Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Introducing Bloom Selection #2

Introducing Bloom Selection #2 from angie smith on Vimeo.


1. The book will be on sale for $7.99 from midnight on 12/15 through midnight on 12/17 on christianbook.com (click link to order): Same Kind of Different As Me 
2. We will start on Sunday, January 24th. Please read the first 100 pages (chapters 1-20) by then.
3. If you are financially unable to purchase a book or get it from the library, please fill out this form. We will do our best to get books to as many people as possible. (Update: the 125 books we guaranteed have all been requested. We will now be working to pair people up - people who can give books with people who need them).
4. If you are able to give a book to someone in need, please fill out this form and we will pair you with a person who could use your help. Thank you for your kindness.

Merry Christmas!

Request for a Book

You will receive an email confirmation after your request has been processed. It may take us a few days, so please be patient.

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If you would be willing and able to send a book/books to someone who is not able to purchase one themselves, we would be so grateful! Please fill out the below form and we will be in touch with the name and address of the recipient(s) of your gracious gift. Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Survey Results and Book Preview!

Tomorrow we will be announcing the next Bloom Book Club selection. We are working with CBD.com and they are going to be offering the book at a super low price for just three days. (YAY!) This price will not be available again, so please be sure to come back tomorrow morning for the announcement. We will be kicking off the discussion of the book on Sunday, January 25! We hope this gives each of you enough time to purchase the book and get started. Today we wanted to recap some of the survey results and address some comments. 

Demographics Everyone who answered the survey was a woman. Big surprise, right? Most were between the ages of 25-45. (And for Katie who asked, I’m 27 and Angie is 33.) You live everywhere in the US and even from a few places as far away as Europe and Australia! 

How You Read The majority of you preferred reading a chapter a week, but several recognized that this may have been the style of the book. (A hint about the next book – the style of the book will be different.) Most of you also read the entire book – way to go! 

Videos The majority of you, for some reason, love the videos of Angie and me. So, as long as you can put up with us saying um, we will continue to make them. (If you have missed us, come back tomorrow. There will be a video!) 

Ning Oh Ning. Some of you love it it. Some of you hate it. Some of you know nothing about it because you never visit it. We will continue to use Ning for the next book and here is why. We cannot create community on a blog like we can on Ning. You can’t create individual profiles on the blog like you can on Ning. You can’t chat on the blog like you can on Ning. The blog just doesn’t offer the cool features that Ning does. :) Those that used Ning liked the forums the best. We will continue to do one forum for each book that we read so that you can go back and easily find discussions for previous books/chapters. We recommend that you bookmark Ning so you remember to visit it at least a few times a week. And please comment and start conversations. We know from the traffic stats that WAY more of you are lurking than we would hope. Come out and chat. :)  

Twitter Angie and I are both active on Twitter, so we have decided to start using #Bloom for tweets related to the book club. If you are on Twitter, we encourage you to do the same when you tweet about Bloom. 

Additionally, our friend Sara (@gitzengirl) has put together a list of Blossoms, so be sure you Twitter handle is listed in this Ning forum. Click here to view the Twitter list, then click follow this list. (If you want to be on the list, be sure to add your handle to the Ning forum. If your tweets are protected, please be sure to be following Sara and send her a DM to be added to the list!) Thanks to Sara for her help. It is so fun to have all Bloom twitterers on one list.

We can't wait to share the book selection with you tomorrow!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

We Want Your Feedback!

Angie and I have developed this quick and easy survey to receive your feedback about the past book club experience, and hopefully improve it for the ones to come! We will be closing the survey in about a week, so please take a few minutes to do it now.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crazy Love Chapter 10 and Wrap Up

Crazy Love Chapter Ten from angie smith on Vimeo.

Angie and I can't believe we are done with Crazy Love. (Actually, she still has to finish the chapter, as she confessed in the video.)

We have been so blessed by all God has done in this community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us. We are excited for the next book in 2010.

We will be in touch in a couple weeks with a survey to get your thoughts of what you loved about this experience and what we can tweak to make it even better.

Have a blessed and happy holiday season filled with the Crazy Love of God.

With love and gratitude,
Angie and Jessica

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shaun Groves Rocks the Universe

Click here to see why...

And thank you, Shaun, for contributing. We are praying for a great trip in El Salvador!!!!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Chapter 9: Crazy Love

Angie and I were planning on filming our chapter 9 video this afternoon. When I called her this afternoon, she sounds like she was in bed.

She was.

The little peanut growing inside of her had her puking much of the day. Needless to say, she was not up for doing a video. Please keep her in your prayers. Todd is on the road making things especially hard for her.

Since Francis shared stories of people who were living out a crazy love life, Angie and I were going to share some of our own stories.I'll do that here. We would love for you to share testimonies of people God has used in your life to show his crazy love on the ning site.

Without question,  RoseAnne Coleman will forever be one of the most beautiful, Godly, crazy love people I will ever know. She exemplifies what Francis discusses in every aspect of her life.

I first met RoseAnne several years ago at Fellowship Bible Church. She was leading a women's bible study. I wasn't sure if this older lady was going to resonate with me. Well, she rocked me to the core. She radiates Jesus unlike anyone I have ever met.

RoseAnne teaches through story and through her life. How does her life demonstrate somone who is in crazy love with God? I wish I could do her justice...

She lives on a small farm south of Nashville. She doesn't have a lot, but that doesn't phase her. She fully depends on God in a manner that is so uplifting,

She knows the word and weaves it into her conversation in pure and beautiful way. She intimately knows Jesus in a way I do not.

RoseAnne is also passionate about growing things and loves seeing the parallels of growing vegetables/flowers/etc. to God growing us. I never thought gardening could teach me as much about Jesus as it has, thanks to RoseAnne.

Her mentor, Miss Helen, left a profound impact on her life, and her Miss Helen stories have caused me to weep and yearn for a deeper relationship with God. 

RoseAnne started a blog and wrote a book called The Stories I Keep not too long ago. I love that God is using her story-telling gift to reach a larger audience. She has taught me so much. She writes just like she talks. I love it.

She is a beautiful woman and her crazy love makes her even more captivating.

Here we are a few years ago. You can even see her God-sparkle in her eyes.

So, who is your RoseAnne? Come share with us on the ning site.

Peace be with you. Angie and I will be back next Sunday to wrap up the book.

Jess (and Angie and her growing peanut)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chapter 8 Guest: Jen Sparks

Today's guest blog is Bloom's own Jen Sparks. Jen has been extremely active on the ning site from day one and we have been so blessed by her presence. It felt natural that she should be a guest for Crazy Love.

Her blog post
caused me to nod in agreement and be encouraged that I am not alone.

So, please, go visit her blog and read her thoughts. They will bless you today. I know they were a great start my day.

Be sure to leave a comment on her blog and join in the discussion on the ning site!

Jess and Angie

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Crazy Love, Chapter Eight

The video was not eaten! Yes, we are in the bathroom again (we filmed 7 and 8 the same night). This video is a little longer than normal, but there was SO much to discuss. So grab a cup of coffee and your copy of Crazy Love and join us in Angie's bathroom. We are blessed to have you with us.

Crazy Love Chapter 8 from angie smith on Vimeo.

Jessica and Angie.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Chapter 8

My computer has decided to hate me, and it appears to have eaten our chapter 8 video. I'm not giving up!!!!

But in the meantime, talk amongst yourselves...

A and J

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chapter 7 Guest: Sara Frankl

Today's guest blogger is Sara Frankl, also known as "Gitzen Girl." Angie and I LOVE Sara. Though she lives with a debilitating disease and experiences more pain on a daily basis than most of us will ever experience, her positive outlook and genuine love for the Lord never wavers.

You are going to love her thoughts on Chapter 7 - and if you don't read her blog, now is the time to start.

So go check out what she has to say on Your Best Life... Later.

Thank you Sara for your words. They are encouraging and challenging. We are so thankful to call you friend.

Angie and Jess

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chapter 7

We're back!!

After a few week hiatus, Angie and I are back together for this week's discussion of chapter 7. Wasn't it a rich chapter? We loved it.

Crazy Love Chapter 7 from angie smith on Vimeo.

Some thoughts worth discussing:
  • Do you play it safe?
  • Can you answer yes to Chan's questions: Are you ready and willing to make yourself nothing? To take the very nature of a servant? To be obedient unto death?
  • How do you give of your time?
  • Share an example of a time when you gave radically and liberally and you saw God bless that action? How did that help you to grow in your relationship with him?
  • What are you doing right now that requires faith?
  • How are you using the gifts God has blessed you with?
Join us on the ning site to discuss these questions and any thoughts you have, as well.

Angie and Jessica

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chapter 6 Guest: Ann Voskamp

Today we are pleased that Ann Voskamp is joining us with beautiful thoughts and words, as only she can write. Angie and I are blessed to have gotten to know her through (in)courage. If you do not read her blog, you must start. Her passion for the Lord is rich and unlike anything I have ever encountered. Her words make me hungry to know the Lord more. She challenges in such a beautiful way. My words cannot do her justice. Below is the beginning of her post, but I would just go right to the whole thing. It will do your soul good today.

Much love and peace to you today,


Girl, if you say that boy's name one more time, I'm opening this door up and flinging myself out into the deserts of Utah," Grandma slaps her knee and I shrink down, seat belt digging into ribs.
Utah with her rouge painted wrinkles, her blush-brushed crags, blurs by at 60 miles an hour. Another mile marker flashes and I bite my tongue. I won't say it out loud, how many more miles home to that boy and those eyes, but there's no stopping a heart from keeping tally.
"You want me to slow down before you jump or you just leaping without warning?" Dad chuckles, one hand wheeling that wheel.

"I think I'm just leaping, Son." Grandma shakes her head. "Did you ever in your life know a girl so love sick, Lloyd?" Grandma swats Grandpa's shoulder, gets his attention.
"Ten days, thousands of miles criss-crossing the States, hitting every photo op you can imagine, and all she goes on about is The Boy this, and The Boy that. He's all she can think of! I've heard so much of that Boy, I wished we had just packed him!" My cheeks burn redder than Utah's cliffs and Grandpa winks, elbows my snickering kid brother in the ribs and they howl, coyotes on a ridge.

Mile 368. If Grandma but knew how that grin of his could wind a girl in and spin her out, let her go all a dizzy swirl. I'm counting miles back to that smile.

"You sure are in love, girl." She pats my knee.

First love's an immersion and passion shapes all vowels into the kiss of that name.

To continue reading 7 Ways to Do Crazy Love and Fall for God

To discuss Ann's post, visit our Bloom Community

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chapter Six

Let me start by saying I love Clara. Seriously.

Did you all love that story about her bed? Incredible!!! I have to say I was completely humbled by the idea of her in tears over sharing time with the Lord. I can't honestly say I have this emotion, but boy do I want to. Do you know people like this? I would love to hear some of your stories if you do, because I am inspired by such deep affection for God.

Let's jump to page 101, where Francis says, "Personal experience has taught me that actions driven by fear and guilt are not an antidote to lukewarm, selfish, comfortable living. I hope you realize instead that the answer is love."


God doesn't want us to do things because they make us feel better about ourselves. He wants us to be completely motivated by love. And do you think you can love others well without loving Him? I don't. Not the way He desires us to. I bet Clara was great at loving others out of the overflow of love that came from the Lord.

Let's hop to 102, where this question comes up: "Do you feel free in your Christian life?" I think this is an important place to camp out for a bit, because so many of us feel like we need to do, do, do, do in order to be in the grace of God, and that feeling of being chained is not from the Lord. If we love Him, our actions will flow freely from that love. It's a good barometer of our faith, isn't it?

I think it's natural to get caught up in what we need to be doing to be right with God, and it seems too easy to just "love" Him. Anyone who has a great relationship with the Lord will tell you that it makes sense when you're in it. He didn't mean for it to be as complicated as we have made it!!! I really believe that we are commanded to help others and to live lives that edify Jesus, but the only way we can do this genuinely is out of true, deep love for the Father we serve.

He alludes to this on page 108, and I thought it was one of the most powerful paragraphs so far. When we look at our relationship with the Lord as a chore, we are getting the glory, not God! Wow. So true. If I am constantly walking around dropping stories about the soup kitchen I volunteer at, how much I have tithed to overseas missions, all the amazing things I have done, do you really think people are going to be convinced that I love God? Or maybe, that I need some credit for all my good deeds. I love when he talked about David Livingston giving the speech at Cambridge and explaining that he had never made a sacrifice.

Un. Real.

Also, if you haven't done the exercise on page 111, you should...it's good.

Okay, over to you all now...thoughts?!?!?!?!

Clara Angie

Sunday, October 18, 2009

SOOOO tired....

I am in charge of Chapter Six, and I am sad to say I don't have it finished :( Our flights home from Washington were majorly delayed and I am just now getting settled in. I will have it up by tomorrow, so just check back in...it's a great chapter and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

And if you don't usually comment, I hope you will. We want to hear from you!!!

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chapter 4 and 5 Video

Hello friends.

Angie and I have been swamped lately. So, we are splitting the video duties. I did this week's video and she is doing next week's. I hope my thoughts are good fuel for conversation this week.

Crazy Love Chapter 4 and 5 from angie smith on Vimeo.

Questions to ponder and discuss on ning.
  • Do you offer leftovers to God? How can you change this?
  • Have you thought about the fact that you are rich? How does this affect your worldview? How does this affect your relationship with Christ?
  • Do you bring the glorious into the mundane?
  • What are ways you enjoy God?
Also, I mentioned the Christy Nockels' videos about bringing the glorious into the mundane. You can view them here. (While the subject matter is motherhood, so much of what she says is applicable to all women - not just mothers.)

Continue reading this week, friends. We only have 4 chapters left! Angie and I praying for you and are grateful for this community.

Jessica and Angie

Chapter 4 and 5 Video Coming Soon

I had some technical difficulty uploading the video this morning and now am at work and won't be home until 9 pm CST... so check later tonight or in the morning!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chapter 5 with Brandi Wilson

Angie and I are both on the road today, so our guest for Chapter 5, Brandi Wilson, is going to start the conversation. We will do our regularly scheduled video on Wednesday, and then be back on our normal schedule next week.

If you don't know Brandi, you are going to love her. Brandi is our pastor Pete Wilson's better half, and Angie and I have the pleasure of calling her friend.She has one of the kindest spirits I have ever encountered, and I know you will be blessed by her words.

I loved what Brandi had to say and think you will too, so hop on over to her blog and spend some time mulling over her thoughts.

Jess and Angie

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Chapter 4 Guest:: Blake Bergstrom

We are honored that Cross Point Nashville campus pastor Blake Bergstrom is sharing is thoughts on chapter four today. In addition to being one of our pastors, Blake is a dear friend of my family's and Angie's. He is so incredibly kind and has a big heart for the Lord. (And he lives with five women - his wife and four beautiful daughters, so he gets girls!)

Please head over to his blog. You will be challenged and encouraged to further meditate on Chan's challenge for self inventory in chapter four. Blake has a conversational style that I think many of you will relate to.

Jess and Angie

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Chapter 4

Hi all! We don't have a video for this week so we're going to shake it up a little. Jess is running a fever so we're taking the day off.... :)

I don't want to miss any rich discussion with you all, though, because this chapter is POWERFUL. I felt really convicted about my own life as I read, but also really curious how you all were processing it. Because we think some really important questions are buried in the text, here's what we're going to do. I'm going to chat a little with you about what I got out of it and then I'm going to ask you to go to the ning site and look under Forums/Crazy Love Discussion/Chapter 4 Thoughts & Questions. Here, I want you to ask questions that you have about the things Francis wrote about.

Jess and I spoke briefly this afternoon and felt like there was a lot of room for personal interpretation in this chapter.

We are planning on doing a combined video for this chapter and chapter 5 next week, and we would like to incorporate your thoughts into it.

What stood out? What did you struggle the most with? Was there anything that confused you or brought up more questions?

For me, I realized that in a lot of areas of life, I am a lukewarm Christian. Specifically, the ones that struck me the most were:

1. I spend a lot more time thinking about this world than the next. That has changed somewhat since Audrey died, but I would still say I think about this life more. I want to long for eternity, and feel so securely that this is what awaits me. To be honest, this is one of the hardest things for me to believe. I find that it's really hard to put your full weight into something that seems so intangible. And of course, eternity isn't really able to be grasped. I love to ask other Christians what they struggle with the most about their faith, because it makes me realize that I'm not alone. People are often afraid to say "I struggle in believing this the way I want to..." because they think it will make them seem less spiritual. I long to believe it more, and I tell the Lord so. But for me, thinking about my eternity does not take the place it should in my life.

2. Another phrase that stuck with me was, "Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the God of control."


Yes, I know that a few of you are picturing me conquering some of my fears in these past few years, and I do think I have had moments where I have done this. It is not, however, the predominant stance I take with my faith. I am one to balance. Weigh it out. Make sure I think the end result is worth it. And many times (many, many times), I choose the option that makes me feel safe.

And that is the option that glorifies the Lord the most, right? The one where I'm snuggled under the covers with a candle burning while reading about refugees? Yikes.

I do want to live my life purposefully, with God as my driving motivation, and not fear.

But I'm not there.

There were others that resonated with me, as I'm sure they did with you as well, but I want to make a statement about the chapter as a whole.

We will never achieve perfection as Christians in this life.


Can you breathe a little better now?

It's a lot to swallow. A lot to read and find failure in. It's a heck of a measuring stick he's laying out, and while I am ALL FOR personal inventory, we need to do it in a spirit of earnest desire and seeking. We do not need to come away from reading this kind of thing and spend the next several hours (days, weeks, years...) in a funk because we are so far from the mark. That isn't what it's about.

So if you are one of those people (*hand raised*) that felt like you needed to jump the next plane to Africa or sell every possession you had in order to feel better about your faith walk, this is for you. And it is the most beautiful, powerful word ever. Take some time to bathe in it...


Aahhhh. That's better.

Friends, we can't do it perfectly, and we all know it. What I think Francis wants us to gain from this chapter is the ability and desire to ruthlessly assess ourselves and be honest about our shortcomings. The Lord wants us to be living fully in Him, and wherever there are gaps (Do you struggle with tithing? Do you feel like you're a good person because you're not as rotten as your neighbors? Do you think about the poor at all?), we need to pray and seek His will.

We need to be on our faces, asking God to help us long for what He longs for. I love the bridge in the song Hosanna...

Heal my heart and make it clean.
Open up my eyes to the things unseen,
and show me how to love like you
have loved me.
Break my heart for what breaks yours,
everything I am for your kingdom's cause
as I pass from earth into eternity

That's what I desire-to have my heart broken for the things that break the Lord's heart. I want to be stirred by what stirs Him. I know it isn't humanly possible to do it perfectly, but I want to do it the best I can.

I am going to say this because I think it's important for you to understand, and as you get into chapter 5, you may wonder about it.

It is our personal belief that you will not be kept out of heaven because you failed to do all of these things. If you have accepted the Lord as your personal Savior, your eternity with Him is secure. Do works matter? Yes, they do. Scripture says that our works will be examined. But your works do not get you into heaven. Through the grace of a merciful God, our faith alone ensures our salvation.

You can't work your way there.

What is important to note, however, is whether or not the fruit of your life is showing the world that you are a believer. After you find areas of your life that aren't glorifying, work on them. Offer them to the Lord. Make conscious decisions to do things differently, whether it's giving to the poor, sharing your faith with others, or just DOING something instead of reading about doing it.

That's what makes us "radical" Christians, and truth be told, we should want nothing less.

So, hear this as an encouragement more than judgment. Let's spur each other on and help make Him famous together :)

It's your turn...what do YOU think? Let us know on Ning.

We're so glad you're here...

Ang and Jess

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chapter 3 Guest: Tam Hodge

This week's guest is Tam Hodge, who is a believer, mother, wife, friend and all around great woman to know! She broke Chapter 3 up into morsels of thoughts and questions, which we think is a great way to continue to digest this meaty chapter.

So, go visit her blog and read what she has to say about chapter three - and then stay awhile. You're going to love this woman.

Jess and Angie

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Chapter 3 blog/video

I loved this chapter, and it got me into a mode of really reflecting on some things in my life that impact my relationship with the Lord. I became a Christian as an adult, so I might have a different story than some of you. How has your past shaped your understanding of the Lord?

Specifically, how is your relationship with your father? For me, I have a dad I can depend on all the time. If he tells me he's going to be at my house at 5, that really means 4:45. He never missed a game I was cheering at, never failed me in anything significant. I could ALWAYS go to him, no matter what. Even if I had done something I was really ashamed of, I still knew it could be trusted in his keeping, and I shared so much with him. There were times in my life that my mother was not able to be an active part of my life (I have never discussed this on my blog and don't really want to go into great detail here, but I love her dearly and maybe I will tell this story some other time...) and my dad really stepped up to the plate.

He was the only dad in the dressing room when I twirled around in 50 potential prom dresses.

He sat in the family room the night before cheerleading tryouts and watched me practice my routine until I cried myself to sleep, sure I would never be cool enough to make the squad.

He told me I was beautiful, talented, smart, special.

And so does my Lord.

For me, gratefully, he has modeled the way I should rely on Christ.

I know that this isn't the case with all of us. Some come from abusive backgrounds, shadows we can hardly crawl out of on our hands and knees, memories that stain the very fiber of our being.

If you are one of these women I want you to know that I am praying for you as I type these words. I am asking the Lord to show Himself to you as the father you have always wanted. I am so sorry that you have been where you have and I wish it had been different for you. They are deep wounds, I'm sure. Please know that there are many, many women here that have probably walked similar roads and would love to connect with you and I am praying that the Lord introduces you to each other.

Jess and I have prayed over this book club, and have been so blessed to see the fruits of relationship growing. If you haven't spent time on the forums or in the chat section, feel free to hop over and introduce yourself. And if you happen to be reading through other's comments and see someone struggling with something you have also dealt with, please reach out. We are sisters here.

Your Father loves you.

There is so much more I could say because I really felt like there was so much truth in this chapter but as I write I just feel that the Lord is saying to leave it there. If we can confront the things in our past that have kept us from putting our full weight into Him, we will transform our relationships with the Lord and with others. Be courageous and honest as you process this week's reading, and know that all the while you are loved and prayed for.

We are grateful you are here and we hope you fall in love with your Abba all over again...

(And just a heads up about the videos... we shot this week's on an HD flip camera, which caused the video to be too long to upload as one. So the total length is the same, just two videos!)

Please join us in the ning community to discuss this chaper.

Many blessings,
Ang and Jess

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chapter Two Guest: Matthew Paul Turner

This week's guest contributor is my husband, talented speaker, author and humorist, Matthew Paul Turner. Angie and I invite you to visit his blog and read his post, inspired by chapter 2. As the one person who gets to experience Matthew as he writes, I can tell you that he invests so much of himself into his words. He spent a great deal of time preparing this week's guest post, and we hope it will urge you to continue to ask questions and delve into your story. I know it inspired us.

Be sure to then discuss Matthew's post and questions on the ning site.

We'll see you Sunday night with chapter 3!

Jessica and Angie

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Chapter 2

Let's kick things off with our video for chapter 2. Ignore the fact that we are ghostly white - weird light. :) Be sure to have Crazy Love near you so you can follow along with us.

Crazy Love Chapter Two from angie smith on Vimeo.

Here are the lyrics to Nichole Nordeman's Legacy
I don't mind if you've got something nice to say about me
And I enjoy an accolade like the rest
You could take my picture and hang it in a gallery
Of all who's who and so-n-so's that used to be the best
At such'n'such ... it wouldn't matter much

I won't lie, it feels alright to see your name in lights
We all need an 'Atta boy' or 'Atta girl'
But in the end I'd like to hang my hat on more besides
The temporary trappings of this world

I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace who
blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy

I don't have to look too far or too long awhile
To make a lengthly list of all that I enjoy
It's an accumulating trinket and a treasure pile
Where moth and rust, thieves and such will soon enough destroy

Not well traveled, not well read, not well-to-do or well bred
Just want to hear instead, "Well Done" good and faithful one...
Verses from Chapter 2
James 4:13-14
Phil 4:4, 6
1 Corin 10:31
Psalm 73:3, 13, 16-17
Matthew 10:32-33
Ecc 7:2
Rev 3:1
1 Corin 3:13-15

Here are this week's questions
How do you make it a habit to take your thoughts captive and offer your thoughts to God?

How do you bring glory to God in the "mundane" of life?

How do you reduce stress in your life?

What do you do when you catch yourself being selfish?

What thoughts do you have when you think about your legacy?

As always, join us on the ning site to discuss these questions, as well as any thoughts you have on chapter two!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Chapter One Guest

Please hop on over and spend some time with me (Angie) and my Pastor (Pete). He also happens to be a friend of mine, and has some awesome insights that I hope you all enjoy.

And also, I haven't watched it, so I don't know the level of obnoxious laughter yet.

Be inspired by the Lord this week!!!! He is THAT big!!!!

Love to you all,
Ang and Jess

Pete is an amazing Pastor, and if you want to watch his sermons online, please click here. This past week was the first in a series I think you will love! It is about Religion Lies, and will be the first one you see on the media page.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Intro and Chapter 1

Welcome! We are so excited to be starting Crazy Love this week. To start things out, take 15 minutes and join us as we discuss our thoughts from the book.

Chapter One of Crazy Love from angie smith on Vimeo.

As we mentioned, here are the list of verses mentioned in the intro and chapter one.
  • Romans 1:20
  • Psalm 19:1-4
  • Ex 3:14
  • Psalm 102:12, 27
  • Psalm 139
  • Hebrews 4:13
  • Col 1:16
  • Psalm 115:3
  • Daniel 4:35
  • Proverbs 8:13
  • Rev 4
  • Isaiah 6
We encourage you to read them in more than one bible translation. If you don't have a bible or have just one translation, check out Bible Gateway for access to dozens of translations.

Join us in in the ning community to discuss the following:
  • How do you consistently remind yourself of God?
  • What attribute of God is hardest for you to grasp?
  • What struck you in this week's reading?
  • Anything else you can think of!
We have turned off the comments on this post because we want you to come to the ning community. :) So join us. And, be sure to come back on Wednesday for our guest blogger's thoughts on the intro and chapter one.

Angie and Jess

Monday, August 31, 2009

Introducing Bloom

Jessica and I tried for HOURS to make a video for you all to watch, and our *plan* was to inform you of the details for our new book club.

That plan failed miserably.

SO, here's the scoop:

The name of the book club is Bloom and the tag is Read. Discuss. Grow.

Do you love it as much as we do? We think that it has so many cool interpretations. Our prayer is that it will become a vibrant community of believers who can challenge each other and encourage one another in our walks. Our common bond will be the books that we read - and we think Crazy Love is the perfect way to start.

We will start discussing Crazy Love on Sept. 13th...we have set up a website (which was designed by the amazing Danielle at The Design Girl), as well as a ning site to keep everyone on the same page.

Pun completely unintended.

Don't be intimidated by the ning site. It is a free social network that will allow us to have live chats, post questions/thoughts/recipes/whatever on the discussion boards and engage in the Bloom community. Be sure you upload a picture so we can see each of you! There isn't much there now, but there will be. Just be patient with us.

Each week we will do a blog post about the chapter assigned from the previous week (ie: on Sept. 13 we will blog about the intro and chapter 1). Then that Wednesday, guest bloggers will write a post about the the chapter/topic of discussion/something relevant. We believe this will be a great way to get different opinions and encourage conversation. We are really excited about the contributers who are on-board-we have pastors, writers, all kinds of fun people.

So, in lieu of an informative video, have a laugh with (at) us, and we'll see you on the 13th.

Bloom Introduction from angie smith on Vimeo.


Angie and Jessica

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Intro Video

Bloom Introduction from angie smith on Vimeo.


A huge part of this book club has been the community and relationships that have formed, and we are looking forward to continuing that on the Blog Frog forum! Be sure to join the community and dive into the discussions. It's a valuable part of our journey as we dive into the books.

Current Book

The Fall 2010 selection will be announced on September 26, so check back soon.

Past Books
Strong Women, Soft Hearts: A Woman's Guide to Cultivating a Wise Heart and a Passionate Life.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Crazy Love


What would be a book club, without recommendation of some other books that we love? We will continue to add to this list over time. We hope you will enjoy these books as much as we have!

Spiritual Growth

Bible Knowledge/Study

What the Bible Is All About

Prayer/Christian Growth

Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds

Intimacy with Christ

Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ (Library of Spiritual Classics, Volume 2)

The Seeking Heart

Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

Ragamuffin Gospel

What's So Amazing About Grace?

The Pursuit of God

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Your God Is Too Safe

When you buy books using the links on this page, you are helping provide books for people who are not able to afford purchasing the current book club book. Thank you for your support!

About Us

Hi, I'm Jessica. And I'm Angie. Thanks for stopping by!

We are best friends who met at church four years ago, when Angie was pregnant with her daughter, Kate. Jessica's husband Matthew had gone to college with Angie's husband Todd. After weeks of talking about it, we finally got together for dinner and a life-long friendship was instantly formed.

Since then we have spent hours crafting, laughing and crying, enjoying our children playing and walking through our last pregnancies together (of Audrey and Elias).

Reading is a love we both share, and we hope that Bloom grows into a long-lasting book club where friendships are formed from around the world. Thank you for joining us in this endeavor. We are honored that you would spend time in community with us.