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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.

6 of 7 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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Fellow Journey - er

Loved having it narrated by the author! She is a cutie! Life is hard . . . I found myself wanting to call Annie F Downs to promise her that God. Is. Enough. I want the 'Happily-Ever-After' for her so badly AS I DO FOR MYSELF! but each year I want it less & feel PEACE-FULL in Him. Pray that for you - but praying Mr. Right for you too - HE would be blessed to have you.

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So Timely

This book could not have been placed into my hands with more perfect timing. I love Annie’s words and the truths she shares about her story and her heart and how she encounters God in the midst of it. I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends.

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  • Katherine
  • Bryan, OH, United States
  • 01-09-19

Wow what a great read/listen!

I loved this book! Annie put into words things God had said to my heart and I couldn’t quite grasp yet. She is such a powerful writer and you feel like one of her friends as you are reading! I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to remember God!

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Love listening to Annie tell her story! So good!!!

This is a book I will read or listen to again. So much good stuff! I love how Annie F. Downs always has the scripture to back up her thoughts. She is one of my favorites!

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Like sitting down with a friend

As a loyal podcast listener, I was very excited to download Annie’s newest book in audio format as I felt like this was a one on one podcast just for me. Listening in the car or at my desk at work- Annie kept me company and challenged me in my own walk with God!
Although, as I could see us rounding the corner of the end of the book I was a little sad to know it was almost over (never fear- I can always start over and walk this trail again!)
Well done Annie Downs, well done!!!!

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Worth more than gold!

Wow! This is amazing! Amazing story that reveals God’s love and kindness towards his children. This is a book that I will listen to repeatedly for sure. God is so sweet. He loves His children! He provides what we need. He does not forget us. Thank you Annie for being so vulnerable to share this amazing story!

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    4 out of 5 stars

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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  • 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.

6 of 7 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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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Faith
  • 01-21-19

Fellow Journey - er

Loved having it narrated by the author! She is a cutie! Life is hard . . . I found myself wanting to call Annie F Downs to promise her that God. Is. Enough. I want the 'Happily-Ever-After' for her so badly AS I DO FOR MYSELF! but each year I want it less & feel PEACE-FULL in Him. Pray that for you - but praying Mr. Right for you too - HE would be blessed to have you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathy Wood
  • 01-20-19

So Timely

This book could not have been placed into my hands with more perfect timing. I love Annie’s words and the truths she shares about her story and her heart and how she encounters God in the midst of it. I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katherine
  • Bryan, OH, United States
  • 01-09-19

Wow what a great read/listen!

I loved this book! Annie put into words things God had said to my heart and I couldn’t quite grasp yet. She is such a powerful writer and you feel like one of her friends as you are reading! I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to remember God!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Phillip
  • 01-03-19

Love listening to Annie tell her story! So good!!!

This is a book I will read or listen to again. So much good stuff! I love how Annie F. Downs always has the scripture to back up her thoughts. She is one of my favorites!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeremy Little
  • BARTLESVILLE, OK, US
  • 01-02-19

Like sitting down with a friend

As a loyal podcast listener, I was very excited to download Annie’s newest book in audio format as I felt like this was a one on one podcast just for me. Listening in the car or at my desk at work- Annie kept me company and challenged me in my own walk with God!
Although, as I could see us rounding the corner of the end of the book I was a little sad to know it was almost over (never fear- I can always start over and walk this trail again!)
Well done Annie Downs, well done!!!!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mandy.TIU
  • NORMAL, IL, US
  • 12-24-18

Worth more than gold!

Wow! This is amazing! Amazing story that reveals God’s love and kindness towards his children. This is a book that I will listen to repeatedly for sure. God is so sweet. He loves His children! He provides what we need. He does not forget us. Thank you Annie for being so vulnerable to share this amazing story!

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kit-Kat74
  • Tennessee
  • 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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  • 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.

6 of 7 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
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Faith
  • 01-21-19

Fellow Journey - er

Loved having it narrated by the author! She is a cutie! Life is hard . . . I found myself wanting to call Annie F Downs to promise her that God. Is. Enough. I want the 'Happily-Ever-After' for her so badly AS I DO FOR MYSELF! but each year I want it less & feel PEACE-FULL in Him. Pray that for you - but praying Mr. Right for you too - HE would be blessed to have you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathy Wood
  • 01-20-19

So Timely

This book could not have been placed into my hands with more perfect timing. I love Annie’s words and the truths she shares about her story and her heart and how she encounters God in the midst of it. I would highly recommend this book to any of my friends.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katherine
  • Bryan, OH, United States
  • 01-09-19

Wow what a great read/listen!

I loved this book! Annie put into words things God had said to my heart and I couldn’t quite grasp yet. She is such a powerful writer and you feel like one of her friends as you are reading! I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to remember God!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Phillip
  • 01-03-19

Love listening to Annie tell her story! So good!!!

This is a book I will read or listen to again. So much good stuff! I love how Annie F. Downs always has the scripture to back up her thoughts. She is one of my favorites!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeremy Little
  • BARTLESVILLE, OK, US
  • 01-02-19

Like sitting down with a friend

As a loyal podcast listener, I was very excited to download Annie’s newest book in audio format as I felt like this was a one on one podcast just for me. Listening in the car or at my desk at work- Annie kept me company and challenged me in my own walk with God!
Although, as I could see us rounding the corner of the end of the book I was a little sad to know it was almost over (never fear- I can always start over and walk this trail again!)
Well done Annie Downs, well done!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mandy.TIU
  • NORMAL, IL, US
  • 12-24-18

Worth more than gold!

Wow! This is amazing! Amazing story that reveals God’s love and kindness towards his children. This is a book that I will listen to repeatedly for sure. God is so sweet. He loves His children! He provides what we need. He does not forget us. Thank you Annie for being so vulnerable to share this amazing story!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kit-Kat74
  • Tennessee
  • 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.