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What I liked: Annie seems like she could be your best friend! She's very vulnerable and shares a lot of vulnerable things. Her book really reads more like a story and I appreciate that. I read a lot of non-fiction and can get tired of how those are written. This was a very nice change in scenery.
The cathedrals she wrote about sound lovely. I've never been inside an actual cathedral (are there those in the Midwest?) so I enjoy reading about that. Her ability to describe is wonderful and actually can make pictures in your head. I don't think as many people are as talented at that as they think. haha.
I don't know if I necessarily liked this but her description of depression was so close to how I felt. Dark, dreary, heavy. Mine differed in that it felt like spiritual warfare in my head and body. But I've not read anything that comes so close - so close, I felt it. I felt the wisps of it wrap around me and had to take a little break from that chapter before continuing on. Gives me goosebumps just to think about. I guess that may be a trigger thing so if you deal with depression, that's something to be aware of as you read this.
What I didn't like: I had a hard time relating to her relationship woes. I've been married since I was 20 (although I hadn't ever had a steady boyfriend until then). I'm used to reading mom books or marriage books so this is slightly out of my genre norm; that doesn't make it bad, just different. A little refreshing.
I really dislike the ending. Not that it wasn't well-written - it was. I just don't like how it ended for her. I've followed Annie for a few years now (probably 2015) so I keep my fingers crossed for her that her Bethlehem is out there (which is from the book, so read it so you get it).
Why I think you should read this: It's nice to sit and chat with a girlfriend about hard life issues and big questions about God. That's what "Remember God" feels like. It's hard to be brutally honest with our doubts and the mysteries of God; Annie takes some of that leg work out for us. This could be an open door to talking to anyone - believers or pre-believers - about these things!
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