If you’ve never taken part in an online book club, consider this a personal invitation from me to you.

Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs

For almost two years, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing the content for Bloom, the book club hosted by {in}courage. If you aren’t familiar, {in}courage is DaySpring’s (the faith division of Hallmark) online community for women. Our founders liken {in}courage to a beach house, the place you can relax and be yourself, where you can encourage and be encouraged by women leaning into their faith. You won’t find all life’s answers there but hopefully you’ll feel the love.

Bloom is the brainchild of Jessica Turner and Angie Smith, lovers of all things books and sister {in}courage writers. What started on their own blogs eventually moved to the {in}site, and last year they added me to their team. Jess and Angie are video “hosts” and I write the words to go with their videos and engage with readers in comments.

A Bloom study features videos with the author of the selected book** twice weekly; together with Angie and Jessica, the author will discuss several chapters at a time.

Yesterday we announced our fall pick: Annie Downs’ Let’s All Be Brave. The message in Let’s All Be Brave is inspiring, motivating and empowering. It’s the kind of battle cry where you don’t charge forward on your own, you link arms with those around you and take the next step. And then the next.

If you enjoy reading but can’t fit a book club into your schedule, Bloom is ideal for you. Even if your faith is of another persuasion, I’d wager Let’s All Be Brave still has something for you. I hope you’ll find out.

Yesterday marked our fall kick-off, but we won’t begin the videos/posts until Monday, October 13th–you’ve got plenty of time to order the book and read. Between now and then DaySpring offers Sponsored Books for those who can’t afford one otherwise (limited supply) AND hosts some fun Giveaway Packages. Check out yesterday’s post for the full schedule and details.

Please make plans to join me and our reading community. And I’d love for you to share this post with your friends and invite them, too. My philosophy is always “the more, the merrier,” especially when it comes to Bloom :).
Oh–and if you aren’t yet subscribed to my blog, now is the perfect time!
<– Every time someone does, a fairy earns her wings. 🙂

Lets All Be Brave by Annie Downs


** (ideally, sometimes the author isn’t available so special guests are invited) 

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