Remember God

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 17 Jan 2019

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Through her conversational and heartfelt writing style, Annie F. Downs shared her story of learning to trust God in the midst of her negative circumstances. The main negative circumstance Annie faced was being single in her late 30s. I do not think singleness is valued within church culture, so I understand where her feelings come from. However, I am tired of reading about people bemoaning their singleness. I preferred the author's previous books.
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Annie F. Downs is an excellent speaker.  Her writing is equally enthralling.  Annie’s book, Remember God, is a wonderful book that documents a difficult time in her life where she was forced to remember who God was to her.  It will encourage you, transform you, and lift you up.
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When the author was thinking about who this book was for, it surprised her to realize she was picturing herself as the audience. That surprised me. It made me wonder what kind of book I would write for myself. Maybe one similar to this one. I would probably write a story with an imperfect ending. A story of unresolved questions. A story of how I learned to trust God in the unknown.

Simply put, sometimes God uses a book to heal the author, not only the readers.

Also, I read the book while listening to the author in the audio-book. It was so much fun. She says every word with so much passion. I could feel every step of her journey. It helped me laugh and cry with her.

Now, I don’t fully agree with the author’s interpretation of the events during that year. However, I admire her courage to tell truth as she sees it.

I believe God showed up for her at the right time. The special moment described in the last chapter brought tears to my eyes. I believe it was God’s doing because it sounded like Him. He’s that sweet. He loves us that much. It helped me remember the truths about Him I know deep in my heart.

That moment makes the book worth reading, just as she promised. I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness is Annie’s life. It reminds me how He’s also been faithful in mine.

**I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
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Thank you to Net Galley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Remember God was my first Annie F. Downs book.  I've followed Annie for years, and love her podcast, That Sounds Fun.  I was intrigued by the premise of this book: that we know who God is, and that we believe he is big and powerful.  That through thick or thin, we will remember God.  

However, I did not love this book.  I love Annie's voice, and her writing stays true to that.  I love how transparent Annie is with her struggles with weight, depression, and singleness, and I think that the messages she shares in regards to those topics are SO well done and important.  I just felt that this book fell flat.  While I understand that a lot of the book was her writing about coping with her struggles, so much of the book felt like a diary of feelings that never really looped back to the premise.  I kept reading, thinking that the book would tie more scripture in or finish with a strong ending of who God says He is, but it didn't.  I so wanted to love this book, but in the end it wasn't for me.
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Probably my favorite book from Annie so far, she draws the reader in and makes them feel that they are a part of her inner circle
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This is the first book I've read by Annie F. Downs, but am a frequent listener to her podcast. It was an engaging read, and I appreciated her willingness to talk through her doubts and disappointments and how God carried her through these hard times. I look forward to reading more from her and watching her story unfold!
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Overall, this was a great and easy read. Reminiscent of Shauna Niequest, Annie's writing is conversational and raw. At times, I was distracted by some of the tangents, but I saw a lot of myself and some of my struggles in Annie's writing. I would recommend this to those who are struggling in their faith or going through a difficult time.
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This book was  incredibly raw and honest. It brought me into the depths of my own story, my own limp - and then led me back out with a deep hope and trust that God is who he says he is. He is who he says he is when my reality doesn't look like I had dreamed and my waiting is yet to be over. He is who he says he is when I walk away from the blessing with a limp. We meet him in those places, and we find that he really really is kind. Thank you Annie! 

I can't recommend this book enough! Especially for those in the single season like Annie!
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I'm so thankful for Annie's vulnerability and honesty as she writes about her journey to discover if God is really kind. Her story is so relatable and filled with wisdom. 
*ARC provided by NetGalley
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Yes and amen to this book. If I had to describe it in one word, I'd say raw. Raw in its authenticity, raw in its vulnerability, and raw in the way it painfully and beautifully chafed those parts of my heart that ask similar questions to the ones in this book. It provided a much-needed reminder that God is kind to us even when our circumstances are difficult or we grieve a life we thought we should have had. His way may seem unfair or confusing or downright heartbreaking, but in the end, He promises that in all things He works for the good of those who love Him, so His way is always the best way, and His love shows up in unexpected ways and just floors us. He truly does more than we could ask or imagine of Him. This one broke me in all the best ways, and I'll be meditating on it for a while.
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It was so refreshing to read a book about faith and spirituality in which the author questions God's goodness. My problem with many books about God is that they are so packed with positivity that it's hard to read them without feeling like you're the only one who has ever had doubts and fears, wondering how tragedies can happen if God really is kind..
 
I wasn't expecting answers from Annie F. Downs, the author of Remember God. None of us can know His mind and explain everything that happens. But it's reassuring to connect with someone, through the pages of a book, who has shared my questions and concerns.

I appreciated how she shared her life with me as a reader, and felt reassured that yes, God is kind, and we do need to remember that. We need to remember God.

Thank you for your words, Annie F. Downs, I highly recommend this book.
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