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Anything by Jennie Allen – Book Review

I can still remember that night very clearly.   Just months before, I had experienced the moment that would define my life, the moment where I feel my eyes were opened.  I woke up.  I saw and felt God so clearly that I just knew.  I told Peter right away, I told him that I was going to be different from this moment on.  I wanted to give to God and if Peter was going to come with me on this journey and leave our life of drugs and partying and indulging in sin, that would be great.  From that moment on, we were different people.  We started reading the bible together, with tears in our eyes as truth was spoken into our hearts.  I’d always thought that finding joy in the Lord was a bit of a myth, something that Christians said to make themselves feel better about having to slave away after some demanding God, but now I’d experienced it for myself.  God set me free, put truth in my heart, and I was experiencing joy on a level I had never experienced before.

After that, we quit partying and started regularly attending and engaging in our church’s Young Adults group and Saturday night worship time, we signed up to go on a mission trip to Tallinn, Estonia,  we dove into our bibles and prayer, we got engaged, went on our mission trip and felt God’s hand even more than before, came home, got married, followed God’s lead on returning to Estonia again the following summer, and went up to Yellowknife to work and ended up helping out and engaging with the church there a bit before our mission trip.

We sat on the bed in the room that we were staying in and talked about living a yes life: a life of just fully trusting God, and always saying yes, no matter what he asked us to do.  We had been living that way since my life-defining moment but after this conversation, Peter and I were even more excited about intentionally living by God’s spirit.  Who knew what life would bring?

Since then, we have gone to Estonia 3 more times on short-term mission trips, moved to Victoria to invest in the hearts and lives of the teens there and the congregation through worship ministry, and now we are in Calgary and have been investing in the hearts and lives of the youth and young adults here — and anyone else we can reach in the process.  We have had three kids and still look to God as to where our future lies as well as our day-to-day moments.  Living this way hasn’t always been easy, but God has proven himself over and over as we step out of our comfort zones to do things that we feel him calling us to do, and so we have felt his love, care and providence in our lives.

I just finished Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul by Jennie Allen and I am so inspired by the sharing of her life through this book.  Basically this book is about her experience leading up to and after praying “God, we will do anything.”  This is about Jennie’s yes life.  She writes words in three parts: 1) everything keeping us from anything, 2) praying anything, and 3) living anything, and I guarantee you will be inspired to seek God out in a more sold-out, giving anything way.  And I promise if you do, if you really do fully surrender your heart and your life to God, he is going to show up and give you more than you could’ve even imagined for yourself.

I loved this book and I’m ready to say yes to even more after reading it.

Book has been provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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May 22, 2012 - 9:37 pm Kim Bye - Wow! I must read it! I'm in a low valley, ready to move out and up and I'm certain this can help my reach. Thanks Chelsey! :)

May 23, 2012 - 11:51 am chelsey - You'll love it Mom :)

May 23, 2012 - 10:47 am Jill Slywka - This sounds like a great book! I'll have to pick up a copy myself! Thanks for sharing! Also, I love the new look of the blog!

May 23, 2012 - 11:50 am chelsey - I think you'd like it, Jill! And thanks about the new look for the blog! I like it too :)

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