I am so excited to tell you about this weeks book review! The first time I had ever heard of Annie Downs, was sometime after I started attending Crosspoint Church, here in Nashville. We had begun attending the Bellevue campus, and for the first time in a while, I felt like we might have actually found a church home. We had struggled for several years to find a place, and even without a lead pastor, Crosspoint felt like a place I could feel good about attending.
It had been a long time since I felt that way!
One Sunday, during our season without a pastor, Annie was preaching and I wondered how I hadn’t heard of her before!? (Also, I was pretty thrilled that there was a woman preaching at my church!!) She had this great message and so of course, I had to check out her books and podcast! What I found is that her books and messages really speak to me. There are things that Annie has in her professional life that I want for myself, and there are things that I have in my personal life that she writes about wanting in her life.
So, when I saw on her Instagram story that she had a new book available for pre-order, Remember God, I was excited to go and get it! But what I was super excited about was the free audio version that came with it. If you have read any of my book reviews, you know I love audio books. I feel guilty if I sit down to read a book, but if I can listen to a book and fold laundry? Perfect!
Yesterday was the first day I had off in a while, so it was a great day to listen to an audio book while I cleaned the house. What I didn’t know is that I would be done with the book in a day, I would tear up while cleaning the bathroom sink, and again while I folded the laundry.
By the end of this book I felt UNDONE, in a good way!
I love how in this book, Annie gets really honest about disappointment, and how it relates to our relationship with God. I am in a season right now, that I am asking God a lot of questions. Why am I where I am? Why am I not where I thought I would be? What have I done wrong? Am I being punished? Do you even care? Do I matter to you? These are not easy questions, and they don’t always feel safe to ask God. But if God is who he says he is, doesn’t he know all of this before we even ask?
To listen to a book, written by someone who seems to really have her spiritual life together, and hear that she struggles with the same things that I do: It was so comforting. It was emotional, and it spoke to me in ways that I didn’t even know that I needed to be spoken to.
Remember God is a book that you need to read!
I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but what I know now, is that God is always kind. Even and especially when it really doesn’t feel like it.