That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

Okay I only say this if I totally mean it. Y'ALL GET READY TO TAKE NOTES. Jess Connolly is absolutely one of my favorite leaders and voices right now- she is writing and speaking and coaching women towards exactly what God has for them. You will laugh, you may cry, but I promise by the time you're done listening, you'll be ready to go after your thing- You Are The Girl For The Job!

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Oh y'all. This one is special. I didn't know much of Sarah Mae's history- we've been friends for a while but haven't dug into some of the things we learn today- and this entire conversation moved me to tears. 

Her newest book A Complicated Heart is a deep dive into one of the most important relationships that each of us has. I think it will speak to you in a deep deep way.

And yes. The pink flamingo made the move with me to my new office.

(Little warning for your littles, and your own heart: this conversation has some complicated and painful mother/daughter relationship parts, so know going into it. Wouldn't want you to be surprised.)

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We've got another one of my favorite Georgia Bulldogs for the podcast today. David Platt is a bestselling author and well known (very gifted!) preacher and pastor. Today we're gonna talk all about Jesus, what the Gospel really means, the power one life can have in the lives of many others, and rollercoasters and airplanes and sports... and a special pop-in from Pastor Kevin, pastor of the pod!

David's new book Something Needs To Change is one of my top three favorite reads in the last year. Please buy it. I think you'll be moved by what you read.

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I played it much cooler than I felt when Melissa d'Arabian sat down at the podcast table. I watched her on Food Network any chance I got and have continued to follow her career. Her new book Tasting Grace is healing and generous and important. I think it will matter to you, too.

This conversation is so fun- I felt so honored to sit and talk to someone I've admired through the television. If you loved her before, like me, you're gonna just implode with joy hearing her talk about faith and food and life. She's just the best.

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I have been such a huge fan of Ruth Chou Simons for so long. Her art is extraordinary (I've given her pieces as gifts a million times), but her writing is also amazing. Make sure you grab a copy of her new book Beholding and Becoming. We talk all about our social media use (and how to stay healthy in it), traveling to Europe, creating, and on and on and on. She's just so wise, I could have listened forever. 

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I have been DYING to get Jenn Jett, one of my absolute besties, on the show. She is one of the bravest and best women I know. She's an enneagram teacher, a dream defender, a coach, a great friend, an awesome wife, and the woman behind Camp Well (which you're gonna hear all about).

AND DO NOT FORGET! If you want to go to Camp Well, use the code "THATSOUNDSFUN" and get $100 off.

thewellsummit.com

And make sure you check out Come To The Table Tour and come hang with Angie Smith, Danielle Walker, and I at the end of September!

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I really love listening to anything Sharon Hodde Miller says... from a stage or a book or like today, on the other side of a microphone. She is wise and kind and a truth teller. Her newest book Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us To More is a strong read that I think you'll love.

(UGH YOU GUYS. ALSO. This episode was recorded the same day at Drew Holcomb and Sheri Lynn which means I SCREWED UP RECORDING IT just like those two. Sheesh. I'm so sorry. So lean in and listen because the sound is a little off but the content is *spot* *on*.)

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I am so so happy to have Bianca Juarez Olthoff back on the podcast today! She's one of my very favorite friends and someone I trust to tell me the truth in just about every area of my life. And you will hear her do that today! Her new book How To Have Your Life Not Suck just released this week and my mom still doesn't like it when we use the word "suck" but luckily this book does not suck, it's incredibly good, so no worries there. I think you're going to love this conversation about leadership and the church, the book of Ruth and church planting, and a good bit about dating in 2019. 

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Such an honor to have Priscilla Shirer on the podcast today from her home in Texas! I loved getting to talk with her- to hear her thoughts on boundaries, raising the next generation, helping all people feel safe in our churches, and just plain catching up! 

She is in the new movie Overcomer and her new book Radiant just released! Check them both out and make sure you hear Priscilla teach soon- she's absolutely amazing.

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I have been so so excited about having this conversation- so many of us know and love Jennifer Rothschild from her work and interviews on television and hearing her speak on stages, but this is so personal and special for us. As you will hear, she is every bit as kind and lovely and wise and fun as I thought she was from afar. Her Psalm 23 Bible Study is really excellent and her book Lessons I Learned in the Dark is a great place to start in her library of work! 

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There are so many things I love about hosting this show, but one of my favorites is getting to introduce you to some of the best music. And today Drew Holcomb is with us, talking all about his new album Dragons (that I've listened to about three times a day since it came out), his favorite fan story, the loss of his brother and why he hasn't talked about it until now, and about fifty other topics. 

Also, I'm so grateful to Drew for letting us use music from Dragons for the show this fall! Make sure you grab a copy of the whole album- I think you'll love it. I SERIOUSLY CANNOT QUIT IT.

(Also Drew is the dearest and best friend for recording this show with me TWICE since I messed up when we were behind the microphones the first time. And for real, trust us, this conversation is better than the first one we did. So everyone wins!) 

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After an incredibly fun couple of weeks talking about the enneagram, you guys submitted a LOT of questions about your own enneagram journey. One of my favorite experts, Seth Abram, joins us to go through your list of questions and give us an Enneagram 201 next level class. Your brain is gonna love this. And remember- this is a journey for all of us. Give yourself time to learn and search out your own number, wing, etc. 

You can follow Seth and learn tons at @integratedenneagram.

All the books and resources listed by Seth are available on my website- head to the podcast tab and search for this show!

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Sherri Lynn and I met a few months ago at an event and I liked her a TON immediately and I wanted y'all to meet her! So she flew to Nashville and we sat in my office and chatted for a good long time and this conversation is super special.

AND. Your friend Annie majorly screwed up in the recording. (UGH YOU GUYS. I AM SO SORRY.) So Producer Chad worked incredibly hard to make this one sound good enough for y'all to hear- and he did a magical job. Sherri and I both listened to the quality of this and while it isn't the best (again, 100% my fault), it is too good a conversation to not share it.

Good thing she is a comedienne and can laugh off dealing with my mistakes. Make sure you grab a copy of her book I Want To Punch You In The Face But I Love Jesus. :) It's legit funny.

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Y'all just buckle up. Lauren Daigle is here with stories and preaching and heart and SINGING and she is kinder to us than we deserve. Her writing and her music have changed so many of our lives, today's in depth convo behind the words and music will do the same, I think. Her latest album Look Up Child is an absolute smash and she's headed out on a world tour, playing in some of the coolest arenas and venues.

Make sure you check out her new video for Rescue! It's unreal.

And if you get a chance today, maybe remind Lauren via social media how much her music, her life, and this conversation meant to you. Let's flood her with reminders that her work matters.

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I've been a longtime fan of Tenth Avenue North and Mike Donehey's singing, but so stoked to actually get to listen to Mike talk! This guy showed up AND SHOWED UP. I laughed, I cried, I said OKAY YOU BETTER PREACH more than once. This dude is amazing. His new book Finding God's Life for My Will: His Presence Is The Plan is really great- you should grab a copy. It's like this conversation but way more words and way less interrupting by yours truly. :) Also please stick around to hear the Irish and Scottish accents that Mike can do FLAWLESSLY.

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I could barely listen to the edit of this episode because I sound like such a super fan, y'all. :) LOL SORRY. But literally I have been cheering for Benjamin Watson for almost twenty years now- as a Georgia Bulldog and as he continued into the NFL. Not only is he an outstanding football player, he's an incredible family man, dedicated man of faith, and smart smart thinker. I am so so excited for y'all to hear this conversation about family and faith and race and leading well and with highest integrity.

Benjamin's book Under Our Skin is a really excellent read, I hope you'll check it out. (And he has a dad book too!) And also I can't believe I'm saying this as a Falcons fan :), but I'm excited to cheer for the New England Patriots this year.... well, for ONE Patriot at least. :) 

Grateful for you, Benjamin!

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Heather Avis is absolutely one of the most inspiring and strong voices that I follow. When I heard her speak a few years ago, I was blown away and so grateful for her story and her passion. I've been DYING to chat with her for the show, so I'm just so happy it worked out today!

Her new book Scoot Over And Make Some Room is almost anthemic in it's storytelling and direction and we will all benefit from reading with it. I think you'll love it.

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Chris Rice is one of the friends in Nashville I have known the longest (and no, I don't mean back to when I would listen to his songs in middle school, I mean since I moved to town). And he is just as brilliant and kind and thoughtful and fun and you would have hoped he would be as a fan of his music.

He's also full of wise words and beautiful music and just one of the best men I know. I know you already probably know him, but I hope today's conversation makes him feel like a new friend. Make sure you go listen to his new album Untitled Hymn... it is just beautiful.

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I just absolutely love when a friend shows up in the podcast studio and seeing Lisa Jo Baker just about made me tear up. I just love her. We jumped right in and totally went to all the places (and then some) and talked a ton about her new book The Middle Matters. It's fantastic. She is such a gift and if you don't love her yet, get ready! She's just the best.

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FAN GIRL ALERT. You guys. I have loved Robin Jones Gunn's writing for over twenty years. One of her main characters in over 50 of her novels- Christy Miller- felt like one of my best friends in middle school and high school. Robin has been a mentor from a distance for years and a friend that I do not deserve and I am so so honored she would take time and join us on the show today. 

While you may know her name from Father Christmas books (and Hallmark Christmas movies!) but her newest novel Becoming Us was a favorite vacation read for me this summer.

Make sure you grab Becoming Us and really any and all of Robin's novels. You guys have got to meet Christy. She's the best. :) 

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My friend Andrew Osenga mentioned Casey J to me a few months ago, asking if we were friends. I LOVE her music, but we had never met. But as soon as he told me we were both Georgia Bulldogs, I knew this friendship was meant to be. So last month when she was passing through Nashville, we sat down and made it happen! We go deep into a lot of topics, including her new album The Gathering, and I think you are going to love this conversation (and this woman and her music)! 

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Summertime is only complete for me when the peaches come in and they get ripe and the smell fills my life. Leaving Georgia meant leaving the best peaches until The Peach Truck came along. Stephen and Jessica Rose have created the best company- Georgia peaches delivered all over. Their new cookbook just released and it is absolutely full of recipes that will do the best by every peach you bring into your kitchen. I adore adore adore these friends and I’m so happy to introduce them to you!

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This one is a special one. Hillary Scott was one of the first friends I met when I moved to Nashville eleven years ago. To watch her career grow and build, as part of Lady Antebellum and also the music she makes with her family, has been a joy. Y'all have requested her and there is no better friend to walk with me, on the very first day, into a new year of my life than Hill.

Make sure you check out Lady A's new song and tell me what you think! It's a tear jerker FOR SURESIES.

(And just in case you missed it- make sure you listen to yesterday's special Sunday episode- lots of cool updates!!)

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We never do Sunday shows but here is the thing: TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY and it's OUR 200TH EPISODE (or it just was and the numbers don't match and etc etc etc just forgive me and let's move forward) and we have some VERY FUN UPDATES INDEED.

So get ready to hear from Andrew Ripp, Ginna Claire Mason Moffett, my friend Kelli, and Tina from Christian Appalachian Project.

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I am SUCH a super fan of Shannon Sedgwick Davis and having her on the show today, on Independence Day, felt just absolutely right. She has spent her life making freedom a reality for so many others. Shannon's book, To Stop A Warlord, is moving and shocking and will call you to action in your own life. What a read. 

When you think today of the freedom we have as Americans, I hope it reminds you to think and pray and act on behalf of those- in our own country and around the world- who are not free.

Happy 4th of July, friends!

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With the US Women's National Team through to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup, let's talk about soccer! This is a super fun time to jump into enjoying the sport as we cheer for our women as they make a run at repeating their 2015 World Cup Championship!

Today's guest- Lauren Holiday- was a major part of that team in 2015 and a major part of the history of women's soccer in the USA. She tells us her story today and gets us ready for the rest of the World Cup tournament. I think you're going to love her- an incredible story of highs and lows and what nearness to God looked like in all of it. (And tons of soccer talk. YES AND AMEN.)

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I won't say we saved the best for last because this whole series has been extraordinary because each set of guests has been extraordinary. But Sonnie and Jason, our enneagram 9 friends, have finished this EnneaSummer2019 so well. I've long loved nines, but this invitation into their minds and hearts brought (many) tears to my eyes. 

Oh enneagram 9 friends, thank y'all for how selflessly you live and love. You think of the rest of us so much. Thank you thank you thank you. May God remind you how much your presence matters in our lives- not for what you do, but for who you are.

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Q&A EPISODE COMING SOON!

Have a question you want answered by an enneagram expert (not me!)? Email us! podcast@anniefdowns.com

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

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Strong hearts and soft hearts. That's what you are going to experience today in our Enneagram 8 episode. Patrick and Annie let us in to a deeper understanding of what it is like to challenge, to battle, to walk with justice at the front of your mind. I am so thankful for these two friends and what they offer to those that they love- protection, truth, vulnerability, loyalty.

Enneagram 8s, thank you for being strong when it isn't always easy. Thank you for leading and serving, often at the same time. Here's to all the ways you care for the rest of us and all the ways we can care for you.

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

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Well DON'T YOU KNOW I've been waiting on this one. :) As your resident enneagram 7, I feel like y'all know this number pretty well because you put up with me every episode. But having Drew and Cait in the room around microphones with me made for triple the fun. 

I love the way this conversation went- yes to lots of laughs, but also lots of honesty about our fears, anxiety, and the power of perseverance in our lives. I learned a lot in this episode and I'm grateful for how honest everyone was. (And YAY I GOT TO ANSWER THE FUN QUESTION. LOL.)

Grateful for these two 7s and how they bring FUN and JOY to my life. 

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

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You guys. I got SUPER into Food Network's Spring Baking Championship a few months ago. Like SUPER into it. I watched every episode, DVRed it when I was on the road, cared DEEPLY about the winner, and then proceeded to tweet the winner and beg him to be on my podcast.

Meet Chef Cory Barrett. :) ... the chef your friend Annie stalked to be on her podcast and also (more importantly) the WINNER of Food Network's 2019 Spring Baking Championship! If you've wondered about the behind the scenes of these shows, how Cory got on it in the first place, where they film (you won't believe it), when they film (also surprising), and lots and lots of other great stories about baking and life- today's show is for you. 

Y'all are gonna absolutely love this guy! Congrats again on the win, Chef Cory!

https://www.facebook.com/chefcorybarrett/

https://www.instagram.com/chef_cory_barrett/

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We are about to learn next level safety tips from our enneagram 6 friends. :) JUST KIDDING. But yes- we are about to talk a lot about feeling safe yourself and creating safe environments for the people you love. Kate and Josh kindly invite us into the minds of the loyalist- their fight against anxiety, managing fears, and trusting God.

Also Kate gives THE MOST EXCELLENT tip to enneagram 6s. Seems incredibly helpful for us all, actually! (And you know how I feel about journaling anyways...) :) 

Thank God for enneagram 6 friends who fight the fear, step out in courage, and make us all feel more cared for and safe.

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

Our hashtags :

#EnneaSummer2019

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Gracious this episode with our enneagram 5s is special. People with this personality type usually doesn't like to be the center of attention, so Emily and Goose really took one for the team this week being on the show. I am so so grateful for them- they both helped me to fall more in love with the 5s in my life and see them for who they really are (even if Goose doesn't *totally* love the enneagram.) :) 

Enneagram 5s, thanks for all you learn and know and research so that we can all grow. I'm thankful for your thoughtfulness and kindness and the ways you collect information for the good of others.

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

Our hashtags :

#EnneaSummer2019

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I didn't want to miss the chance to celebrate Father's Day in the middle of #EnneaSummer2019, so my friend Kevin Madsen, one of the HeyDad podcast hosts, stopped in the office and we did a little deep dive on dad-ing.

I'm not a dad (duh), but gosh this convo made me laugh and moved me to tears. If you love a father, you're gonna love this show.

And don't forget to grab your favorite dad a Father's Day gift and get 20% off the HeyDad subscription box when you use the code ANNIE. 

https://heydad.com

And thanks to my dear friend (and one of my favorite dads) Harry for calling from Scotland right as the show was ending! :) That sounds fun to me.

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Grab tissues because you KNOW these fours are going to make you tear up! Matt and Marissa (a different Marissa that the enneagram 3 obviously) join me today as we talk about life in a world where it may be true that no one really gets you and what that experience is like. To be seen and known is what our four friends are looking for, and my hope is that today you will gain new insight into this super special and very important enneagram type. Matt and Marissa are two of the best- and this show is extra cool because they are already friends! (You're gonna love what they say about each other!)

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

Our hashtags :

#EnneaSummer2019

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Let me lead with this: I owe threes an apology. I haven't been thoughtful about their pain and struggles because of my own experience with men in leadership who self-identified as threes. I've been working towards loving them better, but this conversation changed me. I see threes so differently now, and I'm so thankful for Marisa and Nick sitting down with me, opening their hearts and stories, and letting us see what it is really like to be a three, on your best and worst days. Thank God for threes and what they build and create and how they honor the rest of us by helping us dream and succeed.

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

Our hashtags :

#EnneaSummer2019

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I am SUCH A FAN of enneagram twos (and have A LOT to learn about them as you will hear here). And I'm particularly partial to the twos I get to introduce you to today. Nate and Jenn are two of the very best humans and serve with their whole hearts. I hope this episode helps you fall in love with twos in a way that helps you help them to help well. :) 

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Music from Ryan O'Neal : 

http://www.sleepingatlast.com

Expert words from Beth McCord :

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

Our hashtags :

#EnneaSummer2019

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Time to fall in love with the enneagram ones in our lives! Lee and Jami are here to tell us their experiences from their own point of view. I ask them all sorts of questions, fail them by not giving them the questions ahead of time, and find myself teary at the end because we are just so lucky to have enneagram ones in our lives.

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http://yourenneagramcoach.com

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Friends. Get ready to spend the next few weeks learning about the enneagram! We kick it all off with one of my very favorite (and one of the very smartest) enneagram experts, Suzanne Stabile! This is the episode that will get you ready for the focus this whole month- answering your questions about how you start to journey toward your own number, where the enneagram came from, what we can learn from studying all the numbers (not just our own), and 

https://www.theenneagramjourney.org

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Y'all.

Why are comedians the VERY BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD? Every time we get lucky enough to have one stop by the office to record a show, I am better for it. Heather Land is no exception- this one will be a great travel companion for you this weekend and anytime you are laying by the pool and need a laugh. And make sure you grab a copy of her new book I Ain't Doin It!!

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We are a people who LOVE to talk about books, so today I brought the expert in to talk to us about what we should be reading this summer. Anne Bogel, many of you know her as Modern Mrs. Darcy, talks reading and books better than any other friend I've got. Her latest book, I'd Rather Be Reading, is just one of the most fun and inspiring books I've read in a while (if you want to be inspired to open up more books). She has two book-centric podcasts of her own that I think you'll love. 

I can't wait to hear what you are going to read this summer and what book clubs you have joined!

If you want to read along with me, I'm starting this summer reading The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay.

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Y'all I cannot tell you what an honor it was to sit down with Louie Giglio, a man who has been pastoring me through his teachings and books for twenty years. (I worked real hard to be appreciative but not "Between Two Ferns" level fandom, so forgive me if I got weird at any point.) We dive in on perseverance, leadership, influence, family, and La Croix. Obviously. :) His new book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father has just released and it is a powerful piece of work that I think you will love.

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It is ABOUT TIME we had Margaret Feinberg on the show! She's a long time friend, an incredible author, a writing coach to many, and just one of the all around best people. Her latest book Taste and See is a journey though the foods of the Bible and the book, and this episode, will just make your mouth water. 

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As many of our friends graduate this month, I thought it would be fun to bring on an expert in transitions. (So this show isn't JUST for people finishing school- it's for all of us as we figure out how to go from HERE to THERE.) Andrew Osenga hosts The Pivot podcast, all stories of people who have had a transition in their life and how they have maneuvered it. After you listen to this show, share it with your favorite graduate and make sure you've subscribed to The Pivot!

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Who better to share her wisdom about being a mom than Pam Tebow?!? RIGHT? You know we love her son Tim around here, but now we get to hear from her! I've never been more inspired to memorize scripture and notice where I'm affecting others. This one is so so inspirational! Her new book Ripple Effects is out now- so make sure you grab a copy for yourself and your favorite mom!

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My friend Heather saw Ryan Hall's new book on my desk- Run The Mile You Are In- and after she told me about him for a few minutes, I thought, "yep, that's our kind of guy" and I knew I wanted to have him on the show. I'm so glad, too. HE IS AWESOME. Y'all are going to love this conversation all about health, wellness, PERSEVERANCE (which you know I LOVE) and the power of God in our every day lives.

I'm so glad we get tto call Ryan a friend now AND don't you KNOW we'll be cheering for Sara Hall like crazy as she tries out for the 2020 Olympics!

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Endless summer. Essential winter. This is a conversation I will not soon forget. Amanda Cook is an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and worship leader. Her songs have been a soundtrack to much of my healing and growth in my relationship with God, particularly in the last four years. Her newest album House On A Hill is VERY VERY GOOD, y'all. 

While sometimes I tell you to be ready to take notes, today I'd encourage you to be outside while you listen, go on a walk or sit on your porch or just be in a place where you can let these words fall on you. It's special.

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As a long fan of the Bachelor series, I'm really excited for y'all to hear this conversation with Ben Higgins. For those of us who have watched the show, I think you're going to love the MORE of who Ben is. Honest, kind, smart, funny, and full full full of wisdom. But whether you've been a fan of his for a while or this is a first introduction, you're welcome! He's awesome! (This may be one where you scribble down some notes- don't say I didn't warn ya.)

Make sure you check out Generous Coffee too! 

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This may be a tear-jerker YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. If you are moved by talk of family, adoptions, orphans, and the love and grace of God, this one may get ya. My friend Emily Chapman Richards is the newly appointed executive director of ShowHope and I think she's just one of the best and brightest and most inspiring women I know.

If you'd like to know more about ShowHope, just head to their website! 

https://showhope.org

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I'm so so happy to have Jeremy Cowart back on the show! We have lots of topics to cover (as you will see) including an update on The Purpose Hotel and his new amazing book I'm Possible. We also spend some time on Santa Claus and and adoption and chronic pain so yeah, we're something special. :)

http://jeremycowart.com

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It all started when one of you sweet friends handed me a novel by Charles Martin. Then I saw I had another on my book shelf from my mom. Then I read them both and now I'm a massive fan and I pretty much begged Charles Martin to come be on the show because FAN GIRL STATUS IS REAL.

His new book, What If It Is True?, is my companion for the next week as we walk towards Easter. (This episode will tell you why and why you should join me!)

(Quick reminder: we are taking next week off the show to celebrate Holy Week. I hope you will take the time you usually spend here with us and use it to read, listen, and learn about why Easter week changed everything for us.) 

Happy Easter, friends. He is risen indeed. See you Monday April 22nd!

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This episode is like a little love letter to us all! Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are as amazing and kind and fun to be around as you would guess based on watching their family's hit reality show Little People, Big World. We talk a lot about enneagram and relationships and soccer so what I'm saying is this may be the apex show of my life. :) Their new book A Love Letter Life is already getting incredible feedback - I think you'll love it too.

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Emily P. Freeman is so dear to me. Getting to talk to her, listen to her, learn from her, it's quite a gift. I'm so honored to have her on the show today, to get to share her with you. Her newest book just released this week- The Next Right Thing- and along with her podcast, this work is just totally changing me. 

I bet it will change you too. 

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I do not like April Fools so this is no joke: you guys have been BEGGING me to have Ben Rector on the show and we finally made it happen today! He shows up in a million ways- in humor, in kindness, in wisdom. He's a great musician but an even better man.

His latest album Magic is an absolute favorite and if you get a chance to see him on tour, TAKE IT. His live show is so so good. 

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I love being friends with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She is every bit as genuine and kind and truth-telling as you expect her to be. You'll hear in this conversation all about her prayer life, her family life, her television life, and her author life. Her new book Point of View just released this week and I think you will really love it.

Get your journal out, there are nuggets galore in this one.

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I've been a fan of David Crowder for about as long as I've been buying music. He is one of my favorite musicians, one of my favorite writers (y'all have GOT to read some of his prose), and now one of my favorite dudes. This conversation was incredibly fun and entertaining for me across the table, I cannot wait to hear how you feel about it too!

Crowder's newest album I Know A Ghost is a really good one. Father, Son, Holy Spirit- that part of this convo stuck with me. What a genius. I think you're going to love this one!

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You probably recognize Trudy's maiden name- Cathy. Like Truett Cathy. Like CHICK-FIL-A.

Trudy Cathy White is way more than fried chicken, though. Over the last few years as I have gotten to know her, she has taught me faithfulness, joy, long obedience in the same direction. Every conversation moves me to be better. Her new book Climb Every Mountain will walk you through the harder days. It's so so beautiful. 

Enjoy this convo and tell me your favorite Chick-fil-A order! :) 

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Gracious I love Lysa TerKeurst. What an honor and a joy to have her on the podcast. If you haven't heard her speak live, GO DO IT. If you haven't read her books yet, WHY NOT. If you haven't heard a conversation with her recorded with you in mind, you're welcome. :) Make sure you grab a copy of her new book It's Not Supposed To Be This Way. It is so moving and inspiring and I'm sure you will connect with it in your own way, just like I did.

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One of my favorite things in the whole world is introducing my friends to my friends. I bet many of you already know Trey Kennedy from his comedy and videos and killer voice- he's the best. But hearing more about his life and spiritual disciplines and faith experience is going to be the best part of your day. Trey is one of my friends that I look forward to living life with over the next few decades to see how his discipline and heart and talent shape his life. Three cheers for great (and FUNNY) humans like Trey Kennedy!

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MY GIRL MERE!

I've been WAITING to get her onto the podcast. Meredith Andrews has been dear to me for years- it's been long overdue to bring her to meet you. Her new live worship album Faith & Wonder just released last week and it is on repeat nonstop in my house. I think you're gonna love it, too. And Mere. She is a GIFT.

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For 30 days in 2019, over 400 churches in the greater Nashville area prayed and fasted together for revival in our city. 

Pastor Dave Clayton from Ethos Church and Cross Point Pastor Kevin Queen (pastor of the pod, duh) came into my office to chat about Awaken Nashville- answer questions about why/how it got started, tell stories about what we've seen so far, and talk about what the first steps are for you to start this in your city.

http://awakennashville.com

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I only know how to play three songs on the guitar, and Julie Roberts's song "Break Down Here" is one of them. I've never met her before but WOW am I glad to have met her. This conversation- about growing up, country music, marriage, and an MS diagnosis- runs the full gamut.

Her new book Beauty in the Breakdown is an amazing and inspiring read. You're gonna love this woman and this book! 

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It's a special day here on the podcast as we welcome Jonathan Pitts- pastor, author, and husband to my friend, the late Wynter Pitts. 

The very day she passed away, Jonathan and Wynter turned in a book on marriage called Emptied. I thought talking about this book, and Wynter, and Jonathan's transition to Nashville, would be great at the end of TSF Couples 2019.

Hope you'll enjoy this very moving and honest conversation with Jonathan.

(We love you, Wynter. You are missed here.)

https://twitter.com/PittsTimes6

https://forgirlslikeyou.com

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To finish out our couples month on the podcast, I got two of my favorites around the microphones... Pastor Kevin Queen and his wife Rea! It's right to end the month with a seasoned couple (married 19 years!) who can walk us through some of the hard seasons of marriage. So many of my questions are answered in this one. I'm so grateful.

This one is for you, husbands. (Kevin gives the best piece of advice I've maybe ever heard to men.)

This one is for you, wives. (Rea shares some deeply important ideas.)

This one is for you, friends who want to be married someday. (Their dating advice to me has stayed with me.)

Hope you love this one as much as I do!

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Andrew East is an NFL long snapper.

Shawn Johnson East is an Olympic gold medalist gymnast.

POWER ATHLETE COUPLE FOR REAL.

Together they are one of my very favorite couples (in real life and on instagram). I have loved watching their marriage grow and change via the internet, and this conversation is a special one - about how to meet the right person, how to persevere in your dreams, and how to make patterns and decisions that will make you who you want to be in the long run of life. Y'all are gonna love these people.

https://www.instagram.com/andrewdeast/

https://www.instagram.com/shawnjohnson/

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The stars of Flip or Flop Atlanta, Ken and Anita Corsini have an incredible story of God opening doors for them, how He ordered their steps, and how He sustained them when their son had cancer. This is far more than a story of HGTV celebs (though they are that too!)- it's deep and beautiful. We've been friends since college- over 20 years- and this is one of my favorite conversations with them ever. 

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I'm a little without description on this one, I'm just so happy about it. Mack and Meredith Brock are two strong leaders who have found home in each other. The depth of their communication and relationship is so dang inspiring to me (and wait until you hear how they talk about fasting and praying!).

Mack Brock's most recent album Greater Things is an ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. Make sure you grab it!

Grateful for these two. The fact they are also HILARIOUS seems borderline unfair- people shouldn't be this all around awesome. Makes the rest of us look bad. ;)

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It wouldn't be TSF Couples month here in Nashville without a country music super-couple! So here we are with Russell Dickerson and his amazing wife Kailey. I only cry once in this one... it's just so special, y'all.

Make sure you check out Russell's music- truly one of my favorite voices in the country space right now. Even if you aren't totally a country fan (yet!), he might be the one to win you over.

https://russelldickerson.com

(PS- I love TSF Couples month SO SO MUCH. I hope y'all are enjoying it too!!)

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I know this is one of your favorite "couples" that come on our show- MINE TOO! This episode is perfect combination of a friendship we want to get to know AND the start of Lent season leading towards Easter!

The SheReadsTruth girls and I talk all about healthy friendship with women, but we also talk about the next reading plans- four weeks of Job and four weeks of the Easter story (then Revelation eek).

https://www.shopshereadstruth.com

Remember to use the code "thatsoundsfun" to get 15% off your Job and Easter studies- Hes, Shes, and Kids! (Because of the limited run on the linen cover, that one isn't included in the 15% off, but hurry and get one before they sell out!)

Thankful for a chance to hear the heart behind these studies, to hear an update on Amanda's son Toby, and just to get to know Amanda and Raechel better. 

Hope y'all will join us in these studies! 

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TSF Couples Month continues with Jeff and Alyssa Bethke. These are two of my favorite friends to follow on socials and keep up with as their marriage and family grows and changes and strengthens. And they live in Maui so who wouldn't want to see that life on the regular? :)

This episode brings up some important practices and disciplines to survive those young toddler years (three under five? THESE PEOPLE ARE BRAVE!) and these two are so honest about their joys and struggles. For many of you right in the middle of that place, these are your people. (For the rest of us- good news! Jeff and Alyssa are our people too.) :) 

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TSF Couples Month REALLY kicks off today with these two adorable and amazing humans- newlyweds Jessica Mack and Dre Plackis. Jess and I have known each other for a while here in Nashville, she's a gifted singer/songwriter and one of the cast members of CMT's Music City, a reality show based here in town.

Dre and Jess met between the two seasons of Music City (you're gonna hear the whole story and IT IS AWESOME) and their wedding was featured in the last two episodes of Season 2 of Music City!

I hadn't heard the story first-hand of how they met and fell and love and Y'ALL just hearing how God orchestrated every step is so so cool and encouraging for all of us... singles, moms, friends. All the ways you are waiting, I think this episode will remind you that GOD IS AT WORK.

Pretty fun, huh? 

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No better way to kick off our month of couples than with these two (who are actually, in fact, not a romantic couple). Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden are the hosts of The Popcast and Bible Binge, as well as some very very fun side shows they offer their Patron community.

You can find everything you want to know about them over at KnoxandJamie.com

We fling from here to there in this convo and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I've been DYING to be friends with these two and now they are so totally stuck with me for all our days. I adore them. I think you will too.

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I am just so excited to have my longtime friend Lisa Leonard on the podcast. I have been wearing her jewelry for almost a decade, and reading her words on her blog, but her book is a whole new thing. (It's amazing.) Lisa is so creative and wise and honest. Her new book Brave Love is just beautiful. You're gonna love it.

We had some tech difficulties so we didn't get to talk as long as I wanted to, but I think you will love what we got! 

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I love love love having pastors on the show- they just always have some nuggets for us that will lead to good growth and change. Scott Sauls is one of those pastors to me- he is an expert on faith and culture and where those meet, as well as just a kind, generous, and thoughtful human. I'm grateful for where this conversation went as we talked all about struggles and faith life and changes and HOPE.

His new book Irresistible Faith released this week. Make sure you grab a copy- it's so so good.

(And, as we promised, let's continue to keep Scott in our prayers as he sorts out the insomnia issue.)

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My girl Hollyn is on the show today and y'all just aren't even going to believe this story. What I thought was a simple, "update me on life" question led to a whole episode of how God writes stories that are unlike anything we could do for ourselves.

To finish up the Next Gen series, another expert from inside the Next Gen camp, reminding us that God is at work in all of our lives, no matter your age, and if you seek Him you WILL find Him. 

Pretty fun one. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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Y'all.

This one surprised me.

I called a couple of my favorite gals- Camden (13), Raleigh (15), and Katie Marie (19)- to see if we could talk all about being a teenager. Because all of our experts this month have been experts BUT who knows teens better than teens. 

And these young women BLEW MY MIND.

Buckle up for an incredibly beautiful and profound conversation.

(Also dear adults, here's a spoiler: we still don't need to be on snapchat- teens think that is weird, but we need to understand it.)

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I also have a new book releasing this week for young women- A Life of Lovely- a younger version of Looking For Lovely, specifically edited and specifically re-written with younger gals in mind. I will be reading you a few pages from this book today on the podcast as well.

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Pretty often, JP Pokluda's name crosses in front of me, so I've known of him for a long time. But this was our first time getting to be friends. But I knew when I was gathering up experts on the next generation, he was one of the dudes I wanted to speak into this series.

So far our experts have been talking to us about middle and high schoolers (mostly), but JP is here to talk college (mostly). :) We're also gonna hit a few other topics I think you will love- like hearing God, accountability, and JP's next steps.

His new book Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and the Future is SUCH a gift for anyone walking through that young adult life phase. 

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Fifteen years ago, Drew Hill and I served in the same student ministry. He and his wife Natalie moved to Athens, Georgia and became the leaders of the student ministry where I was volunteering. I learned so so much from him the year we served together. Impacted me forever.

Drew has been committed to investing in the next generation for twenty years and he's finally (literally FINALLY) written a book called Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel. When I think of who loves teens well, and shows them the Gospel life, it's Drew.

Grab this book for yourself, for your youth pastor, and for every parent you know.

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We are taking a few episodes to talk about the next generation- what it looks like to invest in them, how to care for them, and how to love them well. When I think about who speaks teenage the best and can teach us a whole lot, it is Amy Byrd.

She is the director of girls ministry at Hunter Street Baptist Church and also an absolutely brilliant writer, gifted speaker, and excellent friend. I think you're just gonna love her and her thoughts.

Whether you are friends with a teenager, raising a teenager, leading teenagers, or just surrounded by them on this planet, I think this conversation will open up your eyes and thoughts to some new things. 

http://amybyrd.com

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends!

So glad to be kicking off another season with you. We have some fun plans in the next few weeks, and I wanted to start the year by having a conversation with Carey Nieuwhof. Pastor, teacher, author, podcast host, leadership expert, Carey has a lot of right answers for the questions we are asking right now about how to start 2019 in a way that leads us to the healthiest year yet. His newest book, Didn't See It Coming, is helping me to navigate some important things this season- I think it will help you too! 

Let's jump into 2019!! 

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There was no other way to end the year than having our old pal Eddie Kaufholz back on the show. We talk about 2018 like it can't hear us- the things we loved and hated, the ways it surprised us, Eddie's big changes this year (and he parents his daughters a few times), and we dive deep into plans for 2019.

This is a thinker and an LOLer. Of course it is.

Thanks for an amazingly fun year, you guys. I wouldn't do this without you. Over 5 million downloads and 70+ shows in 2018, and still the best part is when you come up to me at a restaurant or airport and tell me your favorite episode. So THANK YOU SO MUCH. Y'all are better friends than I deserve.

Here's to 2019- a year full of great shows (we already mostly know the first three months and it's LEGIT) and lots of new friends and having more fun than we did in any year before. That's my goal for us, at least. :) 

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Quick reminders:

1. No new show on New Years Eve but we'll be back on January 3!

2. We are reading 100 Days to Brave together starting January 1! Join us!! All the details on my instagram.

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I've never gotten to do a Christmas Eve show until this year, AND I AM SO THRILLED ABOUT IT. I imagine this being the episode you listen to as you drive home, or cook for your people, or out on a walk with your pup to get a little break from family time, or driving to and from the golf course. Or maybe y'all turn on the tree and gather around, old school style, and listen together.

Loads of people on this one- the Downs Books team, lots of my #miniBFFs, Pastor Kevin, AND MY MOM AND DAD. This is a fun one. A little gift from me to you.

Merry Christmas, friend.

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My friend Nicolle Galyon throws incredible parties. Never stressful, never stuffy, always welcoming and incredibly fun. So when we planned our Hallmark Movie watching party for Saturday night (remember we're all watching Jingle Around The Clock on 12/22 at 8pm/7pmCT), I knew I wanted Nicolle to come and teach me how to throw a party like she does!

Also. I should mention. She is a Grammy-nominated, award-winning songwriter with five number one hits. CASUAL, NICOLLE. (Here is the playlist of the songs she's written.) And she's a wife. And a great friend. And a strong business woman. And a mama. 

You are about to fall in love with your new pal Nicolle. And throw the best girl party of your life on Saturday. :) 

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We've had some huge stars on the podcast this year, but today exceeds them all.

Santa Claus is here.

Parents- I *think* it's okay for your kids to hear this one, we didn't say anything that would lead to heartbreak, except for Santa's dislike for mall Santas. But just heads up that I know some of my pals who listen are under the age of 12 and I wouldn't want you to proceed without a tiny warning that, well, Santa tells us some behind the scenes of the North Pole and we hear from an angry elf.

(Also. Total side note. VERY unrelated. I'm a huge fan of Dave Barnes and Aaron Chewning. Just wanted you to know.) 

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2 things to remember!

1. We are tracking our time this week using Jessica Turner's Stretched Too Thin Time Log. Download it here and join us from yesterday (Dec 16) to Saturday (Dec 22)! 

2. We are all gonna gather with friends and watch Jingle Around The Clock on Hallmark on Saturday (Dec 22) and 8pm/7pmCT. Join us!

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I cannot keep up with my lists and calendars and THINGS TO DO before 2019. I don't want to miss the beauty of this season because of the crazy I feel in my schedule. So Jessica Turner was just the woman to call upon to help us all find a little mores space and balance.

Jess juggles a million things- family, full time job, author life, speaking, blogger, THE LIST KEEPS GOING. And somehow she still gets so much done and has a great spirit about her. I think you're gonna love some of her tips and ways that she has prioritized certain things to make space for other things. Already feels like my Christmas is getting less stressful.

Here is the Stretched Too Thing Time Log that we talked about in the show. If you want to do it with us, start on Sunday (Dec 16)! And make sure you grab Jess's new book Stretched Too Thin to gift to the women on your Christmas list.

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Epic may be the right word for this particular episode- in length as well as in content. :) Y'all know I love a Hallmark Christmas movie and talking about the 2018 offerings was bound to happen.

This show comes to you in four parts.

Part 1. My gals Jami and Jenn are back to tell you their thoughts on the new movies for 2018.

Part 2. Candace Cameron Bure joins us to talk about her new movie A Shoe Addict's Christmas, getting out of the Christian bubble, and the enneagram (and I PROMISE she brought it up not me!). 

Part 3. My buddy Drew tells us his thoughts on the ONE Hallmark Christmas movie he's watched from start to finish, Let It Snow.

Part 4. Jami and Jenn are back to complete a Hallmark Christmas mad-lib. :) 

It's a doozie, but that's what Christmas parties so fun- sometimes you get into the party and you planned to leave after an hour but you're having such a good time you're still there an hour and a half later! hahahaha! I love this episode. Hope you will too.

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BUCKLE UP, PEOPLE.

This is that thing that happens at a Christmas Party where you and a dear friend pull to the side, maybe punch cups in hand, and GO DEEP. You talk about the real stuff, even while the hubbub keeps going around you. Banning Liebscher, founding pastor of Jesus Culture, is just that convo. I was moved to tears multiple times recording this one. Take notes. Tear up. Whatever you need. His book Rooted is absolutely one of my favorites- grab a few to gift this year!

If Christmas ever feels hard for you, or if you just need a reminder of who Jesus really is, phew. This is the one. Stick around for the prayer at the end- it's a doozie.

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Want to give an autographed copy of 100 Days to Brave as a Christmas gift? Head to your local Barnes and Noble to get one of the thousands of hand-signed copies from yours truly!

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He's back, y'all! Jon McLaughlin swings through our Christmas party again this year and no one is mad about THAT. He's a favorite around here- you guys tell me all the time. So he's back, and he's got a new album to tell us about- Angst and Grace. It's so so good. Merry Christmas to us, getting to laugh with this dude and listen to some amazing new tunes.

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Just a reminder that Advent started yesterday! Read alone with us at SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTruth. It's going to be a great Christmas season.

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Many of you already feel the way I do about Ellie Holcomb: OBSESSED and IN LOVE. I know. She's wonderful. And there's no one better to walk into our Christmas party right after our SheReadsTruth friends than Ellie! 

We talk about life and friendship and the holidays and her new book for kids- Who Sang the First Song?- that you DEFINITELY need in your life. (And if you aren't already a fan of her music, start with Red Sea Road. It's my faaaaaavorite.)

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Want to give an autographed copy of 100 Days to Brave as a Christmas gift? Head to your local Barnes and Noble to get one of the thousands of hand-signed copies from yours truly!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, you guys! No better way to officially kick off our Christmas Party than to have Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams from SheReadsTruth on to talk all about Advent- why we celebrate it, how to celebrate it, what it means, and why it is important.

If you've been around for a Christmas Party before, you know these party animals are staples and always the first to arrive. MY KIND OF PEOPLE. Love these gals so much.

Remember to use the code THATSOUNDSFUN to get 15% off all things Advent from shopshereadstruth.com through the end of December! Grab the study and let's spend December together.

http://shereadstruth.com

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Why wait until AFTER Thanksgiving to kick off our party?!? Instead I'm going ALL IN and bringing back one of your (AND my) favorite guests- Danielle Walker! We're talking all about cooking for the holidays, all the times we'll be in the same place over the next few months, and how we feel about turkey (and her BIG TIP on how to make the most delicious one your people have ever known). Only one episode this Thanksgiving week- so I had to make it a good one. 

Use that Black Friday deal and pre-order a copy of Danielle's new cookbook Eat What You Love... TRUST ME the biscuits and gravy are reason enough to own this one.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. So grateful for you. 

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Thanks to Dave Barnes for making holiday music we all love! Make sure you've got his Christmas records in your listening rotation! 

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It's so fun and such an honor to have Becca Stevens on the podcast today! Author. Speaker. Episcopal priest. Founder of Thistle Farms. Over the last 22 years, she has changed the face of justice work in Nashville and a LOT of lives in the process. This is a beautiful conversation about justice and kindness and rescuing women from poverty and the cycle of abuse (and how men can help!). What a hero and a legend. Y'all are going to love her.

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Remember God is out! Make sure you've grabbed a copy for yourself and maybe some for your friends!

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I have a new house and there is no better woman to help me figure out how to decorate than my friend Myquillyn Smith. You probably know her as The Nester and she is just one of the best. Her wisdom, her style, the way her faith and love of family drive how she creates home, it's all so inspirational and so helpful.

Her new book Cozy Minimalist Home just released and I am OBSESSED already. Grab a copy! 

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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I'm such a huge fan of Good Grit Magazine and WHOA was I honored/surprised/happy when Laura Bento, the founder and CEO, asked me to help curate an issue and be the guest editor. I wrote a few original exclusive pieces, had my friends interviewed and featured, and got to fly to Scotland for the cover shoot! You guys are going to love getting to know Laura and hearing all about the behind-the-scenes making of a magazine. (And there is a super special guest that will bring tears to your eyes!)

If you subscribe to Good Grit Magazine this month, you can still get my issue! Use the discount code "ANNIE" to get $10 off your subscription!

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Hayley Morgan is a force for truth and light and standing on your own two feet. I've loved being friends with her for years and as always happens, when you stick around someone's life long enough, you see them grow and change. She's watched that in my story, and I've watched it in hers. And her new book Preach To Yourself is an absolute testimony to the power of truth and will call you higher in who you are. (And she's awesome and fun and you will just adore her. Amen.)

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Grant Skeldon is one of the best dudes you'll meet. He's passionate about his city and his generation and being healthy body, mind, and spirit. We jumped right, catching up on something I had noticed on instagram but hadn't been able to ask Grant about yet. And I think you'll like where the conversation goes.

Grab Grant's book The Passion Generation for yourself and some leaders in your life.

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Here's a great way to start your week, friends! Two great men on the podcast today.

We'll kick off with Tim Tebow, who most of you know as a football player, man of faith, author, commentator, and also baseball player! THIS GUY. His new book This is the Day just released and I loved chatting with him about it!

Also on the show today is Max Lucado, bestselling author and pastor from San Antonio, Texas. His new book Unshakable Hope is an excellent resource right now for many of us who are looking for God's promises.

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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With mid-term elections just around the corner, I called our favorite political voice, Michael Wear, to come on the show and tell us what we do not know. He gives us some important questions to ask, some wisdom about this particular election cycle, and some great direction in prayer. 

His book Reclaiming Hope is a favorite of mine. I hope you'll grab it.

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Ryan O'Neal, who makes music under the name Sleeping At Last, is one of the most creative and inspiring people I know. As many of you know, he has been creating a series of songs around the enneagram types. Just last week, the seven song released (which is the enneagram type I am!) and so I asked Ryan to join us today to talk about all the songs, his creating process, and songwriting in general. 

Get ready to be inspired to make something. Anything. That's what Ryan does to us- makes us want to be better makers.

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Our new background song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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I met Andi Andrew about a year ago at a conference and have been adoring her ever since. Not only does she run the She Is Free Conference in New York, she's a pastor at Liberty Church, and the author of the new book Fake or Follower. But also she's a super friend and a hilarious guest and you are gonna LOVE her.

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Our new song is Precipice by Creekmore, written as a companion piece to Remember God

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Remember God is out! Make sure you've grabbed a copy for yourself and maybe some for your friends!

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As a longtime Broadway fan, I cannot believe we get to hear from both Elphaba and Glinda from the touring cast of Wicked today. But they are more than just my favorite witches- these women have become dear friends to me.

In two weeks, both Mary Kate Morrissey and Ginna Claire Mason Moffett will be leaving the cast, so I visited them in San Antonio last week to see them share the stage one more time and we sat on the dressing room floor with a microphone between us. Tears, laughs, beautiful thoughts on God and art and friendship.

I love these girls so much. What a gift they are to me. I bet you'll feel the same about them after today's show.

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