Book Review: Looking for Lovely

December 19, 2017
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“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?” Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely

Annie F. Downs released her book Looking for Lovely in April of 2016. It has been on my to-read list since its release and I really regret not being able to read it sooner. I have flown through the pages of this book soaking up the encouragement and joy Annie offers on almost every page.

Looking for Lovely holds personal stories from Annie’s life. After reading this book, I feel like I have just spent time sitting across the table over coffee with Annie hearing about her life. These aren’t just surface stories either that she shares. Each story shares real life stuff, some joyful and some hard, but all honest and easy to relate to.

Life is full of sorrow, pain and anxieties but if we look for it there is lovely all around us and that is what this book sends the message of from beginning to end.

“I want you to be branded by perseverance; I want it to be a marker of who you are and what you are known for. I want people to come to you when times get hard and ask you how you always seem to have the right perspective on things. I want all of that for me too. I want us to learn to look for the lovely all around us and collect it, hold it close, and see how God drops beautiful things into our lives at just the right time to help us step forward on our own paths.” –Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely

As we prepare to walk into 2018, many of us will make resolutions and set goals for the coming year. Looking for Lovely has encouraged me to focus my heart of the lovely things 2018 will for sure be filled with. If you are looking for a book to encourage and inspire as you set your New Year’s goals don’t miss reading this one.

At the end of each of Annie’s stories and chapters she shares specific ways that you can look for lovely in your day, right this very moment. This book is an easy and uplifting read and I think it is the great way to wrap up 2017 and walk into 2018 confident in the good God has for us all.

Looking for Lovely can be purchased on Amazon. To learn more about Annie or find out about other books she has written you can check out her website here.

Watch Annie talk about Looking for Lovely in the video below.

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Tori Ten Hagen is married to her amazing husband, Austin, and together they have a busy, energetic little boy. She is a stay-at-home mom passionate about encouraging other moms on their own parenting journeys. When she isn't busy keeping up with her toddler, you can find her sipping on coffee, reading a book, or curled up watching a good movie. Tori also writes on her personal blog and you can find more of her writing at

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