Brave Surrender by Kim Walker Smith // Book Review

Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (April 2, 2019)
ISBN-10: 0310353998
Genre: Non fiction, memoir
Buy On: Amazon

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.


Kim Walker Smith’s passionate performance of “How He Loves” helped transform Jesus Culture into a global worship movement. Brave Surrender is the story of how Kim journeyed from a place of shame and fear to stages around the world where she boldly proclaims the unconditional love of God. Through her own story, Kim inspires us to experience true freedom and healing with Jesus.

Coming from a painful childhood, Kim struggled to believe that God could heal her heart or bring any sense from her past. Yet when faced with the choice to hand her struggles over to God and receive His love in return, everything began to change. On the other side of surrender, Kim began a journey of looking at one painful memory at a time with God and exchanging her perspective for His truth – a journey in which God rewrote her story of pain into a story of redemption and hope.

If you are longing to experience God more than the shame or hurts of your past, the pressures of your present, or the fear of your future, Brave Surrender offers a soul-healing path forward. As Kim learned in her own life, the first step – and the bravest step – is letting go. Once we let go of anything that gets between us and God, we are freed to take hold of the life that truly matters. As Kim writes, “When we encounter God’s love, it changes the way we see. And when we learn to see what He sees, we will never be the same again.”


I first heard Kim Walker Smith on the radio, but I didn’t hear enough of her to get an opinion. Later that same year, I attended a Christmas K-love concert, where she was one of the lead singers, and I heard a whole lot more of her voice and songs. Overall, I thought she was a great singer, so when I saw that she had written a book, I couldn’t wait to read it!

I always love reading the behind-the-scenes of public figures, and Kim Walker Smith was no different. I really enjoyed reading about what she was like behind the camera, as well as what led her up to being a singer for Jesus culture. Her story is broken, but beautifully unique.

I enjoyed her book, and thought she had a great writing style. She kept me intrigued into her story, and made me want to read it again. I thought a few parts of her story were a little weird–but that is my own opinion.

I would recommend this story to anybody who has heard Kim Walker Smith sing, as well, as to any readers who like learning about the behind-the-scenes of public figures.

Merry Christmas and Happy Day SIX of Blogmas!


  1. Kaelyn says:

    Kim Walker Smith has some great songs!! I had no idea that she had a book!! Looks like it was a great read!!

    Liked by 2 people

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