In Remember God, Annie F. Downs questions whether God is truly, deeply, always kind. We know He is all powerful, we know He is loving, we know He is good, but is God always kind?
Faced with hard situations and dreams that just aren't coming true while others seem to be soaring high, is enough to make anyone wonder why that is. What makes them successful and achieving their dreams, while others who work hard and believe their whole lives never see their dreams and goals come to fruition? Is God really the kind God we think He is? How can He be? How can He watch us struggle and hurt, without doing anything about it (to our view)?
Annie addresses this through her own story, in a very real and honest way. I commend Annie for the ending of this book. I'm sure she was tempted to just sugarcoat things, wrap the ending up in a nice little red bow, all neat and tidy, but instead she was honest. Life is rarely neat and tidy, and for those who are bewildered and confused, hurting and struggling, we needed to see that. We needed to know that it's not just us that are questioning and struggling. We also needed the message this book carries, God is kind. God is with us and for us. No matter what. Even in the dark times, the hard times, and the broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams.
I personally needed this book. I didn't realize I needed it, but after listening to an advanced audiobook copy, I was hit with a sudden realization about my own life. It was eye-opening and enlightening, and a true gift from God. Thank you Annie, for the book, for sharing your honest story, and for being willing to be vulnerable with the world.
I would highly recommend this book, which releases the first of October.
I give it an 8/10.
Liz Austin. Bibliophile. Writer. Book hoarder. I would rather be reading....