Well I have to say I am super excited about sharing this book with you all, and it isn’t even because I wrote it (honest!). I have found that in the areas where I have the most insecurity, there is also the potential for the best community and I hope that’s the case with this book.
I have a feeling that each of you can relate to at least one of the fears that are discussed in the book, even if you went into it thinking you wouldn’t. I can’t wait to see what sticks out to you as important and worthy of fleshing out together, and I really can’t wait to read all of your comments and thoughts on each chapter.
We had a BLAST filming these, and while some faces (shhh! We aren’t announcing who will be with us, so you’ll have to tune in each week to see. But I will say they are a bunch of amazing ladies:)) may be familiar, others might not. We chose women we thought could represent those fears the best based on their life stories, and they did not disappoint.
My prayer for this study is twofold-firstly I pray that you feel safe here among your fellow sojourners, and I also hope that you are willing to stick your neck out and share some of the shadows in your life that may have been haunting you for years. My friend Heather talks about “the gift of going first,” and I think it’s true. Oftentimes we aren’t courageous enough to be the first one at the microphone, but we ease up when we see we aren’t alone. We’ve done the hard work for you, and left the door wide open for you to find yourself a comfy spot beside us.
There are some misconceptions about fear that I think are worth looking at, as well as one fear we are actually called to have. I really do pray that you will bless us with your thoughts as we go through each, all the while sharing our hearts and our stories with open arms.
It’s an honor to be on this side of the book club, and I can’t wait to jump in with all of you phenomenal ladies. Please know I am praying for each of you and am EAGER to hear from you. Let’s face these battles together, arms linked and always relying on the only One we know can get us to the finish line.
Lord, we love you and we pray that You are blessed by the weeks to come as we seek to know You and Your perfect will for our lives…
AngieLeave a Comment
Oh, fear, it’s something I’m so very good at. From stupid little things, like grasshoppers, to important big things.
Looking forward to this study!
Oops, I was a bit late in requesting an electronic copy – to purchase…(I’m in the UK)…can you squeeze me in…pretty please???….
It’s ok, I’ve released I can get the Kindle version on Amazon 🙂
Kristin Smith says
I think I related most to the fear of being a failure…or not being good enough. The book is amazing and I can’t wait to go back through it more slowely and really go through it with a fine tooth comb!! Thanks so much for writing about such an important topic!!
Ah the struggle of my life. I can’t wait for us to start! My first Bloom Book Club! 🙂
My book just arrived this afternoon!!
This topic is certainly a good one! So glad and looking forward to it! My book just arrived over the weekend…and I couldn’t wait to start reading it last night at bedtime! Great Read so far….found myself smiling big at Angie’s writing! Also emotions churning.
I had started reading my book, but stopped so I could do it with the club next month. Just in the first couple of chapters I was highlighting like crazy all the new insights and words of wisdom.
Oh, Angie….really looking forward to this weekend at .Mom. I’ll be praying for you as God uses you to touch some many lives.
My book recently arrived too and it is taking all my self-control not to dive right in 🙂 I’m really looking forward to seeing what God has in store for this book club!
Hoping I receive so I can participate in the club. I am so stinkin excited to share, intepret, and converse with others. This is going to be awesome.sharing insight and learning together from your book!!
My biggest fear is being falling short as a mom and raising our five daughters according to God’s word. I want them to be all He has called them to be. Strong, courageous, compassionate, loving, sensitive to others, etc.
My greatest fear is not being in control. Ridculous, isn’t it? Because truthfully, when am I ever really in control?
I am new to this. Can someone tell me how the book club will work?
This is my first In Bloom Book Study and I am super excited!!! I loved your first book Angie…we lost a child the same year you did. I followed your blog and I love your honesty. Fear is definitely something I struggle with so I am very ready to begin reading!!!
Serene Ou says
I am Serene Ou from Singapore.
I am so encouraged to read through Real-Life friends..the real love through you all!
May I join you all from afar?
I have dealt with the fear that I don’t measure up to my peers in ministry. It is so good to know that Jesus loves us just as we are, even when we are struggling to feel accepted by others or to make a contribution in His Kingdom on Earth.
Kara Lathrop says
Loving your website and I can not wait to read your books. Today I was given a link to your website in honor of your daughter. We recently lost our daughter Evelyn “Evie” Hope, three weeks today and we truly miss her dearly. I am looking for support and informational tools to help me through. Asking for prayers!
Emily Rowe says
So looking forward to being with you for this study!
I’ve not done this before, but looking forward to it. Fear is definitely a big battle in my life right now.