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Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,798 Ratings  ·  242 Reviews
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
Paperback, 193 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2011)
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Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
"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.


I read this book simultaneously with The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, and t
Nov 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Becca Christensen
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Meagan Myhren-bennett
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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
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-
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life. Changing.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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'
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Merv Budd
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Henn
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
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 ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Teandra Knapp
Nov 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Robin Fawcett
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Bethel Burton
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: faith, memoir
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.
Deanna Wiseburn
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtney Louise
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
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.
Barbara Harris
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-book-list
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.
Sherri Hayes
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Katherine Walden
Extremely challenging book that will transform your life if you let it

I read this book on Kindle as I listen to the audio book and I found doing both to be of a benefit. Also Jenny belongs to a different stream of Christianity than I do, our hearts are the same we both long to make a difference in our world. This book I had in my library for a while before I finally sat down to listen to it. I really didn't know what the book was about , however I read it an opportune time as I am in a season of
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO GOOD! It took me a while to get through it because I had to process it so much (in the best way possible). I picked it up when I was building a business I felt called to, one that required boldness and some recklessness to jump into without knowing how it was going to turn out, and I couldn't have timed the reading of this book better. It served as a great reminder that we're called to great obedience, to follow God wherever He leads, to boldly go where He calls, trusting that a ...more
Katie Gliebe
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jennie Allen has so much wisdom! One thing I appreciate about her writing is that she is real - she does not make Christianity seem light and fluffy. She is honest about hardships, whether they be big or mundane. I have been encouraged by her words and by her faith to release anything and everything to God. I recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck in their faith and is searching for God in the mundane.
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