That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs (general)

Holy Week Bible Reading:

Matthew 21:1-11

Mark 11:1-11

Luke 19:29-44

John 12:12-19

(Read from my Bible in the New International Version 1984)

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From baby goats to jazz leadership.

Love y'all. See you Monday, April 13th.

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Embarrassing stories and donuts and food trucks. Another normal day around here. 

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If something happens twice, can we call it a tradition? :) Because I love the idea of Charles Martin always being our last conversation before Holy Week and Easter. It happened in April 2019 and again today. With tons of compassion and wisdom and kindness, Charles talks to us through this unknown pandemic season with the hope of the One who knows it all.

His new novel The Water Keeper releases next month, and I would HIGHLY encourage you to grab a copy of What If It's True? to read through between Palm Sunday and Easter.

Speaking of next week- we won't have normal Monday or Thursday shows, and there won't be any #TSFQuarantine shows, but each day, starting Sunday, April 5 (Palm Sunday) to Sunday, April 12 (Easter), I'll be reading the story from that day in the Gospels. Something is recorded in Scripture every day from of that globe-shaking week, and we'll hear it straight from the Bible.

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Lots of heroes, lots of writing talk, and an update on feelings.

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Our seven serious minutes extended a bit today. Enjoy. :) 

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LOTS of breakfast talk (with two adorable visitors) and some heroes and a last resort offer for Tim and his fiancé.

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Gracious I adore Ellie Holcomb, and getting to chat with her in these uncertain and sometimes scary days is such a gift. She's homeschooling her kids, like many of y'all, and trying to balance all the things. Ellie gives so much hope today for all of us, no matter what our shelter-in-place situation is like. (And a few fun pop-ins from her kids!) 

Ellie's new children's book Don't Forget To Remember is a favorite of our #miniBFFBookClub and is perfect to read to your children right now. 

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Of course we had to talk about Tiger King, 7 serious minutes about the beginning of a new week, some real life heroes, and how Eddie would excel at Shark Tank.

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Sabbath talk, hero talk, cameo talk, and some great updates after yesterday's show.

(Reminder: we Sabbath/rest on Saturdays, and we talked too long today so you're a little ready for a break from us but we'll be back on Sunday!)

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How do we help doctors and nurses? 7 minutes of serious that goes longer than 7 minutes.

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I fangirl hard today on this episode with John Eldredge. His writings, his podcast, his teachings- his work has shaped my heart for two decades and I'm so grateful. While we recorded this conversation before COVID19 was the pandemic it is today, these words were perfectly meant for today. John is about to invite you to think through the importance of whole-heartedness and what it is like to be a human right now.

His new book Get Your Life Back is an absolute gift. Here are the other resources that I think will help you right now:

John's website

John's podcast

One Minute Pause App

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Jokes from the girls, tons of fruit talk, and while my quarantine is officially over, these shows will keep going... but we won't be starting any small businesses. See y'all tomorrow!

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The real question remains- does Producer Chad wear joggers or leggings? And we lament the loss of sports, particularly the Olympics 2020 (news hot off the presses), and what I will do as soon as quarantine ends tomorrow (though "shelter in place" continues).

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Two adorable sweet guests, breakfast talk, a baseball mystery to be solved, and some big heroes.

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For starters, I just want to be real clear that Lisa and I recorded this episode when she was in Nashville two weeks ago, before corona virus was the center of all conversations and before I was quarantined. So please forgive the moments that sound a bit tone deaf, we had no idea what today would bring when we were together two weeks ago.

Lisa Whittle is one of my favorite voices in the faith space right now. Her new book Jesus Over Everything is honestly exactly what we need right now. I think this book will really give you some hope and some help. Grab a copy today!

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We talk a little longer than usual today, cleaning up some old news, bringing some new news, and planning for our week! 

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Finally, I cried. LOL. Pizza talk and exercise talk and some heroic heroes and Eddie's daughters make a guest appearance. And we both get turns being the people we REALLY wish we were.

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On the sixth day of recording, we discuss early mornings and brownies and why we fight with people we love and thank the grocery store workers. It's a mess. You're welcome.

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Y'all have yelled at me, in very sweet ways, to have Morgan Harper Nichols on the podcast and YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND! Her art and poetry is literally breathing life into my bones this week. Her new book is a must-order for us in this season on the planet- All Along You Were Blooming. It's gorgeous- just like the heart in this friend.

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All parts of this episode were recorded before I was quarantined to my house by the health department. But Eddie Kaufholz and I are talking all about that on our daily show TSF Quarantine. Enjoy it while it lasts... is what I'm saying to myself about these next seven days in my house. :) 

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Seven serious minutes about handling disappointment with your kids, heroes we didn't know we needed, and figuring out which marine animals self-identify as which enneagram numbers. And we need to know about your best/worst couple fights.

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A couple of minutes of how we're really feeling, then lots of space talk, a little Germany talk, Bachelor talk, and Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody!

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We talk about toilet paper again what is wrong with us. But we also cover what's in a stranger's shopping cart, challenges for today, and want you to tell us what game console is best. 

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This is SUCH a fun episode for the middle of the weirdest thing we've all lived through together- Katie Peslis is an absolute GEM and one of the most talented vocalists I've ever known. She sings SPOT ON like Karen Carpenter, hence the entire tribute album. (And yes, her husband was just on tour with me so may the circles of friendship be unbroken and TIGHTLY KNIT.) Make sure you check out Katie's music and follow her for upcoming tour dates!

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All parts of this episode were recorded before I was quarantined to my house by the health department. But Eddie Kaufholz and I are talking all about that on our daily show TSF Quarantine. Enjoy it while it lasts... is what I'm saying to myself about these next nine days in my house. :) 

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Some church talk and LOTS of toilet paper talk.

Send us your toilet paper substitutes, hot take topics, and general feedback by tagging us on twitter (@anniefdowns and @edwardoreddie) and the hashtag is 

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I am quarantined to my house until Monday, March 23. I know many of you are at home by force or by choice as well. To fight some of the loneliness, I'm going to talk to Eddie every day for 30 minutes.  

Act 1: How are you?

Act 2: Hot Takes

Act 3: Homebound Challenge

Send us your hot takes on Twitter! (I'm @anniefdowns and he is @EdwardorEddie)

See you tomorrow!

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Robin Dance is one of my first friends in the blogger space, way back in the 2000s. She brings a fun conversation, some brave words, and lots of good thoughts and I think you're just going to love her. Her new book For All Who Wander is a great read.

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There is no one I know that is as much an expert on raising kids as Sissy Goff. Over twenty years of counseling children and loving families and she knows what to say to us, what to say to kids, and what to say to ourselves about raising kids in 2020. Her book, Raising Worry-Free Girls, is great for any of us that are a part of a kid's village (boys or girls!). I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this one.

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Get ready to laugh, y'all. Melanie Shankle cracks me up more than most do (and y'all know I'm an easy laugh). We've been friends since before we had these jobs and it's always fun to talk to someone you've walked over a decade with. Her new book, On The Bright Side, is a real special thing. I think you're going to love it.

(Because we recorded this show before Monday, there is no mention of the tornado that passed through Nashville this week. But thank you for all your kind words and prayers as our church and city begin a rebuilding and healing journey we didn't ever expect.)

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It's been such a while that I've wanted to sit down and talk with David Kinnaman. He's the president of Barna Group, he writes books I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, and he's just brilliant. I love stats and I love talking about faith and I love talking about culture and David brings all those things together in some amazing ways. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

And you can keep up with their family-

https://www.prayforjill.com

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This one is just sweet and special and inspiring and I absolutely LOVE when Sadie Robertson Huff and I get to chat... this one is extra awesome because her new husband Christian Huff is here with us as well! We talk dating and God and marriage and then we get a special visit from an office friend who eavesdropped and had some thoughts to include. It's a packed show, y'all! 

Sadie also has a new book out called LIVE- make sure you grab a copy today!

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I have long long long wanted to have Propaganda on the podcast, and this was just perfect to have him for Couples Month, since his wife Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty was available to hop on the microphones with us too. Marriage, family, boundaries, we go to all the places in this conversation. (And we're giving this one a PG rating, so for my miniBFFs out there, maybe Mom and Dad should give a listen first.) Prop and Alma have their own podcast- The Red Couch Podcast- that you should give a listen! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

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Y'all I am so in love with this episode. Addison Bevere swung through the studio when he was in Nashville and we planned to release the show in March... well then his wife Julianna was with him and we turned her microphone on and MY GOSH it is a brilliant show. His recently released book Saints is one of my favorite new books- I think you'll totally love it.

Buckle up. This is the best hour of your day.

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We ticked off all the boxes on this one- yes, a couple so that works for February (AND I LOVE JACKS AND SHAWL!) and a Hallmark conversation like we talked about having more than just at Christmas, lots of laughs and great conversations and Brendan Penny talk, so all is well. Learning how to work together and laugh together and build a project together (like The Bubbly Sesh!) is pretty impressive- I love what I get to learn from these two! Definitely check out their podcast and listen, I just watched The Secret Ingredient and it may be my new favorite. HALLMARK I LOVE YOU MORE EVERY DAY.

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Put this episode in the most requested guest category because Y'ALL LOVE THE WOLFS. Of course I wanted to have them on- so your wish is my command! We had the best time chatting, me in Nashville and them in Atlanta, about our friendship history, how they met, life before and after her stroke, and what it really means to suffer strong. These folks are two of my heroes. 

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I am so so thrilled to have amazing singer/songwriter Matthew West and his wife Emily on the podcast today. (It's Emily's FIRST EVER POD INTERVIEW so y'all be extra sweet to her.) But that will be easy because she is amazing. This whole conversation is. From dating to Nashville, from picking a church (I think many of y'all will relate to the fears of vulnerability we talk about there) to praying for your kids to songwriting to the Grammys... we go all the places. Matthew has a new album releasing Friday that I think you're going to love called Brand New. Make sure you grab a copy!

And yes. I had one major complaint with Matthew, but we saved that for YouTube... go check it out! :)

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I love having Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers on the podcast- especially when we get to celebrate couples (co-workers definitely count!) and with the season of Lent approaching, we have A LOT to discuss. I just love love love having Amanda and Raechel on the show. I think this is our best one yet.

(And just to note, towards the beginning of this one, we talk about the loss of a child and how to parent the other children when there is a tragedy or loss. Was reminded by a listener friend that some of y'all may want a heads up about that. <3 )

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And don't forget we've got a few more questions, specifically about EASTER BASKETS!, with the SheReadsTruth gals over on the AFD YouTube page! Check it out!

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Couples Month is one of my favorite series of the year and this first episode of February is a excellent way to start. Chris and Emily Norton are known for their viral videos, but gracious after an hour with them it's so clear they are so much more. Their book The Seven Longest Yards is such an interesting read. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this conversation and these amazing people.

And don't forget we've got a few more questions with the Nortons over on the AFD YouTube page! I think you'll enjoy this continued conversation...

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What an absolute honor to have Beth Moore on the podcast today. Y'all have requested this conversation since about day 1 and I've hoped for it about that long, too. Beth has been one of the most influential voices in my life when it comes to faith and spiritual growth, and this conversation changed me. Her new book Chasing Vines is an excellent read and I think you will learn so much from it. Please take time today to thank Beth for her investment in your life and the ways her work and this conversation have helped you. She's sure helped me. I'm forever grateful.

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I am so so happy to have my friend Jennie Allen back on the podcast today! We have lived a lot of life together and I am just so grateful for her voice in my life. You are going to absolutely FALL ALL THE WAY INTO this conversation about the power of our thoughts and what God is saying to us today. Her new books Get Out of Your Head is a must read. Can't wait to hear your thoughts about this one! And make sure you join us for IF:Gathering February 7-8, 2020.

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We seem to have fallen into a pretty cool theme of prayer lately, and today is going to help us with that for sure. Whether you are new to prayer or have spent lots of time doing it already, Jarrett Stevens has some amazing thoughts and challenges for us. This one conversation has already pretty massively affected my prayer life. His new book Praying Through would be a great resource for anyone thinking of growing or changing their prayer habits.

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You guys. Welcome Anthony ONeal, our newest best friend, and I think y'all are going to fall in love with him as quick as I did. He is passionate about helping young adults learn how to make smart decisions with their money, relationships and education in order to live a well-balanced life. His book Debt-Free Degree is such a helpful resource- I hope you'll grab a copy. Buckle up- this conversation goes every single way and it's the most fun.

Don't forget you can watch some of my conversation with Anthony over on my YouTube page

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One of my favorite parts of this pod life is sharing music that I absolutely love, and Tauren Wells is at the tip top of that list. I love that his new song Citizen of Heaven is our intro and outro music and the album by the same name is coming out next week. Chatting with Tauren about theology and friendship and marriage and how to read the Bible... gracious this one is gold from start to finish. Make sure you grab a copy of his new album to play as quick as possible!

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I'm so excited to be headed out on tour with Jonathan Pokluda, Mike Grayson, and Cheryl Stark. We were in the office planning for the tour and I said, "you guys, let's just go sit down in the podcast studio and record this!" So that's what we've got for you- the conversation we were having around the table eating barbecue. What it means for us to love better, why we want to tour together, and dating thoughts... we've got lots of them. :) 

We'd love to have you join us on the tour- grab your tickets here!

Here's our Love Better Tour Playlist if you want a sneak listen to the songs we will be singing!

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This conversation is another breath of fresh air for us. Aundi Kolber came into the podcast studio and was a gift from minute one, and I think you will agree. Aundi is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MA LPC), writer, and speaker in Castle Rock, Colorado. She specializes in trauma- and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. Her new book Try Softer just released and it is going to help you in a million ways. (She's pretty brilliant, y'all.)

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Another year and we are here together and I am so grateful. And why not kick it off with an incredibly vulnerable and personal episode? LOL. Seth Haines joins us to talk about all the facets of sobriety, how to face your desires, what to do next, and it all is just a step towards who we want to be in the next decade. His new book The Book of Waking Up is a beautiful, helpful, and life-giving read.

Hope you're joining us for #100DaysToBrave2020! It's not too late- grab a copy of 100 Days To Brave and jump in with us!

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What choice did we have but to have Eddie Kaufholz back on the podcast to help us wrap up 2019? We talk down all the big topics that matter and don't matter and pretty much sort out everything about the last decade as we head into the next one. Always grateful for when Eddie makes me laugh AND cry. 

(We also have a little drop in from our buddy Andy Barron... so that's a special year end treat!)

Happy New Year, friends! 

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Everyone's favorite big guy is back on the show today, ready to really process through the day after Christmas, his biggest and most important work day. What an honor to have Santa Claus land the sleigh here at the That Sounds Fun Studio at Downs Books HQ.

And remember to check out my youtube page for a follow up question with Santa!

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We finish this year's 12 Days of Christmas with my parents! They always show up at my parties and I'm so glad. 

Enjoy the Christmas stories from a lot lot lot of our 2019 guests!

Have a very Merry Christmas, friends. Thankful for you!

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Molly Reed Grayson is by far my favorite instagram baking follow! Every week with her #SundayBakes shows she entertains and teaches and I absolutely love it. As you are preparing for time in the kitchen the next few days, this episode will help you do it well! (And definitely stick around to the end... we have a moment that has NEVER HAPPENED before on the show! And I totally cried and it's awesome.)

Enjoy the Christmas stories from 2019 guests Raechel Myers, Amanda Bible Williams, Jeff Henderson, and Jaci Velasquez.

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What a gift to have the pastor of the pod back with us today! Kevin Queen talks to us about transitions, prayer, church life around Christmas, and how to pray for your city.

Enjoy the Christmas stories from 2019 guests Bianca Oltoff, Mark Batterson, and Heather Land. 

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This may be one of my favorite episodes this year. Melinda Doolittle is every bit as fun as she sounds from start to finish. She is kind and hilarious and thoughtful AND A CHRISTMAS TREE UP YEAR ROUND? Yeah, we need her. And now we can't WAIT for her Christmas album in 2020!

Enjoy the Christmas stories from 2019 guests Clay Scroggins, Hillary Scott, and Dustin Nickerson.

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Victoria Duerstock and I jumped RIGHT ON IN to friendship as soon as she walked into the podcast studio. I love love love having someone at our Christmas party that talks about holiday decor- and this conversation combines the importance of purpose behind your decorating, staying on budget, and why it all matters. Her latest book Heart & Home for Christmas- is such a sweet read with daily devotionals combined with beautiful home decor. Such a great gift.

Enjoy the Christmas stories from 2019 guests the Bethkes, the Dickersons, and Louie Giglio! 

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Ted Dekker is the first guest EVER on this podcast (he's really the reason I started podcasting in the first place!), so it's such a joy to have him and his daughter Rachelle Dekker on the podcast today! I'm devouring their new book The Girl Behind The Red Rope- it's a novel I think you'll enjoy!

Can't wait for you to hear the Christmas stories from 2019 guests Casey J, Mike Donehey, and Jess Connolly.

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Y'all request Food Network star Aarti Sequeira ALL THE TIME and MERRY CHRISTMAS she came to the party! I just adore Aarti and have loved her every minute since we met on the set of Hallmark Home and Family!

Today, Aarti gets very honest about God and the holidays and family transitions. What a gift she has given us today.

Also enjoy the Christmas stories from 2019 guests Benjamin Watson, Kristen Strong, and Kevin & Rea Queen.

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As we recorded EnneaSummer2019 episodes (which you can go back to June 2019 and listen to), I asked each enneagram pair to tell us about what they'd like for Christmas. 

Today, my three lifelong best friends- Molly, Misti, and Enneagram Coach Haley Watkins- sit down in the studio with me and we talk through each of the nine types of the enneagram and what they each would like for Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas stories from 2019 guests Andrew Peterson, Trudy Cathy White, and Brian Dixon.

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It has been far too long since Sarah Bessey and I caught up and it's most definitely time for her to be on the show! Her calm presence and kind voice felt just perfect for our Christmas party. So many topics, not enough time, but gracious and I grateful for her honesty and stories and heart.

Make sure you grab a copy of her latest book Miracles and Other Reasonable Things!

Stick around for Christmas stories from our 2019 guests John Mark Comer, Chris Rice, and the Roses from the Peach Truck!

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Our Christmas party continues today, the third Sunday of Advent. Pastor Alex Seeley joins us to talk all about her new book The Opposite Life and the best parts (and the hardest parts) of the holiday season. What a gift to think through how to celebrate and grieve during these weeks- I'm so thankful for Pastor Alex talking us through this.

Stick around for Christmas stories from 2019 guests Drew Hill, the Roloffs, and David Crowder!

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Direct download: 254_TSF_AlexSeeley_Edit1.mp3
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The most requested and waited for show every year- Jami and Jenn are here to talk all about this year's brand new batch of Hallmark Christmas movies

And yes- we talk loooong about our day at Dollywood as extras in Hallmark Christmas movie "Christmas at Dollywood." And yes, we still have the highest hopes that someday we'll get Dolly Parton on the podcast!

 

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I fangirl SO HARD in this episode, y'all. Phil Wickham is one of my very favorite artists and I am beyond grateful that he let us use music from his new album, Christmas, for the whole month of December! Make sure you grab a copy of the album- it's one of my very favorites.

Can't wait for you to hear Christmas stories from 2019 guests Amena Brown, Knox McCoy, and Jordan Lee Dooley!

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Direct download: 252_TSF_PhilWickham_Edit2.mp3
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I've been so hoping we could get Jeff Henderson on the podcast and YES HERE HE IS. One of my favorite pastors (you'll hear why  in the show- I also cry SORRY BUT YOU KNOW ME), Jeff and his wife and daughter join us to discuss pastoring and running a business, raising kids to love the church, what it looks like to be FOR your community, and disappointing people (ouch). This guy is just one of the best- make sure you grab a copy of Know What You're FOR... one of my favorite books this year.

Today's episode includes super great Christmas stories from our 2019 guests Sarah Mae, Jeremy Cowart, and Emily Chapman Richards!

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I just finished listening to this episode with Liz Bohannon and I feel like I have more air in my lungs than I did before hearing it. She's just the absolute embodiment of INSPIRING. Her new book Beginner's Pluck is a must read for all of us.

With Christmas stories from past 2019 guests Andrew Osenga, Julie Roberts, and Ryan Hall! 

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Gracious I thought this conversation with Clay Scroggins was equal parts helpful and incredibly fun. For all of us who are leading (spoiler: we all are!), the conversation about what can distract us (spoiler: it's not just your phone!) may help you shape 2020 in some really important ways.

His new book How to Lead in a World of Distraction is an excellent read that I think you'll enjoy.

And surprise ending! We've been collecting Christmas stories from EVERY GUEST ALL YEAR! You'll hear a handful every show for the rest of 2019- today we hear from Lauren Diagle, Scott Sauls, and Anne Bogel!

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I mean. I figured we would like Zach Williams, I had no idea we would like him THIS MUCH. His music is absolutely great, his story is so unique, and I just like him to pieces. Make sure you're listening to his album Rescue Story- it is SO. GOOD. Y'ALL.

And who is gonna connect us to interview Kanye? :) 

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Amena Brown is such a special friend, my word I love her. WE go to a lot of places today, some that are not so easy. But it felt like the perfect episode for Thanksgiving- gives us lots to think about and talk about with our people. From dating to church to racism to writing and podcasting, we cover it all. 

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Grateful for you each!

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I absolutely always LOVE have Eddie Kaufholz on the podcast, and y'all do too! Today we're talking all things The New Activist- how Eddie got all of us started in our love for Christian Appalachian Project, why he got involved with IJM in the first place, and all about his brand new series (that is INCREDIBLE) about the life of a young child in slavery in Ghana, Esther.

Here are the links to all the things:

The New Activist

Supporting IJM

CAP video

Supporting CAP

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I have been a fan of ABLE since literally day 1, and Barrett and Jordan are absolutely two of my favorite friends, so this made today's show one of the best. We talk all about fair living wages for people working in fashion, who works at ABLE and what all they create, and where the company is going next and where fashion is going next. 

ALSO.

Before Black Friday deals even kick off, they are giving y'all 25% off everything AND free shipping using the code "thatsoundsfun25" online or in the flagship store in Nashville! (Only good until the end of Cyber Monday, y'all! So get to shopping!)

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Just a quick little drop in show to tell you THANK YOU for being the best pod-friends a girl could ever ask for, tell you a bit about where the podcast is going, and tell you as much as I can about the new book (AND HOW YOU CAN BE IN IT)!!

Here is the link:

http://bit.ly/TSFbooksurvey

Remember the first 700 people who tell us what sounds fun to them get to be in the book!

Y'all are the very best. Thank you so much. 

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Y'all have been asking to have her on the show and she and I have been trying our darnedest to get our schedules to align and FINALLY! HUZZAH! Here she is! Jordan Lee Dooley is such a joy and absolutely brilliant but also kind and thoughtful and I just am a little obsessed with her, okay? Her book Own Your Everyday should be FRONT AND CENTER on your Christmas buying list.

(Just a reminder as I mentioned in the show- Saturday is our podcast birthday! Make sure you listen to that short episode dropping this weekend so you get to be IN MY NEW BOOK! EEEK!)

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I love having Jeremy Courtney on the podcast. His voice is so important and powerful. He's smart and funny and incredibly kind  and I'm just the biggest fan of his. I love hearing from voices that teach us new things, open our minds to new ideas that we may or may not agree with, and hear perspectives that aren't our own all the time. Today we talk about what is happening right now in Syria and Turkey and the middle east, Preemptive Love and the desire to end war, and his new book (that I really liked) called Love Anyway. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one.

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Oh y'all. This is a special one. You know we love to kick off the holidays with a good convo with our friends Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers from SheReadsTruth-- they tell THE TRUTH about what's going on in their own lives and why the Advent season leading up to Christmas means so much to them this year particularly. I'm so ready for December 1! 

And don't forget that you get 15% off all the Advent goods at shopshereadstruth.com using the code "TSFAdvent"!!

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Thinking today about how grateful we are as Americans for our veterans- those who have served our country through a branch of the military, those who are serving now, those who are serving by being at home while their loved one is abroad.

The perfect guest for today is my sweet friend Kristen Strong. As a wife to an Air Force Veteran, Kristen understands so much and speaks with such kindness and authority. We talk about all sorts of things that you are going to love. Her new book Back Roads to Belonging is perfect for you! You're gonna love it.

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One of our all time favorites is back today! I love (and y'all love) when Jefferson Bethke comes and hangs out with us and teaches us all the things we do not know. One of the smartest dudes we get to have on the show, Jeff and I get to chat a lot today about Sabbath, rest, work, family, and the way Western culture is doing it right and doing it wrong. Lots to learn, lots of laughs, sure to be one of your new top episodes. 

Jeff's new book To Hell With the Hustle is a must read for all of us. Grab it today.

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Y'all just get ready to fall ALL THE WAY IN LOVE with Emily Ley. You probably already adore her products that help keep us all organized, but her friendship is next level, as is her newest book When Less Becomes More. As we continue this un-planned fall theme of slowing down and being intentional, Emily comes right along and helps us not only know why to do it, but how. Cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

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This one made all of us tear up behind the scenes, so consider that an endorsement and a warning. :) Andrew Peterson is profoundly interesting and tells us some of my new favorite stories about family, writing, creativity, being a person of faith and just human. Not only is he celebrating 20 years of Behold The Lamb of God, but he also has a new book Adorning the Dark that you ALL are going to just loooooove. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one. 

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We're already big fans of John Mark Comer here at the pod, but his new book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and this conversation are both next level good. We have a brand new (and super excellent) conversation about the enneagram, talk about parenting our phones, and the power of slowing down and eliminating hurry.

Grab his new book (well, grab all of them) and make sure you tell your friends to listen to this episode!

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If you listened to Christian music in the 90s, no way is this name new to you. Jaci Velasquez is an award winning Christian artist with an INCREDIBLE voice and a powerful story. I loved sitting down with her and hearing all that God has been up to in her life, her family, her marriage, her parenting. We talk all about her son's autism, her life as a Mexican American, her history with God and where He is taking her next. It's a good one, y'all. Make sure you grab a copy of her new boo When God Rescripts Your Life.

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Direct download: 235_TSF_JaciVelasquez_Edit2.mp3
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Y'all. Just get ready. This episode is unlike any we have ever had before. Dr. Matthew Sleeth tells us all about the importance of trees in our world and in our Bible- his new book Reforesting Faith is such an interesting read and SO. IS. THIS. CONVERSATION. The last fifteen minutes? Yep. I was in tears. I think you're going to love this one and love this guy and love this book.

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My gracious I enjoyed this interview. Getting to sit down with one of my favorite pastors, Mark Batterson, was an absolute podcasty highlight. Mark's work as an author and a pastor has impacted me greatly and getting to chat with him is such an honor. This convo is full of laughs and wise moments and quotable lines. I think you're gonna love it.

His new book Double Blessing is such a great read and I think every one of us will benefit from reading it. Yay for great pastors who love their church and love their readers and love their families and love God this much. What a good dude.

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One of my favorite things about Kelly Minter is her garden. (Yes, duh I love her Bible teaching and I love her friendship and I love her nonprofit work, and we talk about ALL of that.) But her garden is something special. The way Kelly tends to her vegetables and focuses on their growth is how she is in every relationship as well. I admire her so much.

Her newest book, A Place at the Table, is one I've been WAITING for. A cookbook with memoir moments, this one is a must have.

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Direct download: 232_TSF_KellyMinter_Edit4.mp3
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Wow. That's my main feeling after this episode- Latasha Morrison is just WOW and her wisdom is WOW and her friendship is WOW. She's one of a kind and I feel so lucky to know her. Her new book Be The Bridge is such a gift- walking us all through how to better engage in racial reconciliation and make space at the table for all sorts of friends. Tasha has done it for me, and I'm really grateful. 

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I think Brian Dixon is one of the smartest and most authentic friends we have. His growth and kindness and wisdom all come together in this episode and it really encouraged me and taught me. I hope it will do the same for you. His new book Start With Your People is so so good- grab a copy today! 

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Dustin Nickerson has quickly become one of my favorite friends. In the year we've known each other, I have been so grateful for his wisdom, his jokes, and his deep love for God and other people and making fun of me in public. :) 

Don't forget you can use the code "THATSOUNDSFUN" to get $5 off your ticket to see him headline this month- I'm looking at YOU, Dallas and Houston and Tampa and Atlanta!

https://www.dustinnickerson.com/shows

He's just one of the best and I know you're gonna love him.

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Direct download: 229_TSF_DustinNickerson_Edit2.mp3
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Our dear friend Rebekah Lyons is back on the podcast today talking all about adoption, their new daughter Joy, Rhythms of Renewal, and all the ways she has found freedom and life and Joy (literally!) in the last few years. I love love love this woman and her family- I think you will too! 

Her new book Rhythms of Renewal releases this week! Make sure you grab a copy!

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Direct download: 228_TSF_RebekahLyons_Edit2.mp3
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I have always hoped Mandisa and I would get along, but when she showed up in my office with a glitter backpack and hot pink shoes, I KNEW IT. Our conversation jumped from here to there to everywhere and I would do it all over again- it was THAT GOOD. She is exactly who you would hope- honest, kind, hilarious. And the depth of her truth-telling was so moving to me. Cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this one!

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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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Direct download: 216_TSF_DrewHolcomb_Edit3.mp3
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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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Direct download: 214_TSF_SherriLynn_Edit2.mp3
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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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Direct download: 213_TSF_LaurenDaigle_Edit2.mp3
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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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Direct download: 212_TSF_MikeDonehey_Edit2.mp3
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