What you find beautiful may not be what I find beautiful. The moments you collect that will help you finish the thing you’ve started may not be the moments that matter to me. (pg. 107)
Let me introduce you to my friend Annie. I knew Annie about the time she embarked on this book-as she and I were leading college small groups at a church here in Nashville. That’s why when I got the opportunity to get a sneak peek at this book, Looking for Lovely, I was thrilled. It’s funny what us writers will put out in publication but we oft find hard to share, I feel like you get to know a deeper side of Annie with this newest release from B&H Publishing.
After reading this book on looking for the beauty in life that is defined by you, and just you, for yourself I want to send this to every lovely person in my life. Every girlfriend and woman who I want to encourage to see the lovely in their lives as a reflection of themselves, of the lovely that they are.
Annie defines what it means to search for lovely (where we have often misplaced our definition of lovely), the absence of it in our lives-which I was amening a bit too much while reading, inspiration of the lovely in her own life (I will never see sushi as just sushi m’dear!) and what looking for lovely looks like in a life.
I was skeptical at first of this book-afraid it would be too flowery and fluffy with sparkles, but instead it spoke to me in places that I hadn’t yet dug deep into about choosing lovely for my own life. Like the loveliness of silent Monday drives to the gym-seriously the quiet of 4:45am roads in Nashville is superb and life-breathing. Or the lovely in a deep conversation with a friend in another state, coffee and writing outside. The smell of crisp spring air as the day ends. These are some of the things, and people, that I am seeing as lovely-choosing to relish and mark days that might otherwise be found wanting.
Annie brings lovely to light in her own style of writing that is applicable and relatable. She talks to you as if you are sharing a cup of coffee or tea, rather than as an author baring open some hard parts of her life. I simply loved this book, from sparkly beginning to lovely end. I found that while inspiring it also gave me pause to be looking for lovely in my own life, in my own ways and defined by me.
I encourage you to grab your copy today, and a real copy because you’ll want to make notes and highlight Annie-isms. At the end of several chapters she challenges you to step out and find lovely in that moment, in that way as you begin your own journey to looking for lovely.
Pick up Looking for Lovely at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or LifeWay (they price match!) today! You can also get Annie’s Bible study that accompanies the book for teens and women at LifeWay. Comment below on one lovely thing you find in your life for a chance to win a copy I am giving away!