Although I’d heard of Jennie Allen, founder if IF: Gathering, I’d never read any of her work, so I was curious to learn more about her by reading her book, Anything. In the book, Allen talks about the ways that God moved when she and her husband, tired of a complacent, comfortable life, boldly prayed that they would do anything He asked them to do.
The main “anything” discussed in the book that God led them to do was the eventual adoption of their son. In addition to sharing her own story, Allen includes stories of others who abandoned their own dreams to pursue what God had in store for them. I appreciated the fact that she did not sugarcoat things and make it sound like giving your dreams over to God is a piece of cake; she discusses the difficulties that can come when we pray a prayer of abandonment and how Satan often attacks those trying to pursue God’s plans.
The book includes a study guide, ideal for those who want to use the book in a small group setting. While Allen’s insights are really not much different to me than other authors, such as Jen Hatmaker (who I am more familiar with), I’d be open to reading more of her work.
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