Girls of Grace in Phoenix!

on July 26, 2012 in AnnieSpeaks with 6 comments by

It’s my last day in Edinburgh and what a joy joy joy these two weeks have been. I think the best recap comes in the photo documentation I have done over on the ol’ instagram.

Suffice it to say that having two hometowns, on two different continents, can feel a bit whackadoodle at times, sad at times, and pure happiness at others.

Currently? Happiness aboundeth. 

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And now I fly back to the USA and get to jump right into one of the most exciting things in my career: Girls of Grace!

There are a few bands and a few speakers throughout the day and we each get to focus on a different topic. Mine? The power of words. [I mean, what makes them think I know anything about that? Is it my constant talking or struggles to not gossip or the fact that words are my job? All of it? Oh, okay.]

So at each Girls of Grace event, I get to be the one to encourage these teen girls to use their words wisely and well and change the world with what they choose to create with what they write and say.

To say I’m giddy about the whole thing is the understatement of 2012. I mean, the other speakers are insanely talented and gifted and I’m a fan of every musician on the tour. So, pretty much, I’m the biggest fan of the Girls of Grace tour and I get to attend all the events!

Over the next ten months we will be in ten different cities and I hope to meet tens and tens of you lovely gals out there. In each city, I will have a few tickets to giveaway [woot!] and a discount code for all of y’all [woot! x2].

So, if you want to buy a ticket to a Girls of Grace event, use GOGPTNR12. This is a 20% off code  and it applies to current individual ticket prices, not groups or with other promotions.

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And. AND. Because my publisher Zondervan is the coolest ever, if you come to the Phoenix, Jackson, or Charlotte events, you can buy Perfectly Unique like, weeks and weeks before it comes out.

I know. I freaked out too. I was all, “wait… so you’ll go to tons of extra work to have the book ready super way early just because I’m hanging out with lots of teen girls in the next few weeks?”

And Zondervan was all, “yeah. We’re that cool.”

I’m impressed. And excited. I haven’t even held Perfectly Unique in my own little paws yet. Not until this weekend in Phoenix. Some of my friends already have it. I’m jealously thrilled about that.

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And now for free tickets! If you live in/near/around/driveable to Phoenix, I’ve got TWO TICKETS to give away for Saturday’s event at Bethany Bible Church. To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments that you wanna come and who you would bring on your 2nd ticket! Only rule is that you’ve got to be a teen girl or the mom of a teen girl or a youth leader who brings a teen girl. You get it. No dudes will be winning [unless you are giving them to your teen daughter and her pal or something].

Comments close at noon on Friday so the winner has time to sort out the details of getting to Bethany Bible Church by 8am Saturday morning.

Assuming all goes well on my travels today [pray!], I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow!


  1. posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 7:59 AM  |  reply

    Ok, so I’m not entering the give away for tickets {since I’m about 28 hours away from PHX}, BUT I just wanted to say… if you need any restaurant recs, try to get to Le Grande Orange {or LGO as the cool kids call it} for breakfast/brunch if you can! It’s amazing. They also have the best Honey Latte. Yum. I’ve got good friends in Phoenix and let me tell ya, those Arizonians… Arizonans… Arizones? know how to do restaurants.

  2. posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM  |  reply

    I’m not a teen, nor am I looking for tickets. Buuuut, I’m so excited for you and all the girls who are going to be swept up in the love of God through you! Go get ’em!

  3. Keri Ehninger
    posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 6:59 AM  |  reply

    I am going and bringing my daughter! We can’t wait!! But If I were to win the tickets, I would bring my sister-in-law and my neice too 🙂 Thanks! See you Saturday!

  4. Manilyn
    posted on Jul 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM  |  reply

    My girls and I already have tickets. But I have a friend with a teenage daughter who is in between worlds right now. She needs to be able to reconnect back with God and in my heart this is something that will help her to do that. So if I win this it would be for my friend and her daughter.

  5. Sandi
    posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM  |  reply

    SO lovely to meet you in person! I was the one in the orange stripes with my mini-me daughter 😉 Hope you get some rest and enjoy your stay in Phoenix. Thank you for sharing your heart with us today!

  6. Sherry
    posted on Jul 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    Just wanted you to know my 11yr old daughter and I were in Phoenix yesterdy for the Girls of Grace conference and we loved it!!! You did a great job and I was touched by your words. AMAZING!!!

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