Well…the first month of our book club is over! I can’t believe how quickly that happened and I’m just so excited to share my thoughts with you.
This month’s book was Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs. It’s an inspirational and faith centered book that focuses a lot on the author’s personal experiences in becoming brave.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Annie F. 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 the reader to do the same. As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie Downs shares her 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. How often does fear hold us back from the very things we most want to taste, touch, and experience? The call to be brave isn’t just for one person—it’s for everyone. Let’s All Be Brave is more than a book, it’s a battle cry. Annie challenges us to live boldly, she calls us to step into those places that require courage, and she 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.
My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book! I like books that focus on inspiring others and I felt like this was a message I really needed to hear. I kind of struggle with reaching out and taking the chances that are presented to me in my life, so I not only felt like I could relate with the author but felt that it was something I needed to improve on. This book is excellent for people who love inspirational books and messages, or who may need a little push to do something. I left it feeling very encouraged.
There were a few things I didn’t love about this book and some of those included the religious references. I’m very religious, but I just didn’t really draw from those the same way that I did from her own life stories. I love the teachings of the Bible and the stories of the people in it, but I really didn’t connect with them in this context. Not all of the religious references, because again this is book is very faith centered, but a few parts were not my favorite.
This was a light read. A very nice break from the more intense books I’ve been reading for school. In the first night I started reading it I finished almost half of it because it really didn’t take a lot of effort to read- which was awesome. I like easy reads. Right now, I’m too tired and busy for things that take a lot of extra effort.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely!
My favorite quotes:
- “To see yourself the way God sees you is the first step in being brave.” pg. 40
- “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.” pg. 94
Did you read the book? Have you heard of this book and thought about picking it up but never had the chance? Tell me what your thoughts are! And please join us for February’s book club reading of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.