read an authentic story about how the Christian walk really is... this is the book for you. And Annie, if you’re reading this... thank you. Thank you for being brave enough to put in print your walk and struggles of faith with the Lord. On most days, I would tell you my faith and belief are so strong. But, like you, it has been the REALLY hard times that have built that faith and have proven His absolute kindness. Sister in Christ, I am praying for you. For Him to fulfill all the desires of your heart, to keep proving His kindness “o’er and o’er”, and to give you the “grace to trust Him more”. (from ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus 😉)

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Hard and beautiful

In a season of my life, this book serves as a reminder to all of those hard questions that end in commas rather than “!” or even “?” . Thank you Annie for your transparency, honesty & excellence! It’s a beautiful story with a beautiful…!

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Wow! Just what I needed.

I RARELY give a book 5 stars. That is reserved for a oil I can see myself picking up to read again in the midst of all the wonderful books on my To Be Read list and that I continue to discover. Also, I’m very picky about how I spend my reading time!

Not only did I see this as a 5-star-to-be-read-again book, I immediately started the book all over again to ensure I got all the precious nuggets of truth, wisdom, and the ways Annie so honestly and vulnerably shares God’s story in her life and how it connects to my heart and pushes me and my heart on my knees before the Lord. Annie didn’t shy away from the truth that this world will bring us pain, and she laid bare her ongoing pain, disappointments, and wrestling’s with God. But above all else she leaves the reader with a sense of hope and her own peace that in knowing and being known by Him she has found Him to be worthy!

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I needed this book

I’m a listener to the podcast and first got the “That sounds fun” audiobook. Loved it, and have been trying to find fun in the ache and this season of my life. However, this book... Annie, you might have needed this limp but I needed to hear this. I needed to cry with you and to see my own feelings regarding being single and seeing love in God. I pray for both of us constantly now. And I am planning my own trip to Nashville to get to see it for myself but not trying to scape my life- just for fun! Thank you, Annie. For being so vulnerable in this book. For talking about depression and loss in a way that shows the work of God. You read into my heart.

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Refreshing

Might have to re- listen as there were so many great nuggets of truth my heart needed to hear.

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Love her honesty!

read it! She is such a great story teller & it has a "surprise" ending!