A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Looking For Lovely {A Book Review & Giveaway}

Monday, May 9, 2016

Looking For Lovely {A Book Review & Giveaway}

**Book received for review. All thoughts are my own.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.- Philippians 4:8

We've all heard this verse a million times right? It's a beautiful verse that is a personal favorite of mine. I always find myself going back to it as a reminder of what I need to surround myself with. Things that are good, things that are right, things that are lovely. 

But let's be honest... sometimes that's a little easier said than done. Life doesn't like to surround us in lovely all the time. More often than not it seems as though we are struggling with issues in our lives. Maybe it's a job situation or financial troubles. Maybe its school troubles with your children or feud issues with your family. Maybe there are health issues. All of these things can cloud our vision and keep us from seeing the lovely around us. It's still there, we just cannot see it.

Does this sound like you? If so, I have the right book for you- Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs:

“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 who you really want to be?
In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.
Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who we are and what path God has us on, we all need to look for lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!

I try to be a very positive person...you'll find here on the blog and on my personal social media, I tend to keep things pretty upbeat. This is in part my effort to live that verse, to find whatever is lovely. But if I were to be entirely honest, lately that has presented more of a challenge. There have been many hits our family has taken of the last two years and a lot of them just within the last few months. It has been rough and has pushed my anxiety to levels that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. It is so easy to find those lovely moments when things are going great, but not as much when it seems everything else is falling apart, right? Looking for Lovely came at just the right time- with personal stories and biblical truths, I flt as if Annie was writing just to me, reminding me that even in the midst of the chaos all around, there is STILL lovely to be found, and that truly is what we need to focus on. It is beautifully written, as though from one friend to another...sharing a message that I think we could all use every now and again! No matter what you are going through, lovely is all around us, we just have to be willing to look.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who may be struggled to find the lovely around them too.

Looking For Lovely is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.

And one very lucky reader is going to win a copy for themselves. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.


  1. I really love Annie's books and my teenager does too. 😀

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it!

  3. I struggle with this often!! What and amazing read this would be!! <3

  4. This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  5. Focusing on the lovely is a challenge for sure!


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