Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs

Looking for Lovely

“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.” But how? When the enemy whispers lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or you are too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be? In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shar...


Details Looking for Lovely

TitleLooking for Lovely
ISBN9781433689253
Author
Release DateApr 5th, 2016
PublisherB Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Christian, Religion, Faith, Christianity, Christian Living, Audiobook
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Reviews Looking for Lovely

  • Becki Campbell
    2016-04-04
    There is something beautiful about a “Me Too” book. The type of book where the author shares bits and pieces of her heart, her struggles, and walk with the Lord in a way where you can’t help but nod your head in complete agreement. Looking for Lovely is that type of book.Annie Downs allows us to walk along side her as she processes one of the darkest moments in her life. Sharing how God lovingly unearthed destructive thought patterns, lifes...
  • Joan
    2016-04-10
    Downs takes us through many of her life experiences. She is a different person today, she writes, because of suffering and the transformation that followed. She explains how she found beauty in the mundane, collecting moments that matter. She encourages us to do the same.For this senior citizen, this is a book that did not grab me. Downs rambles through her life, writing about many of her experiences. We read about her being overweight as a child...
  • Andrea Cox
    2017-09-14
    by Andrea Renee CoxThis was an amazing workbook (along with the video package I had to purchase separately). A few times, it didn't go as deep as I expected it to, but overall, it was a delightful Bible study that helps a person shift their focus to what really matters: God's faithfulness.I hope Annie F. Downs does more Bible studies over the coming years. She's so easy to listen to in the videos, and her voice comes out in the writing too. She s...
  • Stefanie Kellum
    2016-03-21
    Add Annie Downs to the list of Christian authors who have obviously walked around in my mind and heart. (See also Niequist, Shauna and Bessey, Sarah). One day in Heaven, I just know we're all going to form an all-girl praise rock band. You just wait and see. ;) Seriously though, this is another one of those books that came along exactly when I needed it, and I'm hoping to look for lovely in my own life and find glimpses of Jesus along the way. Th...
  • Jamie
    2016-02-24
    4.5You know those books that hit you right when and where you need it? I can definitely say that about Annie’s newest release Looking for Lovely. Refreshing and inspiring, I was so encouraged by this book! “I saw God in those sushi rolls. I saw how He is a God who puts everything in its right place.”I really loved the reminder that we can see God in the little things. Through Annie’s sometimes funny, sometimes serious, all the time intere...
  • Brooke
    2016-06-02
    Annie F Downs has an informal writing style. At times her thoughts seemed disjointed or fractured but you can switch gears with her a little easier when you get use to her writing style. She has a very friendly and honest voice but at times her descriptions are vague or over generalized, & sometimes her overly friendly chit chatty voice impedes the content of her message. It seems confusing and forces you to reread parts because of the awkward wo...
  • Katie M. Reid
    2016-04-05
    This is a beautiful and honest book about fighting for beauty among brokenness. Annie Downs bravely invites us into her real life—her joys, her struggles, her hangups, and her hangouts—as she searches for the loveliness in everyday life. This book made me want to visit Annie's stomping grounds, of Nashville, and yet also uncover my own collection of lovely right where I live too. I finished this book in just a few days because it was captivat...
  • Skyeler
    2016-10-14
    There were many parts I enjoyed, and I liked the essence of the book. We sometimes need to take a step back and look for the lovely. But I found the author a bit more liberal than myself, and there was perhaps a bit too much disagreement to thoroughly love this book.
  • Stacy
    2017-01-15
    I honestly could not find a flow or meaning to this book. It felt like she was rambling on and had 20 different ideas in her head. I just finished a great book that walked thru the 5 Habits of Women that was a great study of Ruth. Picking up this book was such a watered down disappointment that I can't even waste my time to finish it. Sorry but this book is definitely one I recommend you just skip!
  • Lori
    2016-04-18
    So glad I have my own copy of this book. It's one that I will read over and over. Trying to find the lovely even when life is hard can be so difficult. It's one that I will pass on to my friends who are struggling with their own "broken crazy" and if you read this you will get what I'm talking about. I hope you find some lovely in your day!
  • Abby
    2016-02-27
    Annie does it again! With humor, real life stories and meaningful observations Annie will make you feel like you're on a coffee date. Each chapter has reflection and simple everyday challenges to help you capture lovely in your life if only you'll look for it.
  • Jenny
    2018-02-25
    Annie Downs writes of her search to find beauty even during challenging times, to collect the moments that allow her to experience serenity and joy ... and to hopefully help her readers do the same. She shares many of her personal challenges and how they have shaped her. And at the end of most chapters, she gives a specific challenge to "look for lovely". Some of the challenges include getting up early to watch the sunrise, visit a place in your ...
  • Princessdarcy
    2018-04-04
    This was a sweet little book that reminds you to look at the beauty in the every day. I did find it a bit privileged - it WOULD be great if we could all go to sleep in our beds with the blinds up so it's dark in the room at night and we can rise with the sun but MOST of us don't live on an acreage or anywhere that putting the blinds up at night would result in nothing more than it being awfully bright when one is trying to sleep.I also didn't rea...
  • Jessica Wilkins
    2017-04-02
    This was just what I needed.. A beautiful book about looking for the lovely in our everyday. Annie F Downs is real and vulnerable and funny and wise and the kind of woman who I need to become friends with! It felt a lot like a conversation over a good meal and like another reviewer mentioned.. so often I found myself saying "me too!"I definitely found the lovely in this book!
  • Emily
    2016-04-25
    Do you ever have those moments where you can just tell that there's a book that God really wants you to read?Because I do. And this book was definitely one of them.I'd been wanting to read it for awhile now (the title is delightful and the word "lovely" drew me in, admittedly), and finally bought it a week ago. I was sitting in Starbucks not thirty minutes later, journaling and reading my Bible with Looking For Lovely on the table, waiting for me...
  • Pattie
    2016-02-11
    Annie F. Downs is probably one of the most conversational writers I've ever read. Internal monologue? Check. Questions? Check. Answers? Sometimes in the form of more questions. Check.Enter her latest book, "Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter.""Looking for Lovely" sounded like a great book for me. Collecting moments? Yes. Loveliness everywhere? Yes, please. I'm still in awe that not only did my copy of the book come in an envel...
  • Mary Lou
    2016-05-04
    Looking for Lovely by Annie Downs is written in a conversational, diary-like style in which the author shares the principles that have helped her move from being “broken crazy” to finding “the lovely” in life in the midst of pain. She is an emotional woman who writes openly about her feelings and her journey, confident that her experience will resonate with many other younger women. The excessive emotionalism, however, seen in frequent wo...
  • Becky
    2016-04-17
    Looking for Lovely was a quick and (mostly) enjoyable read. It is a personal narrative of a young, single Christian woman. (I see it as a polished form of stream of consciousness; it is organized not random, but, it's almost an uncensored look at a woman's private thoughts.) If the book has spiritual insights to pass along, it is probably in the showing and not telling. In other words, that she is--that we all are--works in progress; that we all ...
  • Caitlyn
    2016-06-15
    I want to buy mass quantities of this book and hand it out to everyone I know. I love, love, love this book. Non-Fiction books are always difficult for me to get in to and then actually finish. I just find myself missing a plot or some characters, needing a touch of conflict and resolution. Annie, however, became my friend in the very first chapter. Her writing style and her voice were so relatable and I found her verbalizing my own struggles in ...
  • Rachel Dawson
    2016-05-02
    This was one I saw RAVED about all over social media, and it came to our lovely book corner at work, so I snagged it. As far as books by Christian women go, this is one I actually liked, but it still didn't blow me away. I don't know what it is about books by Christian women, but usually I find them icky or shallow, but this one wasn't either of those things. It was a refreshing read, a fun read, and Annie wrote like a real friend, which I really...
  • Ashley
    2016-07-19
    I didn't love this like I loved Let's All Be Brave, but I'm still very glad to have read Looking for Lovely. Annie brings up important issues and talks about them with honesty and rawness that makes you feel okay for struggling. You're not alone, you are loved, and there is lovely in the brokenness.
  • Tina
    2016-10-02
    I finished the book thinking if she can get a book published then so can I. This a memoir of random experiences with some spiritual epiphanies. It's a sweet book and a light read at best. If I had one message to give the author it would be, "go deeper Annie."
  • Stephanie
    2016-04-06
    Fantastic and pure wonder. I loved this book so much! I first heard of Annie when I read her first book and this one is all about finding the lovely even admist the broken. Absolutely a must read for anyone!
  • Becky Mccoy
    2016-03-19
    This book put words to an ache in my heart. Annie Downs writes in a way that I felt like I was reading a letter from a dear friend. I laughed and cried and I don't often do that with books.
  • Gaby
    2016-04-10
    Annie's books have always spoken to my heart. Looking for Lovely was no exception. Loved it and want to reread it already.
  • Becky Kindel
    2016-08-29
    This was a very good book. Such a great reminder that you're never necessarily going to be 100% or "all better" - it's a continual process, but worth it.
  • Tracy
    2016-09-08
    So totally enjoyed listening to this book. I love her enthusiasm and message. I plan on looking for lovely myself.
  • Katie
    2018-03-26
    Looking for Lovely is a come-alongside-me book written by Annie Downs to help readers join her in her search to find God in the lovely moments in life. At first, I struggled to relate to this book. The first several chapters seemed a little rambling and disjointed. Also, I liked that she had so many friends and they did so many cool things together, but I got bogged down in their individual names, wondering, "Am I supposed to remember this person...
  • Kim
    2018-06-02
    “I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.”But how? When the enemy whispers lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or you are too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares p...
  • Joy
    2018-09-11
    I like some of Annie’s podcasts and I admire her honesty in this book. I also like the idea of her theme—life can be hard, let’s learn to look for and cherish the lovely parts. However, there was no real flow to the book and as one reviewer stated, it just includes her own random stories and spiritual epiphanies with some verses thrown in (sometimes taken out of context it seemed). She also unloaded a bunch of heavy emotional baggage and I ...