That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs (general)

Tyler and I have been pals for almost 20 years and it has been an absolute blast watching him lead in a lot of different places, currently as the president of Catalyst. We sat down this week to talk about a whole bunch of things, including my new pastor, why Tyler keeps candy on his desk at all times, and women in leadership. He's a super funny dude- I think you're gonna dig this conversation.

https://twitter.com/tylerreagin

https://catalystleader.com

(use the code FUN to get a $199 ticket to Catalyst Atlanta in October!)

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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A couple of years ago, Joy Eggerichs Reed sat me down at a table around Mexican food with a gorgeous blonde named Liz who had lots of excitement and words and ideas. I loved her on the spot and wanted to be her friend every day from then on. Liz Bohannon is the founder and CEO of Sseko Designs. She's a fireball with big dreams and miracle size prayers and I promise you're gonna fall head over heels in the next hour. What a gift Liz is to our planet.

https://www.instagram.com/lizbohannon/

http://ssekodesigns.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Me. Eliza. New Katie. Three microphones.

Who in the world decided this would be a good idea? :)

But seriously, we get so many questions about what office life is like at our company, who does what, and how in the world we survive this crazy story, so we thought it would be fun to chat together for the podcast. Eliza was in Nashville for a few short hours and New Katie was free, so it just felt right! 

If this sparks more questions, send them to us! We love it!

Hope you enjoy some conversations from inside Downs Books Inc! 

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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I met Jennie Allen at a lunch in Nashville about five years ago. She had this idea, our friend Lindsey gathered a handful of us around a table to hear about Jennie's idea for this event for women. Who could have imagined IF:Gathering would grow to what it is now? Amazing.

Jennie is a faithful friend, humble leader, and my first student in the School of Fun. :) (You'll understand when you listen.) She's just the best and I'm so honored to get to chat with her. 

http://jennieallen.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Kelleigh Bannen is quickly becoming one of my favorite humans. It's not just her incredible singing voice (that will legitimately blow your mind) or her humor (though it is there) or her songwriting skills (also there in droves). This girl's heart and love for God are going to be what makes you want to be lifelong friends with her as well. Her latest single is called Church Clothes and it will moooooove you. Wow it's a powerful song.

Also, Kelleigh will be at our That Sounds Fun Weekend! So come join us!

http://kelleighbannen.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sadie Robertson reminds me of the best parts of summer- fun and bright and just plain warm to be around. You've probably seen her grow up on television, like I did, and the young woman she has become is pretty remarkable. You're going to love her and you're going to love her heart for the generation of women coming behind her. 

http://liveoriginal.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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You guys. Chris McClarney is FUNNY. I mean, this dude cracked me up start to finish! And I know how much we love people who make us laugh around here, so I'm feeling pretty good about this convo. Local Nashville guy and AMAZING worship leader and songwriter, sitting down with Chris was a total highlight- you are gonna love being friends with him. 

http://chrismcclarney.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Man what a treat to spend some time in the good ol' podcast booth with my friends Lisa and Missy Harper. Lisa is one of my favorite authors and just brings a smile to my face on the regular. We spend a good amount of time today talking about our recent trip to Haiti, why Lisa and Missy are going back, and her new book The Sacrament of Happy.

And happy you shall be after a laugh-y hour with me and Lisa and her absolutely adorable daughter Missy!

http://lisaharper.net

http://anniefdowns.com

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Let's talk about the SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTurth summer reading plan- the book of Romans! Y'all know I'm not the world's biggest fan of Paul :), so I brought Amanda, Raechel Myers, and Russ Ramsey onto the show to tell me why I should love the book of Romans and why we should spend our summer reading it.

(Spoiler alert: they convinced me. :) ) We also talked about cheese and New Kids on the Block, and toilets. So. A real well rounded episode for you.

ALSO- just for YOU, if you go to shopshereadstruth.com between 5/25-6/25, use the code ANNIE10 to get 10% off anything you order. (They love you guys so much - I'm grateful.)

shopshereadstruth.com

shereadstruth.com

hereadstruth.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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You know I love the UK. And I love my Nashville friends. So today's conversation combines two of my favorite things. Andrea Lucado is a dear friend and also has just released her first book, English Lessons, about her time in Oxford, England. We hadn't gotten to chat in a while, so this one really feels like two close friends getting to catch up, because it is! Such a dear friend, great writer, and wise woman! You'll love her.

http://andrealucado.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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What an honor to have Steven Curtis Chapman on the podcast. His new book Between Heaven and the Real World is so worth your time to read. For a girl who grew up listening to Christian music, this was a really special interview- not many people have been a part of my life as long as Steven's music has. I'm grateful for the hour we got to spend together and I hope you'll love it too.

http://stevencurtischapman.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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My whole life has changed since my way of eating changed in 2013. Diagnosed with PCOS and a dairy allergy, to be the healthiest version of Annie meant it was time to change alllll my ways. And Danielle Walker, author of the New York Times Bestelling Against All Grain cookbooks and hugely popular website, was a true gift from God that year of learning (still is!). Not only are her recipes insanely delicious (her dairy-free ranch made me tear up), she's also an absolutely lovely human being and now one of my dearest friends.

My bet is you know her, you follow her, and you love her (and her foods). But if by chance she is a new friend to you, I'm so glad to introduce y'all. :) 

http://againstallgrain.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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I'm kicking off the season of writing a new book, and for the last few weeks y'all have been sending us questions about the process. So even though I don't know very much :), I attempted to answer a few of the questions with everyone's favorite assistant, Eliza! 

(It's just the beginning of the process... we have so much more to discuss... so keep those questions coming!)

So let's talk about writing books!

http://anniefdowns.com

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I have been so excited to have this conversation with my friend Tsh Oxenreider. As I followed along with her family as they traveled the world last year, I could not wait to hear more and read her book At Home In The World. Amazing author, brilliant woman, faithful friend. You're going to adore her, her brain, her story. 

Make sure you check out her books, blog, and podcast!

http://theartofsimple.net

http://anniefdowns.com

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Barnabas Piper and I sit down this week and y'all, this dude is smart. It was so fun to hear his thoughts on enneagram, Israel, FaceTime, Nashville, "quiet times", and curiosity. And you're gonna LOVE his answer to our favorite question at the end! Check out his new book The Curious Christian if you connect with the thoughts he shares in our conversation. (And if you love the dude, he's got a few of his own podcasts you should check out!)

http://www.barnabaspiper.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Lisa-Jo Baker is my favorite South African turned American turned author turned awesome. And knowing some of her story, it was really brave of her to write an entire book on the pains and joys of friendship called Never Unfriended. We talk about it, as well as our favorite television shows and Beauty and the Beast and the life of an author, amongst other things. Lisa-Jo is a joy. You're gonna love her.

http://neverunfriended.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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John Mark Comer is one of my very very favorite authors and teachers in the church right now. I've long been a fan and am just now lucky enough to call him friend. I've loved all his books (and his preaching podcast), and his new book God Has A Name is an incredibly thought-provoking read that I think you will enjoy. Our conversation kicks off with enneagram (duh y'all know me) and circles through to modern day church life and the best coffee in Portland. Hope you'll enjoy hanging with us!

https://johnmarkcomer.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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A few years ago, I was asked to speak at a church in Sioux Falls, SD. I had no idea that day that I would meet a lifelong friend and one of my favorite pastors in the nation. Adam Weber is one of the best and I am so so glad to get to introduce y'all to him. His new book Talking With God is all about prayer and talking with Adam about it has changed me and my prayer life. I think you're gonna love the book, the conversation, and this guy.

http://adamweber.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Since it began in 2009, I have been a fan, family member, and contributor at (in)courage. It's a beautiful corner of the internet for women to gather and make friends. I love that I got to be a part of their new book, Craving Connection. Fellow author, contributor, friend, and all around ball of fun Jennifer Dukes Lee joins me on this episode. We talk about, well, everything (you know how it goes around here, y'all). But we spend a good amount of time swapping book-writing stories. I think you're going to love this gal.

 

http://www.cravingconnectionbook.com

http://jenniferdukeslee.com

http://www.incourage.me

http://anniefdowns.com

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Russ Ramsey is one of my favorite pastor voices in Nashville. His new book Struck might just blow your mind a little bit. A real-time retelling of his life-threatening heart infection and surgery, this book is beautiful for anyone who has suffered, or is currently suffering, and trying to believe God. I love this dude and I think you will too.

 

http://russ-ramsey.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

 

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You hear her beautiful singing voice on every single episode. Now you get to hear her beautiful talking voice too as Ellie Holcomb and I sit down to discuss all sorts of things, including her new (and incredible) album Red Sea Road.

We laughed. We cried. We told you the truth. I think you're gonna love this one.

http://anniefdowns.com

http://ellieholcomb.com

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Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers from SheReadsTruth are back to talk to us about Lent, the next season on the Christian calendar. If you've ever wondered about this 47 day journey, how and why we celebrate it, what it all means and how to participate, join us for this amazing conversation.

I love these women and how they love Jesus and the Bible. And I love Lent! So fun to chat about it.

 

http://anniefdowns.com

http://shereadstruth.com

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Rebekah Lyons is just one of those women that you want on your team. She's fun, she's honest, she loves God and loves her friends and gosh I could just go on and on. (And I kinda do in this podcast.) I'm so thankful that Rebekah and I got to sit down and talk about life and her kids (whom I adore) and her new book "You Are Free." 

I've read it a lot. Trust me. You'll love this book. And you'll love this gal. And you'll love this podcast. (Valentine's week, y'all. So. We're still talking about love over here.) :)

http://youarefreebook.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Let's kick off Valentine's week with our first ever married couple show! Mike and Molly Grayson are not only married (with a kid), they are also an AMAZING duo called Grayson|Reed. Their new EP "Walk" just released and it is on repeat at my house. Can't wait for y'all to meet them and fall in love with their story, their music, and the way they talk about each other. (IT IS THE BEST.)

http://graysonreedmusic.com/

http://anniefdowns.com

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Michael Wear may be one of the smartest men I know. He spent four years in the White House with President Obama working on faith initiatives. His new book "Reclaiming Hope" is about that season of his life, where faith and politics meet, and what hope looks like going forward. And also? He sings like a crooner on snapchat. So. You have THAT to look forward to. You're gonna love this guy.

http://michaelwear.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

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You know the best way to end a Christmas party is standing around laughing with your favorite people, and that is why we have Eddie Kaufholz back with us today. With Christmas just around the corner, I definitely needed to get Eddie's opinion on some very important holiday topics. But obviously, we ended up talking about 73 other things as well.

Hope you enjoy the end of the party and we'll see you in 2017!

(Thank you for listening, friends. I love hanging with you here. <3)

 

http://www.anniefdowns.com

http://www.eddiekaufholz.com

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She's been singing to my heart (and my ears) for almost twenty years, so I have a lot (read: ALL) of Christy Nockels's music. But her new Christmas album, A Thrill of Hope, is on repeat over at the Downs Books Inc office these days.

The Christmas party continues with a good long chat with Christy about music and Franklin, TN and raising children and finding a church and Christmas and how I embarrassed us all the first time I met her. 

This party is full of the very best people, isn't it? 

http://anniefdowns.com

http://christynockels.com

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Ann Voskamp joins us for the third week of our #thatsoundsfunpodcast Christmas party! With lots of wisdom and wit and patience (with me, mostly), Ann will be a breath of fresh air and a calming conversation amidst the crazy of this holiday season. Her new book The Broken Way is a great addition to any woman's stocking.

Ann is so smart and funny and great to be around, making this officially the best Christmas party I've ever attended! :)

http://anniefdowns.com

http://thebrokenway.com

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Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers from SheReadsTruth join us for our second week of our That Sounds Fun Christmas party and we talk all about what Advent is, what it looks like in our families and lives, and how it can change us to really celebrate the season, not just December 25th.

Pretty much, we go to church in this episode. It brought tears to my eyes when we recorded and when I listened again. 

So welcome to the longest Christmas party you've ever attended! :) The episode with Landyn was for your home, this one is for your heart.

http://anniefdowns.com

http://shereadstruth.com

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Landyn Hutchinson, better known as writer and blogger Living With Landyn, is one of the best and most creative decorators I know and one of my favorites to follow on every corner of the internet.

So the best way to kick off a Christmas party is to make sure you've got your recipes cooking, Christmas cards printing, and home decorated without blowing your budget. Landyn is your girl!

http://anniefdowns.com

http://livingwithlandyn.com

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Scott Sauls, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN is one of my newer friends in town. But after we met about a year ago, I decided he was totally stuck with me. :) I asked Scott to join me on the podcast to talk about his new book, Befriend, and to talk about community in general. The conversation that came out was different and better than I could have ever expected.

https://scottsauls.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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I hope you're ready for a rabbit trail or twelve, because Eddie Kaufholz and I found them and ran down them. Luckily, we managed to hit some important topics, including his new podcast through IJM, The New Activist. But mostly? We talked about everything.

http://newactivist.is

http://anniefdowns.com

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Two hometown girls turned authors getting together over a pair of microphones... that's what you've got today, people. Mo Isom's New York Times Bestselling book Wreck My Life is one of my favorites from this year and I think you're going to love it too! Such a fun conversation.... I'm glad you'll be joining us.

 

http://moisom.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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A conversation that started out light and breezy got serious and profound pretty quick. I loved getting to chat with Brad Lomenick- leadership consultant, speaker, founder of BLINC, and author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership. So he's lots of fancy things, but best of all he's smart and funny and I love being his friend. I think you will too.

 

http://www.bradlomenick.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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My longtime friend Bianca Oltoff is releasing her first book, Play With Fire. We discuss her new amazing book, but also some of the most important things in life- like how Bianca changed my mascara life with one simple tip. She's a hero and mentor like that, y'all.

http://www.biancaolthoff.com 

http://anniefdowns.com

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Celebrity photographer (and my former boss) Jeremy Cowart tells us all about his amazing new idea, The Purpose Hotel, and how you and I can be a part of building a hotel chain that does good and helps people. CRAZY COOL.

 

http://thepurposehotel.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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An illusionist, a writer, a filmmaker, and now the guy running Story Conference? Harris III is amazing (and so is his wife who showed up to the studio on the back of his motorcycle). So this episode is a two-for-one with Harris III and his wife Kate!

https://harrisiii.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Stay tuned while former NFL star Tim Shaw makes me laugh and cry and coaches me on dating. And life. He's a hero.

 

Twitter: tshawstruth

http://anniefdowns.com

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Me and my dear friend (and amazing author) Christa Black Gifford sit down to discuss all things heart. Christa's new book, Heart Made Whole, deeply impacted my life and I wanted Christa to tell y'all all about it.

 

http://christablack.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Maybe the only person as loud as me, Matt Wertz and I sit down and talk about the best and weirdest and most hilarious things. Also, I spend some time gushing about his new album GunShy because, well, it's amazing.

http://www.mattwertz.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Christy Wright has launched a unique event for women who dream of creating a business, have started a business, or are in the thick of running their own business. Today we'll talk about the Business Boutique, how we met, give lots of cred to author Jenni Catron, and laugh loudly and often.

http://businessboutique.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

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For launch week of the Looking For Lovely Bible studies, Annie and Angie Smith sit down and talk all about what it is like to write Bible studies and about forty-five other random topics... including our million dollar twix bar idea.

 

http://lifeway.com/lookingforlovely

http://anniefdowns.com

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