Let's All Be Brave Review

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I picked up Annie Down's Let's All Be Brave book, because the word "brave" caught my attention, since the MOPS theme this year has to do with being brave.

There were a few things that I liked about this book, and a few things that bugged me.


Things I Liked

-Down's writing style is very casual, almost as if you are having a cup of coffee with her.  I did like her conversational tone and the quirky jokes she throws in here and there - it made the book an easy read.
-I liked her overall point in the book, which seemed to be to encourage women to be brave in doing what God has called them individually to do with their lives.

Things That Bothered Me

-Even though I liked the conversational tone of her writing, the downside is that the book felt very disorganized to me.  Most of the chapters are compromised of stories, with little points hidden in here and there - but sometimes I feel like Downs gets so caught up in her stories that she loses her point.  In certain chapters you really have to be paying attention to catch what she's getting at, and she loses some impact because of that.

-I wouldn't say that everything in this book is theologically sound - in particular, this point bothered me:
"If we go back to the book of Genesis, where the world began, we see that God started it all with words . . .And we are made in His image.  We speak, and things are created." -Chapter on "Your Words"

This is not a biblical concept.  Yes, God spoke everything into existence, but nowhere in Scripture does it say that we have that same capability as a result of "being made in the image of God".  The suggestion that we can actually bring things into existence with our words is reminiscent of the New Age "Christian science" or the word-faith movement, which I think are dangerous and unbiblical ideologies.  

I think Downs is probably just trying to make the point that our words have impact, rather than saying that she believes we can physically bring something about with our words - it may be just an unfortunate choice of words on her part.  I'm willing to give her the benefit of a doubt since I didn't find anything else too concerning in the book.


Overall, I enjoyed this book - the majority of it was stories, but Downs always brought her stories around to an encouragement to her readers to be brave, in a lovable, big sister kind of way.  I laughed out loud throughout the book, and thought about areas where I could be more courageous in my own life, so it was a winner in that I felt uplifted after reading it.  

Note: I received this book for free in e-book format from the publisher through NetGalley.  This is my honest opinion.
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Katie Cook said...

Thanks for sharing girl! I love book reviews! xoxo Katie

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