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Restless – Jennie Allen – Book Review


This isn’t a book, you guys, this is a journey. I’m serious. Have you ever felt like there’s just one way to be a Christian? Have you ever wished you could really passionately serve God but you just don’t seem to fit into “the way things are done”? Do you feel like you were made for something more in this life, more purpose, more passion than what you are living but you just can’t figure out how to get there? THIS BOOK, you guys.

Anyone who actually reads these reviews I post knows that I love Jennie Allen. I already have two of her bible studies and her book “Anything” and I recommend them to anyone. This girl has a transparent, spirit-led heart and she is just so real and relatable that it really does feel like you’re having an encouraging coffee with a friend. Jennie gives me courage to follow Christ more passionately because of the way she does, and how honestly she admits the ways she doesn’t.

But anyway, this book. Ok wait, let’s talk about “Anything” for a moment. “Anything” was about that prayer “God, we will do anything.” It was about completely surrendering your life to God, recklessly following after him with full abandon. I read that book, which led me to pray for Peter and I, about us fully living a sold-out “yes-life” for God again (saying yes even when it’s hard with full trust that God knows best”). I never told Peter I was praying for him, or for us, in that way, but a couple weeks later he called me from a youth conference, he walked out of one of the sessions to call me because his heart was so stirred and he felt like it was time for something new, something more. He was restless... This led to even more prayer, wrestling, seeking and eventually resulted in the planting of Northern Hills Church, which I know sounds like some neat-wrapped-up little story when I write it that way, but it has been one crazy spirit-led journey!

So, yeah, “Anything” had a pretty big impact on our lives. Northern Hills Church just had its third service this past Sunday. Enter “Restless”.  “Restless” is the perfect follow-up for anyone who read “Anything” or it is totally great on its own.  Like I said, it isn’t just a book, it is a journey.  It’s about how our gifts, passions, places, and relationships aren’t random, they are deliberate and meaningful, and not only that, but about how our suffering can actually be used for good, to give something back to the world.  Jennie takes you on a literal journey through your own life, who you are, the threads of your being and asks you to journal and sort through yourself with God so that you can see that you don’t have to fit into some cookie cutter image of what it looks like to be a Christian, but rather, see the plan that God has designed and dreamed for you.

Go get this book now, and start your journey towards a more purposeful life.  You don’t need to add anything to your to do list, you just need to stop and listen right where you are.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

February 6, 2014 - 12:04 am Jill Slywka - This sounds so good! I need to order a copy for myself!

February 6, 2014 - 3:17 pm Melanie - Hey Chelsey! These sound great! I just went on to the Library site to see if I could order them. I typed in Restless and 211 items came up! I guess we have a bit of a theme going on in the world! Then I typed in the author and found both it and Anything. I'm looking forward to reading them!

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