[It still amazes me that we are even having this conversation. Just so you know.]

Three short months from today, Perfectly Unique releases to the world.

September 4, 2012.

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.

I know that From Head To Foot has already come out so this should be no big deal, but it is. It feels like a pretty big deal.

I feel like you and me, we know each other. We’ve been friends for a while. And you have been a part of this process with me from Day 1. You really have. There are not enough days or emails or words that I could say to properly thank you for being a part of this crazy ride.

I have lots of dreams, wishes, and hopes for Perfectly Unique. I’m also completely terrified of what happens when this book gets into A LOT more hands than it has ever seen. I’m also on the edge of my seat watching this story that God is telling.

[So I’m a complicated mess of emotions which is absolutely no different than a normal day in the life of Annie Downs.]

Anyways.

God has done this thing, y’all. I was just a simple school teacher then a little self-published author, then a missionary to Edinburgh. And now- a traditionally published author who, to be honest, sometimes feels tied to the front of a high-speed locomotive called Zondervan.

[I’m terribly grateful for Zondervan and the people there, you know that. But this is just new and weird and humbling and yeah. You get it.]

. . . . .

So here’s what.

I’m asking you to pray. As my real friends, as the ones who are part of this journey, I’m asking you to press in with me on a few areas once a month until the book releases.

On June 4th [today], July 4th [yay America], August 4th [it’ll be hot], and September 4th [release day!].

Four days. All on the 4th.

And these are the four things I would love for you to pray:

1. Pray that the book gets into all of the right hands and none of the wrong ones. Pray that each girl who reads this book would feel enveloped by freedom and grace and love and hope.

2. Pray that God would be high and lifted up, glorified, honored, and loved more deeply by the readers of this book.

3. Pray that God will open all the right doors and close all the wrong doors.

4. Finally. Selfishly. Would you pray for my heart, my relationships, my humility, and my sanity. These are all things I fear losing to some degree at some point in this process.

. . . .

Can ya handle it? Four days. Four prayers. That’s it. [Though, obvi, you are WELCOME to pray as many days and as many prayers as you like. Seriously. I’ll take ’em.]

You in?

{whispering…. thank you.}