That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs

By Annie F. Downs

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Christian author and speaker Annie F. Downs shares with you some of her favorite things: new books, faith conversations, restaurants, travel stories, musicians not to miss, interviews with friends. Pretty much, if it sounds fun to Annie, you're gonna hear about it.

Episode Date
Episode 83: Andrew Peterson
01:03:52

Possibly the most creative person I have ever known, Andrew Peterson  is a songwriter, singer, author, filmmaker, farmer, and pretty much a billion other things. He's just significantly cooler than me, which you'll know soon enough.

If you've been around here for a while, we've been talking for a long time about one of Andrew's songs- The Sower's Song- the one that got me going about myrtle a few months. And we talk about it today on the show- along with writing fiction, Nashville, gardening, songwriting, and the massive role Andrew played ten years ago in my writing career.

His Resurrections Letters albums are just brilliant. I think you are going to love them.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this episode! 

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Jun 21, 2018
Episode 82: Christine Caine
01:16:05

Christine Caine is one of my favorite voices. She's an incredible preacher, a strong activist against slavery, and just one of a kind. The thing about Chris is she is SO FULLY CHRIS and SO FULLY given over to the work of the Gospel and the love of Christ. It's awesome to watch and massively inspiring. Her new book, Unexpected, just released and it's the power punch you've been waiting to read. This conversation is fun and challenging and convicting and grace-filled. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

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Jun 14, 2018
Episode 81: World Cup Soccer Preview with Aaron Chewning and Dave Barnes
01:37:30

You know I have two real dreams for my friends listening- that you would love the enneagram and international soccer.

The Men's World Cup, the biggest worldwide soccer tournament, begins next week and this summer is the best time for you to jump on board and learn to love the sport. (I hope. I hope so hard.)

So I grabbed two of my favorite dudes and soccer (and comedy) experts- Aaron Chewning and Dave Barnes- and we went DEEEEP into soccer. Stick with us, friends. Lots to learn, lots of soccer player name drops, lots of laughs, and maybe one of my favorite episodes ever.

2018 FIFA World Cup 

Aaron Chewning

Dave Barnes

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Jun 07, 2018
HAPPY 100TH EPISODE, FRIENDS!
01:05:40

YOU GUYS WE DID IT.

100 episodes.

And you're still here. (Thanks for that!) 

This one is ridiculous and fun and a sprinkling of stuff that matters and lots of Royal Wedding and a promise about Christmas that you don't want to forget (because I'm never talking about it ever again). Just 100 hot takes.

Y'all have made my life so much more fun. Thank you.

. . . . .

Make sure you follow Eddie and listen to The New Activist! (And if you want to hear Eddie and I and some of our other best pals do this mess every week, check out the Relevant Podcast!)

http://www.eddiekaufholz.com

The New Activist

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Jun 04, 2018
Episode 80: Curtis Zackery
59:41

Y'all know we love talking about Sabbath around here, and with summer kicking off this week, let's talk a bit about slowing down and what rest can look like (I bet it's different than you think). Curtis Zackery, or CZ as we friends call him, has written a new book called Soul Rest all about it. We knock into a lot of topics- church leadership, race, miscarriage, just to name a few- and you're going to love and respect this pastor, leader, author, and friend by the time we're done.

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May 31, 2018
Episode 79: Harvest Bashta
01:01:02

Harvest and I have been friends for years and I've watched her grow as a worship leader and as a woman of God in amazing (and pain-filled) ways. Buckle up for a conversation about pain and worship and the book of Revelation... and movie pass. :) Her new album Preachers will be a gift to be played over and over in your life. 

https://www.harvestbashta.com

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May 24, 2018
Episode 78: My New Favorite Song
26:13

Dropping another surprise Monday episode in here because y'all are awesome and I want you to hear my new favorite song! Right Now is a song written for our local church but I am BEYOND HAPPY that you can hear it now too. Krissy Nordhoff, Zach Kale, and Mike Grayson wrote it together and it has been SUCH a gift to our church for the last few months. Can't wait for you to hear it and hear the heart behind the writers.

HAPPY MONDAY, FRIENDS! :) 

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May 21, 2018
Episode 77: Passion Music
01:03:55

My gracious I love these people. If you are a church person, you probably have been singing Passion Music songs for years. And I bet you already know Kristian Stanfill, Melodie Malone, and Brett Younker. But today we sit down and have one of my favorite conversations with all three of them. (And we call on the power of Shelley Giglio a few times too... mainly to get us La Croix endorsements.) Passion Music just released a new album, Whole Heart, that you are going to totally love. 

https://passionmusic.com

https://www.instagram.com/kpstanfill/

https://www.instagram.com/melodiedanae

https://www.instagram.com/brettyounker/

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May 17, 2018
2018 STATE OF THE PODCAST ADDRESS
12:16

Here's what. 

I just have some things I want to tell you (some fun and exciting things!) and some questions I have for you and the only real way I know to communicate with you is to talk to you. So pretend we are sitting down at my favorite coffee shop in Nashville just having a conversation about this little corner of the podcast universe we call the That Sounds Fun Podcast. And then let me know what you think! 

Please please please pop over to my website and fill out the survey? HELP A SISTER OUT. Please? :) 

http://bit.ly/2018TSFsurvey

You're the very best always and forever and I love you to pieces. Amen.

May 14, 2018
Episode 76: Hilary Yancey
01:04:41

I am so so happy to have a sweet mama on the show this week to help kick off your Mother's Day Weekend celebrating! Hilary Yancey has a unique, hard, and beautiful story of her growing family that I think will connect with you and change you. Her first book, Forgiving God: A Story of Faith is moving and powerful and yet intensely vulnerable and kind. You've gonna love it and you're gonna love her. 

Happy Mother's Day to all you women who birthed, adopted, raised, cared for, and hugged children. Whether they are yours or they are someone else's but loved by you, you are doing good work. Keep it up. I'm proud to be your friend.

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May 10, 2018
Episode 75: Candace Cameron Bure + Mo Isom
01:00:48

It's a strong women kind of week around here. And you know how much I love when my friends become friends- so that's my hope with today's episode! Candace Cameron Bure has a new book out- Kind Is The New Classy- and she's a Hallmark movie star AND she is DJ Tanner. So for all the reasons, I was so so happy to get to chat with her! And then I grabbed my gal Mo Isom to come and hang with us, too. Mo has been on the show before, but her new book Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot is amazing and I was DYING to get her here to talk with us.

And now all my dreams are coming true because it's just like we all sat down at the same table over coffee (or chai) and got to be friends. :) 

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May 03, 2018
Episode 74: Ginna Claire Mason
01:10:55

We used some wizardly tricks to get today's podcast together for you! Ginna Claire Mason is currently starring as Glinda in the touring cast of Wicked. It is probably my favorite musical and Ginna Claire is FOR SURE my favorite witch. :) So while the show was in Nashville, we sat down and talked about Broadway life and Nashville life and faith life and how twitter made us friends. I'm excited to introduce you to our new favorite Broadway star.

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Apr 30, 2018
Episode 73: Alex Seeley
01:06:21

I am so grateful to be friends with Alex Seeley. One of the pastors of The Belonging Co in Nashville, Alex is a strong and kind voice of leadership in our city and around the world. And she's Australian, so her accent will bless your soul today. Her new book, Tailor Made, is a deep dive into identity and how to move forward in your life with Christ. (IT IS AWESOME.) 

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Apr 26, 2018
Episode 72: Miles Adcox + Onsite Workshops
01:19:27

After the podcast episode with John Crist, y'all wanted to hear more about Onsite Workshops. Ask and you shall receive, my friends. CEO and owner of Onsite, Miles Adcox, joins us today to talk about his journey to mental and emotional health, answers some good nuts and bolts questions about Onsite, and makes me talk too much (SORRY). If you or someone you love is looking to dig deeper into your own story, I hope this conversation about Onsite helps give you some direction and clarity.

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Apr 19, 2018
Episode 71: Bob Goff
45:14

I've never met anyone like Bob Goff. He makes you feel like the most important person in the room, even if you aren't. He listens like what you are saying really matters, even if it doesn't. :) He's really good at friendship and a really wise voice for us all. His new book Everybody, Always is challenging and important and everything you love about Bob- funny, whimsical, a little crazy, kind. This conversation, hopefully, is all those things as well. 

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Apr 12, 2018
Episode 70: Alli Worthington
58:37

I am so excited to finally have Alli Worthington on the show. Amazing business woman, enneagram 7, and author of multiple books, including Fierce Faith, Alli is one of my favorite women. She brings the HEAT on this episode- about fear, leadership, hearing God, and why I should not have gone to the movies with a burrito in my purse. Hope you enjoy this conversation and share it with someone you know would be encouraged by Alli's wisdom!

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Apr 05, 2018
Episode 69: Dansby Swanson
53:31

Let's play ball! Today is Opening Day for Major League Baseball so it was about time to get my friend/brother/favorite Atlanta Brave Dansby Swanson

I met Dansby at church in Nashville when he was at Vanderbilt and just couldn't be more proud of the man he is and the player he is. (You're gonna be so impressed with his wisdom and heart. For real.) And he loves the Atlanta Falcons which is just exactly how to stay in my life forever. I'm betting you will join the unofficial Dansby Fan Club after you hear this conversation. 

Check out his stats!: Dansby Swanson

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Mar 29, 2018
Episode 68: Tauren Wells
55:08

This one is about to get up in your business. Tauren Wells, one of my favorite artists I've ever toured with, comes on the show and BRINGS THE FIRE over and over. I took notes. For real.

Make sure you check out Tauren's new album Hills and Valleys. It's fun and meaningful and lyrically super sound.

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Mar 22, 2018
Episode 67: Brandon Heath
57:35

I'm so proud to call Brandon Heath my friend and so grateful he took time to come be on the podcast. He brings such wisdom and truth and honesty- it's really moving. His latest album Faith Hope Love Repeat is a special one, and you'll hear why in this episode. Enjoy it, friends! 

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Mar 15, 2018
Episode 66: Cory Asbury
49:14

I am a longtime fan of Cory Asbury and you're about to be too (if you aren't already). Awesome worship leader, full of wisdom, and pretty funny too, I'm so so glad he was able to carve out some time to chat. Make sure you check out his new album Reckless Love and go see him on tour when he's near you!

https://bethelmusic.com/artists/cory-asbury/

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Mar 08, 2018
Episode 65: Jo Saxton
59:08

Jo Saxton is absolutely one of my favorite co-workers. We get to speak at the same conferences a few times a year, which is always an automatic yes to me if I know Jo will be there too. 

She is wise and fun and loves God in such a deep and profound way. Her new book The Dream of You is one of my favorite recent reads. I think you're going to love her and her writing.

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Mar 01, 2018
Episode 64: Winston and Rachel Cruze
01:01:33

Winston and Rachel Cruze are two of my dearest friends and two of the wisest and smartest people I know. This is an incredibly fun conversation all about money and marriage and chai and about 43 other topics that randomly arose. 

Make sure you check out Rachel's show, The Rachel Cruze Show, as well as her resources (they are AMAZING and so helpful). 

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Feb 22, 2018
Episode 63: John Crist
01:24:46

I'm still not totally sure how to put words around this conversation. It was just so so good. And fun (of course). Comedian John Crist and I, as you will hear, have been sharing event posters for years, but this is our first opportunity to be friends. But when you guys request a guest OVER AND OVER, I do my best to get them on the show!

I knew John would be funny, we all knew he'd be funny, but I had no idea how profound and honest and kind he would be. What a good dude... he may be restoring my faith in male enneagram 3s. :) If you weren't a fan of John before, you will be now. Make sure you follow him on social media, head to his shows when he's in your town, and buy up all his swag. :)

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Feb 15, 2018
Episode 62: Dave Barnes
01:09:31

He's our current intro and outro music and he's one of our favorite friends. Dave Barnes popped into the studio today and when I told instastory the day we recorded, you guys FREAKED OUT. I mean, I knew you loved him, I did not know how deep that love ran!

He's funny and gifted and an incredibly good singer/songwriter. His new album Who Knew It Would Be So Hard To Be Myself, released this week and it is so so good and now on repeat in my house for always.

Remember you can use the code ANNIE to get 20% off anything in Dave's store from 2/8-2/15/2018! Definitely grab the new album and anything else that catches your eye! 

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Feb 08, 2018
January 2018 Rhythms: Purpose + Jamie Ivey
55:45

I know I know. It is ABOUT TIME. Jamie Ivey is one of my very favorite podcast hosts and one of my very favorite friends. But gracious, her wisdom blew me away on this episode. As we have gone through these rhythms this month, hearing Jamie walk through the right times to say yes and say no was SO valuable to me.

Her first book, If You Only Knew, just released and I am SUCH a fan of it- totally worth your time to read. You will be so glad you did.

Also. SHE HAS A TINY HOUSE and I love everything she said about it.

 

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Feb 01, 2018
January 2018 Rhythms: Lent + She Reads Truth
01:05:11

The church has had rhythms since the start, and no one helps me learn and love the church calendar (and the Bible!) more than Raechel Myers, Amanda Bible Williams, and Russ Ramsey from SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTruth.

Lent is the next season on the church calendar- starting February 14 until Easter on April 1. SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTruth have created an incredible reading plan- going through the book of Exodus- to help us celebrate and understand the season. This episode is inspiring and moving and brought me to tears. 

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Jan 25, 2018
January 2018 Rhythms: Good Food + Simoni Kigweba
01:04:57

To continue in our theme of small important rhythms we can add to our lives, chef to the Nashville stars, Simoni Kigweba, came on the show to talk about food. Not dieting. Not shoulds and should nots. But what would it look like for us to just eat better food? To have a knife and a pan and a pot and know what we are eating? Simoni is a dear friend and probably my favorite chef in this town- and how he ended up cooking in Nashville was a story I had never heard and it moved me to tears.

Once you hear the episode, I'd love to know more about your island. :) 

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Jan 18, 2018
January 2018 Rhythms: Sabbath + John Mark Comer
01:08:35

Another important rhythm I want to get my mind around even better in 2018 is the discipline of Sabbath and rest. And in my collection of friends, no one is more of a scholar and expert than John Mark Comer. His book Garden City really started me on a journey towards Sabbath. On this episode, John Mark answers some of your questions about Sabbath and seriously brings the heat and the wisdom about adding this rhythm to our lives.

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Jan 11, 2018
January 2018 Rhythms: Journaling + Nichole Nordeman
01:00:39

We're gonna spend a few weeks going through some new rhythms for 2018... things that I want to solidify in my life and things y'all are asking about when it comes up in podcast convos.

First up, my friend Nichole Nordeman is on the show talking about her new book Slow Down and the power of recording God's faithfulness through journaling. (Y'all KNOW I'm a journaler, so duh we're starting here.) Check our her book and her music and fall in love with one of the best writers I know.

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Jan 04, 2018
2017 Christmas Party Episode 7: 2017 In Review with Eddie Kaufholz
01:09:34

You guys. What other way would I want to end the year than circling around with our bestie Eddie Kaufholz. We laughed, we got serious (him more than me), we talked about the highs and the lows and the weirds of 2017, with a purposeful lack of politics because you'll get PLENTY of that elsewhere. Pardon us as we finish 2017 with a little sarcasm and a lot of humor and some really good moments of friendship.

(Love you guys. Thanks for an amazing year.)

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Dec 28, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 6: Jon McLaughlin
01:09:01

We've been the luckiest to have Jon McLaughlin singing to us every week of the 2017 Christmas Party. Today we get to talk to him! One of my dearest real life friends, I'm shocked at how much I learned about Jon, less shocked at how hilarious he was from start to finish because DUH I KNEW THAT.

His Christmas EP, Red and Green, has been on constant repeat around my house. You're gonna love it too.

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Dec 21, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 5: Gifts For Your Enneagram Type with Seth Abram
01:12:24

Y'all know I have so much love for the enneagram. So you KNOW I'm talking about it at every Christmas party I'm going to in real life, so obviously we needed to talk about at THIS party too.

My friend Seth Abram is one of the smartest dudes I know, and he's particularly put a lot of time in the last few years into the study of the enneagram. HIS KNOWLEDGE GOES DEEEP, Y'ALL. So I asked him to come on the show and help us sort out Christmas gifts for our friends based on their enneagram number.

Get ready, whether you know a little or a lot, this episode is going to blow your mind a bit. It's awesome.

https://twitter.com/sethabrammusic

https://www.instagram.com/sethabram/

(Remember he wants to answer your questions! Don't be shy!)

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Dec 14, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 4: Hallmark Christmas Movies + Alicia Witt
01:22:49

Ask and you shall receive, friends! An entire episode about our favorite Hallmark Christmas movies, past and present, with a few of my best friends who happen to be legit experts on the subject. (Like, way more expert than I was even expecting.)

And a surprise INCREDIBLY fun special guest appearance by Alicia Witt, amazing actress and star of my VERY FAVORITE OF ALL TIME Hallmark Christmas movie, A Very Merry Mixup.

This may end up being your very favorite episode. It kinda is mine. :) 

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http://www.aliciawittmusic.com

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Dec 12, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 3: Melanie Shankle
01:11:23

I have been dyyyyyyying to get Melanie Shankle on the podcast, and there's no better time than during this year's Christmas party! Mel's new book, Church of the Small Things, was one of my favorite reads this year. Get ready to laugh, learn, and wish you had a whole bunch more time with Mel. She's just the best. 

http://thebigmamablog.com

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Dec 07, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 2: Sharon Hodde Miller
01:01:47

Sharon Hodde Miller joins us today as we continue our 2017 Christmas party! We talk all manner of things including her family Christmas traditions, what I didn't know about the day we met, and her new book Free Of Me. She's just the kind of friend you want to bump into at a big party, pull over to the side, and chat for a good long time.

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Nov 30, 2017
2017 Christmas Party Episode 1: SheReadsTruth + Advent
01:06:14

It's time to kick off our 2017 Christmas party (a day early because I LOVE TO PARTY)! And who shows up at the door first but our faithful friends from SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTruth, ready to talk all things Advent! There's so much more to this season than December 25th. I'm so so excited about it.

Remember to use the code ANNIE15 to get 15% off your order from shopshereadstruth.com between now and December 3! 

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Nov 22, 2017
Episode 61: Mark Lee
01:08:55

Mark Lee, guitar player in the amazing band Third Day, is also now a published author of Hurt Road (a book I've read and really enjoyed). SO MANY TALENTS I AM FULL ON JEALOUS. I grew up in the town where Mark lives, we've known each other for decades, and I'm such a huge fan of him as an artist and a human. 

And don't you know he brought up the enneagram SO WE WENT THERE. :)

You're gonna love this conversation and this dude!

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Nov 16, 2017
Episode 60: Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
59:44

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is one of the wisest guests we've ever had on the podcast. We talk a lot about communication, specifically about his new book Before You Hit Send, but also dive deep into the theology of God's kindness and the power of asking God "why?" and singleness and the whole episode feels like a good long talk around the table with a father-figure. I'm so thankful for this conversation.

https://loveandrespect.com

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Nov 09, 2017
Episode 59: Luke Norsworthy
01:10:28

My pal Luke and I continue the conversation we started on his podcast episode... we jump in all about church leadership and giving gifts to friends and Austin vs. Nashville and podcasting and how to get Luke to come on a trip. (It's too easy.)

For the first half of this conversation, head to Newsworthy with Norsworthy .... and once you've listened through BOTH, tweet us (@lukenorsworthy and @anniefdowns) between now and December 1 and we'll get a little prize to you (until we run out)!

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Nov 02, 2017
Episode 58: Jess Connolly + 100 Days To Brave
01:00:15

Jess Connolly and I have been friends for years. Like, heart friends. Like, see each other barely but dive RIGHT IN THE DEEP when we do. And you cannot imagine how excited we were to learn that our new books released out into the world on the same day. 

So to celebrate Dance Stand Run and 100 Days To Brave, we decided we needed to laugh and cry and talk about everything and then record it. :) 

Make sure you pick of Jess's book- it is a real gift to any woman in your life. 

https://www.dancestandrun.com

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Thanks to our friends at Talkspace for sponsoring this episode!

Head to talkspace.com\downs and use the code: DOWNS for $30 off your first month!

Oct 26, 2017
Episode 57: Barrett Ward + fashionABLE
59:16

My friend (and former boss) Barrett Ward founded fashionABLE, a company that creates beautiful fashion pieces and employs women around the world to help them overcome. I'm ADDICTED to their leather bags and am headed out today to get a new pair of their jeans. Barrett and I talk about the start of the company, what they are doing that NO ONE else in the fashion industry is doing (yet), and why you have to drive a squirrel over a river. (Seriously.) I think you'll love this conversation and LOVE all things fashionABLE!

http://livefashionable.com

(And use the code ANNIE20 until the end of October 2017 for 20% off your purchase! HUZZAH!)

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Thanks to our friends at Talkspace for sponsoring this episode!

Head to talkspace.com\downs and use the code: DOWNS for $30 off your first month!

Oct 19, 2017
Episode 56: Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke
59:51

You guys. The Bethkes. THEY ARE JUST THE BEST. So funny and sweet and kind and awesome to hang with. You are so going to love this conversation between the three of us. We sing the praises of our favorite podcasts and pastors, we talk about Maui and Nashville and travel, and we deep dive into dating and relationships. Be sure to grab their new book Love That Lasts. It's good good good.

https://lovethatlasts.co/book/

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Thanks to our friends at Talkspace for sponsoring this episode!

Head to talkspace.com\downs and use the code: DOWNS for $30 off your first month!

Oct 12, 2017
Episode 55: Carlos Whittaker
01:04:57

Listen. YOU ARE NOT EVEN READY for what Carlos Whittaker is about to bring to your ears. We laugh. We cry. He cusses. It's just all the things you've dreamed of for a podcast episode. Truly, this episode really did something good in my heart. I hope it does in yours too. And make sure you grab his new book, Kill The Spider, to continue the conversation this podcast starts.

http://killthespider.com

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Thanks to our friends at Talkspace for sponsoring this episode!

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Oct 05, 2017
Episode 54: Lisa Whittle
58:27

Lisa Whittle and I have been friends for years, to the point that we barely know when it started. We're just glad it did. We cover all sorts of topics today, from family to church to her new book Put Your Warrior Boots On. I love her, respect her, and just think the world of her. I bet you will too.

http://lisawhittle.com

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 28, 2017
Episode 53: Beth McCord + the Enneagram
01:05:35

If there is one tool that has helped me grow and flourish and better understand my friends as well as myself, it is the enneagram. I talk about it a lot on here (as you know), so today I invited my friend Beth McCord, an amazing enneagram coach, to come and lay out the basics for us of why we should learn about the enneagram, how to sort out your type, and a very short description of each number. 

This is your enneagram primer. :) More to come in future episodes!

(Beth has a ton of amazing enneagram resources on her website- be sure to check it out!) 

http://yourenneagramcoach.com

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 21, 2017
Episode 52: Jon Acuff
50:25

This has been a long time coming (and often requested by y'all!) and I am so glad to have my friend Jon Acuff on this episode. We had a blast chatting about Nashville things and Atlanta things and church things and writing things. He kinda blew my mind a few times- I think you're gonna really appreciate his thoughts. Jon's new book Finish is worth the read. Hope you'll check it out.

Acuff.me

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 14, 2017
Episode 51: Sophie Hudson
01:05:50

No better way to kick off Season 3 of the That Sounds Fun Podcast than with one of my favorite friends and an amazing author Sophie Hudson. Y'all. This is such a fun episode. LAUGHS, people. LAUGHS. Her new devotional for teen girls- All In All- is such a great gift for the teenager in your life.

So we're back. Back in action, friends. Missed you guys. Let's party.

http://boomama.net

http://100daystobrave.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 07, 2017
Episode 50: Chrystal Evans Hurst
47:45

Chrystal Evans Hurst and I met this spring and hit it off immediately. She's one of those friends that you sit down with and twenty minutes later both of y'all have laughed and cried and plan to be friends forever. It was worth taking a break from a quiet August to chat with her about her new book, She's Still There. 

Hope you enjoy our chat!

Aug 10, 2017
Episode 49: That Sounds Fun Weekend 2017
01:19:31

Oh y'all. 

We had the absolute most fun at #TSFWeekend2017. Three days together, hanging out and making friends, eating delicious food, and hearing from incredible artists- exactly how I want to spend a weekend in July! 

We recorded a live podcast with many of the folks you already know and love- Dave Barnes, Eddie Kaufholz, Kelleigh Bannen, Christy Nockels, and some new voices too, like Emmy Singer from Inner Light Yoga.

We had the best time and I hope you'll feel like you were right there with us!

http://anniefdowns.com

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Aug 03, 2017
Episode 48: Kevin Queen
01:21:19

I am beyond excited about this episode. Kevin Queen is the new pastor of my church in Nashville, Cross Point Church. The story of how he got here is legitimately miraculous. And because we've been friends for almost 20 years, I wanted to give him a place to tell the whole thing- start to finish- of what God has done and how Kevin and his family and our church have all responded.

But even if you aren't in Nashville, this story will certainly speak to you about God's kindness, provision, and plan. It's pretty awesome.

 

http://www.crosspoint.tv/kevin

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jul 27, 2017
Episode 47: Tyler Reagin
01:04:12

Tyler and I have been pals for almost 20 years and it has been an absolute blast watching him lead in a lot of different places, currently as the president of Catalyst. We sat down this week to talk about a whole bunch of things, including my new pastor, why Tyler keeps candy on his desk at all times, and women in leadership. He's a super funny dude- I think you're gonna dig this conversation.

https://twitter.com/tylerreagin

https://catalystleader.com

(use the code FUN to get a $199 ticket to Catalyst Atlanta in October!)

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jul 20, 2017
Episode 46: Liz Bohannon
01:13:36

A couple of years ago, Joy Eggerichs Reed sat me down at a table around Mexican food with a gorgeous blonde named Liz who had lots of excitement and words and ideas. I loved her on the spot and wanted to be her friend every day from then on. Liz Bohannon is the founder and CEO of Sseko Designs. She's a fireball with big dreams and miracle size prayers and I promise you're gonna fall head over heels in the next hour. What a gift Liz is to our planet.

https://www.instagram.com/lizbohannon/

http://ssekodesigns.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jul 13, 2017
Episode 45: Downs Books Inc.
58:10

Me. Eliza. New Katie. Three microphones.

Who in the world decided this would be a good idea? :)

But seriously, we get so many questions about what office life is like at our company, who does what, and how in the world we survive this crazy story, so we thought it would be fun to chat together for the podcast. Eliza was in Nashville for a few short hours and New Katie was free, so it just felt right! 

If this sparks more questions, send them to us! We love it!

Hope you enjoy some conversations from inside Downs Books Inc! 

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jul 06, 2017
Episode 44: Jennie Allen
59:31

I met Jennie Allen at a lunch in Nashville about five years ago. She had this idea, our friend Lindsey gathered a handful of us around a table to hear about Jennie's idea for this event for women. Who could have imagined IF:Gathering would grow to what it is now? Amazing.

Jennie is a faithful friend, humble leader, and my first student in the School of Fun. :) (You'll understand when you listen.) She's just the best and I'm so honored to get to chat with her. 

http://jennieallen.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 29, 2017
Episode 43: Kelleigh Bannen
01:02:27

Kelleigh Bannen is quickly becoming one of my favorite humans. It's not just her incredible singing voice (that will legitimately blow your mind) or her humor (though it is there) or her songwriting skills (also there in droves). This girl's heart and love for God are going to be what makes you want to be lifelong friends with her as well. Her latest single is called Church Clothes and it will moooooove you. Wow it's a powerful song.

Also, Kelleigh will be at our That Sounds Fun Weekend! So come join us!

http://kelleighbannen.com

http://thatsoundsfunweekend.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 22, 2017
Episode 42: Sadie Robertson
01:09:49

Sadie Robertson reminds me of the best parts of summer- fun and bright and just plain warm to be around. You've probably seen her grow up on television, like I did, and the young woman she has become is pretty remarkable. You're going to love her and you're going to love her heart for the generation of women coming behind her. 

http://liveoriginal.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 15, 2017
Episode 41: Chris McClarney
01:07:19

You guys. Chris McClarney is FUNNY. I mean, this dude cracked me up start to finish! And I know how much we love people who make us laugh around here, so I'm feeling pretty good about this convo. Local Nashville guy and AMAZING worship leader and songwriter, sitting down with Chris was a total highlight- you are gonna love being friends with him. 

http://chrismcclarney.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 08, 2017
Episode 40: Lisa (and Missy!) Harper
01:03:08

Man what a treat to spend some time in the good ol' podcast booth with my friends Lisa and Missy Harper. Lisa is one of my favorite authors and just brings a smile to my face on the regular. We spend a good amount of time today talking about our recent trip to Haiti, why Lisa and Missy are going back, and her new book The Sacrament of Happy.

And happy you shall be after a laugh-y hour with me and Lisa and her absolutely adorable daughter Missy!

http://lisaharper.net

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 01, 2017
Episode 39: SheReadsTruth + Romans
01:08:37

Let's talk about the SheReadsTruth and HeReadsTurth summer reading plan- the book of Romans! Y'all know I'm not the world's biggest fan of Paul :), so I brought Amanda, Raechel Myers, and Russ Ramsey onto the show to tell me why I should love the book of Romans and why we should spend our summer reading it.

(Spoiler alert: they convinced me. :) ) We also talked about cheese and New Kids on the Block, and toilets. So. A real well rounded episode for you.

ALSO- just for YOU, if you go to shopshereadstruth.com between 5/25-6/25, use the code ANNIE10 to get 10% off anything you order. (They love you guys so much - I'm grateful.)

shopshereadstruth.com

shereadstruth.com

hereadstruth.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 25, 2017
Episode 38: Andrea Lucado
01:08:57

You know I love the UK. And I love my Nashville friends. So today's conversation combines two of my favorite things. Andrea Lucado is a dear friend and also has just released her first book, English Lessons, about her time in Oxford, England. We hadn't gotten to chat in a while, so this one really feels like two close friends getting to catch up, because it is! Such a dear friend, great writer, and wise woman! You'll love her.

http://andrealucado.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 18, 2017
Episode 37: Steven Curtis Chapman
57:07

What an honor to have Steven Curtis Chapman on the podcast. His new book Between Heaven and the Real World is so worth your time to read. For a girl who grew up listening to Christian music, this was a really special interview- not many people have been a part of my life as long as Steven's music has. I'm grateful for the hour we got to spend together and I hope you'll love it too.

http://stevencurtischapman.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 11, 2017
Episode 36: Danielle Walker
01:05:34

My whole life has changed since my way of eating changed in 2013. Diagnosed with PCOS and a dairy allergy, to be the healthiest version of Annie meant it was time to change alllll my ways. And Danielle Walker, author of the New York Times Bestelling Against All Grain cookbooks and hugely popular website, was a true gift from God that year of learning (still is!). Not only are her recipes insanely delicious (her dairy-free ranch made me tear up), she's also an absolutely lovely human being and now one of my dearest friends.

My bet is you know her, you follow her, and you love her (and her foods). But if by chance she is a new friend to you, I'm so glad to introduce y'all. :) 

http://againstallgrain.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 04, 2017
Episode 35: Book Writing
01:06:03

I'm kicking off the season of writing a new book, and for the last few weeks y'all have been sending us questions about the process. So even though I don't know very much :), I attempted to answer a few of the questions with everyone's favorite assistant, Eliza! 

(It's just the beginning of the process... we have so much more to discuss... so keep those questions coming!)

So let's talk about writing books!

http://anniefdowns.com

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Apr 27, 2017
Episode 34: Tsh Oxenreider
53:16

I have been so excited to have this conversation with my friend Tsh Oxenreider. As I followed along with her family as they traveled the world last year, I could not wait to hear more and read her book At Home In The World. Amazing author, brilliant woman, faithful friend. You're going to adore her, her brain, her story. 

Make sure you check out her books, blog, and podcast!

http://theartofsimple.net

http://anniefdowns.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast ... join in the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome. :) 

Apr 20, 2017
Episode 33: Barnabas Piper
01:02:06

Barnabas Piper and I sit down this week and y'all, this dude is smart. It was so fun to hear his thoughts on enneagram, Israel, FaceTime, Nashville, "quiet times", and curiosity. And you're gonna LOVE his answer to our favorite question at the end! Check out his new book The Curious Christian if you connect with the thoughts he shares in our conversation. (And if you love the dude, he's got a few of his own podcasts you should check out!)

http://www.barnabaspiper.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Apr 13, 2017
Episode 32: Lisa-Jo Baker
53:11

Lisa-Jo Baker is my favorite South African turned American turned author turned awesome. And knowing some of her story, it was really brave of her to write an entire book on the pains and joys of friendship called Never Unfriended. We talk about it, as well as our favorite television shows and Beauty and the Beast and the life of an author, amongst other things. Lisa-Jo is a joy. You're gonna love her.

http://neverunfriended.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Apr 06, 2017
Episode 31: John Mark Comer
54:19

John Mark Comer is one of my very very favorite authors and teachers in the church right now. I've long been a fan and am just now lucky enough to call him friend. I've loved all his books (and his preaching podcast), and his new book God Has A Name is an incredibly thought-provoking read that I think you will enjoy. Our conversation kicks off with enneagram (duh y'all know me) and circles through to modern day church life and the best coffee in Portland. Hope you'll enjoy hanging with us!

https://johnmarkcomer.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Mar 30, 2017
Episode 30: Adam Weber
54:26

A few years ago, I was asked to speak at a church in Sioux Falls, SD. I had no idea that day that I would meet a lifelong friend and one of my favorite pastors in the nation. Adam Weber is one of the best and I am so so glad to get to introduce y'all to him. His new book Talking With God is all about prayer and talking with Adam about it has changed me and my prayer life. I think you're gonna love the book, the conversation, and this guy.

http://adamweber.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Mar 23, 2017
Episode 29: Jennifer Dukes Lee + Craving Connection
45:08

Since it began in 2009, I have been a fan, family member, and contributor at (in)courage. It's a beautiful corner of the internet for women to gather and make friends. I love that I got to be a part of their new book, Craving Connection. Fellow author, contributor, friend, and all around ball of fun Jennifer Dukes Lee joins me on this episode. We talk about, well, everything (you know how it goes around here, y'all). But we spend a good amount of time swapping book-writing stories. I think you're going to love this gal.

 

http://www.cravingconnectionbook.com

http://jenniferdukeslee.com

http://www.incourage.me

http://anniefdowns.com

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Mar 16, 2017
Episode 28: Russ Ramsey
58:16

Russ Ramsey is one of my favorite pastor voices in Nashville. His new book Struck might just blow your mind a little bit. A real-time retelling of his life-threatening heart infection and surgery, this book is beautiful for anyone who has suffered, or is currently suffering, and trying to believe God. I love this dude and I think you will too.

 

http://russ-ramsey.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

 

Mar 09, 2017
Episode 27: Ellie Holcomb
47:51

You hear her beautiful singing voice on every single episode. Now you get to hear her beautiful talking voice too as Ellie Holcomb and I sit down to discuss all sorts of things, including her new (and incredible) album Red Sea Road.

We laughed. We cried. We told you the truth. I think you're gonna love this one.

http://anniefdowns.com

http://ellieholcomb.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast 

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 26: SheReadsTruth + Lent
01:01:57

Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers from SheReadsTruth are back to talk to us about Lent, the next season on the Christian calendar. If you've ever wondered about this 47 day journey, how and why we celebrate it, what it all means and how to participate, join us for this amazing conversation.

I love these women and how they love Jesus and the Bible. And I love Lent! So fun to chat about it.

 

http://anniefdowns.com

http://shereadstruth.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Feb 23, 2017
Episode 25: Rebekah Lyons
49:11

Rebekah Lyons is just one of those women that you want on your team. She's fun, she's honest, she loves God and loves her friends and gosh I could just go on and on. (And I kinda do in this podcast.) I'm so thankful that Rebekah and I got to sit down and talk about life and her kids (whom I adore) and her new book "You Are Free." 

I've read it a lot. Trust me. You'll love this book. And you'll love this gal. And you'll love this podcast. (Valentine's week, y'all. So. We're still talking about love over here.) :)

http://youarefreebook.com

http://anniefdowns.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast 

Feb 16, 2017
Episode 24: Grayson|Reed
56:40

Let's kick off Valentine's week with our first ever married couple show! Mike and Molly Grayson are not only married (with a kid), they are also an AMAZING duo called Grayson|Reed. Their new EP "Walk" just released and it is on repeat at my house. Can't wait for y'all to meet them and fall in love with their story, their music, and the way they talk about each other. (IT IS THE BEST.)

http://graysonreedmusic.com/

http://anniefdowns.com

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Feb 09, 2017
Episode 23: Michael Wear
49:52

Michael Wear may be one of the smartest men I know. He spent four years in the White House with President Obama working on faith initiatives. His new book "Reclaiming Hope" is about that season of his life, where faith and politics meet, and what hope looks like going forward. And also? He sings like a crooner on snapchat. So. You have THAT to look forward to. You're gonna love this guy.

http://michaelwear.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

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Jan 19, 2017
2016 Christmas Party Episode 5: Holiday Hot Takes with Eddie Kaufholz
01:08:27

You know the best way to end a Christmas party is standing around laughing with your favorite people, and that is why we have Eddie Kaufholz back with us today. With Christmas just around the corner, I definitely needed to get Eddie's opinion on some very important holiday topics. But obviously, we ended up talking about 73 other things as well.

Hope you enjoy the end of the party and we'll see you in 2017!

(Thank you for listening, friends. I love hanging with you here. <3)

 

http://www.anniefdowns.com

http://www.eddiekaufholz.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Dec 22, 2016
2016 Christmas Party Episode 4: Christy Nockels
56:17

She's been singing to my heart (and my ears) for almost twenty years, so I have a lot (read: ALL) of Christy Nockels's music. But her new Christmas album, A Thrill of Hope, is on repeat over at the Downs Books Inc office these days.

The Christmas party continues with a good long chat with Christy about music and Franklin, TN and raising children and finding a church and Christmas and how I embarrassed us all the first time I met her. 

This party is full of the very best people, isn't it? 

http://anniefdowns.com

http://christynockels.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Dec 15, 2016
2016 Christmas Party Episode 3: Ann Voskamp
01:03:22

Ann Voskamp joins us for the third week of our #thatsoundsfunpodcast Christmas party! With lots of wisdom and wit and patience (with me, mostly), Ann will be a breath of fresh air and a calming conversation amidst the crazy of this holiday season. Her new book The Broken Way is a great addition to any woman's stocking.

Ann is so smart and funny and great to be around, making this officially the best Christmas party I've ever attended! :)

http://anniefdowns.com

http://thebrokenway.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Dec 08, 2016
2016 Christmas Party Episode 2: She Reads Truth + Advent
53:05

Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers from SheReadsTruth join us for our second week of our That Sounds Fun Christmas party and we talk all about what Advent is, what it looks like in our families and lives, and how it can change us to really celebrate the season, not just December 25th.

Pretty much, we go to church in this episode. It brought tears to my eyes when we recorded and when I listened again. 

So welcome to the longest Christmas party you've ever attended! :) The episode with Landyn was for your home, this one is for your heart.

http://anniefdowns.com

http://shereadstruth.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Dec 01, 2016
2016 Christmas Party Episode 1: Living With Landyn + Decorating For Christmas!
42:58

Landyn Hutchinson, better known as writer and blogger Living With Landyn, is one of the best and most creative decorators I know and one of my favorites to follow on every corner of the internet.

So the best way to kick off a Christmas party is to make sure you've got your recipes cooking, Christmas cards printing, and home decorated without blowing your budget. Landyn is your girl!

http://anniefdowns.com

http://livingwithlandyn.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Nov 17, 2016
Episode 22: Scott Sauls
01:05:07

Scott Sauls, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN is one of my newer friends in town. But after we met about a year ago, I decided he was totally stuck with me. :) I asked Scott to join me on the podcast to talk about his new book, Befriend, and to talk about community in general. The conversation that came out was different and better than I could have ever expected.

https://scottsauls.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Nov 02, 2016
Episode 21: Eddie Kaufholz
01:13:43

I hope you're ready for a rabbit trail or twelve, because Eddie Kaufholz and I found them and ran down them. Luckily, we managed to hit some important topics, including his new podcast through IJM, The New Activist. But mostly? We talked about everything.

http://newactivist.is

http://anniefdowns.com

#thatsoundsfunpodcast

Oct 20, 2016
Episode 20: Mo Isom
46:27

Two hometown girls turned authors getting together over a pair of microphones... that's what you've got today, people. Mo Isom's New York Times Bestselling book Wreck My Life is one of my favorites from this year and I think you're going to love it too! Such a fun conversation.... I'm glad you'll be joining us.

 

http://moisom.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Oct 06, 2016
Episode 19: Brad Lomenick
01:03:13

A conversation that started out light and breezy got serious and profound pretty quick. I loved getting to chat with Brad Lomenick- leadership consultant, speaker, founder of BLINC, and author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership. So he's lots of fancy things, but best of all he's smart and funny and I love being his friend. I think you will too.

 

http://www.bradlomenick.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 15, 2016
Episode 18: Bianca Juarez Oltoff
35:14

My longtime friend Bianca Oltoff is releasing her first book, Play With Fire. We discuss her new amazing book, but also some of the most important things in life- like how Bianca changed my mascara life with one simple tip. She's a hero and mentor like that, y'all.

http://www.biancaolthoff.com 

http://anniefdowns.com

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Sep 01, 2016
Episode 17: Jeremy Cowart + The Purpose Hotel
38:05

Celebrity photographer (and my former boss) Jeremy Cowart tells us all about his amazing new idea, The Purpose Hotel, and how you and I can be a part of building a hotel chain that does good and helps people. CRAZY COOL.

 

http://thepurposehotel.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Aug 11, 2016
Episode 16: Harris III
49:50

An illusionist, a writer, a filmmaker, and now the guy running Story Conference? Harris III is amazing (and so is his wife who showed up to the studio on the back of his motorcycle). So this episode is a two-for-one with Harris III and his wife Kate!

https://harrisiii.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jul 21, 2016
Episode 15: Tim Shaw
40:33

Stay tuned while former NFL star Tim Shaw makes me laugh and cry and coaches me on dating. And life. He's a hero.

 

Twitter: tshawstruth

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 23, 2016
Episode 14: Christa Black Gifford
36:04

Me and my dear friend (and amazing author) Christa Black Gifford sit down to discuss all things heart. Christa's new book, Heart Made Whole, deeply impacted my life and I wanted Christa to tell y'all all about it.

 

http://christablack.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jun 09, 2016
Episode 13: Matt Wertz
49:57

Maybe the only person as loud as me, Matt Wertz and I sit down and talk about the best and weirdest and most hilarious things. Also, I spend some time gushing about his new album GunShy because, well, it's amazing.

http://www.mattwertz.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 26, 2016
Episode 12: Christy Wright + Business Boutique
30:30

Christy Wright has launched a unique event for women who dream of creating a business, have started a business, or are in the thick of running their own business. Today we'll talk about the Business Boutique, how we met, give lots of cred to author Jenni Catron, and laugh loudly and often.

http://businessboutique.com

http://www.anniefdowns.com

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May 12, 2016
Episode 11: Angie Smith
43:45

For launch week of the Looking For Lovely Bible studies, Annie and Angie Smith sit down and talk all about what it is like to write Bible studies and about forty-five other random topics... including our million dollar twix bar idea.

 

http://lifeway.com/lookingforlovely

http://anniefdowns.com

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May 05, 2016
Episode 10: Looking For Lovely
28:02

Annie returns with plans for the future of That Sounds Fun and a sneak peek into the world of launching a new book- where Looking For Lovely came from, how it's doing, and Annie reads the first chapter!

http://bit.ly/lookingforlovely

http://anniefdowns.com

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Apr 07, 2016
Episode 9: Emily P. Freeman
55:47

Season 2 of the podcast kicks off with Emily P. Freeman and covers the finer points of inviting yourself over, Emily's new book Simply Tuesday, and all the other important things, like float night at the pool.

 

http://emilypfreeman.com/about/

http://anniefdowns.com

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Aug 18, 2015
Episode 8: Shauna Niequist
38:19

Annie chats with author Shauna Niequist about her new book Savor as well as many other important things like the best dessert in Chicago.

 

https://www.shaunaniequist.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Apr 14, 2015
Episode 7: Connor Harrell and Professional Baseball
49:49

Annie talks with Detroit Tigers minor league baseball player (and former Downs Books intern) Connor Harrell about life and faith as a professional athlete. And, they make plans for a donut eating contest. Obviously.

Twitter: ConnorHD20

http://anniefdowns.com

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Mar 17, 2015
Episode 6b: Dave Barnes is Funny... Again.
28:03

The second part of Annie's conversation with musician Dave Barnes about music and comedy and how to be funny. 

http://www.davebarnes.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Mar 03, 2015
Episode 6a: Dave Barnes Is Funny
47:10

Musician Dave Barnes sits down with Annie and they discuss the ins and outs of being hilarious. They also discuss Dave's most recent album, Hymns for Her.

 

http://www.davebarnes.com 

http://anniefdowns.com 

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Feb 24, 2015
Episode 5: Jessica Turner and The Fringe Hours
37:33

Annie chats with her friend author and blogger Jessica Turner about how to find fringe hours in any kind of busy life. Also? American Girl dolls.

 

http://fringehours.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Feb 17, 2015
Episode 4: Nashville's Best Eats
01:00:34

Annie sits down with Matt Niehoff (@experiencenash), an expert on all things Nashville, to discuss the best local restaurants for every meal of the day and on any budget. 

 

http://experiencenash.blogspot.com

http://anniefdowns.com

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Jan 20, 2015