Author Jennie Allen was doing all the right things as a Christian, but she couldn’t escape the feeling that there was more to it than what she was experiencing. We’ve boiled God down to principles to live by, but it seemed joyless, lifeless. She and her husband reached a point where they sincerely prayed, “Lord, we are willing to do anything.” They surrendered all they had to God and started listening for what He wanted them to do next.
Sometimes this led to big adventurous steps like adopting a boy from Africa, but most of the time it involved simple acts of love like taking a meal to a sick family or listening to a hurting friend.
She described her remarkable shift in perspective in very normal terms: “What we once did in order to ‘matter’ or to ‘be seen’ we forgot all about. We matter and are seen because of love.”
I can relate to the desire to matter. I want to make a difference. But perhaps I’ve been going about it the wrong way. I was captivated by the message of Anything and I can’t wait to put it into practice by surrendering myself to anything God wants from me. I’ve been resisting what God wants. I could sense it while reading the book, so I am ready to stop resisting now. This was a timely read for me. I needed this.
If you’re ready for a change in perspective, check out Anything by Jennie Allen.
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Also Available in Print or ePub from Christianbook:
|Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul, Revised Edition
By Jennie Allen / Thomas NelsonAnything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters. This newly revised edition is updated throughout to include a new introduction and an in-depth Bible study component for those who have been wanting to lead a study on this topic. Join Jennie on an adventure to discover your anything, those things that actually mean nothing until you know the God truly worth giving it all up for. And when you do, that will change everything.
|Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul – eBook
By Jennie Allen / Thomas Nelson