How can I possibly pray “Anything, LORD?” Those kind of words have always filled me with fear. What might God do with me? Where might He send me? What if I don’t want to do that? But how can I disobey my God?
We live life chasing things of the world trying to fill those empty places inside of us. For a moment, that new home, the nice car, the cute dress, the different job seems to make us feel better, happier, more content…for.a.moment. Then we revert back to feeling the same way…discontent, unhappy, sad, yet still looking for what might satisfy us. On page 46, Jennie says, “So the concrete things we can see and touch, they become the wind, they become the things we try to catch, and over and over, they pass through our fingers and souls, keeping us empty. But when I take my empty self to God, he feels familiar and stable and more like concrete than wind.”
Turning to God in our quiet moments, we begin to hear Him, to hear from Him. We hear what plans He has for us. But it is not just about listening. It is about letting pieces of the self-pie go and surrendering that self to God. He wants an undivided child to work through in order to touch others in this world. God wants us to seek Him first and foremost. He wants all of us. The prayer, “God we will do anything. Anything” is an incredibly difficult prayer to pray. Yet if we truly want to walk with Him and be His servant in this world, praying “Anything” is just what each one of us needs to do.
Jennie Allen’s book will turn your mind over, make your heart beat faster, and will give you plenty to ponder. For such a young woman, she is beautifully wise and compassionate. Her book is well worth reading, but not just to read from page to page. There is meat here…meat to chew upon, to digest, to be absorbed into our bloodstreams in order for those nutrients of the Christlife to be absorbed into our spiritual bodies to grow as Christians. God is not a God to be feared (I am still learning). He is compassionate and just and loving. He knows His plans for us. He just wants to take us there, but he cannot until we release, surrender, abandon this person that we are in this world. Only then can He use us for His glory. Praying “Anything” is a mighty prayer, a courageous prayer, a serious Christian prayer. May we each find the stability, the comfort, and the power of God.
2013 New Author of the Year Christian Book Award
Jennie Allen is a young woman, is passionate, and is inspirational. Jennie Allen states on her website: “My passion is to inspire a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. I love words and I believe God uses them to heal souls and to reveal Himself to people.“ She received her Master’s in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the author of two Bible studies, Stuck and Chase. She was named by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) “New Author of the Year” winner of Anything and Restless, which also includes a DVD-based study. She is the founder of IF: Gathering, http://ifgathering.com/home/ Jennie and her husband Zac, have four children. You can find more about Jennie @ http://www.jennieallen.com/
- ISBN-13: 9780849947056
- Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
- Publication date: 4/3/2012
- Pages: 208
- Product dimensions: 5.50 x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)
Originally reviewed for first book blog in June, 2014.