For several reasons, this is a tough book to organize my feelings in an impressive way to present to you. But before I get into that, I’d better give you a short summary so you can track with me. 😉
Let’s All Be Brave is written in a memoir style, as author Annie Downs shares stories from her life in the form of short snippets. It’s almost conversational, like you’re sitting across the table from her chatting over a great cup of coffee. Her basic premise is to encourage us all to be brave in the little moments of our lives, which lead to the biggest moments… and being brave looks like following Christ, even when you aren’t comfortable when you see where you’re headed.
My feelings about the book are so scattered because at first, I couldn’t stand her writing style. I’m not sure why it rubbed me the wrong way, but about a third of the way through, I realized it felt like I was reading a bunch of blog posts. And then I realized I might not like it because it sounds exactly like something I’d like to write – ha! I know that sounds horrible, but I’m being real with you guys. Sometimes you have feelings you’d rather not share… but I did.
So once I got past that little hiccup, this book was a fun read for those exact same reasons. Her mantra throughout the book, to be brave, is a mantra I preach to myself and through my blog. I am thankful that she shared these snippets of her life, even the not-so-glamorous moments, because that’s what real life is like for all of us. And following along with her as she deals with real-life fears, concerns, dislikes and judgments is what helps us see we can do it, too.
For any of you all looking for a quick, encouraging and even inspiring read, I think you would love this book!
“Your words matter. The statements you make to others, the ones that get planted in people and cause something new to grow, that require a little more courage? They matter.” — Annie F. Downs
Can I get an amen?
Have any of y’all read this? Let me know your thoughts! Also, if you’re on GoodReads, let’s connect! I love seeing what others are reading to add more books to my reading list.
*I received this complimentary book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I did not have to write a positive review. So rest assured, all words are my own (except Annie’s quote!) and I would honestly suggest this book to anyone even if I had purchased it myself.