That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs (general)

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

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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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Direct download: 011_That_Sounds_Fun_FINAL.mp3
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