If you have ever read Annie Downs’ blog, you will know how uproariously funny, yet biblically grounded she is.
For Christmas, I received a copy of Perfectly Unique, Annie’s book on learning to praise God for making you unique, and well, you.
“We’re supposed to love other people the same way we love ourselves. But do you love yourself?”
While Perfectly Unique seems to be written for an audience of teenage girls, I found it extremely helpful as a twenty-something. Annie systematically works her way from Mind, Mouth, to Feet, and shares what Scripture has to say about these body parts and how to use them for the glory of God, all while sharing humorous and convicting stories drawn from her own life.
In an age where we as girls are under immense pressure to look a certain way, talk a certain way, be a certain way, Annie’s voice is a refreshing reminder that God didn’t create us to be like everyone else. He created us to be us: to laugh, to learn, to love, all while fixing our eyes on Jesus, and being His hands and feet in a needy world.
“Somewhere in the back of my mind, I was convinced it was better to make up a story and have everyone happy than tell the truth and make someone mad.”
Parents do need to realize that the potentially offensive subjects of crushes and dating are discussed, though always in a way that points girls back to God or uses the subject to teach a valuable lesson. Annie also references an occasion when she dropped the “f-bomb”, though no explicit language is used.
“God calls us, throughout the Bible, to spread word of His love and his Son to all the nations. All the people. All the cities.”
I found Pefectly Unique to be a challenging, yet encouraging book, and is a book I would quickly recommend to teen girls.
I would give Perfectly Unique a “B”.