I know God is loving; I know He is good; I believe He is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if He is really kind— really deeply always kind.
Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought they would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined.
For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to Him—to remind themselves and the people around them of His work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember Him.
In the back of my mind, God reminds me that He is the same trustworthy God—the One who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story—of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. God is who He says He is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who He is, we will not. We will remember God.
100 Days to Brave
We could all use a little more bravery. So many of us let fear dictate our lives in big and small ways – keeping us making a new friend or preventing us from going back to school or asking for a promotion. You don’t have to go from 0 to 100. At the end of this devotional, no one is going to make you climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – but you could have the confidence to do so!
100 Days to Brave Deluxe Edition
You were always meant to be brave.
Whether you’re making a major decision, dealing with a difficult transition, or facing a fear, 100 Days to Brave will give you courage and confidence to move forward.
Annie F. Downs felt her challenges were too difficult, too scary, too much. Then she decided to stop allowing fear to hold her back. It wasn’t easy or simple. But it was good.
With honesty and relatable humor, this compilation of best-of writings and new pieces from Annie will give you the inspiration to embrace the path and the plan God has for you and experience personal growth.
Dare to spend the next 100 days discovering that you are braver than you know and stronger than you thought possible. This deluxe edition contains 10 additional bonus days!
100 Days to Brave Spanish Edition
Siempre fuiste destinado a ser valiente.
Ya sea que tomes una decisión importante, enfrentes una transición difícil o enfrentes un miedo, Valentía en solo 100 días te dará valor y confianza para seguir adelante.
Annie F. Downs sintió que sus desafíos eran demasiado difíciles, demasiado aterradores y muchos. Entonces decidió dejar de permitir que el miedo la contuviera. No fue fácil ni simple. Pero fue bueno.
Con honestidad y buen humor, esta compilación de los mejores escritos y las nuevas piezas de Annie te dará la inspiración para abrazar el camino y el plan que Dios tiene para ti y experimentar el crecimiento personal.
Atrévete a pasar los próximos 100 días descubriendo que eres más valiente de lo que sabes y más fuerte de lo que creías posible.
Looking for Lovely
In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror. Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!
Let’s All Be Brave
As a single young woman, writer, speaker, and blogger, Annie F. 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.
Stop wishing your body was something it’s not. Start embracing every part of you just as it was designed.
Your body is a sacred treasure, a worshipful instrument, and a unique masterpiece!
That’s a pretty big deal.
But sometimes it feels confusing, awkward, and flawed.
The truth is: You and your body, all of it, are important and beautiful, designed especially by God with a specific plan and purpose.
Each chapter in Perfectly Unique focuses on a different part of your body and the potential it has for helping grow your faith. With wisdom and compassion, author Annie F. Downs will help you:
- Stop being so hard on yourself
- Stop wishing you were designed differently
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Stop criticizing the young woman you see in the mirror every day
- Start honoring yourself instead
Ultimately, Perfectly Unique will not only help you understand the reasons God made you the way you are, it will empower you to embrace and celebrate (yes, celebrate!) each and every part of you.
You’ve heard, ‘Think before you speak’ a hundred times, and probably shrugged it off just like that other insightful phrase, ‘Your face will freeze like that if you’re not careful.’ But unlike a facial expression, our words do stick around. Which means everything you say “from what tell your friends, whisper about your enemies, post online, mutter to yourself, or even say to the celebrity you ran into at the coffee shop” carries a whole lot of power. The question is, are you ready to use that power to make a real difference? Because the truth is, you could be part of the first generation who uses their words to build up and not tear down, and even kill the mean girl mentality. Through very funny stories, Scripture, and a real understanding of the good, bad, and ugly ways we can use our words, Annie Downs explores the difference you can make when you speak love to others, to God, and even to yourself. Because when you speak love, you speak life. And that’s what matters.
A Life of Lovely
I want you to take each next step of life with excitement, heading forward with beauty and confidence. But what if the enemy is whispering lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or that you are too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much? What if you feel you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?
Personal yet powerful, A Life of Lovely offers young women honest stories, biblical truth, and courageous examples—all to encourage readers to persevere their way to hope. You will walk away excited about who you are becoming and challenged to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find the beautiful in your every day!
Looking for Lovely Bible Study
Looking for Lovely Teen Bible Study
We are looking for lovely because we are looking for God.
We want to see where He is moving, what He has created, and how He is faithful.
There’s a correlation between beauty and perseverance, between looking for lovely and not giving up.
As Christians, we are not promised lives of ease. And only when we learn to spot the lovely in the midst of hardship can we experience the transcendent peace of God that keeps us persevering when we want to give up. We have to be collectors. We have to look around our lives and store up the lovely moments, the profound, the simple—the ones that help us to hold on and persevere.
In this 7-session Bible study, Annie F. Downs examines the ordinary people of the Bible—fishermen, farmers, musicians, women—to discover how they sought beauty in their everyday lives to hold on to the hope of God’s perfect timing.
Speak Love Revolution Bible Study
Speak Love Revolution: 30 Devotions That Will Change Your World offers thirty days of readings that include a topic, Scripture verse, thoughts from the author, a prayer, and a ‘revolt’—an action to say, write, tweet, or post something to change lives. This challenge pairs perfectly with Annie Downs’s book Speak Love, allowing you to fully explore the effect of words in your life. An included journal section also gives you space to record the journey, and what you’ve discovered while reading both books. So join the revolution today!