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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Remember God

Annie addressed and asked the questions we all want to ask and invited us to walk with her though her journey. She was vulnerable and honest! I also bought the book because some books just need to be in your library!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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It's Real, Y'all!*

Real.

Life, emotions, questions, searching and raw. That's right. Real Raw. I said it. Incorrect grammar is intentional.

This book is all of those things.

Listening to the book read by Annie made it even more poignant, humorous and enjoyable.

I have fallen into friendship with Annie recently. I started listening to her podcast - and that made me want to read her book. Since finishing this book, I am pretty sure we could be friends rather quickly!

Annie is vulnerable. Annie is honest. Annie is funny. Isn't that what everyone wants in their friends?!

This book is beautiful and it would do you good to give it a listen ... or sit down and read it in a weekend. The message is for everyone.

Thank you, Annie, for writing this book and for letting us, your readers, into your life. Your story is lovely. Your heart? Even lovelier. I'm better for having read it and I plan to share it with all of my good friends.

If you ever want a new best friend in NW Ohio ... I'm your girl! LOL

*The use of 'Y'all' by a Northerner who sounds absolutely ridiculous saying it should tell you how great this book really is!!!

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Stunning

Raw. Emotional. Real. Inspiring.

This book not only took me with Annie on her journey as she remembered who God is, but started me on my own. It is one that will stick with me for a long time and one that I will definitely go back to many times!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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Wow... I will remember

I am in tears. Yes I’m a crier, but this story resonates with me. I mean, if you’re alive, it resonates. Because we all struggle with remembering God and what he says he will do in light of who he is. Thank you Annie for a book that will help us look at the disappointments and hurts as part of the journey to unveiling God’s faithfulness and kindness.

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The 1 book you need to read this year

Everyone should read this. It is both powerful and vulnerable and genuine. I will for sure be listening to this again and also buying a physical copy in order to mark my favorite sections and pour over Annie's words... I appreciate it more than I can express. Thank you for writing this book, Miss Annie. I feel like I just experienced something so personal, I cant even fully digest it yet.

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excellent for all walks of life

Loved hearing Annie read this book - I felt like we just had dinner and she caught me up on her year.

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I knew from the intro it was going to be good...

Some of the most refreshing, honest & relatable few hours of my life. I’ve never heard anyone put into words the very thoughts and hangups I felt, but never spoke towards God. And to do it in a way that doesn’t deter from God, but rather invites us into this extremely intimate & honest relationship with a kind Father. I follow Annie through a couple of different podcasts and heard her talking about her new book on that platform. I’m not a huge reader of books, but decided to try audiobook format while on a road trip and WOW! I listened to all 4 hrs straight through. Not only was the content curated beautifully, but Annie’s narration was like sitting across the table from an honest friend and I loved every bit of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-18

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-18

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Emma Atkinson
  • 10-13-18

Remember God

Annie addressed and asked the questions we all want to ask and invited us to walk with her though her journey. She was vulnerable and honest! I also bought the book because some books just need to be in your library!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kit-Kat74
  • 12-18-18

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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  • Rachael D.
  • 12-13-18

It's Real, Y'all!*

Real.

Life, emotions, questions, searching and raw. That's right. Real Raw. I said it. Incorrect grammar is intentional.

This book is all of those things.

Listening to the book read by Annie made it even more poignant, humorous and enjoyable.

I have fallen into friendship with Annie recently. I started listening to her podcast - and that made me want to read her book. Since finishing this book, I am pretty sure we could be friends rather quickly!

Annie is vulnerable. Annie is honest. Annie is funny. Isn't that what everyone wants in their friends?!

This book is beautiful and it would do you good to give it a listen ... or sit down and read it in a weekend. The message is for everyone.

Thank you, Annie, for writing this book and for letting us, your readers, into your life. Your story is lovely. Your heart? Even lovelier. I'm better for having read it and I plan to share it with all of my good friends.

If you ever want a new best friend in NW Ohio ... I'm your girl! LOL

*The use of 'Y'all' by a Northerner who sounds absolutely ridiculous saying it should tell you how great this book really is!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennie Smith
  • 12-08-18

Stunning

Raw. Emotional. Real. Inspiring.

This book not only took me with Annie on her journey as she remembered who God is, but started me on my own. It is one that will stick with me for a long time and one that I will definitely go back to many times!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-18

Wow... I will remember

I am in tears. Yes I’m a crier, but this story resonates with me. I mean, if you’re alive, it resonates. Because we all struggle with remembering God and what he says he will do in light of who he is. Thank you Annie for a book that will help us look at the disappointments and hurts as part of the journey to unveiling God’s faithfulness and kindness.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Ann
  • 11-30-18

The 1 book you need to read this year

Everyone should read this. It is both powerful and vulnerable and genuine. I will for sure be listening to this again and also buying a physical copy in order to mark my favorite sections and pour over Annie's words... I appreciate it more than I can express. Thank you for writing this book, Miss Annie. I feel like I just experienced something so personal, I cant even fully digest it yet.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Rachel
  • 11-26-18

excellent for all walks of life

Loved hearing Annie read this book - I felt like we just had dinner and she caught me up on her year.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-18

I knew from the intro it was going to be good...

Some of the most refreshing, honest & relatable few hours of my life. I’ve never heard anyone put into words the very thoughts and hangups I felt, but never spoke towards God. And to do it in a way that doesn’t deter from God, but rather invites us into this extremely intimate & honest relationship with a kind Father. I follow Annie through a couple of different podcasts and heard her talking about her new book on that platform. I’m not a huge reader of books, but decided to try audiobook format while on a road trip and WOW! I listened to all 4 hrs straight through. Not only was the content curated beautifully, but Annie’s narration was like sitting across the table from an honest friend and I loved every bit of it.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-18

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-18

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emma Atkinson
  • 10-13-18

Remember God

Annie addressed and asked the questions we all want to ask and invited us to walk with her though her journey. She was vulnerable and honest! I also bought the book because some books just need to be in your library!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kit-Kat74
  • 12-18-18

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachael D.
  • 12-13-18

It's Real, Y'all!*

Real.

Life, emotions, questions, searching and raw. That's right. Real Raw. I said it. Incorrect grammar is intentional.

This book is all of those things.

Listening to the book read by Annie made it even more poignant, humorous and enjoyable.

I have fallen into friendship with Annie recently. I started listening to her podcast - and that made me want to read her book. Since finishing this book, I am pretty sure we could be friends rather quickly!

Annie is vulnerable. Annie is honest. Annie is funny. Isn't that what everyone wants in their friends?!

This book is beautiful and it would do you good to give it a listen ... or sit down and read it in a weekend. The message is for everyone.

Thank you, Annie, for writing this book and for letting us, your readers, into your life. Your story is lovely. Your heart? Even lovelier. I'm better for having read it and I plan to share it with all of my good friends.

If you ever want a new best friend in NW Ohio ... I'm your girl! LOL

*The use of 'Y'all' by a Northerner who sounds absolutely ridiculous saying it should tell you how great this book really is!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennie Smith
  • 12-08-18

Stunning

Raw. Emotional. Real. Inspiring.

This book not only took me with Annie on her journey as she remembered who God is, but started me on my own. It is one that will stick with me for a long time and one that I will definitely go back to many times!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-18

Wow... I will remember

I am in tears. Yes I’m a crier, but this story resonates with me. I mean, if you’re alive, it resonates. Because we all struggle with remembering God and what he says he will do in light of who he is. Thank you Annie for a book that will help us look at the disappointments and hurts as part of the journey to unveiling God’s faithfulness and kindness.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith Ann
  • 11-30-18

The 1 book you need to read this year

Everyone should read this. It is both powerful and vulnerable and genuine. I will for sure be listening to this again and also buying a physical copy in order to mark my favorite sections and pour over Annie's words... I appreciate it more than I can express. Thank you for writing this book, Miss Annie. I feel like I just experienced something so personal, I cant even fully digest it yet.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel
  • 11-26-18

excellent for all walks of life

Loved hearing Annie read this book - I felt like we just had dinner and she caught me up on her year.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-18

I knew from the intro it was going to be good...

Some of the most refreshing, honest & relatable few hours of my life. I’ve never heard anyone put into words the very thoughts and hangups I felt, but never spoke towards God. And to do it in a way that doesn’t deter from God, but rather invites us into this extremely intimate & honest relationship with a kind Father. I follow Annie through a couple of different podcasts and heard her talking about her new book on that platform. I’m not a huge reader of books, but decided to try audiobook format while on a road trip and WOW! I listened to all 4 hrs straight through. Not only was the content curated beautifully, but Annie’s narration was like sitting across the table from an honest friend and I loved every bit of it.