In August of last year I spent 20 minutes on the phone with a woman I had never spoken to or met. Â Less than 15 minutes after that phone call I had an email in my inbox with anÂ attachmentÂ called ‘Anything’.
Less than an hour after that I sat down on my couch and opened the document, and spent the rest of my evening peering into the heart of a woman who loves God, like, really loves God.
What I had in my inbox was Jennie Allen’s book Anything.Â It’s the story of her life. Â It’s the story of a prayer that was put in her heart by the Spirit of God: God, we will do anything. Â Anything. Â That kind of surrender has a way ofÂ unravelingÂ everything in your life. Â That kind of surrender has a way of setting you free.
That night, curled up on my couch, I got to know a woman I had never met; a woman who knew the same God I know.
I finished the book, and still sitting on my couch I drafted the following email back to her:
First of all, I love you and feel like youâ€™re my best friend already.Â For serious.Â Thank you so much for sharing this with me and with the world.
You write like youâ€™re my friend and I love that. Â I loved it because I felt like I was reading a living, feeling version of Plattâ€™s Radical. Â Your book was disarmingÂ making me confess that IÂ wasn’tÂ radical, and then vulnerable â€“ allowing me to let down my guard and then challenging â€“ calling me and motivating me to actually be radical.Â Thatâ€™s really neat.
Gosh.Â I feel emotional and convicted, and like I need to spend some time prayingÂ anythingÂ tonight.
It’s amazing to me how powerful one woman telling her story with honesty and conviction can be.
That night I lay face down on my floor and prayed: anything. Â
I ran smack into Jennie Allen’s Anything less than a month after I lost my father. Â My cry to God that night on the floor was an empty and broken sound.
In a way it felt easy. Â After all, I didn’t feel like I had anything left to give to God.
In a way it was impossible. Â After all, I knew the weight of ‘anything’. Â ‘Anything‘Â can include watching your dad waste away right in front of your eyes without the love of God in his heart.
That night I prayed the prayer I will have to pray a million times again before this life is done. Â God, let me say these words and let me mean them. Â Father, let the cry of my heart be: anything. Â
I’ve never done a blog give away before. Â It feels weird to me for some reason, but I want to do it this time. Â Because I want you to read this woman’s story, and more than that, I want you to find yourself facedown praying to our sweet God that you would be able to lift your voice and in worship say: Anything!
So, if you want to get a copy of this amazing book, do any two of the following things:
#1 Go toÂ www.whatisyouranything.comÂ and share theÂ one thing you’re most afraid to lose, (and comment below letting us know too!)
#2 Tweet your thoughts, linking either to this blog post or to the book directly!
Don’t forget to comment and let me know what you did so I can include you in the give-away!
#3 Skip the giveaway and buy the book for yourself!