The Background: This is my first review of a book written by Annie F. Downs. Which if fitting because it is also the first book I read of Annie’s. I got this book as a gift for Christmas in 2018 and I devoured it pretty quickly. I have been following Annie and her “That Sounds Fun” podcast for years and had heard the multiple plugs for the book so I was really looking forward to diving in.
Annie F. Downs, for those of you who don’t know her, is a best-selling author, speaker, podcast host, and everyone’s friend. She currently hosts two podcasts, the one I just mentioned, That Sounds Fun and Annie and Eddie Keep Talking. She also recently launched the That Sounds Fun Network of podcasts.
Remember God was published on October 2, 2018 by B Books.
The Book: In this book Annie asks the question: is God truly always kind? I think this is probably a subject we can all relate to. At some point in our walk with the Lord, we have come up against hard times or difficult circumstances that have led us to doubt. I’ve been there a few times with my kids getting sick when they were just babies. Or when my grandmother died and left a huge void in our family.
Annie walks us down this road, telling us a story that, when she was writing the book she didn’t even know the ending to. In the introduction, she talks about being interviewed for a podcast and being asked who she writes her books for. And for the first time ever, as she was writing this book, she realized she was writing it to herself.
But the awesome thing about God and the way he loves and uses his people is that he also got her to write this book for all of us. All of who aren’t really sure where the story is going to end up. All of us who have to walk down dark and scary paths with nothing to cling to but the promises God has already given us.
The Best Parts: I just love how Annie writes. She writes her non-fiction like it is a novel. And this book kept me waiting and guessing how things were going to end until the very last page. And y’all, that ending. It was a “I hugged the book when it was done” ending.
The story she tells walks us through some real confusion and disappointments. I know we can all relate. So in terms of it being appropriate, I think it is good for everyone. These are questions we are all going to face, and Annie leads us through it and helps us to truly Remember God.
Biblical Content: 5/5
Cover Art: 4/5