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Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he's invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don't satis Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he's invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don't satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn't He be everything? Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on an adventure God had written for them. "God, we will do anything. Anything Anythingis a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is... Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous. If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.


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Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he's invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don't satis Safe. Comfortable. Happy. Words we all love. Feelings we want. Even crave. We may love God, but being that he's invisible, words like comfortable seem to feel better faster. We are all chasing something. Our hearts were made to run hard and fast after things that move us. But as a generation we are all beginning to stir and wake up, identifying that these words don't satisfy for long, especially when compared to God. If God is real, and we are going to live with Him forever, shouldn't He be everything? Caught in this familiar haze of worldly happiness and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on an adventure God had written for them. "God, we will do anything. Anything Anythingis a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move us to stop chasing things that just make us feel happy and start living a life that matters. A life that is... Surrendered. Reckless. Courageous. If we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.

30 review for Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    We all need to do our “anything’s”. They don’t necessarily have to be big things or things in other countries or costly, but we do need to listen to God and give what we are called to give. Everyone has fears and no matter how big or how small, we can overcome them. Jennie Allen draws you into her life with fears that I would imagine lots of people having. She doesn’t write about miraculous things that most will never experience. These are things that when you read them, you think “this could be We all need to do our “anything’s”. They don’t necessarily have to be big things or things in other countries or costly, but we do need to listen to God and give what we are called to give. Everyone has fears and no matter how big or how small, we can overcome them. Jennie Allen draws you into her life with fears that I would imagine lots of people having. She doesn’t write about miraculous things that most will never experience. These are things that when you read them, you think “this could be my life she’s writing”. Very powerful book. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Malia

    "God, I'll do anything" is the prayer encouraged in this personal testimony by Jennie Allen. She shares transparently about her journey of faith and how her family's life was changed when she and her husband Zac decided to surrender everything to the Lord. The story is inspiring and real, and her writing is casual with little pop-culture plugs thrown in as bonus, resembling the language of a blog. However~ I read this book simultaneously with The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, and t "God, I'll do anything" is the prayer encouraged in this personal testimony by Jennie Allen. She shares transparently about her journey of faith and how her family's life was changed when she and her husband Zac decided to surrender everything to the Lord. The story is inspiring and real, and her writing is casual with little pop-culture plugs thrown in as bonus, resembling the language of a blog. However~ I read this book simultaneously with The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, and the truths therein greatly affected my opinion of Jennie's encouragement of a deeper reliance on God. More and more, I began to see how Jesus defined Christianity as slavery, as a "yoke" and a "cross." I understood that believers must surrender all in order to become children of God. So...the question kept emerging: What if this "deeper Christianity" is actually REAL Christianity? What if the other kind of religion--the kind that doesn't change your life--is fake? What if most of the church is deceived into thinking they are united with Christ when they are, in fact, walking on the broad path? Jennie talks to "Christians," encouraging them to take a step further in their faith and trust God wholly. But is that the message of the Bible? Step 1: Become a Christian. Step 2: Trust God completely. That cannot be it--it certainly isn't what Jesus preached Himself. This whole movement to "become sold out for Christ" gives false assurance that a lackadaisical approach to God is okay too. Yes, it's a push in the right direction...but does it stand on truth? These are important questions, so I'm grateful to this book for raising them in me. However, I wouldn't recommend reading Anything unless you pick up John MacArthur's book too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joy Bradford-Abram

    If you want to shake up your apathy- this is your book. I’m forever changed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    I approached this book from a different, less evangelical perspective than many of the other reviewers. I enjoy reading religious nonfiction, especially memoirs. The basic message of Allen's book was interesting, but the chapters read as disjointed and lacking in detail. To me, they read a bit like expanded blog posts. This isn't the first Christian writing I've read recently where the white author experiences a call to adopt in Africa. I feel a little disturbed at the tone taken by the authors- I approached this book from a different, less evangelical perspective than many of the other reviewers. I enjoy reading religious nonfiction, especially memoirs. The basic message of Allen's book was interesting, but the chapters read as disjointed and lacking in detail. To me, they read a bit like expanded blog posts. This isn't the first Christian writing I've read recently where the white author experiences a call to adopt in Africa. I feel a little disturbed at the tone taken by the authors- it seems like there is little in the way of examining their own race and privilege at all, much less in relation to their call to adopt. In light of some of the horrific stories about international adoption in the news recently, I think that it's important to fully consider all aspects of the situation and pray on them (if that's your thing).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenae Ternes

    “Anything hadn’t cost me much yet, really.” (Page 182) Pretty much sums up the book for me. Look, I love the message, but her personal experience and story don’t hold much weight in backing it up. All I kept thinking was, you made a bold leap in faith, inspired by a young girl who truly gave up her cozy American life to live in Africa, and the result was your dreams came true? You became an author and Bible study maker and speaker, “famous” for IF Gatherings, and then adopted two children from R “Anything hadn’t cost me much yet, really.” (Page 182) Pretty much sums up the book for me. Look, I love the message, but her personal experience and story don’t hold much weight in backing it up. All I kept thinking was, you made a bold leap in faith, inspired by a young girl who truly gave up her cozy American life to live in Africa, and the result was your dreams came true? You became an author and Bible study maker and speaker, “famous” for IF Gatherings, and then adopted two children from Rwanda? Sounds sort of fairy tale ending to me, almost prosperity gospel. All it cost you was some fights with your husband and disagreements with friends who thought you were doing too much. What’s missing is genuine suffering, loss, pain.... Three stars for the message, but there will be a serious disconnect if you are a believer who’s truly paid a price this side of heaven.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Would you dare to pray Anything to God? A scary thought that this book made me wonder if I am brave enough to say to God. Another question the books asks "What if the thing we are trying to impress him with was the very thing keeping us from him? Often times we find ourselves saying yes to sooo many things saying we are doing it for him when really we need to think about the motive. God is with us always He is where we are, we are made for him and we tend to forget this. I am a woman that strugg Would you dare to pray Anything to God? A scary thought that this book made me wonder if I am brave enough to say to God. Another question the books asks "What if the thing we are trying to impress him with was the very thing keeping us from him? Often times we find ourselves saying yes to sooo many things saying we are doing it for him when really we need to think about the motive. God is with us always He is where we are, we are made for him and we tend to forget this. I am a woman that struggles with infertility but this book gave me so much hope God's story for me is not over yet. As Jennie says in this book" The story is just not over yet. All the battles aren't fought and tied up with pretty little bows."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becca Christensen

    I was truly sad to finish this book. Jennie Allen has a way of honestly, openly revealing all the Lord is teaching her in a way that challenges and inspires her reader. I'm stingy with my goodreads stars but she earned every one of the 5 with this one. I was truly sad to finish this book. Jennie Allen has a way of honestly, openly revealing all the Lord is teaching her in a way that challenges and inspires her reader. I'm stingy with my goodreads stars but she earned every one of the 5 with this one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Mandt

    Great book that challenged me to deepen my trust and faith that God is in control of my life and I can confidently put my life in His hands. It will be challenging at times, but this growth is what draws us closer to Him. I admire Jennie’s vulnerability in this book as she talks about her story and her prayer of “anything”.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-Bennett

    ANYTHING The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul By Jennie Allen Often our familiarity with the concept of God keeps us from the reality of God and Jesus. We bring them out for special occasions, like a holiday decoration that has become a tradition over the years. But how do we make God and Jesus a real and tangible part of our being and our life? In Anything Jennie Allen takes us on a journey, a journey of turning over our lives to God. Until we give Him our anything we are incomplete. We will ANYTHING The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul By Jennie Allen Often our familiarity with the concept of God keeps us from the reality of God and Jesus. We bring them out for special occasions, like a holiday decoration that has become a tradition over the years. But how do we make God and Jesus a real and tangible part of our being and our life? In Anything Jennie Allen takes us on a journey, a journey of turning over our lives to God. Until we give Him our anything we are incomplete. We will continue to live our lives trying to earn God's grace through works and outward shows, but grace cannot be earned. Jesus gave His anything to pay for my sin because He loved me. But to know God is a risk because He will reveal our true selves to us. God will sweep away all the pretense in our lives until realize we need Him. Many obstacles keep us from a true relationship with God. We like, Adam and Eve, hide our nakedness behind leaves – leaves of religion, morality, and good works but God sees through our leaves and sees to our very soul. We are ashamed of our sin, but He already knows our faults and has already forgiven us. We all desire approval, but instead of seeking after God's approval we turn to the world and make approval king of our lives to the exclusion of using our God-given gifts. We must let go of normal and embrace God and extraordinary that He is waiting to give us. We must give Him everything and anything. Anything we hold back from God becomes an idol in our life. But when we trust God with everything He provides a stability that we cannot find in the things of this world. Following God is not a guarantee of an easy life, nor was it an easy life for the first disciples. When we truly offer anything to God we are awakened to just how temporary this life and world are. We must let go and turn over control to God. We must to quit pretending our lives are perfect and worshiping this lie that we tell ourselves. When we surrender to God we are not consigning the rest of our life to bondage rather we are freeing ourselves to be who God created us to be. Giving our anything to God sometimes keeps us right where we were before we placed our lives on the altar. When we've handed our life over we are more fulfilled in our lives and we are able to fulfill a need that was before us all along. In giving His everything Jesus poured out His life to restore us, so how can we then refuse Him anything? We must be like Jesus. He loved me and He gave up for me. I, in turn, must give up for Him. He will never leave me alone in my doubts and fears, I need only call out to Him and turn them over to Him. The difficulties of my life are an opportunity for me to grow and to rely on God. Are you willing to give God anything or will you settle for the world? The choice is yours, are you willing to take the leap? Anything will help you take an honest look at your life. Is God king or have you allowed someone or something else to sit upon His throne? Anything will open the eyes of any reader and is perfect for either a personal or group study environment. I received a copy of this title for my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a wonderful, wonderful book that every christian would greatly benefit from reading. It's a book about a prayer of surrender: that we would give our live to do "anything" God calls us to do. Through this book (and Bible study that I did along with it) I have seen the selfishness in my own heart. I have seen how through my sinfulness and living in this culture, I feel that I'm entitled to certain things that make no difference in light of eternity. I am praying a prayer of "anything" and This is a wonderful, wonderful book that every christian would greatly benefit from reading. It's a book about a prayer of surrender: that we would give our live to do "anything" God calls us to do. Through this book (and Bible study that I did along with it) I have seen the selfishness in my own heart. I have seen how through my sinfulness and living in this culture, I feel that I'm entitled to certain things that make no difference in light of eternity. I am praying a prayer of "anything" and can't wait to see what God has in store. Jennie says "A day is coming when our eyes will close and there will be no more chaos. No one will be preaching or writing books about God to help us remember, because we will be alive in that world with him forever. Anything is nothing in light of that. In light of forever. In light of him." (p.184) "This God is real and He is worth my surrender"! "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10 There is a wonderful, free Bible study resource that goes along with this book. For a Bible study guide, reading plan, kids reading plan, journal, and videos from Jennie Allen go to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/anyth... You'll be glad you did! :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I love the concept of praying "Anything" that Allen lays out in her book. For the last couple years I have been a huge fan of her work through if:gathering and her if:tables. However, I did not feel this book delivered at a high level. I didn't want to keep reading, and I often struggled to finish a chapter. Allen does have great personal stories and examples to pull from, and is an effective persuasive speaker. I do feel more inclined to surrender my life in bigger ways than I might have before I love the concept of praying "Anything" that Allen lays out in her book. For the last couple years I have been a huge fan of her work through if:gathering and her if:tables. However, I did not feel this book delivered at a high level. I didn't want to keep reading, and I often struggled to finish a chapter. Allen does have great personal stories and examples to pull from, and is an effective persuasive speaker. I do feel more inclined to surrender my life in bigger ways than I might have before reading this book, but at the end of the day, I was not moved in huge ways. I recommend this book if you would like to know more of Allen's personal story, but I would not read it again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allison Stark

    Great book Loved reading about her story and helped encourage me & start conversation that might not otherwise have happened! Thank you

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sunflower

    When "Anything" was first released, I quickly bought it. By the time I was finished with this book, every chapter was dog-earred, highlighted, underlined, notes on the side, spine was well bent and I was pretty sure I would have to buy another book if I wanted to loan it out to anyone since the copy I had was "well personalized" to the point that it wouldn't make much sense to others due to the amount of reading and marking I had done. Now an updated version has been released and although I didn' When "Anything" was first released, I quickly bought it. By the time I was finished with this book, every chapter was dog-earred, highlighted, underlined, notes on the side, spine was well bent and I was pretty sure I would have to buy another book if I wanted to loan it out to anyone since the copy I had was "well personalized" to the point that it wouldn't make much sense to others due to the amount of reading and marking I had done. Now an updated version has been released and although I didn't get the paper based version, I found myself highlighting copious parts of the book again and thrilled this time to find study questions that makes this book a book that if you are looking for something to use in a bible study to encourage to get out of their comfort zones and get into "God zones", this is the book that would do it for you. "Anything" is written in a lay back, conversational style that makes it an easy book to read, but at the same time, the book holds with it a powerful conviction as it alludes to another powerful book, "Kisses by Katie". This is a book that encourages the reader on doing more for the service of Christ and that includes finding ways that may not be in our plans but in God plans of using us so that His kingdom is not only further, but communities and lives are reached and encouraged for the prayer. Anything is a word that says what it means, "no boundaries"...no this is what "I want", but as the Lord prayer goes, "In Thy Will be done" not ours. Want to be encouraged to be challenged in ways that will impact your life and other lives? Want to be encouraged to just trust God? "Anything" and now it's included study guide is a wonderful book that will do just that and the author doesn't talk down to the reader nor is this a prosperity led, if you do this and life is great book, but rather trust God to use you that you will be challenged and encouraged and grown as a Christian while being used by Him to encouraged and lift up others in what ways He sees fit. This is a challenging book. This book may seem an easy read, but by the time the reader is done, they will be challenged and encouraged to trust God and at the same time discover how to make a bigger impact in life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    This is more than Jennie Allen's personal memoir on how she came to understand what "dying to self" means. It's a practical Spirit-filled guide to the: - factors that inhibit us from living such a life, - what praying "Anything" means, - what one's life might look like having prayed it. The book is written in three sections as I've loosely defined them above. And this edition has a very focused and practical study guide that can be used individually and/or in a small group. I found the study very us This is more than Jennie Allen's personal memoir on how she came to understand what "dying to self" means. It's a practical Spirit-filled guide to the: - factors that inhibit us from living such a life, - what praying "Anything" means, - what one's life might look like having prayed it. The book is written in three sections as I've loosely defined them above. And this edition has a very focused and practical study guide that can be used individually and/or in a small group. I found the study very useful as it challenged me to explore the words Jennie had written in each chapter. This edition is an updated version from the original that Jennie published in 2011 so another four or five years have passed and Jennie talks through what has happened to her life during those years. Yes, there have been a few BIG things, for example, the launch of IF: Gathering, however, Jennie makes a point that much of "Anything" revolves around the everyday. It's in the little things, the small moments, where in faith we obey and deny ourselves where we develop the backbone for the potential bigger things that the Lord may have in store for us. This book didn't just stir my spirit but got me on my knees praying my own "Anything" prayer. Not just once, but continually. And I still do most days since finishing the book. The Lord yearns for intimacy with us and letting go of ourselves is the biggest inhibitor to enjoying Him completely. This is what Jennie helps us both understand and in practical ways, using her own life and others, she demonstrates such intimacy is both very possible and achievable. I love these words that come near the end of the book: "God wants to go crazy through us. He waits to unleash His Spirit on people who believe He is real and who believe He is worth it. Who believe heaven is better than earth. Who believe that knowing Jesus is better than any comfort." (page 192) May the Lord find more hearts like Jennie's to go crazy through.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Merv Budd

    Jennie Allen is a pastor’s wife who, along with her husband, dared to pray a dangerous prayer. It was simple and profound. It was a prayer that told God that they would do anything that he wanted. They simply wanted to be obedient and faithful to the life he wanted to lead them in. I found the book challenging and comforting. Jennie found that, yes, the prayer of anything is dangerous and scary, but the God to whom it is prayed knows us. The life to which He calls is always better than the one we Jennie Allen is a pastor’s wife who, along with her husband, dared to pray a dangerous prayer. It was simple and profound. It was a prayer that told God that they would do anything that he wanted. They simply wanted to be obedient and faithful to the life he wanted to lead them in. I found the book challenging and comforting. Jennie found that, yes, the prayer of anything is dangerous and scary, but the God to whom it is prayed knows us. The life to which He calls is always better than the one we will make for ourselves. For those who have grown up in a Christian family and perhaps have drifted into their faith or for those whose faith has become routine and mundane this book will certainly challenge and create some discomfort but keep reading. By the end I found that she had drawn the reader in to wanting to pray the “anything prayer” also. A type of envy for God’s best was teased out of one’s soul. If you find yourself stuck, I would recommend this book to you. It is not filled with incredible feats of faith, just simple attempts at obedience that anyone can do, if they are willing. I have placed my copy in the North Burlington Baptist Church library for anyone who is interested. This book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available now at your favourite bookseller.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    In college, we were sold out for Christ, ready to do whatever He asked. Then life hits. We get married and have a family of our own. All we want is comfort and safety, a life of blessing with as little struggle as possible. And we stop praying "anything." This book was a hard read for me, not because of how it was written, but because of the content. Jennie Allen challenges all her readers to begin praying "anything" again.... And that is scary to do. Candid and entirely relatable, this book is In college, we were sold out for Christ, ready to do whatever He asked. Then life hits. We get married and have a family of our own. All we want is comfort and safety, a life of blessing with as little struggle as possible. And we stop praying "anything." This book was a hard read for me, not because of how it was written, but because of the content. Jennie Allen challenges all her readers to begin praying "anything" again.... And that is scary to do. Candid and entirely relatable, this book is real meat that is missing in a lot of Christian non-fiction written nowadays. Looking forward to reading more from Mrs. Allen.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    I was a bit disappointed with this book. Jennie shares her family's experience with surrendering their lives to God's will. She discussed praying about different aspects of their lives and feeling like they were being led by God in specific ways. It got me thinking a lot about what Biblical decision making really does look like, and led me to believe that Jennie was getting too caught up in finding one right answer to God's will for her life. Though I do not completely agree with the theology of I was a bit disappointed with this book. Jennie shares her family's experience with surrendering their lives to God's will. She discussed praying about different aspects of their lives and feeling like they were being led by God in specific ways. It got me thinking a lot about what Biblical decision making really does look like, and led me to believe that Jennie was getting too caught up in finding one right answer to God's will for her life. Though I do not completely agree with the theology of the book, it was a good reminder to always be looking for ways to serve and follow God in my daily life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan Henn

    8/20015 The author presents herself and others as examples of the exciting life changes that happen when a person is willing to do anything for God. She presents what happened in her life when she took a leap of faith and told God she would do anything He called her to do. She now speaks to groups and writes books and materials for others willing to take a similar leap in faith. Although reluctant and sometimes with much kicking and screaming, a willingness to do anything for God is how I have t 8/20015 The author presents herself and others as examples of the exciting life changes that happen when a person is willing to do anything for God. She presents what happened in her life when she took a leap of faith and told God she would do anything He called her to do. She now speaks to groups and writes books and materials for others willing to take a similar leap in faith. Although reluctant and sometimes with much kicking and screaming, a willingness to do anything for God is how I have tried to live my life. This book prompted some introspection and help me uncover some hidden dreams/expectations I have been harboring for our retirement years. Time to turn those over to God!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teandra Knapp

    I very rarely give a bad book review, but I couldn't even follow this book. I think the main idea was good but every chapter was choppy and hard to follow nothing flowed. It was like the author knew what she was trying to explain but forgot to put all her first hand knowledge in the book instead she left it in her head. I had heard wonderful reviews about this author so thought I would give one of her books a try. I will try and read another book of hers to give the author a real chance and not I very rarely give a bad book review, but I couldn't even follow this book. I think the main idea was good but every chapter was choppy and hard to follow nothing flowed. It was like the author knew what she was trying to explain but forgot to put all her first hand knowledge in the book instead she left it in her head. I had heard wonderful reviews about this author so thought I would give one of her books a try. I will try and read another book of hers to give the author a real chance and not have my opinion based off one book alone. With that said I didn't enjoy this book at all.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin Fawcett

    Casual breezy-style read. Author shares personally and deeply from her own experience in seeking to live a "I will do anything for you God" life style. Challenged me to consider the ways I live a me-centric Christian life rather that truly living for God's will and purposes here in the suburbs of america. A must read if you are desiring a genuine call out of the "norms" of the american Christian life style. Casual breezy-style read. Author shares personally and deeply from her own experience in seeking to live a "I will do anything for you God" life style. Challenged me to consider the ways I live a me-centric Christian life rather that truly living for God's will and purposes here in the suburbs of america. A must read if you are desiring a genuine call out of the "norms" of the american Christian life style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bethel Burton

    Jennie Allen preaches her guts out!!! I was afraid to read this, which is part indicator of how much I needed the truth spoken over me. Jennie has a way of cutting directly to the heart of the matter while sharing in the vulnerability. God is certainly alive and well and moving through Jennie's words. Jennie Allen preaches her guts out!!! I was afraid to read this, which is part indicator of how much I needed the truth spoken over me. Jennie has a way of cutting directly to the heart of the matter while sharing in the vulnerability. God is certainly alive and well and moving through Jennie's words.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is the best bible study I've ever done and I encourage you to do it in a bible study setting with other believers if you can! The discussions that come from this book are great! Jennie really encourages you to truly offer "anything" to Jesus and see what can happen! It's convicting, scary, exciting, eye-opening and so many other things! A definite must read for all Christians! This is the best bible study I've ever done and I encourage you to do it in a bible study setting with other believers if you can! The discussions that come from this book are great! Jennie really encourages you to truly offer "anything" to Jesus and see what can happen! It's convicting, scary, exciting, eye-opening and so many other things! A definite must read for all Christians!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    I loved the message of this book. I really did. It was hard for me to read, though. The writing seemed a little too all over the place for me. There was some connections throughout, but not enough to keep me grounded. Overall, great content but poorly organized.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Louise

    This book really made an impact on my life. It opened my eyes to letting go and what that truly means. I realized that my testimony is not to glorify myself, but to glorify God.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Hayes

    Oh, to have the faith to pray the Anything Prayer and mean it! Please, God, give me the courage and faith to do ANYTHING you ask me to do.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Harris

    This book absolutely wrecked my world! All about surrendering to what God has for you no matter the cost. I encourage you to pick up this book and let God stir your heart to letting Him use you.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I am blessed, so.very.blessed., to have encounters like the one Jennie Allen describes here in her book, Anything. This sold-out, all-in, A-level faith comes with great rewards. There is nothing like walking this close with the Creator of the universe, the Savior of the world, and the Spirit that guides us into all truth. Of course, something this rare and precious and beautiful does not come without sacrifice. A-level faith is free to anyone who seeks it, but it WILL cost you. Jesus never hid thi I am blessed, so.very.blessed., to have encounters like the one Jennie Allen describes here in her book, Anything. This sold-out, all-in, A-level faith comes with great rewards. There is nothing like walking this close with the Creator of the universe, the Savior of the world, and the Spirit that guides us into all truth. Of course, something this rare and precious and beautiful does not come without sacrifice. A-level faith is free to anyone who seeks it, but it WILL cost you. Jesus never hid this truth from us. Like my contractor husband who spends days calculating the costs before building a custom home, Jesus tells us to carefully count the costs of following him. I have endured mocking, exclusions, bitter laughter in my face, angry rants, back-stabbings, and things literally thrown at me for my faith. I've endured wicked, vicious, painful spiritual attacks so cunningly timed there was no question they were intentional. However, my sufferings are nothing compared to others who are facing persecution and death for their faith. They are my heroes. People often ask me, "How do you have such faith?" Everything changed when I started reading God's Word every day, back in 2003. I had always known God, but when I began hiding his Word in my heart and mind every single day, I started recognizing his voice and learning his ways. Nothing else has helped me develop my walk with him more. Do you want to know God like this? Start by getting into the Word. Literally reading it every day. Let its living power transform your heart, mind, soul and spirit. The rewards are amazing, and God will start feeling more real to you than your "real" life. This book will inspire you to trust God and follow him with all-in faith.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dottie Parish

    Jennie Allen’s book Anything, will challenge anyone one who reads it. At the beginning of the book Allen tells about her and her husband’s realization that they loved many other things more than they loved God. After contemplating this they finally prayed, “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Allen says, “Nothing defines us more…nothing is more important than what we believe about God.” Pg 8 She asked a professor “How does someone know God?” After some discussion about prayer, studying the bible Jennie Allen’s book Anything, will challenge anyone one who reads it. At the beginning of the book Allen tells about her and her husband’s realization that they loved many other things more than they loved God. After contemplating this they finally prayed, “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Allen says, “Nothing defines us more…nothing is more important than what we believe about God.” Pg 8 She asked a professor “How does someone know God?” After some discussion about prayer, studying the bible, going to church, suffering, confession, etc. the professor said “The only exercise that works 100 percent of the time to draw one close to the real God is risk…. “To risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that.” Pg 9 Allen details the steps she and her husband took and we must take to fully surrender our wills and our plans to God. With humility and love she challenges fellow Christians to pray the “Anything” prayer and to live it out. The book details the many difficult but exciting roads God has put them on. Jennie Allen has an enormous ministry now in many areas of her life! This book also includes a very detailed study guide. I have a newer version than the one pictured.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Retzlaff

    At first, this book was resonating with me quite highly, for I definitely feel like there is more that I could be doing to further the gospel, and I have a fair idea about one way I could be doing that, which I am less than consistent doing (how is that for vague?). I struggle a lot with a tendency toward legalism in my expectations of myself, so therein lies the struggle for me in this book. At times, it seemed to me the underlying message was that, no matter what your anything was, it was diff At first, this book was resonating with me quite highly, for I definitely feel like there is more that I could be doing to further the gospel, and I have a fair idea about one way I could be doing that, which I am less than consistent doing (how is that for vague?). I struggle a lot with a tendency toward legalism in my expectations of myself, so therein lies the struggle for me in this book. At times, it seemed to me the underlying message was that, no matter what your anything was, it was different than the "status quo." And for some, that may be true. But if we take all of God's Word and consider it, all of our lives are service to God, whether it is in getting up every day and managing not to rail against coworkers who are driving us crazy, or doing wildly passionate, public ministry of one kind or another, or anywhere in between. I do appreciate that this book challenged me to consider my personal responsibility to realize that this world is temporary, and to consider what that means as far as my service to the Lord in all areas of my life. That is what I am taking with me from this book. I also really appreciated the focus on how it is not something that can be done without the Spirit being at work within me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rayleigh

    I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. Jennie Allen has a beautiful passion for God. I love how she makes herself transparent so that she can be relatable to her readers, but I believe that it’s her boldness in her calls to action that really caused me to love this book. As I read, I wanted to underline and highlight pretty much every sentence! It was that good! Her passion is evident in her writing and her faith is real. I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. Jennie Allen has a beautiful passion for God. I love how she makes herself transparent so that she can be relatable to her readers, but I believe that it’s her boldness in her calls to action that really caused me to love this book. As I read, I wanted to underline and highlight pretty much every sentence! It was that good! Her passion is evident in her writing and her faith is real. Jennie touches on several different topics but for the most part she is telling us how and why should abandon the ordinary, in order that we may obtain the extraordinary. And the only way to do that is through prayer. She tells her personal story in a way that is an example and not a “look at me” haute attitude. And I really just enjoyed getting to know her heart as well as discovering what prayer means to me personally. So, overall, I am rating Anything by Jennie Allen, 5 out of 5 stars and encourage you to pick up this book for a devotional, Bible study, or even a gift to a friend; it is an excellent book. This was originally published on LiteratureApproved.com

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