{Rooted} “Anything” Study – Week 2: Missing Buttons, Giant People, and Abandoning Shame & Approval


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Hello Rooted Ladies!

Welcome to our second week of reading and discussing “Anything: The Prayer that Unlocked my God and My Soul”  by Jennie Allen. Week 1 has flown by and it’s already been a big joy in my life. {And it is still not too late to join – just leave me a note in my comments section!} This week, I have a guest post by my co-leader, Karina Allen!

Let’s jump  right in…

Chapter 3: missing buttons: abandoning shame

I seriously wanted to highlight this whole chapter! How hard is it to reconcile the grace of God to our emotions? My head understands it but my heart has yet to catch up.
The weight of our sin and shame should push us toward God yet that is the very thing that holds us back from Him.
He created us for intimacy with Himself and authentic community with others. Too often we hide from God and pretend with others.

1. “The places that hold grace should be the safest places to unveil our humanity” (pg 27).

  • Do you feel that the church is a safe place for people to reveal their humanity? What could we do to be a community that doesn’t just sing about grace but practices it?

2. Do you believe that revealing the broken pieces about yourself would push people and God away (pg 31)?

The way we view God determines whether or not we trust Him and receive His forgiveness.

In order to live in the freedom that God has planned for us, we need to lay down our sin and shame and pick up the redemption that He died for us to have.

3. Read John 8:1-11.

  • Do you view God more as the mean teacher or the safest place you’ll ever be?

4. Read the quote about freedom at the of page 32.

  • What do you need to bring before God, knowing that He does not condemn you, in order to live in the freedom that Christ’s death on the cross bought for you?

Chapter 4: giant people: abandoning approval

Well, this chapter made me want to cry! How often do we seek others’ approval before God’s approval or even instead of His approval? He desires for us to be wholly devoted to Him above anyone else.

1. In what ways do you struggle with trying to please people? Do people need to shrink for you before God can have you completely?

  • “Worshipping” the opinion of people is a form of idolatry.
  • What does the Bible say becomes of those whose heart belongs to idols in Psalm 115:4-8?
  • What do you need to bring before God in confession knowing that He offers forgiveness rather than condemnation (Read 1 John 1:9)?

I love that God passionately pursues us even when we passionately pursue others. His love never ends. He never gives up on us. Only when He is our “only thing”, can we be completely mended, whole and secure. And that is what will keep us coming back to the God who defines us.


Karina & Hope


2 thoughts on “{Rooted} “Anything” Study – Week 2: Missing Buttons, Giant People, and Abandoning Shame & Approval

  1. Birdie Cutair says:

    When reading chapter 3 I was “devastated” by what the teacher did with the Smurf buttons. As a teacher (now retired) I was very aware of how you can affect the little ones feelings (and those of their parents!). I pray for the children and the teachers of today and that many more will have Christian values in the classroom.
    I also like the fact that you are coming from the perspective of being a “good girl.” For many years I tried to come up with something bad I had done so I could confess it. Now I realize “all have sinned…” and it doesn’t have to be something horrible to displease God.


    • hopejoypeace says:

      Hi Birdie,
      Yes it’s hard to believe the teacher and removing the buttons. And I completely agree with you about the “good girl” perspective. I think many of us think it’s good works that make us “good.” instead it’s grace from God.



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