Restless serves as a sequel to Anything. And it is meant to answer the question: “I am all surrendered to God. But now what?” To answer this question Jennie Allen has provided “a framework within the commandments of Scripture…to create lives reflecting God and his passions…” This framework is provided through worksheet pages that follow most chapters in the book. The worksheet pages help readers identify five unique threads, which Jennie Allen believes are interwoven in every woman’s life. Discovering these threads is necessary for uncovering one’s ultimate purpose. The five threads are:
As was the case with Anything, Restless has a flow-of-consciousness style with Jennie Allen’s personal stories and experiences interspersed throughout the book. If you’re familiar with her work, then you know these stories are mainly about her close friends and children, including her son adopted from Rwanda. These stories are all inspirational, but sometimes their meaning seems as if it would be clearer if the reader knew her personally. The personal anecdotes are also repetitive of what she’s written in previous works.
Overall, however, Restless delivers a solid framework for discovering one’s purpose. It does, however, read similarly, at times, to Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life.
Restless is the latest book by Jennie Allen. Allen is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, author of the Bible studies Stuck (2011), Chase (2012) and the book, Anything (2012). She is also the wife of the pastor at Austin Stone Community Church, where she also serves in ministry. Groups as large as Good Morning Girls, an international, online Bible study group for women, as well as smaller women’s groups have studied Allen’s books and Bible studies.
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Restless: Because You Were Made For More
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