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Remember God

Narrated by: Annie F. Downs
Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
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I know God is loving; I know he is good; I believe he is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if he is really kind - really, deeply, always kind. Is he?  

Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought it would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined. For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to him - to remind themselves and the people around them of his work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember him.  

In the back of my mind, God reminds me that he is the same trustworthy God - the one who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story - of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. 

God is who he says he is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who he is, we will not. We will remember God.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2018

I wanted to like this book

I like her personality and her voice. I have listened to her podcast for the past two years. This book fell flat for me for a number of reasons. First, the author seems blind to her own privilege--she is an extremely successful author and influencer. Her version of suffering are relationship woes. As a single woman in my 30s, I get it, but throughout this book, I rarely got the sense that the author understands how privileged she is or that she views her platform or writing as a way to help people. Instead the bulk of her work is musings about her own life, what went wrong, what went right, mostly what went wrong. It reads like an entitled self absorbed narrative that is supposed to be about God. Second, there's nothing here about the biblical truths regarding suffering, Christ's suffering for us and our suffering for him. Or how trials help us more deeply identify with Jesus. She puts God on trial for not providing a husband, for not allowing her to have a best selling book, and for not giving her greater professional influence. God doesn't guarantee those things, no matter how many people "speak" those things over you. He does promise that this life will bring troubles and call a us to give thanks in every circumstances. There's nothing about Thanskgiving, nothing about finding pleasuring in serving God or his people during this season. Her books, her speaking, all of it seems to be about her. That worries me and sends the wrong message about the Christian faith.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2018

This is what you need

I happened upon Annie through several podcasts and heard her talking about this book. I was intrigued because I could sense the “rawness” in her voice as she was talking about it on the podcast. I have had one heck of a year and was looking for something beyond the typical Christian answer to the things I was feeling. Annie is so real. She is raw. And I literally wrote in my journal this last year the same phrases she uses to describe her own journey. I knew I wasn’t the only person who felt like this, but it was hard to tell my heart that every day and truly believe it. Annie’s story will encourage you, even though it isn’t the ending you’d expect. You will relate to her and realize you truly aren’t alone. I am so glad I decided to use my free trial of audible on a whim and listen to this book.

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  • Jamie Atkinson
  • 25-02-2019

Authentic

This was my first audio book and my first Annie Downs book. It won’t be my last of either. Annie is so raw and so real and I love her for it. If you want to read an authentic story about how the Christian walk really is... this is the book for you. And Annie, if you’re reading this... thank you. Thank you for being brave enough to put in print your walk and struggles of faith with the Lord. On most days, I would tell you my faith and belief are so strong. But, like you, it has been the REALLY hard times that have built that faith and have proven His absolute kindness. Sister in Christ, I am praying for you. For Him to fulfill all the desires of your heart, to keep proving His kindness “o’er and o’er”, and to give you the “grace to trust Him more”. (from ‘Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus 😉)

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  • Kit-Kat74
  • 18-12-2018

Quick read.

To me, it just seems like stories from the author's journal or autobiography. There are a few places where I could relate, but mostly I just didn't quite feel a connection. Maybe if you have a strong church family, have lived in other countries, traveled around a lot or have tons of friends, it will resonate more with you than it did me. I just didn't quite get the point I guess. If I could give it 3.5 stars that would be my choice, but I can't and 3 seems inappropriate, so I'm giving it 4.

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  • Elena
  • 22-04-2019

Must-Read (hear)

A beautifully raw and inspiring depth of the author’s heart and thoughts. An encouragement and a blessing to read (listen).

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  • Meg_Gross
  • 12-04-2019

Great lessons, no matter the life stage

First book I’ve listened to (or read) of Annie’s.

I’m a married woman with two kids. A lot of Annie’s book is about her singleness and having a word confirmed that this would be the year. Regardless of our different life stages, I could still relate to her struggle and my current struggle. It helped me realized that, yes, I am hearing from God in this moments, that He is good, and holy cow do I need to journal and connect the dots more.

Sometimes it was hard to follow but I think it’s because I was multitasking instead of focusing.

Annie, I pray you get your answer to earthly love. Thank you for reminding me of God’s.

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  • B. Richards
  • 22-03-2019

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I think I rewrote almost every word of this book down in my journal as I processed listening to it. So much resounded with my soul. Annie’s journey’s has mirrored my own the last few years in ways that can’t be a coincidence. This book is the real deal raw journey of faith and at first, the ending made me mad! I was crying and hoping for an answer and ticked when she said she didn’t have one. Yet, what I found as I continued to listen was an even greater gift than I could have imagined. Through this book, I found that in the desert journey, I wasn’t alone... in the wrestling and learning to limp... I wasn’t the only one...in the place where I’ve been the last few years where the pain somehow only seems to grow more and though I have felt like breaking... I’m not alone. Yes, Annie has been in those places - but more importantly God has been there... and through it all, I cannot walk out of any of this not remembering Him! I walk away from this book with lots to think on and ponder, a sense of being known, and a resolve that I will Remember God and His kindness/goodness... even though I have a LOT of work to do in trusting it all. A BIG Thank You to Annie for writing this book and being so brave with her life...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2019

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Amazing story filled with transparency, encouragement and truth. I was personally blessed by this book as I have experienced loss and unfulfilled promises. But haven’t we all? Such a great read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2019

Heartfelt & Relatable

I listened to this book in less than a week because I was so eager to hear the next chapter. Annie’s honesty makes it a beautiful retelling of her journey. I recommend this to anyone who feels life isn’t what they expected or hoped it would be.

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  • Linda Watson
  • 26-02-2019

Not my favorite

Well... I'm not the biggest fan of this style of writing. It was hard to follow and I was listening to it. Let me say that I love her but I did not love this book. I've read Looking For Lovely & found that to be better. Just didn't care for this. Disappointed in the scripture that seemed only forcefully referenced. She discussed her baptism but didn't really tie it to what it's meant to be. The connections that she was making to the events happening in her life and tying it back to God, also we're hard to follow, seemed forced. Overall, it was hard to finish listening to this book.