Before Christmas, I finished reading an epic e-book by one of my favorite bloggers and writers, Annie Wiltse, called The Unfurling. In the book, Annie talks about her faith, books, writing, blogging, and living a life lived open.
After reading the first couple pages, which was entitled “What I Believe In,” (Written February 18, 2011. Unedited.), I knew God placed this book into my life for a reason.
Annie starts off with a story about translating a work in Spanish into English. Her thoughts about translating as an art form were so refreshing. And talking about Spanish, writing, translating, social media, faith and more all in just the first couple pages clued me in that the Lord wanted me to read her writing before my trip to Spain in January.
Annie’s words were bright and bold. The Unfurling made me question how I lived my life and it got me excited (although I’m still a little scared) for what’s to come.
The Unfurling made me see how possibility can be stored in every facet of life–even the typical, even the mundane. The Unfurling reminded me to surrender. It reminded me to grow close to the God I love.
Annie writes, “This is how we find our lives: we give them up. We sacrifice them. We let them go.”
While the whole book intrigued me as a whole, the parts about her journeys abroad really stood out to me. The Unfurling talks about Annie’s trip to Kenya, Madrid and other places oversees to share the gospel and be God’s hands and feet. It was such a blessing to hear about her experiences–realizing it’s okay to be afraid to travel abroad but to not let that fear dominate our lives.
In the book, Annie talks about living the Gospel by working in retail, and she also shares a letter she wrote to a younger girl, Sarah, as a note to her “Little Sisters.” These two sections are such an encouragement. The letter is so powerful, encouraging us to keep and sustain our faith. And recognize that the Lord is here with us now and in every moment. He has provided today.
There were so many details in The Unfurling that related to my life now and upcoming adventures abroad. I am so thankful for a chance to read Annie’s story. It felt like reading a note from an older sister–which I always wish I had! Annie has a style that will blow you away, inspire you and change you.
Thank you, Annie for sharing your work and sharing truth!