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I thouroughly enjoyed this book. The story was filled with sadness and hope, grief and comfort, fear and guidance. This book showed how God is always there with us regardless of the bad things we may go through in this life if you have a relationship with him He will help you. This book was very well written. I loved that this was more a story not a list of how to follow God or some other self help ish style writing. Loved this so much

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Thank you to Nelson Books, and to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

I guess I will begin by saying that I am a new fan of Anne Wilson and her music. When I saw this book was available to request, I jumped at the chance. I knew a little of her background, hearing her music when I saw her open for Casting Crowns late last year.

This book is the story of how Anne Wilson became a singer. After the sudden death of her older brother, all of her life plans change. Anne and her family have to figure out how to navigate life without Jacob.

This book was really powerful. It is about the Wilson families faith in God and how they navigate after Jacobs sudden passing.

I thought this was a raw, open and honest book. It is well written and gives you hope that no matter your circumstances, God is always with you.

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I received a copy of My Jesus and this review is entirely my own.
My Jesus resonated with me since I too, have lost my brother.
It is a very good book and it makes Jesus real in the midst of pain and heartbreak

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Anne is wise beyond her years. She poignantly shares how “her Jesus” (our Jesus) sustained, comforted, and provided during her darkest days. Choosing to worship God amidst the tragic loss of her brother, Anne learned to lean on the Lord. Beauty from ashes we see in her story!

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My personal response after reading this book is: “What an amazing God we have!” And I think that response is exactly why Anne wrote this book and shared her story. She wants others to know her amazing God. Not just know about God, but actually know Him experientially. I’m totally right there with her.

In this superbly written book, Anne recounts many specific miracles God brought about in her life, especially since the death of her older brother, Jacob. Definitely be prepared to cry your eyes out. Anne honestly shares the depths of despair she and her family walked through after Jacob’s death.

It’s clear God had a position and place planned for Anne before her creation. (Eph. 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”) He set out a path for her to sing and worship Him and then led her to that position through many miraculous events. I would love to share my favorite miracle from the book that God brought about, but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I’ll refrain.

One verse I love that I thought of as I was reading, is Ps. 18:33, “He makes my feet like those of a deer and stations me upon the heights.” (Berean Standard Bible). I particularly like the word “stations”. He places us in specific positions for His purposes. And what are we to do? We don’t even have to get ourselves to those stations, he places us there and then all we have to do is “man” those stations. This is what God did for Anne.

Anne is wise beyond her years. She knows what’s important and lives for those things. (God, family, sharing His love with others). She turns to God in every sorrow and trial and He loves her right back. In spite of some very heart wrenching experiences, God He has blessed her in innumerable ways and she gives Him all the glory.

You don’t want to miss out on reading these personal stories of God working miracles. This book exceeded my expectations. You will love reading it, too. I highly recommend it.

I received an ARC copy from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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What a wonderful book on love, loss, family, and hope. Simply told, but deeply emotional, this book clearly speaks to the truth of grief in the life of a believer. The moments that are so hard that you cannot even lift your head as well as those inexplicable moments of peace in the midst of turmoil.
I loved all of the stories in this book. They were written with great detail and love , and each moved so beautifully to the final point of that chapter. I really enjoyed how at the end of each chapter there was a note from Anne that spoke directly to the reader about the spiritual battle as well as the healing process; those few paragraphs were like personal pep talks and prayers from someone who has been there in those moments.
I’m so thankful for Anne’s candor about grief. It’s clear that she fully trusted God in this journey, but being a believer didn’t exclude her or her family from the hurt, pain, and outward expression of grief over losing Jacob. A walk with Christ doesn’t have to look or be perfect - because we are not perfect. That was beautifully demonstrated in her story, and her family’s love for Jesus shines and truly honors the memory of Jacob. We cannot create beauty from ashes, but our sweet Jesus can.

Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for providing an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I found her testimony very interesting. Her song my Jesus is one of my favorites and I enjoyed getting to hear her story about the journey behind the song and getting to where she is today.

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Christian singer, Anne Wilson, tells her story of loss and faith. Anne writes about the death of her brother and the faith that sustained and guided her through her grief. Anne's trust in God through such heartbreak is a true example of walking in faith. In her story, you can clearly see God's hand in this tough time for her and her family. Anne's story is a true testament to how God is with us each step of our lives.

I recommend this book to anyone experiencing a tough season; Anne's story will give you comfort that God sees and hears you and will never leave you.

Note: I have received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. #Netgalley

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With a fresh new sound that somehow captures the Truth of the Ages, the song My Jesus has also captured the hearts of many. Now the story behind the song … From the tragic loss of her brother that inspired Anne to deepen her faith, she tells all that went into her processing her grief and pivoting her whole life when a video of her singing at his funeral found its way to Nashville. As a fan of country music, I enjoyed this look behind the scenes!

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My Jesus is a Powerful testimony of Anne Wilson and her family. After the loss of her brother Jacob she started to feel the call of God in her life for Worship Music.

Despite her brother's passing she cling to God with her family and God use their heartbreak to open doors for her and become a Christian artist. Her story shows you how much God is close to the brokenhearted
and how he can restore lives. God brought her closer to him, comforted her and lead her into ministry. He uses our pain to help others.
Anne Wilson has a beautiful heart for the Lord, and I really like her album My Jesus an invitation to see that we are his and He is our Jesus.
Even if it's heartbreaking, we see the kindness and the love of God in her story

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Thank you, NetGalley for my free ebook.

I enjoyed this title! I had no idea how Anne began her journey as a Christian music artist. Anne put so much of herself into this book, just like her music. I was touched by her love for her brother and her faith in the goodness of God, even when truly tragic things happen.

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Anne Wilson burst onto the contemporary Christian music scene in 2021 with her powerful debut single, My Jesus. This book is her story of the vast impact the death of her brother had on her life.

This is her story, and I don't question the validity of it, but it seems idyllic to the point of almost unbelievable. It was hard to connect with a family that seemingly perfect. But her brother's death is like a bomb going off. The devastation is tangible. It changes everyone's life, especially Anne's.

Anne describes several supernatural encounters with God. Again, I'm not discounting her story, but that is not typical. If you are a new Christian or someone seeking to know more about Jesus, don't expect life to be like this. But sometimes God intervenes in unexpected, quieter ways. So, as Anne sings, "Let me tell you about my Jesus, and let my Jesus change your life."

Overall I enjoyed this book. Family friendly, but the topic might be too intense for some readers.

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I have heard Anne Wilson testimony before. This was such a raw story and I could feel every tear from the author.

I love her music and the words to her songs. This book was such a great journey to help deepen the understanding of her faith and belief.

Thank you netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.

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This book was hard to read... so much grief and pain. But the message of hope and life transformation through Jesus is incredible. It always interesting to hear the stories of people that we so often only see the public image for.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publishing team for sending me an ARC. The following review contains my honest thoughts.

Like many others, I first learned about Anne Wilson through her song "My Jesus." It quickly became a favorite, in my household, as did the rest of her album. Never could I imagine what Anne went through that led to her album/success.

Anne lost her older brother, and it absolutely devastated her family. Unsurprisingly, it took years for the family to grieve and move forward, in their lives. I really appreciate Anne putting her heartbreak and pain, on display, in this book. It felt like I was sitting with her, as she described her grief and what she did to move along. I admire her strength and faith during that tumultuous time.

The story flowed really well and was a captivating read. However, there was one qualm I had with this book, and it really affected my opinion of the story. I try not to judge anyone's faith and relationship with Jesus, but when you put it out there, you are opening yourself up to different opinions.

Multiple times, Anne describes different visions that, according to her, were from God. Furthermore, there were a number of instances that Anne talks about different prophecies that either she or her family had, that again, she claimed were from God.

For someone that is a new believer or isn't even a follower of Christ, these visions and prophecies are incredibly dangerous. A relationship with Christ is not transactional. When you are in financial distress, God will not send you a dream that tells you about the exact date in which you will receive the exact amount needed to get out of your financial troubles. That is not how prayer works. That is not how a relationship with Christ works. To put multiple instances of this in her story, Anne is perpetuating an incredibly dangerous false narrative of what having a relationship with Jesus is like. I understand that her family was under incredible stress, and I do not even want to imagine the amount of pain they were in. But that does not excuse putting out this false narrative of what Jesus can do - He is not a genie in the bottle, waiting to grant your three wishes.

Overall, the book was an interesting read. And it did help me relate more to Anne and her struggles. But I am hesitant to recommend it to anyone because of the false theology presented.

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My Jesus
Anne Wilson

I've been following Anne on Insta and listening to her worship music for a while now, so I was very excited to be approved on @netgalley for her book #myjesus

My Jesus is so full of heartache and is making me seriously ugly cry but is also filling my heart with the love and joy she also shares. With a tad of jealousy at her relationship with the Father. ♡
It is incredibly honest and open. She invites the reader into every single heartache and shows her incredible faith in everything she says!

My Jesus is a wonderful story of how we can and should always worship God even in the most heartbreaking of seasons we find ourselves in and how He will bless us and use these seasons for our betterment.

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This book felt a little unfinished and overproduced, similar to the author's music. I am not sure if our library will purchase a copy of this book unless a patron requests one.

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My Jesus by Anne Wilson

Annes story is absolutely heartbreaking, beautiful, and incredibly inspiring. I cried tears of sadness and tears of joy for Anne. I think it's so beautiful how God has used her story of heartbreak and loss and turned it into a story of encouragement and glory. Thank you Anne for allowing us into the crevices of your personal story and sharing your truth. What an inspirational book!

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An amazing story of sadness and joy that touched the bottom of my heart. I enjoyed reading Anne’s testimony from the loss of her brother to the rise of her career. Such an emotional read that had me in tears. I believe you will enjoy seeing how a family dealt with tragedy and had their faith truly tested.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest opinion. All words are my own.

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Anne Wilson's book, My Jesus, is a beautiful, Jesus-centered memoir that I found hard to put down. I recommend this book to anyone going through a deep valley of sorrow, pain, or discouragement and to those who love Jesus and want to be encouraged in their faith journey with him.

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