A Life of Lovely: The Young Woman's Guide to Collecting the Moments That Matter

A Life of Lovely: The Young Woman's Guide to Collecting the Moments That Matter

by Annie F. Downs

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Overview

Find beauty. Find hope. Find your life of lovely. 

Annie F. Downs wants you to take each next step of life with excitement, heading forward with beauty and confidence. ​But what if the enemy is whispering lies that ​you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or that ​you are too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much? What if you feel you don’t have what it takes to be who you really want to be?

Personal yet powerful, A Life of Lovely offers young women honest stories, biblical truth, and courageous examples—all to encourage readers to persevere their way to hope. You will walk away excited about who you are becoming and challenged to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find the beautiful in your every day!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535925426
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 587,586
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Annie F. Downs is an author, speaker, and blogger based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. While she loves writing—books, blogs, articles, thank you notes—Annie also enjoys traveling around the world speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Annie is a huge fan of bands with banjos, glitter, her community of friends, boiled peanuts, and football games. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Twitter @anniefdowns.

Table of Contents

A Note from Annie ix

Introduction 1

Section 1 When Lovely Is Lost

Quitter 13

Ugly 27

Addiction 35

A Life of Lovely 43

Section 2 Collecting Lovely

Sunrise 59

Tragedy 65

Seeds 75

Pushing Pause 83

The Sound of Music 93

Nail Polish 103

Sushi 111

Yellow and Blue 121

My People 131

Lightning Bug 145

Gardens 153

When You Find. Lovely 161

Section 3 When I Found Lovely

Perspective Shifts 173

Unfinished 177

Epilogue 183

This is My Song 185

Thank You 191

Notes 193

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A Life of Lovely: The Young Woman's Guide to Collecting the Moments That Matter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aspiritfilledlife 22 days ago
I always enjoy when I get the opportunity to read anything by Annie Downs, it’s always a refreshing read and a glimpse into her experiences being Annie. This book is no different. Each chapter begins with a scripture, a glimpse of Annie through an experience, and ends with a passage that prompts the reader to take moment to look for lovely. “Take a walk today. Maybe it’s just around the block or maybe go to the local mall and take a few laps. Pray as you walk, asking God to direct your eyes to things He doesn’t want you to miss.” God’s plan for us is to live a life of lovely and for each of us that looks different, this book opens my eyes to experiences that are all part of God’s plan for a life of lovely. I enjoyed the easy flow of this book, I was able to read and reflect on the chapters, making a note to look for lovely. This Young Women’s Guide to Collecting Moments That Matter, is great for any woman who is looking for lovely and trying to get closer to God, I am in my 30s and I found it to have some great advise. I would recommend it to anyone who may be stuck or in a transition; there is strength and hope in finding our life of lovely. This book was given to me by B&H Publishing Company for an honest review; the thoughts expressed are my own.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I wish I would have been able to read A Life of Lovely about twenty years ago. Given that this book was published only this year, and the author, Annie F. Downs, is in her 30’s, I realize this is impossible. However, I think my 20 year old self would have really benefited from the advice Down gives to young women. The subtitle, “The Young Woman’s Guide to Collecting the Moments That Matter” shows the reader how God can be found in both the extraordinary and ordinary moments of life. Downs has a gift for seeing and hearing God and showing others how to do the same. Even though this book is directed at “young women”, I also found it interesting and inspirational. The book is divided into three sections: When Lovely Is Lost Collecting Lovely When I Found Lovely Throughout these different sections, Downs shares personal stories from her life. She is not afraid to be open and honest with her readers about her fears and doubts as well as her triumphs. Because Downs’ journey to find “lovely” is based on Biblical truths, it is a journey to which we should all aspire.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I wish I would have been able to read A Life of Lovely about twenty years ago. Given that this book was published only this year, and the author, Annie F. Downs, is in her 30’s, I realize this is impossible. However, I think my 20 year old self would have really benefited from the advice Down gives to young women. The subtitle, “The Young Woman’s Guide to Collecting the Moments That Matter” shows the reader how God can be found in both the extraordinary and ordinary moments of life. Downs has a gift for seeing and hearing God and showing others how to do the same. Even though this book is directed at “young women”, I also found it interesting and inspirational. The book is divided into three sections: When Lovely Is Lost Collecting Lovely When I Found Lovely Throughout these different sections, Downs shares personal stories from her life. She is not afraid to be open and honest with her readers about her fears and doubts as well as her triumphs. Because Downs’ journey to find “lovely” is based on Biblical truths, it is a journey to which we should all aspire.
iamjoymoy More than 1 year ago
Any book that encourages young women to live a life that encourages those around them is an A+ in my opinion. There are so many messages out there that make young girls and women alike feel less than. And I think, too often, women send out these messages to one another too. It doesn’t have to be like this. We don’t have to be each other’s competition. We can be each other’s companion. We can be each other’s community. We should be celebrating one another’s wins and cheering one another on in our journeys. Annie is someone who is a voice of courage and excitement. She brings biblical truth through her stories. She speaks encouragement to readers who may be fighting the negative messages of the world. She challenges young women to look for lovely in the midst of sadness, discouragement, and losses. She offers hope those who are hopeless by pointing them to Jesus.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
A Life of Lovely by Annie F. Downs is aimed at young women--high school and college age women. I have to confess I am a little older, well, I might even be a lot older. Yet, this book spoke to me. And I know it will speak to young women. I wish I had known about books like this when I was a young woman. A Life of Lovely starts with a note from Annie and an introduction. Then the book is divided into three sections: When lovely is lost, Collecting lovely, and when I found lovely. Each section has chapters full of Annie's relatable down-to-earth stories from her life and the life of those she knows. It just feels like you are sitting in a coffee shop visiting with Annie as you read the whole book. I enjoyed reading A Life of Lovely. I enjoyed reading stories from another Christian woman who shares her struggles and how she took them to God. . .but maybe it took some time to do that. I am encouraged by her real-life stories and how she is just so relatable. I am uplifted by her encouraging words that I can overcome my struggles--even though mine are different than Annie's. I am sure yours are different too. But Annie infuses the reader with love and courage to face the challenges and to persevere through them. This is something Annie says took her some time to learn and she shares her "stuff"with us so we can learn from her. Annie challenges us to look for the lovely in our own lives and to be excited about who we are and who we are becoming. I highly recommend it to young women. (And to older women too.) I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.