BIG News

No, I’m not pregnant.

I always feel like I need to clarify because anytime someone says they have big news it seems like they are preggers. Jess is. Does that count?

I have been chomping at the bit to share some really exciting news with you all and everything is falling into place amazingly well. Jess and I are so happy to let you all in on what has been going on behind the scenes at Bloom.

We LOVE this book club, and we so believe in what it will continue to do, and we are OVERJOYED to announce that it is not only going to continue, but do so in a way that will make it even better.

For the past year and a half, we have been involved with DaySpring’s (In)Courage, and I cannot tell you what this group of ladies mean to both of us. When they approached me initially about being one of their contributers I was totally overwhelmed and told Jess I didn’t think I could manage it, but she said, “Ang, I think you should make time. These girls are really special, and I think you’ll kick yourself if you don’t.”

She was (as usual) 100% right, and if you could see the way my inbox fills on a weekly basis with the prayers, love, and support of this community of women, you would believe me. Not only do we respect every single lady involved in (in)courage, we believe in the mission and the hearts of everyone involved in creating this place of refuge. I finally got to meet a bunch of them at Relevant, and I can’t tell you all the joy it gave me to connect with the real deal and to know they were exactly what I had hoped.

So, when they approached us about combining Bloom as the book club arm of (in)courage, we were ecstatic. For the past several months we have been hammering out details (and by “we” I mean Jess. I just nodded a lot and decided she was even smarter than I thought), and we are thrilled to announce that we have officially merged with (in)courage.

What does all this mean for you? Well, there’s good news and more good news.

Unless you are sick of me and Jess, in which case there is good news and not-so-good-news.

While Bloom will now be featured on the (in)courage site, not much will change from a practical standpoint – you will just now find Bloom on incourage.me instead of here.

It was really important to us that the integrity of Bloom was maintained, as well as the mission of being able to provide books to those who can’t afford them. I am so happy to tell you that not only have they embraced this model, but they have made it more efficient and generous than this little 2-woman team would have been able to.

As far as the videos and such, it will still be our smiling faces you see, but you will have a MUCH larger community and many more opportunities to connect with one another, which is such an important component to the ministry of (in)courage.

We would love to answer any questions you might have, but in the meantime please make sure to hop over here and sign up for the new and improved Bloom (in)courage book club.

In addition, the Bloom blogfrog community is going to now be a part of the (in)courage blogfrog community (for simplicity sake). We hope that you will join it, knowing that you will be well-loved and much prayed-for in this new haven.

I can’t thank (in)courage enough for not only embracing what we had begun, but loving our “baby” like it was their own, and watching it blossom (pun fully intended) has been such an amazing answer to prayer.  With work, parenting, writing, and on and on, Jess and I felt so bad when there were delays with posts/videos etc, and this will allow us to do what we love to do and have the support we need to do it well. It’s the new and improved Bloom….aaahhhh…

Next Monday, January 17, we will announce the title of the next book selection. We have never been so excited about a book. It is going to be life-changing (it has already greatly impacted our lives). We have already shot ALL the videos and you are in for a treat.

Feel free to hop over to (in)courage today to see the introduction video we made for the site. Jess and I cracked ourselves up – and you will likely laugh at with us too.

We will see you soon, and we can’t wait to share our next book journey with you sweet friends.

All our love,
Ang and Jess


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  • http://ourimperfectlife.blogspot.com/ Debra

    Yay! I am so excited to check this out! God Bless you both!

  • Jd

    What an awesome announcement!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://itwasbroughtonbylove.blogspot.com Southern Gal

    What a great idea! I love (in)courage and all those who contribute to it.

  • http://www.itcouldabeenworse.blogspot.com Bella

    So proud of you both!!!

  • http://makingmesses.com Jen @ Making Messes

    Congrats! That’s amazing!

  • http://www.thestaley7.blogspot.com Jenstaley

    Angie, I love the idea, I have never joined your book club but I want to badly… I am just one of those that don’t have funds to buy books right now, but I just moved closer to a library so that should help me!

    I also wanted to ask you to please, if you have time, read the latest post on my blog about my son saving my life twice in 1 month and leave a comment for him, There are a few bloggers that he knows I read and would be so thrilled to see you leave him a comment, I plan to print the whole thing out and frame it for him.
    Thanks!
    Jen
    http://www.thestaley7.blogspot.com

  • tinuviel

    I like that change. It will be simpler to follow just the one blogfrog community rather than two (since I was trying to follow both and suspect others were, too). Congratulations!

    For the next book, it’s already decided and all, but may I say I’m pulling for Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts? Just sayin’…

    God bless your day.

  • http://jamie-perfectlyimperfect.blogspot.com/ Jamie Maddox

    Yay! That’s amazing! I’m so excited!

  • http://thepartythatneverquits.blogspot.com Jen

    Excitement!! Can’t wait :)

    Here is where I’d gush and gush about this, that and everything, but it’s 2am and I’m tired. Love you! Will check out the new digs tomo… Later today ;)

  • http://cristi-jesusis.blogspot.com Cristi

    Excited! But I have got to HURRY! I am right now reading TWO books. -at once- (which I have never done before). Anyway, I need to finish those so I can start the Bloom book! Maybe it will turn out that one of the books I am reading is your choice. Maybe, it is possible. We will see on the 17th! God Bless!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q2ECNXFZJYMMCDI2MBWWLO36EA Maytina

    I already posted over at (in)courage, but I’m so hyped for this!!

  • http://lkloves.blogspot.com/ Laurie

    How exciting for both you and Jess! I can’t wait to see what book y’all have chosen! :)

  • http://www.watchmefuze.blogspot.com/ Sonya Schroeder

    WHooo I am so excited to be reading about this!! You guys are amazing and to see the Lord work through all that you touch is truly a blessing to watch!! I am excited to see this all come together!! Much love to you Angie and Jess!!! Sonya Schroeder of NC

  • http://theinspiredroom.net Theinspiredroom

    Woo hoo… God is awesome! That is super exiting!!

    • http://theinspiredroom.net melissa @ theinspiredroom

      EXCITING! not exiting. … reminds me of NAG!

  • Vanreeth

    My friend and I have led a Christian fiction book club for the last three years, starting our fourth year in February! Would love to recommend the many wonderful books we have read over the years. Is there room for Christian fiction reviews and what we have done at our book club meetings?? Woud love to hear from you.

  • http://twitter.com/beckyroode Becky Roode

    Saw this news (and the great video) over at (in)courage today.
    SO excited about the book announcement next Monday! :)