Annie F. Downs is a young American writer and speaker who has a close relationship with God. She doesn’t have God hanging off her sleeve like a charm that shouts “Notice me, notice me,” though. Annie’s got God shining from her eyes and peeking through in her words and writing.
In her latest book, “Let’s All Be Brave,” Annie held my hand and talked to me about living a more meaningful life. She explained, chapter by chapter, the importance of finding “my people,” those who love and support me, and uncovering long-buried talents that I can share. She made me laugh and nod my head as she spoke about not being afraid to say, “Yes!” And the importance of being able to say a firm, “No!”
But you know what one of the most meaningful things I learned from Annie? That the most courageous people, the bravest of the brave, are those who work to make their own communities better. And it’s brave to teach my family the importance of investing in our own community. How do you feel about serving? Volunteering? Even when it isn’t comfortable or convenient? Read what Annie writes. See the truth shining between her words.
P.S. I met Annie a couple of years ago at a conference called Blissdom. Annie, a warm 30-something woman, delivered a powerful message in a writing workshop that day. She spoke about how compassion and care should be taken when writing about the people who are part of our life stories. In “Let’s All Be Brave” Annie continues to encourage me, a middle-aged Mom, a woman who is not the target reader of this inspiring and helpful book. She has me thinking about my long-hidden “talent” and how I can be brave, step out and share it with the world around me.
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