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  • God Bless This Mess

  • Learning to Live and Love Through Life's Best (and Worst) Moments
  • Written by: Hannah Brown
  • Narrated by: Hannah Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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God Bless This Mess

Written by: Hannah Brown
Narrated by: Hannah Brown
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A New York Times Best Seller

“My life was a complete mess, and God bless all of it. Because it’s in the messes where we learn the most - as long as we slow down enough to realize what God is trying to show us.”

Suddenly in the spotlight, 24-year-old Hannah Brown realized that she wasn’t sure what she wanted. After years of competing in beauty pageants, and then starring on The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars, she had become incredibly visible. There she was, in her early 20s, with millions around the world examining and weighing in on her every decision. She found herself wondering what it would mean to live on her terms. What it would mean to stop seeking approval from others and decide - for the first time - what it was she wanted from her own life.

An honest and earnest examination of her own mid-20s, God Bless This Mess is a memoir that doesn’t claim to have all the answers. Hannah knows she doesn’t have all the answers. What she does have is the insight of someone who has spent critical years of her youth under public scrutiny. Thus what emerges is a quarter-life memoir that speaks to the set of difficulties young women face, and how to move through them with grace. By pushing against her engrained need to seek approval, and learning how to think critically about her own goals and desires, Hannah inspires others to do the same - and to embrace the messiness that comes hand-in-hand with self-discovery (even it that sometimes means falling flat on your face).

Using her time on The Bachelorette as a launching pad, Hannah doesn’t shy away from the most painful experiences of her life: moments when her faith was tested, when she feared it was lost, and the moments when she reclaimed it on national television. “And Jesus still loves me.” Fans will be inspired by the never-before-told stories: the ones about facing depression and anxiety during her pageant years, the ways in which therapy and journaling have proven to be a saving grace, and the previously private moments - both at home and on television - that have shaped the star’s outlook.

Honest and emotionally urgent, God Bless This Mess is a reminder that true growth doesn’t come without strife - and it’s through those dark, messy moments that self-acceptance and love can bloom.

©2021 Hannah Kelsey Brown (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Real stories that will make you think

This was a really great read, or listen! I’m a bachelor nation fan and I always really enjoyed watching Hannah. I always felt like I could relate to her!
She is so brave for sharing her story, I applaud her for that. Reading this will truly make you think, and it will remind you that everyone has their own struggles, and to be patient and give others a chance because you never know what someone is going through. Great book!

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Love Hannah!

This is my first review on audible! I loved this book so much. Hannah packed so much into it and I enjoyed listening to everthing that she has gone through. There’s so much more than I had expected. I was a fan of hers before but now I’m even a bigger fan!

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Hannah shared her whole heart, and hearing it from her own words was truly inspiring. Her raw vulnerability and honesty was eye opening and I didnt want this audio book to end.

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Loved it!

I loved Hannah from her time on the Bachelor and Bachelorette, but this audiobook gave me a whole new appreciation for her! Her story, strength, and honesty were all extremely eye-opening. Once I started listening, I struggled to stop it! My drives to and from work didn't feel so long, while listening to Hannah share her life with me.

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Hannah doesn't hold back, lots of Bachelor tea in this book. Definitely recommended for fans of the Bachelor franchise.

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Loved this one!

I enjoyed every part of this audiobook! She is open, vulnerable, and has lessons and experiences I relate to, even though I didn’t initially think that when I downloaded this book!

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Loved it

Relatable emotionally and incredibly genuine story . I finished it in two days, couldn’t stop listening!

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Uplifting and hopeful

I listened to this audiobook I swear in record time. I couldn’t put it down. Listening to it as soon as I woke up, getting ready for work, walking to work, driving in my car, taking a bath. It was so uplifting and gave you hope and inner strength to hang on to God especially through those darker days. This is definitely the best audiobook I have ever listened to, highly recommend to any adult who has been through “stuff”.
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A lot of us knew the puzzle

But, Hannah's memoir put the thing together for us. She's a very authentic woman who lives with integrity and if she strays outside for a minute she learns her lessons quickly and well. Hannah, you do have something big you and your higher self planned when you decided to become earthbound and any bumps you've encountered so far are showing you the way to that path. God bless you and your big plan.

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Really good.

This was a very nice listen, well done Hannah Brown Thankyou for sharing your story.

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  • Tyler Cavin
  • 2021-12-01

Better than expected!

I was looking forward to reading this but figured it would be a strong 3 out of 5 stars. Incorrect. I listened to the whole thing in 24 hours. Great book, funny moments, juicy moments, a lot of introspection, and extremely relatable in parts. Hannah comes across as imperfect, growing, humble, and genuinely fun. It was a lot more religious than I usually appreciate, but it’s not a deal-breaking amount if that’s not your thing. Loved it!!

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  • Jason Hill
  • 2021-11-27

Very well written!

Very well written and very well read! Helps you understand Hannah Brown more and understand why she is the way she is. This book is very inspirational and helps you realize that it’s okay to be a hot mess! Helps you realize that we all mess up and we can come back from it and learn from our mistakes and become a better version of ourselves!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2021-12-11

Unexpected Surprise!

Like most people reading this book, I'm a Bachelor junkie who initially purchased this for the "tea". Upon actually diving in, I was pleasantly surprised by how much advice I was able to take away from this book, and how touched I was by listening to Hannah's story. Hannah does an excellent job narrating for the audiobook. Alot of times I tend to struggle focusing when listening to audiobooks because of how monotone or grating the narrators can be, but Hannah's voice is animated and sounds pleasant throughout.

As far as books by Bachelor Nation members go, this one is an absolute must read.

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  • Cindy Melanson
  • 2021-11-23

An Inspiring & Emotional Bio

Reading this felt like having a conversation with Hannah, only you can’t reach out to offer a supportive hug. It is heart breaking to learn about all of those times when I enjoyed watching on the Batchelor, Bachelorette, or DWTS that she wasn’t always the happy woman that she seemed to be. The pressure she put on herself to be everything to us, the public , and her friends & family, was more than most people could bear. I recommend this book to everyone. Hannah provides an honest account of how societal & cultural pressures have shaped her life and choices.

Yes there is also plenty of tea to enjoy too!!

Thank you Hannah!!!!
Stay strong

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  • Shelliep
  • 2022-12-12

Life is a classroom

I LOVED this book! Thank you for sharing all of yourself. Especially your path with the Lord. Your comment about life being a classroom was right on. We are either learning from life’s lessons or running away from those lessons. When we can get to the point where we can accept those lessons, that’s when we are truly becoming our authentic self that God made us to be.
So happy you are in that place. I wish you blessings in your continued journey.

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  • Tiffany Kinson
  • 2022-11-29

Love her even more now!

I’ve always loved Hannah Brown, and after hearing the story of her heart, I love her and respect her even more. Great listen!

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  • Sarah Bailey
  • 2022-10-18

Don't judge a book by its cover!

After getting to know Hannah B on the bachelor and bachelorette, I felt somewhat close to her. I knew I had to get the book! I'm so glad I did because there is so much more to her than just a pretty face! Her life has made her overcome so many situations that so many of us overlook. I encourage any one who doubts themselves or needs to know there are others to relate to, to read this book! Thank you Hannah Brown! Your book has shown me more than you know.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022-10-02

Wonderful read for all people.

Absolutely loved it. This particular book is the book that has helped me in my life so much.

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  • Amy M
  • 2022-09-30

Down to earth

God Bless This Mess by Hannah Brown was an easy and interesting listen. Hannah narrates the book and I do appreciate that, she did a good job. I like how she's vulnerable in her memoir, she doesn't always try to shine the brightest light on herself. Hannah tells of mistakes she's made and comes across as down-to-earth and honest. I enjoyed watching her on The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars, so it was fun to hear some 'behind the scenes' from those shows. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • liz saunders
  • 2022-08-29

Relatable

Hanna Brown is relatable in many levels when it comes to matters of the heart.