Stress Point: A GIVEAWAY!

on July 3, 2012 in Giveaways, I heart books. with 44 comments by

My friends.

We are so lucky this week. I have something fun to giveaway today, tomorrow is America’s birthday, I have a fun giveaway on Thursday, and then Saturday is MY BIRTHDAY!

Right, so that last one may not effect you as much as it does me, but I pretty much am giggly about it because, as you may know, I absolutely love my birthday.

But, ahem, that has nothing to do with today.

. . . . .

My friend Sarah Martin has done something that not a lot of authors can do … she has written a book about 20-somethings and it is not cheesy.


You can read all about Stress Point here.

It’s a fantastic book. I promise. I endorsed it.

But here’s the real miracle for today.

A few weeks ago, I was eating at Chuy’s in Nashville and Sarah, who does not live in Nashville, walked up to my table.

I almost passed out. And then I laughed. And then I screamed and hugged her and jumped up and quickly abandoned my companions to hug and yell and smile and hug my friend Sarah.

And then I had a lightbulb moment.

My copy of Stress PointΒ was in my car. I said, “Sarah, why don’t you sign my copy and then I’ll give it away on my blog because that is so funny that we are in the same restaurant even though we don’t live in the same city and I’ll take your picture and it will be SO HILARIOUS?”

Because I think coincidences are funny.

So she agreed, though, I’m not 100% sure she ever really got a choice because I am rather bossy when I want people to make a funny memory with me.

I ran out to my car, grabbed the book, brought it back and, still abandoning my friends at our table, I ran and sat with Sarah and two of her friends who thought I was a total freak and made her sign the book while I took a picture.

So she did! And today, I’m giving away that very copyΒ – the one that is sitting on the table with Sarah at Chuy’s between a Diet Coke and a basket of delicious chips, the same copy that is sitting here beside me at the coffee shop. I’ll mail this puppy to you Friday.

All you have to do to enter is answer this question:

Sarah writes about different stresses of a 20-something: career, self-image, dating, friends, family, money, independence, making a difference, and spiritual maturity.

For you, either in your 20s or when you were, which of those areas could you have used some guidance?

For me, it would had been dating. For sure. [Dating in your 20s, post-college? It is hard, y’all.]

So, leave a comment below answering that question and make sure you leave a working email address in the form you fill out to comment.

Comments will close on Thursday afternoon, 5pm CST. Then I’ll pop this book in the mail to you! [I also have a few copies of From Head To Foot sitting around the house, so I’ll toss one of those in there too. Because it’s my birthday week and I can do whatever I want!]

Yay for Sarah and author friends and great books for 20-somethings!


  1. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM  |  reply

    For me right now, I would say career, self image and dating! Or pretty much all of the above!
    I love giveaways!

    Happy Pre-Birthday!

    (You know you are allowed to have a birthday week! It pretty much required as an adult!)


  2. Emily Carlson
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    Dating, fo’ sure. Let’s add guiding my MOTHER through my 20s as well. I’m the last to leave the house and the empty nest has been tough on her, and consequently our relationship.

    Happy Birthday, Annie!

  3. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    Definitely friends.
    Happy birthday week!

  4. Alice B.
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:30 AM  |  reply

    Would have to say money. As in, what was I thinking when I bought a new car with a $350 car payment for 5 years?!?!

  5. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM  |  reply

    Self-image or dating or perhaps the lack of dating! I think self-image is a biggie….sometimes the 20’s feel like the lost years….who am I supposed to be, what am I supposed to do…you know the ‘w’ questions! What an awesome idea for a book!

    Happy Birthday Annie! πŸ™‚

  6. Autumn
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:42 AM  |  reply

    How fitting. I just remarked to a friend today that periodic breakdowns about purpose seem to be a halmark of the mid to late 20’s. I what I could use the most help with are career and dating. I’ve done what I am supposed to do – gone to school and gotten a good job and been a good Christian girl – and neither area seems to be working out the way I thought it would.

  7. Jessica
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:49 AM  |  reply

    Oh heavens, dating advice is sorely needed. For reals. I have been known to hide behind trees and under tables when a cute boy approaches. This must stop.

  8. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:52 AM  |  reply

    Money! And career! And… money! πŸ™‚

  9. Rebekah
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:02 PM  |  reply

    Didn’t realize I still wouldn’t know what I wanted to do AFTER 2 college degrees and half of grad school. Yeah, fun. πŸ™‚

  10. Leanna
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM  |  reply

    I’d go with dating too…. I’m now 32 and still single.
    And I had a super hard time dating when I was younger…still do…where do you even meet good quality people, how do you know they are quality- and not just saying they are- and all that.

  11. Abby
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM  |  reply

    Happy (almost) birthday!! Birthdays are the best.

    I am right at that place – 20s, post college dating, how does this work?? So I’d love to read this book!

  12. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:25 PM  |  reply

    Weirdly enough, I’d have to say making a difference… I’ve received guidance {solicited and otherwise} on all the other topics, but making a difference definitely seems to be lacking on guidance in my mind.

  13. Emily
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM  |  reply

    Happy early Birthday! Part of me wants to say all of the above b/c that’s what my life feels like at the moment, but I would probably say dating first & foremost. It IS tough. Friends, career, & money would be 1(b)(c)&(d)!

  14. Amy Carpenter
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    gosh, for me: money, career, and dating. happy birthday, annie!! here’s to a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  15. Emily
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM  |  reply

    I am currently 20 years old with one year left of college, and I would have to say career, money, and spiritual maturity are things that I want to learn more about before hitting the “real world,” whatever that means!

  16. Lindzi
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:05 PM  |  reply

    I am having a hard time in trusting the Lord’s will and timing regarding dating, my career, and overall spiritual maturity. I understand it is all a learning and growth process but gosh, that takes patience, guidance, and maturity in itself! 1 year into my twenties (21) I can say they have been fun but trying. I am certainly looking forward to what the rest of my 20s entail but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was apprehensive at the same time.

    Have a wonderful birthday week, Annie…definitely thankful that the Lord has blessed us with your humor, wisdom, and discernment!

  17. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    I am 20 right now and the thing I have the most trouble with is making a difference and my spiritual maturity. I really want to work on both of those before I head out into the big world.

  18. Deanna
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:16 PM  |  reply

    Not trying to be like anyone else!

  19. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:18 PM  |  reply

    Definitely the making the difference aspect! I’m late twenties and really struggling with that right now.

  20. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:35 PM  |  reply

    I’m looking at birthday number 25 in just over two weeks – so this is INCREDIBLY timely. I think making a difference is the biggest issue for both my age group and my generation, but I also think that just making choices in general is a big issue: you are finally at this point in like where there are so many to make and there are no more how-to’s or “top tens” like when you were stumbling through high school and college. We are making choices NOW that will affect all of our lives and it is intimidating!

  21. Luisa
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 1:45 PM  |  reply

    Dating for sure. It’s so tough to meet new people and how to deal with dating and family, because once you’ve gotten your college degree, the questions about when do you plan on getting married never stop coming. It’s already hard enough and those questions definitely do not make it any better.

    Happy Early Birthday!!!

  22. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 2:35 PM  |  reply

    Wow, just one? I think what I need guidance in the most is “independence”. Learning how to live independently post-college, when circumstances make getting out on your own very difficult, is something I could use some serious direction in. But honestly, I have in some form struggled with all of the above since entering my twenties.

  23. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 2:57 PM  |  reply

    I’d have to say money, making a difference…shoot all of them apply too πŸ™‚

    Happy birthday week!!!

  24. Sara
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 3:03 PM  |  reply

    Number one on my mind currently is career. I want to figure out how to take the experience and education I already have and utilize them in a way that both makes me happy and makes more money so I don’t have to worry about that aspect all of the time.

  25. Liene
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 3:12 PM  |  reply

    It would have been a big help to have self-image and dating advice. I’m glad those days are over… Happy early birthday!

  26. Kristi
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 3:54 PM  |  reply

    I think for me it is self-image…which tends to include all of those other things too as I navigate finances, career, independence, relationships, and who I am in Christ. Happy birthday Annie!

  27. Alexandra
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 4:15 PM  |  reply

    Self-image. Definitely. Especially with regard to trusting God’s love for me, just as I am, and valuing myself accordingly.

  28. sta27
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 5:15 PM  |  reply

    self-efficacy in general

  29. Cara
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 5:20 PM  |  reply

    Happy Birthday!! You are so right! Dating in your late 20’s is difficult to navigate. I would love to read this book!

  30. Tiffany
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 5:34 PM  |  reply

    The main thing I’m trying to be better at is being a friend. I have a few close friends and tons of acquaintances. Now that I’ve been out of school a few years and moving on to a “grown-up” job, I’m trying to figure out how to be a good Christian friend to my sisters in Christ.

    Have a great birthday! You’re not alone. I love them too!

  31. Jennifer
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 6:20 PM  |  reply

    My birthday is Friday! So we should pretty much party all weekend, right? I’m so jealous your birthday is 7-7. I was born in 1977 so how cool would that have been?

  32. Katelinl
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 7:05 PM  |  reply

    I have to choose just one area?! The one I would like to read about the most is independence. After graduating college, I chose the affordable option of living at home and feel that I am struggling in this area. Sounds like a great book!

  33. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 8:19 PM  |  reply

    I could use some help in the dating/relationship area;)

  34. Bekah
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 8:39 PM  |  reply

    I think meeting people and building those relationships in general… So dating and friends and such. Since my career took me to a state in which I know no one, it can be hard to find out where to meet people.

  35. posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 8:48 PM  |  reply

    Dating & spiritual maturity – especially as they’re related. I have a group of about 20 college friends/acquaintances and 18 have serious boyfriends/fiances/husbands. As I watch all my friends move forward in their couples, I can’t help but to think I am stuck where I am and will soon be left forgotten. This has also posed a problem in my faith – as I find it difficult to allow God to fill the void of a tangible man and lonely Friday nights. Advice/guidance on this – feeling like someone can relate – would be wonderful!

  36. Alisha
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 9:19 PM  |  reply

    For me I would say dating and self image. Lack of dating tends to hurt my self image.

  37. Melinda
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM  |  reply

    I would say career, making a difference, dating and money.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! This is very convenient with my 25th birthday next Friday. πŸ™‚

  38. Mary
    posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM  |  reply

    Sitting here as a just-became-a-twenty-something-two-months-ago, it is definitely money.

    Happy birthday Annaaayyy!! πŸ™‚

  39. ~VA~
    posted on Jul 04, 2012 at 6:10 AM  |  reply

    FRIENDS……I need some of those…I suppose I also need money, but that isn’t as much of a stressor for me…I guess I have better faith that God will provide for my material needs than my friend needs….
    wasn’t your birthday one of the things we were never supposed to forget after reading your book? πŸ™‚

  40. Kelsey
    posted on Jul 04, 2012 at 9:43 AM  |  reply

    I would say spiritual maturity. I have been struggling a lot with that lately, especially in this post-college time and has been influenced in a number of ways by the other aspects of life. I am always encouraged by the other christian bloggers I read though, so thanks Annie! Have a great birthday πŸ™‚

  41. posted on Jul 04, 2012 at 1:46 PM  |  reply

    Money and career, probably πŸ™‚

  42. Melissa
    posted on Jul 05, 2012 at 8:09 AM  |  reply

    At 23, I would say that I need guidance in independence. It’s hard to graduate college and go out on your own and figure out everything for the first time! Happy Birthday!

  43. Kayla
    posted on Jul 05, 2012 at 11:21 AM  |  reply

    Can I choose all of the above? Haha. At 22, I would really love guidance in relationships and friendships. A lot of my close friends are in different stages of life than I am ( engaged, married, having babies) and it’s hard to not let those differences make me jealous. I also need guidance in independence and money matters. Just all around clueless in so many things! Ha!

  44. Katelyn
    posted on Jul 05, 2012 at 3:23 PM  |  reply

    Career guidance for sure. I’m 2 1/2 years out of college and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Also, I received really REALLY bad advice. “just get the degree!”
    I say NO to that outdated notion. It’s not relevant to this generation. If I could do it again, I’d spend my aimless months going on mission trips until I had more clarity on career choices.

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