Let’s All Be Brave.

on April 2, 2014 in Let's All Be Brave with 58 comments by


To be honest, I’m already a little teary over here.

Here it is. This is the book you know I’ve been working on, the one that almost broke me, the one that I tell people, “may have done something to my insides that will never fix”… in some good and bad ways. 🙂 And I finally get to spill the beans.

Her name is Let’s All Be Brave. And this book is for you.

For adults. For college students. For men. For women. For anyone.

I absolutely love writing books for teen girls, and I hope I get to keep doing that, but I’ve always wanted to write a book for you, my friends, and Zondervan gave me the chance.

What’s Let’s All Be Brave about? Here’s an official blurb from official people.

“In Let’s All Be Brave, Annie’s first book for adults, Annie calls you to grab hold of the brave life you desperately desire. Using honest and often humorous illustrations from her own life, contemporary real-life examples, and fascinating biblical stories, she challenges you to step into those places that require courage and gives you the help you need to take the next step forward . . . even when it’s scary.”

So. There you go. My personal blurb?

Let’s All Be Brave was really hard to write, but my editor took a good book and made it a great book and I will cry whenever I get to actually hold a copy because my heart lives on those pages.”

The book doesn’t release until July 29, 2014, so we’ve got a good four months. But you can always go ahead and pre-order it from your local bookstore or your favorite online retailer.

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Zondervan, in partnership with NoiseTrade, has done something unbelievable today.

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Here are the first two chapters,

beautifully packaged into a PDF

and ready and waiting for you over at NoiseTrade.

I think that’s incredible. And nerve-racking. And whoa.

(Also. There is a place to leave a tip. You don’t have to do that, but if you do, know that money will go towards much needed redesign and rebuilding on anniefdowns.com to make the website and book more accessible to more people.)

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I believe in this book. I believe in what God will do with this book. And I’m so happy to finally tell you about it! I hope you’ll download the sample chapters, I hope you’ll pre-order it, and I hope you’ll tell your friends today about the free chapters!

Phew. Glad to have that secret off my chest. 🙂 Happy Wednesday!


  1. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 4:22 AM  |  reply

    Oh Annie, excited for you! It looks excellent!

    Also, can I just say how lovely you are?

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:01 PM  |  reply

      You are so kind. Thank you. Hope you love the chapters! 🙂

  2. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 5:01 AM  |  reply

    I’m so excited for you, Annie! And I’m excited for me since I’m not a teen girl and you’ve written words for me, too. Beautiful photo.

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:02 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, friend. You’ve been so supportive for so long- it’s my PLEASURE to write a book that you will enjoy.

  3. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 5:08 AM  |  reply

    This. is. awesome. SO excited for this book – and for you. You inspire.

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:02 PM  |  reply

      Jess. YOU are the book writing machine here. I bow to YOU! 🙂 Love you.

  4. latisha
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 6:06 AM  |  reply

    That’s so awesome!! Can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:03 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Latisha! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  5. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 6:47 AM  |  reply

    Annie, this is amazing! I am so very excited to read this. Congratulations!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:03 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Erin. Means a ton. Hope you love the chapters.

  6. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 7:27 AM  |  reply

    Could the cover be more perfect? Could you be any more beautiful?? Could I be more excited about this??? No, no and no.

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:03 PM  |  reply

      You are a dream, friend. Love you.

  7. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 7:33 AM  |  reply

    Oh man. I just did a happy-clappy twirly tutu dance in your honor! Hooray!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:05 PM  |  reply

      You’re the sweetest. Thank you.

  8. Heather
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 9:23 AM  |  reply

    Received your Let’s All Be Brave leaflet last week as part of the Speak Lovelies package – that was SO KIND of you! – and was very excited to see a new book is coming out. Definitely plan to buy that one. Keep up the great work Annie!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:06 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Heather! I’m so grateful that you’re part of our FIRST Speak Lovelies group!

  9. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:10 AM  |  reply

    Congrats, Annie! I feel the dread with you, the what-the-heck-did-I-just-publish dread. But I also feel the joy! May this help even more people than your former books. Yay!!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:07 PM  |  reply

      Oh yeah, girl. You get it. Thank you!!

  10. Bobbie
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:11 AM  |  reply

    So excited for you, Annie. Even though I’m not a teen I read Speak Love, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Even more excited about this newbie! Have no doubts it will be nothing short of inspiring and much needed! Thank you, and God bless! 😉

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:08 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, Bobbie! I’m so excited to have a book out that people my age can enjoy, even though teens are welcome to read this as well! 🙂

  11. Kathy
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:19 AM  |  reply

    Woot Woot so excited! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:08 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Kathy!! I hope you love the two sample chapters.

  12. Jenna
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:28 AM  |  reply

    YAY for books! 😀

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:08 PM  |  reply

      Amen and amen.

  13. Caryn
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:49 AM  |  reply

    This is amazing, Annie! I’m so excited to see what God has planned to do through this amazing book.
    You are wonderfully lovely, friend.

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:09 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, Caryn! So appreciate your kind words.

  14. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 10:49 AM  |  reply

    Totally in love with that cover! SO exciting Annie! 🙂

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:10 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, friend. Love being your co-worker.

  15. Michelle
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 11:16 AM  |  reply

    Congratulations Annie! I can’t wait to read it!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:13 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Michelle!

  16. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 11:55 AM  |  reply

    I just read the excerpt and it was awesome! I also pre-ordered my copy, I can’t wait to read the rest…I always enjoy your writing! Way to go girl!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:13 PM  |  reply

      You are so sweet, friend. Thank you!!

  17. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 12:17 PM  |  reply

    So excited!! Yay! Asking God to bless this book…

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:15 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, friend. That’s all I want- for God to be honored and for people to be blessed!

  18. Pam
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 12:25 PM  |  reply

    Annie, I just read the first two chapters and WOW! I am hooked and cannot wait to get this book!

    You, my friend, are brave. This is what I saw as I read the words in those chapters, and I believe God has used you to “wake up” the courage seed inside of me that has been sitting dormant for far too long. It’s just another nudge (among others) God is using to propel me along the pathway HE has designed just for me.

    Thank you for writing Let’s All Be Brave!

    • posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 2:15 PM  |  reply

      Oh, Pam. That means so much. Thank you for taking time to read the chapters and write a comment. Hope you’ll love the rest of the book too.

  19. Sarah
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 3:02 PM  |  reply

    Hi Annie! Congratulations! This book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it!! I’m graduating this year and God still hasn’t shown me what His plan is for me. I’m a little afraid He’s going to ask me to step completely out of my comfort zone, and if He does, then I will definitely need to be brave!
    Will you please pray that I will be better able to hear His voice? I’m so unsure whether something is from Him or not and I need to know and be certain. Thank you.
    God bless,

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:55 PM  |  reply

      Yes, girl. I will be praying.

  20. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 3:54 PM  |  reply

    Read the chapters. Nodded and frowned (because I frown when I read thing that challenge me in the good type of way) and quickly preordered.

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:57 PM  |  reply

      Well I just love you and that’s all there is to it. Thank you.

  21. KR
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 5:00 PM  |  reply

    Yay! A book for me! You are stunning….this is an absolutely beautiful picture of you.

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:57 PM  |  reply

      Thank you, KR. It takes a village :), but I am happy with the pictures as well!

  22. posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 6:31 PM  |  reply

    Putting that in my Calendar! So excited to read it!

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 1:59 PM  |  reply

      Thanks, Larissa! <3

  23. Mary Beth
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 7:47 PM  |  reply

    Annie, I have been following your blog for the past several years that I’ve been living in China. I am really excited about your new book, because while moving to china did require some courage, i am feeling a call to move back to the US. And honestly? It seems a whole lot scarier than living in China, because living here for 4 years has changed me and im not real sure im going to like it or fit in anymore. Right now i dont have any sort of plan for what im going to do (although you make living in Nashville sound amazing). I’m moving back just in time for your book release, and i just wanted to let you know that your two sample chapters have inspired me 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 2:00 PM  |  reply

      Wow, Mary Beth! What a brave life you already live, friend. Praying for you as you decide about this transition.

      Thanks for your kind words. Hope you like the rest of the book just as much. 🙂

  24. Katie
    posted on Apr 02, 2014 at 9:15 PM  |  reply

    Love love love! I know I’ve only read the first two chapters, but your words have power and hope and have encouraged me. Thanks for being brave 🙂

    • posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 2:00 PM  |  reply

      You are so kind, Katie. Thank you.

  25. posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 3:09 PM  |  reply

    a) Your new headshot is incredible….so beautiful.

    b) The title, the cover & BOTH the official and personal blurb are fantastic :).

    c) I’m so…so happy for and proud of you. You amaze me at every turn <3.

  26. posted on Apr 03, 2014 at 7:43 PM  |  reply

    I am so excited to read it! Sounds like a great book.

  27. posted on Apr 04, 2014 at 6:53 AM  |  reply

    Annie, I just want to say that that photo of you is STUNNING!!

  28. posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 4:24 AM  |  reply

    I. WANT. THE. WHOLE. BOOK. NOW!!! Said in my biggest tantrum voice!

    Annie, you are awesome and I love reading your words! Praise the Lord for your gift! He is using you in amazing ways! So proud of you!

  29. Janet
    posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 5:06 AM  |  reply

    I think I want to be surprised and not read the free chapters 🙂
    Congratulations on the book!

  30. posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 12:12 PM  |  reply

    I never doubted for a moment this book would be born! I love to watch you flourish. We all need you… & your heart on these pages will make such a difference. To God be the glory & may He give us all courage to DO brave. Love you.

  31. posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 3:15 PM  |  reply

    How exciting, congrats! It looks like an inspiring read.

  32. posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 11:02 PM  |  reply

    […] Let’s all be brave :: Annie Downs […]

  33. posted on Apr 08, 2014 at 10:52 AM  |  reply

    […] Anyway, she sat down across from me and rattled off a list of things to talk about, including but not limited to Katie Heaney’s new book and writerly podcasts. My organized brain was noting things like “for future conversations with friends: make topic lists.” (Get ready for that, my people.) Then the conversation turned to Annie’s new book, Let’s All Be Brave. I’ve been waiting for this one, y’all. And a couple days later, the first two chapters were downloadable for free. (You can still get them here.) […]

  34. Ali
    posted on Apr 09, 2014 at 7:12 PM  |  reply

    Congrats Annie, I am supper excited for you and can’t wait to read the book that “contains your heart”.

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