“When you find Jesus, you have found lovely. He is everything we need.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 we are and what path God has us on, we all need to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!
Feelings: I really struggle with non-fiction as a whole. I love a good storyline, so non-fiction is never my “go to” genre. I feel like I’m reading essays and I get enough of that in my day job, so I don’t want it in my fun-time reading. This book wasn’t like that. After the first chapter, I really felt like Annie was my friend. She writes with so much personality and authenticity that I never got bored. I couldn’t wait to pick the book back up and see what else my friend had to say.
This book was exactly what I needed. In fact, Annie and I may be the same person. She taught for 5 years, she can’t have dairy and chooses not to eat gluten, she loves musical theatre and watching TV (including Hallmark), she types really important things in ALL CAPS, and finds that it’s not a workout if there isn’t dancing involved. You guys…SHE IS ME.
Beyond feeling like I was reading my own work, Annie really tackles some serious issues that I think a lot of us are facing. She writes about pain and suffering, seeing ourselves as ugly and worthless, and being a quitter. She strips these issues down to their weakest and then shovels in the joy of Christ all over it. She reminds us that “Darkness makes us appreciate the beauty of the light”, that God made us on purpose, and that He made us to be brave.
Issues: I had none. Honestly, I really loved this book. I marked it up and after I finished it, I ordered her book Let’s All Be Brave so that I could read some more of Annie’s heart.
Final thoughts: Friend, if you feel like you need a book that really speaks to God’s heart, whether you know God personally or not, then you need this book. If you just want a book that makes you laugh and tells you the names of some places you should visit in and around Nashville, then you need this book. If you’re just feeling lonely and you want to be with a friend, then you need this book. Or maybe you just need to be reminded of all the good there is to see, then you need this book.
Pick this up if you liked:
Simply Tuesday: Small-Moments Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman
Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie F. Downs
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.7/5
My rating: 5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn