Thursday, June 28, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Anything


Anything
By: Jennie Allen
Published by Thomas Nelson
Copyright 2011


Anything.  The word that says so much.  Can you pray that one word, and mean it?  Can you ask God to take anything you have, everything you have, and use it for His honor and glory?  Can you take that one word and let Him DO anything with your life and subsequently the lives of those around you?  Why is it so hard for those of us who profess to be Christians, who profess to have given our hearts to God, give Him anything He asks of us?  Why are we so afraid?


These questions are probed thoroughly in Jennie Allen's book Anything (the prayer that unlocked my God and my Soul).  This is a powerful book that really pokes at you and prompts you to make a decision to go all out for God. If God is Who He says He is, what do we have to lose?  If God is Who He says He is, where are we going to spend the most time -- here on this earth, or in eternity?  So what REALLY MATTERS?  What does God want?


As Jennie says:
Are we truly willing to completely and finally forsake this life?  To yield ourselves to God without restraint?
If Anything has "buts," it wouldn't be anything.  When we look at the God of the universe who willingly sent his son to be brutally murdered so that we get to live in his kingdom forever as his own kids. . . saying that you will do anything "but" just doesn't go over well.
Here's a chilling thought from the book:
We don't want to get to heaven and realize we missed it, that God rerouted around us...
We all have to decide -- are we going to spend time living lives that are pleasing to those around us, or are we going to live our lives that are going to be pleasing to God?  Where will we spend the most time?  Here on earth, or in heaven?  What's our perspective going to be?


This subject of surrender has been on my heart for a while, and has grown stronger over the past few months.  My dad and I just discussed it the beginning of this month.  Why am I wrestling with myself?  And that's it exactly, I am concerned about self and getting what I want out of life, not fully wanting to accept that this life is so very short, and that eternity is just that -- never ending.  It's decision time.


I hope that you will find a copy of Jennie's book.  It will change you. It will at least make you think.  I will challenge you to do what God wants you to do.  Are you ready to start the journey to be sold out for Christ?


If you would like to learn more about Jennie Allen, her family, faith and ministry, check out her website:  jennieallen.com


In order to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations, please note that this book was provided compliments of  Thomas Nelson and Shelton Interactive.

2 comments:

  1. Hey, I just came across your blog by doing a bit of blog-surfing and I'm glad I did! I've added myself as your newest follower, and I hope you'll check out my Christian devotional site as well.

    Have a blessed day!

    In Christ,
    Dakota - A Look at Life from a Deerstand

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  2. Dakota, thank you. I checked out your blog and signed up for e-mails. For someone so young, you have an amazing insight into life and God's word.

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