Monday, May 21, 2012

Anything - A Review and a Giveaway

 
"We will do anything, God. Anything."

That could have been my quote, but it isn't.

Like Jennie Allen and her husband, Cory and I held hands in bed in the dark, breathing life past the rumble of fear in our gut, and prayed something like that. I think our paraphrase was, "We'll do whatever you want, God. Whatever."

All we knew was, God was moving. And it felt like the very first time. We didn't know what we didn't know, back then. We had no idea what it might mean and it scared us sideways to wonder too hard.

Those words we prayed out loud. These, we kept hidden on the inside, "Please be merciful. You might not know this, but we're both introverts, so nothing too crazy or outlandish. Also? We're accustomed to living a certain way. We aren't flashy people, so maybe we could keep what we have. Maybe it's not too much." We pulled out the famous, "Giving time can be more sacrificial than giving money". True, just like eating the chocolate with the strange orange cream filling can be more satisfying than the caramel. "Anything is possible. Sign us up for time, God! But please remember, we have small children and Cory works long hours. Keep that in mind, please and Amen."

The only exercise that works 100 percent of the time to draw one close to the real God is risk. - Jennie Allen, Anything

The months that followed were uncertain and stomach-churning. We moved and stalled. We never knew more than the very next step. We were scared and insecure. We battled selfishness and pride. We mourned for the things we had loved more than God. We felt a new kind of loneliness. We watched tender shoots of brand-new courage stake their claim.
 
I cried on the bed, the floor, the couch and in the shower. And just standing there, in a room. Oh, and in the car.

Suffering affects my life for eternity in a positive way. I've never lived that way. I've lived trying to fix everything hurting in me with counseling and a good latte. And while none of that is bad, it never fully worked. I still hurt. What I wasn't told is that it is supposed to hurt. War isn't supposed to feel easy and comfortable and happy. - Jennie Allen, Anything

And with every single tear, God became more of a Father. Scratch that. I saw more of who He already was. I felt it first-hand, for once.

The ironic thing about believing in God and supernatural things is that the invisible stuff is actually the most trustworthy, the most stable. So the concrete things we can see and touch, they become the wind, they become the things we try to catch, and over and over they pass through our fingers and souls, keeping us empty. But when I take my empty self to God, he feels familiar and stable and more like concrete than wind. - Jennie Allen, Anything

Reading Anything, by Jennie Allen, was like reliving all of those moments in slow motion and with the bonus feature of a very well-spoken and entertaining narrator. Through her words, I processed things I was too numb to notice at the time.


I originally thought we were going to have to be such martyrs, to suffer for Christ and pour out our lives unto death. I was wrong. He was desperately pouring himself into us, his joy and passion, sustaining us each day with peace  that he was real and we were exactly where he wanted us. God had wanted our hearts, not any dramatic sacrifice. These weren't radical sacrifices, just simple obedience. We were just following an all-knowing God whom we completely trusted. And it was all turning out to be fun and full of life and joy. - Jennie Allen, Anything

It's immensely encouraging to know that we aren't the only ones being tossed overboard. It's comforting to see that maybe we aren't complete weirdos for loving the ride, even the plunge-down parts.

Maybe it's already obvious, but I loved every word of Jennie's book. Her writing is clear and engaging. Her tone is humble. Her words are raw. Her heart is Christ. Several hours and my purple pen have sealed our fate - she's one of my people now, and she doesn't even know my name.

If you are anywhere close to the edge of this journey, Anything is a must read. As such, I would like to personally bestow upon one of you my very own copy, much dog-eared loved and broken-in, so very ready to fall straight down into your soul.

Everyone else can buy it right here.

Leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner...sometime....soon. Don't fence me in.

143 comments:

  1. leaving a comment....thank you.... :)

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  2. sounds good. sign me up.

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  3. I'm a new reader :) and I'm leaving a comment!

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  4. Mike and I have prayed similar prayers. We still aren't sure what God is up to with us - but we know we don't want to miss it.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful book! Please count me in!:) Lori toosillysisters@cox.net

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  6. Its sounds oh so familiar... can't wait to read it.

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  7. but i have to have your copy. i may even sniff the pages.

    these words, wow. i feel them in my heart. i get what she's saying. i MUST read it.

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  8. I'm a new reader, and I'd love it.

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  9. Far too familiar... We're moving soon. There is a long plane ride in my future. I would love to read your underlined, noted, dog eared copy...please!

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  10. The "Suffering affects...." quote made me want to shout "Yes!!" out loud in my living room. That is some really good stuff. Sign me up- and thanks!

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  11. A lot up in the air but it is good. Sounds like an awesome book. :)

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  12. oh, i feel nervous to read this book...or excited or somewhere in the middle. as usual.

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  13. Yes please!!

    Kindra
    kinbaron04@hotmail.com

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  14. Oh I would love to have a copy of this book. And I am also SCARED to have a copy of this book! Thanks!

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  15. You're. Not. Alone.
    Changing goes against our natural grain, doesn't it? Help us, Lord.
    When we were first married and a few years following, my husband used to pray for the Lord to break us.... I remember telling him: "....like, maybe you shouldn't pray that..." Yeah, what a horrible wife. I was scared. Scared of what He may use to break us.
    We are being broken. Thank you, Lord.

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  16. Oh my oh my oh my. It sounds just so good.

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  17. This sounds so wonderful. I'm not doing the "anything" ride right now, but I should be, and I know I should be and I want to be, and I just need a little push. Thank you

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  18. Lovely post!! I have just found your blog and am your newest follower.

    chris

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  19. Kind of don't want to read it... so that tells me I probably should.

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  20. Dog eared and well loved,kind of sounds like me..
    A must read for sure.
    Thank you for being so caring and sharing..xx

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  21. yes! tear-stained and dog-eared..
    my kinda book!
    hugs..
    Loui♥

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  22. This hits my heart ... your words ... "We battled selfishness and pride. We mourned for the things we had loved more than God."

    It hurts to find out how materialistic I am, now living in a not-as-pretty-as-my-own-home-was rental house. I do remember asking God four years ago to show me true beauty. I thought he was going to show me that beauty through nature rather than the manicured suburb street that I loved. Nope, not just a place of beauty ... I think he's still pruning my stubborn brambles away from my heart. I've found out how ugly my heart is when the pretties of my place aren't there to pacify me. I've learned that what I thought was contentment in that pretty house was really circumstantial. I am pretty hard-hearted, I guess, that its taking me four years to break through.

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  23. This sounds like a good read! Pick me! Pick me! :)

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  24. Your review is a read all unto itself. And this book would be so very apropos for us right now. Bonus: your purple highlights.

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  25. Girl. The moment I saw the word *Anything* awhile back, I knew He led me to an invitation. And I'm closer to accepting it and surrendering everything I thought would be our plan. As I've shared with you...adoption has always been a part of my heart. Slowly, God has led me to a place where I am setting down having another child of our own. And in that, I am even setting down our future with adoption. I trust that He placed that interest in me and that He will involve us in it the very best ways He has designed. It's scary, but I know it's the call of my heart.

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  26. Would love to read this book, I think!

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  27. OH how I feel those words. We're getting tossed overboard too.

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  28. "War isn't supposed to be easy..." This spoke to my heart - would love to read the rest of the book!

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  29. I need to read this and a highlighted version would be even better!

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  30. This book sounds GREAT! and I love your blog! Have a Blessed day!

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  31. It sounds like something I NEED to read right now. Thanks.

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  32. Ohh, sounds like a scary read! One that I NEED to read. Great post as always, Shannan!

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  33. yep, I need this book. Sounds great!!

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  34. Sounds like a sanctifying and comforting book. Thanks for bestowing it upon one of your lucky readers!

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  35. i liked your description as 'taking the plunge' that is honest and truly how it feels sometimes. this book sounds very relatable...is that a word? :)

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  36. Loved your post...after a bad day, it was a nice reminder of who I should be talking to about it : ).

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  37. Oh boy. Another book like "7" to make me think ....and feel uncomfortable. I'm in!

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  38. I love that last quote you included...about taking a simple step of obedience...sometimes I think we forget that God has BETTER things in mind for us than we could have planned for ourselve...and He KNOWS us better than we know us. Ahh...so comforting, and scary...hehe.

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  39. I don't know whether or not I need to read this book - but I'm certain it would be a blessing for the journey :) Of course, due to the fact we live so close - I could just continue watching your journey and learn - stretch - into the life that God has called me too. Why is it that I feel like everything I've ever known or believed is being turned upside down (for me), which means it's completely right side up in Him.

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  40. You've got me hooked- sounds like a must-read.

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  41. I can feel the tug, God pulling me out of my comfort zone yet again. I don't know that that entails but I do know I must not stay the same, I must move. Thank you for sharing your heart once again.
    xoxo
    heather p.

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  42. I so relate to the concrete and wind analogy. I don't usually (read: ever) read books like this (I'm more of a fiction type of girl) but I'd love to read this one.

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  43. It IS immensely encouraging to know that we are not the only ones being thrown overboard. But being in this scary, crazy place before and getting through it only to see how God worked it all out helps me to (somewhat) enjoy the ride a little more this time. Thanks for these posts! I have been hanging on your every word. This book may be the perfect thing I need right now...

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  44. I had suspected I was weird for feeling a little "homesick" for a period of intense pain and loss in my life, but I'm learning it makes complete sense. Life was actually never sweeter than when I had little other than Him. What I'm working on these days is maintaining that delicious intensity without the major crisis. I do believe you just summed it up beautifully :) I had not heard of this book, but it sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. She sounds like a good read. And I've only ever read book that my husband has worked so hard to not bend, dog ear, or write in. Though he has never read after me with anything but! It would be interesting to see what your purple pen marked on. (if I win. Which I won't because I never win anything...but I will still read your blog) :)

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  46. Sounds like an amazing book and one that would fit right into my journey. I know I am being challenged, my family challenged and I need to have the faith to step out.....

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  47. We're in the "Okay, God, We heard you say go, we obeyed. Why isn't anything happening?" stage of our journey. Sounds like I should ready it. Would love to win it.

    Thanks!

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  48. Thanks for always writing out the words that are in my heart and in my life... it is so comforting to know others are in this journey
    Cami

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  49. Sounds challenging and intriguing. I'm in!

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  50. Okay, you're not fenced.
    xo

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  51. Sounds exactly like what a friend of mine needs desperately. I'm praying I win it for her!

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  52. If that book is going to bring on a boatload of conviction, then I'm not sure I want it. In other words, you should probably pick me.

    We are up to our ears in risk, and it still doesn't seem like enough.

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  53. relationships scare me. trusting scares me. these two facts have made it easy to avoid acknowledging God for entirely too long- couldn't take the risk. finding your blog last summer(& little house on the prairie this past winter)finally opened the door for me- this is only the beginning.

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  54. Since I really DON'T want to read it and be forced to sift my life, I am probably gonna win it.

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  55. I definitely think I need this book. ;)

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  56. Would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. =)

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  57. Your words are beautiful and I enjoy reading all that you write about. This book sounds amazing!

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  58. She sounds like one of my people too - and guess what, so do you. :) You have been a blessing to me the past couple months. The Lord is leading my husband & I & our family through some new & unknown territory - but known to Him. We trust & obey for there's no other way. Pressing onward & upward with you!

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  59. Sounds like I should probably read this :)

    Have you ever read, "Is Your God Too Safe?"
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-God-Too-Safe-Rediscovering/dp/1576737748

    Blessings,
    Dana

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  60. Oh, darlin', how familiar I am with those sleepless nights praying for I didn't know what and being afraid (yes, I said it!) of what God was going to do. And I'm still there in many ways. Why is it that His best is so frightening for me? And the uneasiness of my heart when I tell Him that I trust Him....does that mean I don't REALLY trust Him? And being afraid of the answer to that question...which means I probably am not where I need to be. The struggle is so wrenching and my heart is so bruised and my flesh is so weak. But the sweetness of God is sure to comfort me...and I depend on that grace...because He is all that matters. The war quote stirred my heart and I had a mini-epiphany! Sounds like I should read this book. Prayers for us all in our journey of surrender. Tina S
    thislittlepiggy5(at)mchsi(dot)com

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  61. oh wow, that sounds like an amazing book, I have to say I've been down this path with God so many times and I truly think I get it and then somehow I manage to get back off of it, but I hope that someday I'll stay for good, to truly live in a place where I am more concerned with obedience than what it is I think I need...

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  62. Sounds like a book I'm supposed to read.
    God has been at work in us, too. This stirring of change...it started with reading Radical (David Platt) about a year and a half ago, took us to Zambia, Africa, last summer. Our house is on the market. We have ideas of where we'd like to go, but are aware that He may have different plans. I have to remember to give it to Him every day and trust.
    Thank you for sharing this!
    Jackie

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  63. Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me;
    Lay any burden on me, only sustain me.
    Sever any tie, save the tie that binds me to Thy heart
    Lord, Jesus, my King
    I consecrate my life, Lord, to Thee.


    so i used to sing those words and i thought i meant it until my husband and i lay in bed one night and he said the Lord called him and our family to bring the Gospel to China.
    flushed, i remembered that very morning, sitting on the floor in the living room, folding laundry, dreaming of China.
    i fell like i may be where you are at. scared and uncertain and still trying to hold onto the 'whatever you want Lord'...as long as it's within my comfort zone.
    all i know is that there's no better, safer, or happier place to be than where he plants me.
    i am always so encouraged by you.
    xo

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  64. :) Sounds like an inspiring read:)

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  65. Thanks for sharing and for your open heart. No fence.

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  66. sounds like a memorizing type of book. i'm in!

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  67. I wish I could say that risk wasn't totally messing with me. I have some work to do. And trust me...He is working on me big time!

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  68. I want Jennie to be one of my people. I do, I do. Send her and that book on over here!

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  69. anything!!!!! what a difficult word to say, just last night i prayed about a life change, but without the risk! i think i need to be a bit more willing to do anything

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  70. sounds a little scary...which means i should probs reads it.

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  71. I am scared silly and don't feel near ready... But I feel that stirring. And I know being ready and brave and put together is not the point. Its the trusting that's the point. It's the loosening of my grip on the wind that is the point. It's the turning to the only Truly Solid One that's the point. It's the solid truth that all will be shaken and only the Unshakable will remain. It's the constant remembering that I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who lives, but HIM in me. I want desperately to shed the fears that are keeping me from living this.
    For the record, you are one of my people and you don't even know me. ;)
    Love,
    Shaina
    shainamariesims@gmail.com

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  72. God just used your post to speak deeply to me . . . so I want to speak to you by saying 'thank you' for being brave enough to speak up and share.

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  73. I must say that although this book seems so reasonably priced, having your copy would just be too precious, FPFG. It looks like a great read, thanks for recommending! :)

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  74. sigh...I should probably read it...
    I may be still in the 'scared to death and sick to my stomach' phase of whatever this is.
    good to know you have been here too.

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  75. We too are on this journey...walking by faith and not by sight, wanting a plan but God keeps saying "just trust, have faith...wait". I found this poem describes our pilgrimage well.

    I said, "Let me walk in the field."
    God said: "Nay, walk in the town."
    I said: "There are no flowers there."
    He said: "No flowers, but a crown."
    I said: "But the sky is black; there is nothing but noise and din."
    But He wept as He sent me back, "There is more, there is sin."
    I said: "But the air is thick and fogs are veiling the sun."
    he answered: "Yet souls are sick and souls in the dark undone."
    I said: "I shall miss the light, and friends will miss me they say."
    He answered: "Choose tonight, if I am to miss you or they."
    I pleaded for time to be given:
    He said "Is it hard to decide? It will not seem hard in Heaven to have followed the steps of your Guide."
    I cast one look at the field, then set my face to the town.
    He said: "My child, do you yield? Will you leave the flowers for the crown?"
    Then into His hand went mine and into my heart came He:
    And I walk in a light divine, the path I had feard to see.

    George MacDonald

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  76. Doing Kelly Minter's Nehemiah study "A Heart That Can Break" starting in June. This sounds like it would go right along with it. I would love to win..if not, I will definitely buy one!

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  77. I'm confident that I should and must read this book. What a crazy place I am in with Jesus these days- my toes are on the edge, He's calling me further out, but oh how long I hae been afraid fo the water..... I needed to read your blog today.

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  78. I would love to read that book. Count me in.

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  79. I feel like something is about to happen in/to/through my family...something out of the ordinary. Last year we moved to a completely different, unexpected place for a new job. We've been tossing around ideas of simplifying, giving more, going natural. Then I had to go and read Kisses from Katie, and that tore me up. Now my husband's started Radical. God seems to be using books, among other things, to get our attention. Sounds like Anything could be another little push. Thanks for sharing your experiences so honestly.

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  80. Sounds like a book I should read- Jenni Allen being my maiden name and all:-)

    jennia918@hotmail.com

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  81. Scared. But I need to read it. :)

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  82. I can't believe you are offering your own copy - what a gift! The book sounds like one to further encourage that stirring in our souls, to challenge and encourage. Thanks...

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  83. "These weren't radical sacrifices, but simple obedience..." Why is it that I often feel that I could have the faith for the big stuff, and it's the "simple obedience" piece that trips me up? Sounds like a must-read for me, as well!

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  84. I'm a little fearful. I am trying to surrender with my fists clenched. Not gonna work, is it?

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  85. This is really resonating with me! I would LOVE a copy of the book!

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  86. I so admire the path you are taking. Thank you for sharing with us. I would love this book! ;)

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  87. wow is all that I can say! I'm going to order some for gifts.

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  88. The purple pen comment did it - I use that color, too! Would LOVE reading this book with all your notes and scribblings...

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  89. Sounds like it would take all summer to soak in. I'd give it a shot.

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  90. Wow. i want to get to where you're at...i think.

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  91. Thank you kindred spirit. Even if I don't win, I'm buying this book :)

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  92. You are at it again! My brain is addled from the daily asking to "be a good servant" which has snuck into our night-night prayers with the kids and shopping for a new house. HOW. THE. HECK. DO. YOU. BALANCE????? I love you, I love your heart, and I love your voice. I am not sure I will be allowed to read this book right now as I am on restriction (due to more tears than my husband was prepared to handle after Shane Claibourne), but it sounds right up my alley. Hugs!

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  93. Oh girl, this sounds like something I need to read. I'm smack dab in the middle of "uncertain and stomach-churning" - completely lonely and insecure. I'm here saying 'anything, whatever - I'll do it, God' but my stomach is in knots 'cause I can't figure out what that anything is and I'm scared spit-less that I won't know how to do it.

    As always, I love, love, love reading your words.

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  94. Awesome post! Touched my heart. Our heart-wrenching, stomach-churning path began 2 years ago with a job transfer to New England. I found the job to be a horrible situation (think hatchet man) that helped me to discover who I was not. Your posting spoke to me as I continue to focus on why I am working. Not for me. For God and his Glory.

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  95. I feel like I am beginning to look at my life through an "anything" type of lens. I just finished reading Jenn Hatmaker's "7" and I am constantly mulling things over, processing what it is I think that God is telling me to do.

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  96. you had me at 'Her heart is Christ.'

    okay, you actually had me long before that, but now you have me so much that i'll have to get my own copy if i don't win this giveaway. (will you enter me double if i vow to pass it on when i'm done, or is that something that rhymes with schmeater-pants?)

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  97. Have you ever read this William Blake quote? "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it really is, INFINITE." Sometimes I just whisper The Doors of Perception.

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  98. This speaks volumes to me. Sometimes I feel like I am not strong enough to listen at such soft volumes and I want to turn up what He's telling me. Other times I want to turn it down and walk away, surely that can't be for me. This is where I am now. Kinda good. A lot scary. Finding my strength.

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  99. This is absolutely fantastic--gorgeous and too true. And you're so right--God never becomes more or less of a father, but it's how much I am letting Him reign in my life...thanks for posting this.

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  100. Although I'm at a different stage in parenting - my Littles are all getting big (the youngest is 12!), I am finding myself relating to that same restlessness - wanting God to break through the status quo of my life and show me what it means to trust Him above everything/everyone else. Thanks for sharing Jenni Allen's book! You make me laugh (and cry and ponder) with your unique way of putting your thoughts on paper :) Blessings to you and your sweet family!

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  101. I like your blog. I need this book. Its scary but I know that God is redirecting my path and I don't know exactly what that is going to look like. I am trusting the Director!

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  102. I love to read that so many people are jumping head long into an amazing journey with their Creator. Forgive my generation for filling you up with that nonsense about false prosperity. Living a life hanging onto to the shoe laces of Jesus tennis shoes, now that is a prosperous life.

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  103. Sounds like a book I'd enjoy.

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  104. So lemme tell you a little story. I was getting ready to clean my house and since that is a horrendous task, figured I'd fire up an audiobook to listen to while I de-hurricaned the house. Couldn't think of one to download though and after a while of pondering and searching, figured..."Hey, I'll go on over to Shannan's blog. She's always talking about good books over there. Maybe I'll dig around and fine one she recommends." And here you were. My own personal literary angel. ;) Thanks!

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  105. Nice tear jerker.....but not buying. I'm weary of reading these holier than thou mommy posts. Get up, get a life and make your way. Sick and tired of having God stuffed down my throat at every view. FPFG.....sorry....but your preachings are too much. If I wanted a sermon, I'd be in church. Don't need you stuffing it down my internet throat at every moment you post. Really, your adopted crew and sermons are just too much to swallow. Changing channel and opting out.

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    1. I really hope you win the contest.

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    2. Boy do I have a book for you. Now if you would just state your name and a way to get it to you I could send it.

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    3. Wow... that's amazingly harsh. That was an unnecessary comment. Unless Shannan has tied you to a chair and forced you to read her blog I think it's not really being "stuffed down your internet throat." Oh and if you're going to hate, at least have the courage to own up to it with your name.

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  106. If it's not too late - throw my name in the hat please :)

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  107. anything................

    suzi f
    suzifailing@att.net

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  108. You are fabulously abnormal for Jesus. Well played.

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  109. I never win anything, but it's worth a shot. I'm'na pray that prayer, too!

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  110. Sounds like a great read- and would be perfect timing for me! If I don't win I'll order it!

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  111. Shannan I would love to just sit down and pick your brain about all of this. I am just barely starting on this journey. I was somewhat forced into by recent events, God taking things away that helped contribute to my sense of security. I don't want to just go back to my safe and comfortable life but I am scared out of my mind to truly say to God... "anything." When doubt comes, I'm here to tell you God is definitely using you and this journey. Thank you for being genuine and open!

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  112. we just have no idea what he prepares to do in our lives when we say, "Yes, Lord." ...When we say, "Anything, Lord." ...When we say, "Anywhere Lord."

    I'd love a copy....

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  113. Not gonna lie, not sure I have the guts for this prayer. But I want to read the book and see how she got to that place. Thanks for sharing!

    dacharuxatyahoo.com

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  114. Would love to read the book. Sounds very good.

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  115. Um, yeah. Where we are right now. Finding out all the things that I really rely on to make me feel safe and um...they are not God. And He is doing things that we don't really understand; all we know is that HE is doing them. And I find myself scared poop-less. May have to get this for myself anyway.
    Gracias, Shannan.

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  116. Thank you for the most dear beautiful review- someone mentioned it to me and I came over to see all of this- how beautiful to be praying with so many of you... it makes you more brave when you aren't alone. yes?

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  117. I read all the books you recommend and love them. I'm excited to read this one as well.

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  118. Read, and re-read this. Thank you for the review... going to check it out now!

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  119. I would love to read it! Sounds so much like our journey in moving to Africa :)

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  120. Hi! I've been reading your blog for awhile now and feel like you're one of my people and you don't even know my name. My husband and I are on a journey as well. We've been shaken, not stirred and feel our priorities are completely changing. This book sounds like a must read.

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  121. Anything Lord....anything. It's an aching feeling. Wondering if we are the only ones with this stirring. Has God spoken? Has He led and we are just too afraid to move forward? Anything....really, anything.

    Love reading your heart on this blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  122. I really think I need this book. Right now.

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