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Anything by Jennie Allen (@JennieAllen)

By in Book Reviews, Humility & Submission, Prayer & Journaling | 0 comments

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen My rating: 5 of 5 stars 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...

Shauna Niequist (@sniequist) on Learning to Swim in the Surrender of Faith

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I wanted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life (because I loved the cover), but Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way was the one on sale so I picked it up instead. I’m glad I did because my life is going through a bittersweet phase right now. I had never read (or heard of) Shauna Niequist but if I had any doubts about her or her book, they disappeared when I opened to the first essay and discovered to my delight she used my favorite metaphor for faith. Faith is like floating on water. Unfortunately, I tend to flail around like a drowning person. But if you relax and trust the water to hold you, you will float effortlessly. Here’s an excerpt from “Learning to Swim.” Book Excerpt I learned about waves when I was little, swimming in Lake Michigan in navy blue water under a clear sky, and the most...