Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs is not available until the first week of April, but I would like to encourage you to go to http://lookingf...orlovelybook.com to pre-order the book and receive some cool freebies. In the meantime, I'd like to whet your appetite with some of my favorite quotes:
"My story is like many other women I know—the mirror has lied, the enemy has whispered for years, and now we can't look at ourselves and find anything lovely, whether it is raining or not. I have looked desperately to no avail. And I've given up. Over and over gain. My search has left me teary, angry, and eating something I regret later . . . I need beauty. I need to see the lovely in my every day." pgs. 2-3
"I've never been good at looking past my current pain or suffering and trusting that it will pay off in the future. I think the road has always seemed too long. So when a situation feels painful or scary or hard, I want out." pg. 21
"We were never meant for a wimpy life." pg. 44
"But I think we were made for it. Every act of obedience is an act of courage. Every hard yes, every difficult no, every moment of moving and shaking takes bravery. I've felt it in my life, way down deep in my bones, and I've seen it in a hundred lives around me." pg. 45
"God gives us permission to feel. There's no demand on your life to bite the bullet and be stronger than the hurt and pain." pg. 72
I made myself stop at 5 quotes, because honestly y'all, I could highlight half the book. Look for my official review on April 5th. In the meantime, pre-order and buckle your seat belts for a lovely (but wild) ride.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.