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Annie F. Downs
"100 Days To Brave"

  I've been reading through "100 Days to Brave," by Annie F. Downs. A few days ago I finished my first journey through the book. Honestly, I don't know how much braver I feel, but I did learn a few things...

(The book is currently #7 on the
ECPA Bestsellers Top 25 list)

  I learned that bravery comes in unexpected moments. A smile. A sentence. A friendship. Small things that will make all the difference. It starts with saying yes, and then it grows through saying no sometimes. It doesn't always feel like it's brave. But after the fact you can sense it. You've been brave.

  Bravery is a practice. I know, weird. You can actually train yourself to be brave. However, if I am going into something with a mindset determined to be brave, my odds were much better. And as I saw one experience go well, it became easier to do it again and again. Even the times that it didn't go well, I was less discouraged because I was allowing myself to train and stretch myself. Being brave won't always go perfectly. It's okay to fail!

  Bravery does not always look the same at all times and for every person. Sometimes my bravery was simply saying hello to someone. Other days it was inviting someone to a bible study. Even other times it was saying my opinion in a room where I knew my opinion wasn't welcome. Bravery fluctuates in form, but no matter what it seems like it's still brave.

  You may already be a little bit braver than you know. When you look for brave, you see it. So, while you may not feel particularly brave, I'm sure you can think of at least one moment in which you did something brave. Or someone else can point to something you do and label it brave.

Annie F. Downs is a best-selling author,
nationally known speaker, and podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God.

Annie is the author of multiple best-selling books, including Remember God and
100 Days To Brave.

By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites those reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply.

While she loves writing- books, blogs, articles,
thank-you notes- Annie also enjoys traveling around the world speaking at events, conferences, and churches.

Annie's podcast- That Sounds Fun Podcast- releases new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Authors, pastors, musicians, comedians, chefs, athletes- Annie has them all and calls them all friend. You'll love the conversation in every episode.

Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos,
confetti poppers, her community of friends,
boiled peanuts, and soccer.

"I'm a huge fan of the Internet, singer/songwriters, waffles with peanut butter, and sports of all kinds, especially four square.
I also love watching professional soccer, all things Scotland, and being braver
than I was yesterday."

You've already started. Now you can improve.

  Being brave is much easier when you have support. This book started as a bible study, but as school and work started, we somewhat distanced ourselves from checking in regularly. That being said, I realized it's harder when you begin to go at being brave by yourself. You can't always rely on other people, but I saw that when I told people my goals or plans, there was an outflow of encouragement and it helps!

  So, maybe I am not the bravest person. Maybe I don't always speak up when I should. Maybe I fail sometimes. But I am learning. I am learning it is okay to say yes and it is okay to say no, honesty is brave. I am learning to be friendlier than necessary because I know I like it when people are friendly to me. But the biggest thing I have learned is that trying is completely necessary.

  So, I will begin speaking up. Even when it's hard. Even when I don't have all the words. Even when my voice shakes.

  And that is the beginning of brave for me.

~ from northofnonsensesouthofsophisticated.com ~


Annie F. Downs
"100 Days To Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self"

 Looking for tangible ways to grow in confidence and decision-making skills? Empowering women to embrace their identity as beloved daughters of God, Downs offers 100 bite-sized daily devotions complete with specific action steps to help you be brave enough to believe God's promises, dream big, persevere, serve others well, work hard, and more. 224 pages, hardcover from Zondervan.
Annie F. Downs
"A Life of Lovely:
The Young Woman's Guide to Collecting the Moments
That Matter

 Do you hear the enemy whispering that you're too loud, quiet, thin, or fat? If you're experiencing a crisis of confidence, Downs has good news - you can be who you want to be! Offering hope and encouragement, she shares honest stories, biblical truths, and courageous examples to help you see all that's beautiful in you---and in everyday life.
Annie F. Downs
"Remember God"

 We know God is loving, good, big, and powerful---but are we convinced that he's always really, deeply kind? In this encouraging message, Downs reminds us that just as God's people have traditionally built altars to remind themselves of his goodness, we too can benefit from remembering his benevolent faithfulness, especially in difficult times. 208 pages, softcover from B&H.