I know God is loving; I know He is good; I believe He is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if He is really kind— really deeply always kind.
Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought it would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined.
For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to Him—to remind themselves and the people around them of His work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember Him.
In the back of my mind, God reminds me that He is the same trustworthy God—the One who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story—of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. God is who He says He is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who He is, we will not. We will remember God.
- All The Feels
There are no accurate words to describe my thoughts on Remembering God but I am absolutely 100% POSITIVE that YOU, yes YOU need this book! Annie lets you in to her heart, her struggles, her revelations with so much emotion and transparency that I'm confident I can call her friend. Annie, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for being so open and vulnerable with all of us; and encouraging us that no matter what the season we are in, we need to Remember exactly Who God is. <3
- Vulnerable, raw and worth every minute. Thank you Annie!
Annie, if you're reading this, a whole heap of thank yous. This book is a gift to this earth, and particularly to us: the limping ones.
Annie gives herself to these words and it shows throughout, I laughed with her but mostly I cried with her. Annie is an incredible character who wins your heart with her warmth and love for people and for life. This book is different to her others but in the best way. This level of vulnerability brings freedom to each of us and says its okay to wrestle. Thank you for helping me, too, to Remember God.
- Good, Bad and Ugly
Annie invites us into an intimate evaluation of the question, "Is God kind?" It's as if Annie put her arm around me to guide me through the wrestling and seeking of an answer to that difficult question with this book.
Presented with humility and genuine grit, Annie exposes herself to display a beautiful example of what it looks like to have an abundant relationship with God. It can be extremely hard, occasionally ugly, but always held with tenderness and unconditional love.
***Possible Spoiler Alert***
Annie doesn't wrap this book up with a "solve" and I love that so much. She allows us all to continue our own personal relationship to discover, "Is God Kind?" I know the answer to that question for myself. If you want to get started on finding your answer, I suggest starting with Remembering God by Annie F Downs.
(Annie, if you see this review, I want to personally thank you for your courage to put your precious heart out on the table for all of us to see. You are beautiful and honest and I just know we'll be friends when we get Home.)