Book Review: Looking for Lovely

Hey! I know you’re shocked I’m on another launch team!

This time I want to tell you all about the amazing Annie F. Downs and the phenomenal new book out today – Looking for Lovely.

I am familiar with Annie. I read Let’s All Be Brave as part of my planning for last year’s One Girl Conference. Annie is a conversational writer, and her books read exactly like I imagine a conversation with her would go.

Looking for Lovely is all about finding the moments that matter and dealing with the stuff that keeps you far from God. There are so many amazing quotes and moments in this book. For me, it was Annie’s struggle with her weight, with the way she was treated by others, and with coming face-to-face with the need to talk to someone about what was going on in her life that spoke deeply to me.

Looking for Lovely is about the moments that can define us, but it isn’t an “everything is roses” kind of book. Annie admits that life is hard, that struggles are real and that sometimes not quitting is the most important thing you can do. But, in spite of all the junk the world tries to throw at you, Annie reminds us that there are lovely moments worth collecting along the path of life.

Collecting those lovely moments is what makes the hard moments all the more bearable. When we surround ourselves with the lovely – with the things that matter and the things that make us US – makes the junk not so junky.

Annie says,

The things you want, the things you love, the things that make you cry, and the things that make you laugh, and the things that make you more angry than you thought you could be – it’s a rare combination. In fact, it’s a one-of-a-kind combination. Because God made you that way. On Purpose. Your looks. Your loves. Your losses. They are you.

Find the lovely in your day, friends!