Tag: Annie F Downs

Remember God.

on July 18, 2017 in Dreams Coming True, Nash-livin' with 7 comments by

I have a couple of memories of this career, this season of my life, this calling, this thing I do, that I know will never leave me.

And teaching at Cross Point Church on Sunday will absolutely be one of them.

This has been my home church since 2011- so to be able to share part of my story and what God has done for me, from that stage, in such a special season for our church, was truly more than I could have asked or imagined.

And someday soon (on a podcast of course) our new pastor Kevin Queen and I will tell you the whole story of how he got here and what this means for Nashville, our church, and my life personally. (Repeat: more than I could have asked or imagined.)

And yes. I wore my glitter heels. DUH I DID. I won’t lie, it was borderline brutal, but always worth it.

If you were unable to see me preach when they streamed it live on Sunday, here is the message! Feel free to share it with people in your life that need just a gentle reminder that God is who HE says He is.

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Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.

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(I’d also like to say that there were a couple of my people who really spoke into this message and made it right. It takes a village, and in my village are some incredibly smart people who love communicating well about God. I’m the luckiest. So thanks to those who walked with me to that stage, whether you were in the room or not.)

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That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 42: Sadie Robertson

on June 15, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 3 comments by

This gal. She is just the dearest. She is everything you expect a 20 year old to be, but also SO MUCH MORE. I’ve been getting to know her for the last year over text, but this podcast was our first time sitting down in the same room. And what a treat. I hope you’ll enjoy it and be just as impressed as I am with Sadie! (And you’re just going to love her. What a joy explosion she is.

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the stuff we talked about on the podcast!

(Thanks for doing all this, Haile! You’re amazing.)

– Sadie Robertson

Duck Dynasty

Alex Seeley

Live Original

Live Original (book)

Rebekah Lyons


Winter Jam

Passion City


Woman Bleeding and Touching Jesus story

Priscilla Shirer

Church of the City

Chris McClarney

Dancing with the Stars

Franklin Juice

Frothy Monkey

That Sounds Fun Weekend

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

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Isn’t She Fun!

on June 13, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Oh y’all.

The That Sounds Fun Weekend 2017 is about six weeks away and I am CRAZY EXCITED. Don’t you know that I cannot think of anything more fun than inviting my friends to come spend a weekend with me in Nashville! I am so pumped about it. Last year was AMAZING and this year is shaping up pretty legit too.

Our special guests are lined up (you can see them here… almost all of them at least… still one more announcement to come!), the swag bag is coming together beautifully, and all the VIP tickets are sold out. (But don’t panic, there are still a handful of regular tickets available!)

And this week we get to do one of my VERY FAVORITE THINGS- give away some tickets to some deserving and fun women!

Somebody come to mind? Is there a friend or a family member that you KNOW wants to come to the weekend but doesn’t have a ticket yet? Enter them into the contest!

The contest totally runs over on INSTAGRAM, so make sure you post there.

Here’s all you have to do!
1. Post a pic on Instagram of a woman in your life that deserves a free ticket to the weekend!
2. Tell us what makes her SO FUN and why she should get a ticket!
3. Make sure you tag me @anniefdowns
4. Include the hashtag #tsfweekend2017 (we already have some amazing entries!)

You have until midnight Friday (6/16) and we’ll read all the stories over the weekend and then pick FIVE fun women to join us July 28-30!!

EEEK! So grab a pic of your friend you KNOW wants to be here for #tsfweekend2017, post it on insta, and tell us all about her!

A few details:
• the ticket is free, travel and lodging aren’t included
• make sure your Instagram is public or we won’t be able to see!
• you have one week to convince us YOUR pal should be our gal.
• follow all the rules!
• this contest is on Instagram only, so you gotta post here!
Good luck and can’t wait to see which of y’all will be joining us in July!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 39: SheReadsTruth + Romans

on May 25, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

Y’all know I love bringing those SheReadsTruth gals onto the show whenever a new big study is releasing! I’ll be honest with you, I was skeptical about spending 6 weeks in Romans, but these people convinced me. So I’m in. Listen to our conversation and then I bet you’ll want to join me.

And this episode is extra double fun because:

a) they brought Russ Ramsey with them too!

b) they are offering a SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE just for you guys!!

For starters, today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), all shipping on the site is freeeeee. So that’s a bueno bonus.

But. Just for us…..

Use the code ANNIE10 and get 10% off anything you order from the SheReadsTruth shop! They have family packs for the new Romans study, and lots of past studies that you could stock up for the fall or get as gifts, like the adorable SHE shirt.

So that’s cool. And I think you’re going to love what Russ and Amanda and Raechel have to say about the book of Romans, the author Paul, and Italian cheese. 🙂

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the things we talked about in the episode!

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors


– She Reads Truth

Amanda Bible Williams

Raechel Myers

Russ Ramsey

He Reads Truth

Kids Read Truth

Beth Moore


Parmesan Cheese Wheels

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Nate Shurden

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

New Kids on the Block

Boyz II Men

Paula Abdul

She Reads Truth Store

That Sounds Fun Weekend


Ann Patchett

Parnassus Books

Chris Stapleton

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That Sounds Fun Episode 38: Andrea Lucado

on May 18, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Dre and I have been great friends for what feels like a million years… probably closer to 7 or 8. As you will hear in this conversation, she and I jump right in and talk about all the things- funny and serious and important and absolutely not important. 🙂

If you have a single woman in your life, this may be a good episode to share with her. Because at one point, Dre and I definitely forgot we were recording and just went for it. So. Enjoy that. 🙂

Her new book English Lessons is absolutely one of my favorite reads of 2017. I’m gifting it to A LOT of friends this year and I bet you will too once you read it!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here’s a list of all the stuff we talked about in this episode!

Steven Curtis Chapman

Danielle Walker

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors


The Ryman Auditorium

– Andrea Lucado

Max Lucado

English Lessons

Fixer Upper

Air B&B Link!  (I knew you could find it, Haile!!)

Letting the land lie fallow

Oxford University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Edinburgh

Lady Antebellum

Jon Acuff

Looking for Lovely

Rebekah Lyons

That Sounds Fun Weekend

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That Sounds Fun Episode 37: Steven Curtis Chapman

on May 11, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with no comments by

Y’all. This one. Such a special day. I’ve been a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman for YEARS- truly years. So to get to sit down with him for the podcast was incredibly special. His new book, Between Heaven and the Real World, is an amazing read about an equally amazing career, with many honest spots of vulnerability and pain.

Hope you enjoy this episode (sorry I cried) and grab a copy of his book for yourself!

To hear our conversation, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

– Steven Curtis Chapman

Between Heaven and the Real World

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road

Opryland USA

Grand Ole Opry

Tennessee Titans

Nashville Predators

Sparrow Records

Word Records

Colony House

Kings of Leon

The Mountain

– Choosing to SEE

Looking for Lovely

The Ryman

Sam’s Place

Tom Ryman

Union Gospel Tabernacle

Nashville Now Show

Faith Hill

Rascal Flatts

Love and Theft

Hillary Scott

Matthew West

Holly Williams

Craig Morgan

Ray Stevens

Ronnie Milsap


When You are a Soldier

Scott Sauls

Heaven in the Real World

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That Sounds Fun Episode 35: Book Writing

on April 27, 2017 in That Sounds Fun Podcast with 2 comments by

We got so many emails from friends who want to write a book or think about writing a book and just don’t know how to start. Guess what? I DIDN’T EITHER. But now I do…. well, sorta. I know enough to try to help some of you writer friends not make the mistakes I did at the start.

While this is only one author’s opinion, I sure hope it is helpful to you!

To hear this conversation between myself and our favorite Eliza, you can either subscribe and listen on iTunes, or feel free to listen on the player below!

Here are the links to the things we talked about in the episode!

Ellie Holcomb

Red Sea Road


Barnabas Piper

B&H Publishing Group

Wild and Free

Seth Godin



She Speaks



Shauna Niequist

Cold Tangerines

Tribes (by Seth Godin)

Pokemon Coloring Page

Atlanta Braves

Dansby Swanson

Gary Thomas

Ellie Goulding- Army

Matt Wertz

Andrew Peterson

Coke Icees

That Sounds Fun Weekend Tickets

Dave Barnes

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Looking For Lovely bookplates!

on December 8, 2016 in AnnieWrites, Looking For Lovely with 4 comments by

It’s Looking For Lovely‘s first Christmas! Baby’s first Christmas! I should definitely get an ornament. BRB… ordering a glittery one from Etsy. 🙂

But seriously- it gets me so so excited to think that a lot of friends will find Looking For Lovely inside the wrapping paper of their Christmas gifts this year! (Which. By the way. You know Lifeway has Looking For Lovely for ONLY FIVE AMERICAN DOLLARS? Yeah, online and in stores. That’s ridiculously cheap and I am thrilled about it.)

Books as Christmas gifts are great. BUT….

Autographed books as Christmas gifts are AWESOME. Unfortunately, unless you live on my street in Nashville, I can’t personalize each book. BUT. I can mail you a signed bookplate that sticks inside the book! So if you are gifting Looking For LovelyI’d love to autograph it! And it won’t cost you anything except a few stamps!

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Here’s what you have to do to get one:

1. Fill out this little Christmas Bookplate form.

2. Mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

c/o Annie F. Downs
PO Box 121826
Nashville, TN 37212

Pretty much, address an envelope to yourself, put a stamp on it, and then fold it into another envelope, address and stamp that outer envelope, and mail it to me.

3. Wait patiently a few days… hang a few ornaments… and then the sticker will come in the mail, personalized by me! Stick it in the copy of Looking For Lovely you are gifting, wrap it, and you shall be able to give your friend/child/cousin/person an autographed copy!!! (I also have a handful of those cool stickers in the picture above- we’ll toss one of those in until we run out. SO HURRY if you want one!)

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A few things:

I need to receive your envelope BEFORE DECEMBER 20th to guarantee it gets to you by Christmas.

I will let you know by email when I put the bookplate back in the mail to you! [I’ll have your email address after you fill out this form and I will be able to get in touch with you.]

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Any questions?

That Sounds Fun Podcast Episode 13: Matt Wertz and Gun Shy

on May 29, 2016 in Sounds good to me., That Sounds Fun Podcast with 1 comment by

He’s truly one of my dearest friends and one of my favorite musicians. I’m so lucky that one human can be both of those people. The beauty of Nashville.

I absolutely LOVED having Matt Wertz on the podcast this week. His new album Gun Shy is really so good and perfect for summer and I’m certain you will love it.

But that’s not all we talked about. In fact, I think the math goes like this:

Two good friends +

small recording booth +


years of history +

amazing new album +

true concern for the future of free range turkeys =

the best 50 minutes of your day.

(You can download the episode here, or if you subscribe to the That Sounds Fun podcast, every new episode will drop into your podcast app. Or you can listen below!)

Here are the links to things we discuss on the podcast:

— Matt Wertz

Matt’s new album Gun Shy

Heath Ceramics

Imogene + Willie

NSYNC “I Drive Myself Crazy” video

Matt’s Wertz Wednesday Spotify Playlist

Enneagram Test (Matt and I are both 7s- what about you?)

Capitol City (My FAVORITE Matt Wertz song)

Chris Rice’s artwork

31 Days of Courage

Matt’s album 23 Places

Looking For Lovely Weekend 2016

Ingrid Michaelson’s Snapchat music video

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My prayer for Looking For Lovely

on April 4, 2016 in Looking For Lovely with 10 comments by

LFLOne of my favorite questions people have been asking me the last few weeks is what I am praying as the new book launches and what they can be praying for me and for the book.

My answer is simple, but it hasn’t come simply. 

I have big hopes and dreams. Looking for Lovely is my fifth book (here are the others) and so I want every launch to reach more people that the one before. I see how other authors’ books do on launch weeks, I see the best-seller lists and I see the “million copies sold” stickers and I see the Today Show appearances and I see all of it. And if I’m being honest with you, I want all of that. I want to be really good at my job. I want to run a great business with great resources and happy employees. I want all of our books and products and Bible studies to make an impact and fly off shelves.

And so I wrestle with my insides about deciding what matters and what doesn’t matter, fighting off the lies that this book will never matter and the pride that says this book matters more than anything else. I’ve been narrowing down which of that list is about me and what is about God and the reader, the ones who actually matter here.

(Overuse of the word “matter”? Yes. Definitely.)

It has been a process. God has refined me deeply in the last few months, it has been ugly and painful at times, and brought my heart to a more right place. A place where what matters most is HIM and YOU.

So here’s how I’m praying and here’s how I’m asking you to pray alongside me tomorrow and for this whole launch week.

–> I’m asking that God would put Looking for Lovely in ALL the right hands.

–> I’m praying that He would protect the mail and guard bookstores and that every person who wants Looking for Lovely this week will be able to find it easily.

–> I’m praying that any plan the enemy has to steal, kill, or destroy launch week would be thwarted in the power of Jesus’s name. Satan has no authority in this situation. None.

–> I’m praying that every reader who receives this book would be brought under the shade of God’s tree, a tree of peace, so they can sit and read and rest.

–> I’m praying people who don’t know God will meet Him in the pages of Looking for Lovely and give Him access to their hearts.

–> And I’m praying that whatever happens this week, people would look at God and know He did this, He made a way, and He is worthy of all our praise.

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Thank you for praying and hoping and buying and sharing.

Y’all are the dearest friends a girl could ask for.

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