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Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  4,569 ratings  ·  373 reviews
“I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do.” But how? When the enemy whispers lies that you are not smart enough, pretty enough, or rich enough? Or you are too dumb, too loud, too quiet, too thin, too fat, too much or not enough? What if you don’t have what it takes to be wh ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by B Books (first published April 1st 2016)
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Becki Campbell
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is something beautiful about a “Me Too” book. The type of book where the author shares bits and pieces of her heart, her struggles, and walk with the Lord in a way where you can’t help but nod your head in complete agreement. Looking for Lovely is that type of book.

Annie Downs allows us to walk along side her as she processes one of the darkest moments in her life. Sharing how God lovingly unearthed destructive thought patterns, lifestyle choices, and deep hurt and by exposing them to the
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Downs takes us through many of her life experiences. She is a different person today, she writes, because of suffering and the transformation that followed. She explains how she found beauty in the mundane, collecting moments that matter. She encourages us to do the same.

For this senior citizen, this is a book that did not grab me. Downs rambles through her life, writing about many of her experiences. We read about her being overweight as a child, about the TV programs she liked to watch, about
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Annie F Downs has an informal writing style. At times her thoughts seemed disjointed or fractured but you can switch gears with her a little easier when you get use to her writing style. She has a very friendly and honest voice but at times her descriptions are vague or over generalized, & sometimes her overly friendly chit chatty voice impedes the content of her message. It seems confusing and forces you to reread parts because of the awkward wording.

I did appreciate some of her stories more t
Stefanie Kellum
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
Add Annie Downs to the list of Christian authors who have obviously walked around in my mind and heart. (See also Niequist, Shauna and Bessey, Sarah). One day in Heaven, I just know we're all going to form an all-girl praise rock band. You just wait and see. ;) Seriously though, this is another one of those books that came along exactly when I needed it, and I'm hoping to look for lovely in my own life and find glimpses of Jesus along the way. Thanks for this one, Annie. Brava. ...more
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

This was an amazing workbook (along with the video package I had to purchase separately). A few times, it didn't go as deep as I expected it to, but overall, it was a delightful Bible study that helps a person shift their focus to what really matters: God's faithfulness.

I hope Annie F. Downs does more Bible studies over the coming years. She's so easy to listen to in the videos, and her voice comes out in the writing too. She seems to truly care about God and her readers/viewe
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to my heart in so many ways. It was truly a gift from God to listen to Annie read this book to me in the audio version and speak to my broken places. This book is exactly what I needed at this exact moment in my life. Now on to find more Annie books because this girl can write and I need to read all her books now!!!
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

You know those books that hit you right when and where you need it? I can definitely say that about Annie’s newest release Looking for Lovely. Refreshing and inspiring, I was so encouraged by this book!

“I saw God in those sushi rolls. I saw how He is a God who puts everything in its right place.”

I really loved the reminder that we can see God in the little things. Through Annie’s sometimes funny, sometimes serious, all the time interesting stories, this truth came alive with Annie’s words.

Katie M.  Reid
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful and honest book about fighting for beauty among brokenness. Annie Downs bravely invites us into her real life—her joys, her struggles, her hangups, and her hangouts—as she searches for the loveliness in everyday life. This book made me want to visit Annie's stomping grounds, of Nashville, and yet also uncover my own collection of lovely right where I live too. I finished this book in just a few days because it was captivating, inspiring and authentic.

*I received an advanced
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I finished the book thinking if she can get a book published then so can I. This a memoir of random experiences with some spiritual epiphanies. It's a sweet book and a light read at best. If I had one message to give the author it would be, "go deeper Annie." ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were many parts I enjoyed, and I liked the essence of the book. We sometimes need to take a step back and look for the lovely. But I found the author a bit more liberal than myself, and there was perhaps a bit too much disagreement to thoroughly love this book.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly could not find a flow or meaning to this book. It felt like she was rambling on and had 20 different ideas in her head. I just finished a great book that walked thru the 5 Habits of Women that was a great study of Ruth. Picking up this book was such a watered down disappointment that I can't even waste my time to finish it. Sorry but this book is definitely one I recommend you just skip! ...more
This was a sweet little book that reminds you to look at the beauty in the every day. I did find it a bit privileged - it WOULD be great if we could all go to sleep in our beds with the blinds up so it's dark in the room at night and we can rise with the sun but MOST of us don't live on an acreage or anywhere that putting the blinds up at night would result in nothing more than it being awfully bright when one is trying to sleep.

I also didn't really appreciate the constant 'friend name dropping'
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So glad I have my own copy of this book. It's one that I will read over and over. Trying to find the lovely even when life is hard can be so difficult. It's one that I will pass on to my friends who are struggling with their own "broken crazy" and if you read this you will get what I'm talking about. I hope you find some lovely in your day! ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Annie does it again! With humor, real life stories and meaningful observations Annie will make you feel like you're on a coffee date. Each chapter has reflection and simple everyday challenges to help you capture lovely in your life if only you'll look for it. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Annie Downs writes of her search to find beauty even during challenging times, to collect the moments that allow her to experience serenity and joy ... and to hopefully help her readers do the same. She shares many of her personal challenges and how they have shaped her. And at the end of most chapters, she gives a specific challenge to "look for lovely". Some of the challenges include getting up early to watch the sunrise, visit a place in your town that speaks to your soul, pause and take a br ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. So real and relatable.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the overall idea of this book; looking for the lovely things in our lives. There were different things that Annie said, that encouraged and inspired me. I have to say though, this book was so talked about that I had high expectations and I honestly didn't love it. Maybe I just didn't connect with her writing style, but I personally felt that this book was a little all over the place, vague in places, and I found myself having to re-read several parts. I started this book 3 years ago, and ...more
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
this book was the lovely i’ve been looking for. annie’s style reminded me a lot of bob goff, and so did the way she views God, which is much like the way i try to view God. her metaphors and anecdotes brought me to tears so many times. nearly every page in this book is dog eared to mark something that i want to remember and apply to my own life forever and ever. i’m thankful for optimistic Christians who are learning to sit in their struggle and grow from it

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Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed listening to this book on audio as Downs is the reader. I give it a solid 3 or 3 1/2 ⭐️’s. She shares her life story w many real life examples. Downs writes descriptively and with humor. It does feel like she’s talking to you over coffee. She uses scripture and encourages the reader at the end of each chapter w practical ways to look for lovely. As the book ends she points us to Christ which I appreciate. Good one to listen to if you enjoy audio books.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Annie Downs has become almost the patron saint of single Christian women. She does a great job speaking to young women and this book is full of stories from Downs’ life and includes her honesty that makes her a great writer and speaker. Looking for Lovely provides little ways to find God in day to day with little challenges and things to do each day.
Becca Sue
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annie Downs has a way of pulling you in with her wit, charm and love for the Lord. This was a great read! I loved all her personal stories that were woven into the message. She has a way of making a connection with you as if you were sitting across from her having coffee!
Lexie P
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good read! Really makes you appreciate every aspect of your life the good and the bad and appreciate it. Each moment that happens no matter good or bad happens for a reason really enjoyed this!
Deanna Drogan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Annie came to speak at Liberty a few years ago and I absolutely loved every second of it! My friends and I were in tears by the end. I would recommend ready any piece of content she writes! She writes and speaks with such authenticity.
Elizabeth Davis
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This title is a good reminder to try to find beauty in all things, especially when life isn’t beautiful. Nothing and no one is perfect, but there’s loveliness in unfinished, broken, & unusual.
Rose Friend
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
turns out we are from the same hometown, went/go to the same college, and even have the same exact model and color of car! cool book! thanks for letting me borrow @ashleybuzz
Sheila Watson
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Downs made me feel like she was my sister, holding my hand through my own broken crazy.
Donna Lloyd
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Several life lessons were emphasized: count our blessings each day, persevere, take time for important people in your life, look for the beauty that surrounds you. don't quit just push the pause button until you have the will and strength to finish. A unique uplifting way a sharing those reminders. ...more
Sam Villeneuve
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Annie does a really amazing job describing how she looks for Lovely. Her writing makes you feel you are right next to her experiencing everything too. My only wish is that she would have gone a little deeper. The book wasn’t fluffy but it wasn’t deep. It was a light and quick read that gave me a lot to think about.
Tara Cherry
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m terrible at writing reviews that don’t give everything away but I couldn’t help but say, if you find yourself in a tough time, this book will certainly encourage you to find the lovey in it. Brought a lot of tears to my eyes and healing to my heart.
Jessica Wilkins
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was just what I needed.. A beautiful book about looking for the lovely in our everyday. Annie F Downs is real and vulnerable and funny and wise and the kind of woman who I need to become friends with! It felt a lot like a conversation over a good meal and like another reviewer mentioned.. so often I found myself saying "me too!"
I definitely found the lovely in this book!
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Annie F. Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God.

An author of three books-  Let's All Be Brave Perfectly Unique , and  Speak Love , Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults.

Read more at anniefdowns.

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