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Let’s All Be Brave. by Annie Downs – Review

Brave.coverBook Description:

Annie Downs admits she's not exactly the bravest girl in the world. She still cries sometimes when she leaves her parents' home in Georgia, she's never jumped out of a plane, and she only rides roller coasters to impress boys. But Annie knows that courage resides inside each and every one of us, and she's on a mission to triumph over her own fears while encouraging readers to do the same.

As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and popular blogger, Annie shares this journey toward bravery with honesty and humor. Using wonderful stories from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating historical and biblical references, Annie encourages readers to grab hold of the brave life that they desperately desire.

Let's All Be Brave is more than just a book, it's a battle cry. In it, Annie challenges us to live boldly, calls us to step into those places that require courage, and gives us the help to take the next step forward-even when it's scary. This non-fiction, essay-driven book opens the door to many different views of courage-nudging, encouraging, and inspiring readers to be brave whenever given the chance.


I really like for people to think I am brave.  Don't you?  A lady told me how courageous I was to go to Honduras for a mission trip, but I didn't feel courageous.  I didn't feel brave either, but I did talk to God about it a lot. I mean A. Lot.  Another lady told me that I was courageous for dealing with breast cancer, and I totally disagreed but I wasn't going to tell her that. I felt like you just have to deal with it, there's really no choice there. But I talked to God then a lot too. 

FYI: I don't just run around asking people if I am courageous. I teach a ladies Bible class at our church, and it just so happened to be a lesson on Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now she is the picture of courage! Agreed?

I said all of that to say this.  I loved this book! In fact, I had been struggling with a few things that I was approached about (helping in a classroom full of children- so not my thing), and after reading this book I just knew I could do it. They are just kids, right? But then I found my life getting busier and busier, and I couldn't make it to the classroom. (I've still never gone.) Later, after reading more of this book, I realized that I was making myself busy so I wouldn't have time to go do what I feared.

I love the way Annie writes. She seems so down-to-earth, and almost like a friend. I just know that we could sit down over tea (or coffee, if that is what she likes) and talk like old friends. The whole book I felt like she was just talking to me. That is the kind of writing this book needed!

I could tell you that this book is full of real-life examples, biblical references, and stories from her own life, but you can read that in the book description.

Here is my take on it:

This is a very helpful book, and has really opened my eyes. I am courageous! I will be even more courageous! I will be bold! I will be brave! And I will read this book over and over!

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1 Comment

  • Reply sheila October 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    adding this to my good reads!
    BTW I can’t think of too many women more courageous, brave, or amazing than you Julie!!

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