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Anna works full-time for DaySpring from Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and four kids. Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul, and she shares the good stuff of the regular, encouraging you to see the ordinary glory in your everyday.

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  1. Anna,
    Oh how exciting!! Just another example that good things always come from (in)courage!! I’ll be pre-ordering! What a great gift to give or I may use it as a giveaway on my blog…either way it will certainly be a blessing to the recipient! As always, love the feeling of community and connection I find here each day 🙂
    Advent blessings to y’all,
    Bev xx

  2. Boing!Boing!Boing! I’ve been SO excited about December 1st for THIS reason–our (in)courage baby is finally here! Friends, I’ve had the pleasure of pre-reading the entire thing, and I can promise, if you are looking for encouragement, inspiration, and challenges as it relates to community, you will find story after story that points you in those directions. In our individual pursuits of seeking God, we find him in so many places, and perhaps the sweetest finding is when we discover community in unexpected ways. I’m honored to be a part of this collection, and believe it will be a blessing to you. All of you :).

    A perfect gift to give yourself…and a special one to share with a friend. I hope you’re able to take advantage of pre-release incentives…two books for the price of one and a bunch of other prizes!! <3

  3. I am really trying to open up my heart and home to new friendships in our new neighbor hood but I have so much hesitation to make my life more full. My family and my business keep me very busy and that is good for me but I know friendships are important. How do I keep the balance so I don’t neglect the things I cherish, like quiet moments with my family?

    • Hi Gina,
      Friendships are SO hard. Being a working mom, I’ve learned that ‘and’ is not often an option for me anymore – it’s usually a matter of ‘or’. You know? But I’m also learned the value that comes with committing to good, healthy and deep friendships. I find that texting can help keep me connected to my friends until we’re able to get together, and that when we do meet face to face we work it into our real life. Not too many girls nights out over here – more like weekend playdates and lukewarm coffee while we talk over our kids! I’m in a new neighborhood now too (we just moved a week ago!) so I know I need to come out of my introvert desires and make an effort 😉

      Hang in there, Gina, and know that any efforts made will only be magnified by God. He’s for friendship, I’m just sure of it.

  4. Anna, thanks for sharing this! I just ordered my book and am super excited about it! And I’m looking forward to hanging out with you in real life in a few months, friend. xoxo

  5. It’s funny. On IG this morning, I posted about friendships and how lately I miss quality time with other women/friends. It seems friendship has changed a lot these days. People are content with surface relationships that are well controlled and contained by the walls of social media. I’ll admit my personality makes me lean toward “alone time,” but I miss the days when a small group bible study zapped every ounce of energy I had on a Saturday morning, but I loved every minute of it. I’ve loosely followed (In)Courage for years, but today while reading this post I realized I’ve not taken time to soak up what this community has to offer. Making that a “to do” for the coming year. And excited about this book!!

    • We’re glad you’re here in any capacity, Monica! So happy you took the time to leave these encouraging and honest words here.

      One great (and easy) way to soak up more of (in)courage is to subscribe for the posts to be emailed right to you. It’s a great way to learn more of our heart and hear from our amazing writers! You can sign up here: https://aws.incourage.me/subscribe


  6. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to read this book! Thank you for making this for all of us, and thank you for all of the generous bonus offers with preorder.

  7. This sounds like a book I can use and from what I’ve heard over and over from my other women in my life, they need it too.

  8. Anna and friends,

    Congratulations on the new book! WHOOT WHOOT!! I used to have a hard time making friends as I was shy. Now I’m open to really deep friendships. I have a group of 4 women, all of us worked together for 3-4 years. We get together once a month and discuss life, families, etc. It is nice to be able to stay in contact with them, see how their lives are going and pray for them!

    Blessings 🙂

  9. I’m thrilled for the words on these pages…how fun to have them in hand! This is such a sweet, unique, hope-filled place over here at (in)courage and I can’t wait to cheer and champion this book to all the gals. What a great idea friends.

    XO Jenny

  10. I just received the book today… and am excited to get started. Is there an organized study that goes along with this or do we use it as it suits us?