What’s Your Mark?

on March 28, 2013 in AnnieWrites, I heart books. with 64 comments by

what's your mark

About a year ago, I got a call to be a part of this project called What’s Your Mark?. My friend Jeremy Cowart had been asked by Zondervan to photograph twenty or so people that they decided were making a significant mark on the world, whether big or small.

And they were asking me to write the book.

Well, once I scooped myself off the floor and recovered from the shock of it all, of course I said yes.

So all last spring, I got to call or sit down with these people and interview them about their mark on the world. And y’all? It broke me. In like a million different and beautiful ways.

I talked to almost thirty people – from Ellie Ambrose, a high school student who has raised tons of money for a school in Africa through creating Ellie’s Run, to Bob Goff- author of Love Does, Katie Davis- author of Kisses from Katie, Gary Haugen- founder of IJM, Dan Cathy – CEO of Chick-fil-A, my sweet friend Ann Voskamp, powerhouse attorney Shannon Davis, twitter lovely Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, and the list goes on and on.

I was so nervous somedays before I picked up the phone that I would lay on my living room floor and pep talk myself into bravery and then dial before I could change my mind. But in the end, this is a project I am so so deeply proud of. I loved getting to turn these interviews into moving and inspirational pieces of writing [I hope!].

Not only it is interviews of people who are making a mark, throughout the book is the book of Mark from the Bible. [say that sentence a few times fast…] We did that because we believe that there is no greater mark on the planet than the mark left by Jesus.

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I think of What’s Your Mark?ย like a field guide, something that you can set on your coffee table or in your bookbag or in your purse to remind you to be brave and leave a mark on this world.ย With graduation coming up, I think this is a perfect little $10 gift for anyone that you are hoping goes out into the world and makes a massive difference.

Earlier this week, I sat down to dinner with Jeremy and some other friends, including Laura Lasky – one of the heroes of the book. I brought along a few copies of the book for Jeremy to sign and I got Laura to do it while she was there too! Oh, and I signed it too because, ya know, I wrote it.

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[Laura is soooo lovely. And her story is amazing. Check her ministry out for sure.]

In honor of What’s Your Mark? recently releasing, I’m going to give this autographed copy away!

Update! Laura texted me and said Solace will also ship some CUPCAKES to the winner! WOOT!

So you get an autographed copy of What’s Your Mark? AND cupcakes!!

All you have to do is leave a comment below saying why you’d like to win. Then I’ll have my human random number generatorย decide a winner by Monday!

64 comments

  1. Zach Steiger
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    Annie! Congrats on the book! I love the idea of leaving your mark and the way this collaboration looks like it came together! How many awesome people could participate in one book;)

  2. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:44 PM  |  reply

    Love this concept! I’m part of a ministry that does public school assemblies and talks to students about making a difference in the world. It would be great to read about some modern day heroes and have more stories to tell!

  3. Bill
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM  |  reply

    I’d like to win one for my wife ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beth
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    This is so fun! I am so excited you were able to write this- and I would be on the floor, too!- how incredible. Go, Jesus! I would love to have this book to read and inspire me on the days when the waiting on God with your calling gets thin and the rubber gets raw, and you need inspiration to remember why it’s important to keep fighting for what you’ve been called to do. Thanks, Annie, for gracing us by writing this- can’t wait to read it! Especially love that the book of Mark is woven through it all!

  5. Bethanu
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM  |  reply

    This book? Sounds amazing! What an amazing opportunity for you!! I would probably give a copy to our neighbor who is graduating from high school in May…. Even if he does decide to go to Tech. #theycantallbedawgslikeus

  6. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM  |  reply

    Oh yay! Congrats on the book! I would love to win a copy of this!! I think it is great to find ways others have left their marks to help inspire me to leave my mark!

  7. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM  |  reply

    I would love this book to share the stories with the colleges students I work with!

  8. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM  |  reply

    Such a beautiful book! I’d love a copy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Jocelyn
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM  |  reply

    sounds like an inspiring book! I’d love a copy!

  10. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:02 PM  |  reply

    Love it and how powerful! I would love to read this book and then be able to read it to the kids at church as well to pull on stories in there to encourage them to make their own mark!

  11. Katelin
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:04 PM  |  reply

    I love to read this! Sounds like an amazing book filled with the stories of inspiring people.

  12. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM  |  reply

    I want to win it because I want to read it – and for your autograph, obviously.

  13. Kay
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM  |  reply

    I would LOVE to read this! I have been inspired by so many of the people mentioned in this book – it would be amazing to read more of their stories and the stories of other making a mark on today’s world. I would love to share this book with the girls I live with at college!

  14. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM  |  reply

    sounds like a great book to inspire others to figure out how to leave their mark on the world. It would be a wonderful book to have so I can share it with people I work with in Kenya!

  15. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM  |  reply

    YES, PLEASE!!

  16. Stacey
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM  |  reply

    as a girl in her 20s trying to figure out my mark is something i am always thinking about, (who am i suppose to be, where do i need to go next) would love to read the stories of those who have found their mark and how i can be better equipped to be brave and make a statement with my life.

  17. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM  |  reply

    What an amazing project! I can’t wait to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Camille
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM  |  reply

    SO awesome! What an honor! I want to read it and you know my love for Katie Davis. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM  |  reply

    I want it sooooooo bad!!! Are friends allowed to enter? I want it for the words, the photos, your voice, the stories, the inspiration….alllllll of the above. And I’m totally going to buy a copy anyway, but this would be a suhweeeet one to get. Can you get that Ann Voskamp to autograph it for me too, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM  |  reply

    how cool! I would like to win because I need a good book to read and I always love your writing:)

  21. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM  |  reply

    I’d love to win this book because I always love reading stories about real people walking out their God path.

  22. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM  |  reply

    Wow! What a treasure! I would love to read it myself and then give it to my daughters to challenge them to make a mark on their world. Awesome!

  23. Meghan W.
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM  |  reply

    I’d love to have this book to inspire and remind me that I am so much more capable through God than I am alone.

  24. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read this book! It looks amazing!

    • posted on Apr 01, 2013 at 10:41 AM  |  reply

      Congrats, Meredith! You are the winner!!! Comment #24! Email me your address and we’ll get that in the mail to you today! ๐Ÿ™‚ WOOT!

  25. Mollyanne
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:37 PM  |  reply

    I like books and I like cupcakes. I’m thinking that’s reason enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM  |  reply

    I would LOVE to have this copy. As a middle school teacher, I know that my mark isn’t always visible, but I pray that God uses me to plant seeds in my students lives that will grow to be visible someday! I would love to have this book sitting in my classroom!!

  27. Karen
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM  |  reply

    I’d like the cupcakes, of course!! And the book … in 10 years in campus ministry, I’ve been blessed to see so many leave a mark … I think this could be my go to gift for many occasions to come! Plus, did I mention, I LOVE cupcakes??!!

  28. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM  |  reply

    I’d love to win a copy for three reasons. 1. the cupcakes…duh. 2. to remind me to be brave and courageous when I worry about what others will think. And 3. I’m in love with the concept of this book.

  29. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM  |  reply

    That looks incredibly beautiful and thought-provoking. And now I’m going to Amazon to add it to my wishlist. But I’m pretty sure Amazon won’t send cupcakes…

  30. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM  |  reply

    I just want the cupcakes. KIDDING. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to read this. Who couldn’t use more inspiration in his/her life?

  31. posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 9:02 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read this – looks like a great inspiration to make a difference for Christ, something we all need reminders about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Jenny
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 9:09 PM  |  reply

    I’d love to winner because heroic marks in this world inspire courage and set hope free – definitely my kind of book. And cupcakes too? Perfect!!

  33. Karen
    posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM  |  reply

    What a beautiful book – congratulations! I would love to win this and share the inspirational stories with my kids:)

  34. Face
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM  |  reply

    Because having a coffee table book would give me a great excuse to buy a coffee table.
    No, really, sounds like some fantastic reading.

  35. Brooke
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 6:18 AM  |  reply

    I would love to win because i want to read this book! And because it would be sweet to have your autograph AND add another cool coffee table book to my coffee table.

  36. nicole smith
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 7:21 AM  |  reply

    I would love a copy!!

  37. Lyndie
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM  |  reply

    That sounds like an amazing read! Whether by chance or by choice, I want a copy!

  38. Laura
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 7:40 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like a great book. I look forward to reading it!

  39. Jenny
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM  |  reply

    I would love to give this to my 18 year old son who is graduating in a few short months!

    thanks so much

  40. Jaimee
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM  |  reply

    Because it totally goes with the color scheme in my living room and would look amazing on the coffee table. Autographs only add to the greatness. Also because I’d like to read it.

  41. Amy Carpenter
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM  |  reply

    a sure to be fantastic book written by a talented lady AND delicious cupcakes?! is there anything left to want?

  42. Anna
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM  |  reply

    Would love to win and be inspired! Just read Kisses from Katie and hoping to read Love Does asap!

  43. Kara
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM  |  reply

    I found jeremy cowart’s Haiti pics/help portrait/facebook page a couple years ago… Then I stumbled onto your blog in the past year. and now you two collaborated to make this book?! sounds like an intriguing read!

  44. Madi
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like an inspiring read! Would love to have a copy to share with my daughters and the high school group I recently started working with.

  45. posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM  |  reply

    Twenty bucks I’ll cry in each story. I need more of those books in my life!

  46. KR
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM  |  reply

    How cool! I’d love a copy because I love every thing you write. AND all those people are super cool and I’d love to read their stories. Yay!

  47. posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM  |  reply

    I would like to win one because it looks awesome, but also because this looks like it would be a great gift for the teens who are graduating in the youth group where I intern. They are an amazing group of teens, and I know they will all make an amazing mark. We just all need the reminder and encouragement. (Also we need to be reminded everyone else who is doing awesome things would benefit from being prayed for. Like we all would, really.)

  48. Alana
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM  |  reply

    That’s so exciting Annie! As a soon to be graduate myself (go ‘dores) I’d love to have this as I embark on my next journey and make a mark! – and a great coffee table book ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Carrie K
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM  |  reply

    This book sounds like an amazing read! Im in need of some inspiration right now…and CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Katie
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM  |  reply

    I want to win because I would love to have this as a resource as I continue to walk with my small group of college girls!

  51. Melinda
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 8:17 PM  |  reply

    I would love to read this book!

  52. Beth Ammons
    posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM  |  reply

    Ooh what a sweet giveaway! This sounds so interesting to me– some of these folks are people I recognize– they ARE leaving a mark for the GLORY of JESUS! Thank you for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read more of your lovely writing!

  53. posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 12:24 AM  |  reply

    LOVE! I just think this would be a great example to my children of how to leave their mark. That mom and dad aren’t the only ones they can look up to (and that there are better people out there to look up to than movie stars or older kids). Plus, the free cupcakes kinda sealed the deal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  54. Patti M.
    posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 7:13 AM  |  reply

    This sounds like an awesome book and you can never go wrong with cupcakes.

  55. Carri
    posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM  |  reply

    I LOVE this idea, and would totally be interested in checking it out.. and hello, who doesn’t love cupcakes?!?!?!

  56. Sara
    posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 3:40 PM  |  reply

    As someone who is still trying to figure out what God wants for me and the mark that I will leave on the world, this book would be inspirational. And my sweet tooth would be loving those cupcakes.

  57. Lauren M
    posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM  |  reply

    I want to win bc it would be totes awesome.

  58. Emily Valdez
    posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM  |  reply

    Hey Annie! I would def read this book because it sounds AH. MAZING. And then I would be that annoying friend who insists on everyone reading the book because it’s the best thing since sliced bread. And then give them a cupcake for reading the book. It’s a win-win situation.

  59. posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM  |  reply

    I would like to read (and own) this book for so many different reasons! Firstly, YOU wrote it ๐Ÿ™‚ and also because I would love to learn from the incredible people you interviewed. Congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Heather K.
    posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:41 PM  |  reply

    I would love to share this book with the youth I work with at church! How inspiring!

  61. posted on Apr 01, 2013 at 7:13 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like an inspiring book. I am desiring to leave my mark in this world because He has marked me. Thanks for the chance!

  62. Amy Babbitt
    posted on Apr 01, 2013 at 8:27 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like such a great idea for a book…inspiring!

  63. kaitlyn
    posted on Apr 01, 2013 at 10:48 AM  |  reply

    Oh my I would love to win! What a beautiful book Annie! I’m a college student and this would be perfect for all those days I wonder if I can make a difference right here where I am…

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