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Chasing God Contest

UPDATE: A huge congratulations goes to Jacque Watkins for winning the Chasing God Contest! I can’t wait to see you in Austin in a couple of weeks and hug your neck! My publisher will be in touch with you. Thanks again to everyone who participated and helped spread the word about Chasing God

Thank you SO much for all the support you have shown for Chasing God. The most exciting part of a book release is seeing the way the Lord is using it to minister to people. Your words have meant the world to me, and it’s been amazing to hear from so many of you who are in a similar place in your faith-thank you for including me as you process the book!!! Please continue to do so :)

B&H has decided to set up a contest for y’all, and the prize is pretty great so I hope you’ll take a second to enter.

I’ve talked before about how excited I am about the IF: Gathering coming up (Feb 7-8), and would love for you to be able to join us. The tickets sold out pretty fast (like, within an hour…wow!), but we have secured 2: one for you and one for a friend.

Not only will you get to attend the conference, but your travel and hotel will also be covered. Yep, 3 days and 2 nights in Austin, courtesy of B&H Publishing.

You’ll also get 2 signed copies of the book, which, quite frankly does not sound that exciting after the above announcement. And of course, we’ll set up some time for me to squeeze your necks at the conference. Bonus points if you can tell me how to potty-train my youngest while we chat.

And what do you need to do to enter? It’s pretty easy. Post on twitter, facebook, pinterest, or instagram (or all of the above, as many times as you want…the more entries, the better your chances of winning!) and use the hashtag #ChasingGodContest.

If you’ve read the book and you want to quote something you liked or talk about a way that the Lord has spoken to you through it, that’s awesome. If not, feel free to just mention something you feel like God has shown you in this season of life through scripture or even a life circumstance. Don’t feel too pressured-we just want to hear from you-and so appreciate you helping us get the word out about the book while also entering to win a fun trip. You can also feel free to just use one the images I’ve included here with the hashtag so we see it.

The contest will run through Jan 22nd and the winner will be announced on my blog on Jan 23rd.

Can’t wait to meet a couple of you!!! And thanks again :)
A

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  • Reply AndreaDeckard January 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’m in the middle of the book right now. Since I feel like I have been chasing God, or a relationship that others view as the “perfect” relationship with Christ, I’ve been waffling and haven’t found anything. Thus far, the entire book has been encouragement for my weary soul.

  • Reply Donna Ray January 13, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Obedience

  • Reply Dawn Marie January 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Nothing has hit me harder (it a good way) than “He is not waiting for you to make things right and do your part so the universe doesn’t split in half.” I am in awe of how God knew just what I needed to hear.

  • Reply Chickie Brewer January 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    God has shown me that I have to persue my dreams more !

  • Reply Candi Dickerson January 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’m being reminded constantly that every step we take toward righteousness, toward healing, toward Jesus–every step we take toward our holy inheritance will be opposed. Every step = opposed. It might sound discouraging, but for me, if I know what to expect (opposition), I’m less surprised, less discouraged. The opposition is actually starting to encourage me. I’m moving closer and closer to who God created me to be! That is cause for celebration indeed.

  • Reply Jessica Mitchell January 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I feel like God is telling me to just BE with Him. I’ve been craving more time with Him.

  • Reply Amber January 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    This is amazing! My sweet friend and I desperately wanted to be present for this, but weren’t able to snag tickets in time. How awesome it would be to win?!?! Lately I feel like God is yelling at me to be boldly obedient and to let go of my fears, excuses, and insecurities.

  • Reply Kristen Wirth January 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This would be a blessing to win I haven’t read Chasing god yet. I love your books and your blog. What a blessing you have been to me and I saw you at the Women of Faith about 3 years ago. About 3 years ago I gave birth to my Sweet Gabriel he was a stillborn. I miss him everyday and I know that he is heaven waiting for me. God is so wonderful!

  • Reply Julie Mann January 13, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to read this new book yet, but one thing I always think of is that everything happens for a reason and God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby and after multiple miscarriages, it’s frustrating and exhausting. I feel myself giving up, but then I always come back to those two sayings. I have found comfort in your other books and would live the opportunity to join you in Austin.

  • Reply Jacque Watkins January 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Ordered Chasing God last week, and hoping it arrives soon! What a gift it would be to get to go to Austin. {sigh} And as far as potty training (my least favorite thing about parenting so far–oldest is 18)…my personal philosophy: wait until at least 3 yr and then do it cold turkey. No diapers (except for pull-ups at night), stay home for a week, lots of salty snacks and candy, lots of yummy drinks, oversized training pants that are easy to pull up & down, and consistency in PRAISE. I did a modification of “Potty Training in a Day”, and while it took longer than a day, it worked. Praying for you, and thanking God for you–how He’s using you and for your willingness to be used by Him…xo

  • Reply Laurie Hall January 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    God is teaching to focus on Him and what He is teaching me through the circumstances he is bringing me through, rather than focuses on my circumstances.

  • Reply kasmith03 January 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    My copies arrived yesterday!! I can’t wait to dive in. But I would LOVE to go to Austin for the IF conference!! If I do when I will bring Char back to MN…my wonderful daycare mom had both my son and daughter trained in 3 days. She is seriously a miracle worker…I take NO credit! Char can play with my girl who turned 3 in Dec and we will send her back to Nashville a new woman and maybe some MLP panties of her own! :) If my daughter would not steal them all….she has an inappropriate love affair happening with her MLP panties.

  • Reply Chris Weston January 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    God is turning my sense of ‘duty’ when I approach His Word to a sense of delight! He’s given me an eagerness to get in there. Only He could do a work like this. Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  • Reply Brittany January 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I haven’t read your book yet although I would love to, but God has shown me and is still showing me that I can trust Him. That in the hard times He hasn’t left me and He is still with me.

  • Reply Wendy Barnes Hudson January 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    There have been so many parts of your book that have spoken to ME. However, when I read Platitudes and Lace I cried because it brought back so many memories of a night a few years back that I sat in my church small group and the leader said those scary words to me, “We will go around and pray for one another.” OUT.LOUD. My heart sunk and my neck and face turned red. I was so scared and nervous that I wouldn’t sound holy enough to all of these other women. When they got around to me, I couldn’t even remember the name of the woman in my small group for whom I was supposed to be praying for. My prayer went something like, “oh Lord, I lift up to you this precious mother before us, who is not only a mother, but a wife.” (Can’t even remember what else I said) When I opened my eyes I expected to see haunting looks of disbelief but instead, the woman, Kathy, that I was praying for (I will never forget her name now) was weeping. It was at that point that I knew that she didn’t care what I said or didn’t say during that prayer. She was dealing with her own feelings, she needed something more than whatever came out of my mouth. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your transparency. Of course I would love to visit Austin and get to meet you (no, I’m not a stalker :)) and tons of other wonderful women! Thank YOU for the #ChasingGodContest.

  • Reply Johanna January 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Angie, I pinned this to four of my interest boards. I just love the quotes you’ve posted here, and am looking forward to reading them in context, when I get my hands on the book. Thank-you for writing this one for us all!

  • Reply Kaye January 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Will post some of the quotes on Pinterest and hopefully IG and Twitter. Cannot wait to read this book. All of your writing is, well, incredible and so, so very appreciated. Thanks for speaking from your heart and leading us closer to HIM. I purchased 3 of the books; one of which will be placed in our Church Library, in memory of one of our Sunday School sisters, who recently lost her husband, the 2nd copy will be given to her in his memory, and the 3rd I hope to get started on today!!
    Blessings always and thanks so much for this exciting opportunity.
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

  • Reply Laura K January 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I have not read the book but God has been showing me lately that I need that time with Him. Letting go by the wayside changes the whole dynamic of my life. I need that time to recenter on Him and have His will flow through me. It helps so much with my everyday dealing with kids and husband :)

  • Reply Sarah January 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I was recently facing a health scare, through it all, I felt God’s presence there and His encouraging me to just rest in Him. There’s nothing like feeling the loving embrace of Our Father when we are in need!

  • Reply Carol Lynn January 15, 2014 at 1:28 am

    God has taught me if I believe in him and myself anything is possible. I’ve spent so much time worrying about things that have never happened. This last year I decided I would stop that – God has a plan and if I trust in myself and him I will be guided and always be ok. It’s amazing the difference this has made in my life. Thank You! #ChasingGodContest

  • Reply Southern Gal January 15, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Even though I haven’t read the book yet, I know from your words here and the trailer that it is something I need to read. Thank you for sharing your experiences to bless others.(Me!)

  • Reply ~kathie~ January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    God is showing me lately how to be strong and that I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

  • Reply Jen January 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Erm… would my travel expenses be paid as well? ;) I’ll try, just in case :D

  • Reply Emily Wert Sobers January 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Angie if I could write (which I was not blessed with that gift) :) , it would be word for word what you say in Chasing God and Mended. Every sentence I read I say yes that’s exactly how I feel,you just say it so beautifully. You always hit it right on the spot. You are truly an inspiration to me. God has used you to bring me closer to him and make me understand him in a way I never have. Keep writing, because you are changing the world :)

  • Reply abibyrd January 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Got the book, can’t wait to begin to read it!!! You have been so instrumental to my walk with the Lord!! Thanks Angie!

  • Reply laura January 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I am in the middle of the book now! Love it and feel like I am sitting next to you as I read. One of my favorite quotes…”Truly abiding in Christ means whispering in every instance, “Your glory. Only Your glory, Lord”” Such truth Angie…thank you for being brave enough to dive in!

  • Reply Guest January 17, 2014 at 2:28 am

    My season right now: stop being frustrated on where I should be and let Him love me where I’m at now. It’s so funny/stupid how we hid or avoid communicating with God when we feel the furthest from him, as if we can get ourselves back together, by religious practices and pouring ourselves into serving, good deeds, etc only to be completely drained without energy, desire, or strength to continue. If only we’d let him love and accept us when we’ve slowed/stopped in our faith journey.

    You’re promo video hit me with the statement- filling the gaps of our faith with religion, hoping it will lead to genuine relationship… I’ve been stuck there, honestly knowing my way out but not making it a priority. I’ve already made a donation and set to watch If: local in my home, but with no girlfriends- just my husband, and three kiddos running around :/……A weekend in Austin would be an opportunity to get away from distractions, to be honest with God and myself on where I’m at, to let Him take me by the hand and guide me where I need to go rather than climb my way to him.

    The verses that are speaking to me now: Psalm 139- yea, the whole chapter- but especially verse 5- you hem me in…

  • Reply Carrie Cline Alexander January 17, 2014 at 2:38 am

    My season right now: stop being frustrated on where I should be and let Him love me where I’m at now. It’s so funny/stupid how we hid or avoid communicating with God when we feel the furthest from him, as if we can get ourselves back together, by religious practices and pouring ourselves into serving, good deeds, etc only to be completely drained without energy, desire, or strength to continue. If only we’d let him love and accept us when we’ve slowed/stopped in our faith journey.

    You’re promo video hit me with the statement- filling the gaps of our faith with religion, hoping it will lead to genuine relationship… I’ve been stuck there, honestly knowing my way out but not making it a priority. I’ve already made a donation and set to watch If: local in my home, just my husband, and three kiddos running around :/……A weekend in Austin would be an opportunity to get away from distractions, to be honest with God and myself on where I’m at, to let Him take me by the hand and guide me where I need to go rather than climb my way to him.

    The verses that are speaking to me now: Psalm 139- yea, the whole chapter- but especially verse 5- you hem me in…

    • Reply Carrie Cline Alexander January 23, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Shared on twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

  • Reply Mary Jones January 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I am so excited about this book. You are one of my favorite authors & speakers. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have worked with you at WOF some last season and I would love this opportunity. My Mom passed away last April and I have been left alone in this world, but God’s love will carry me through. My heart has been heavy and this book has been an encouragement thus far. I have no other family and I have relied heavily on my faith to pull me through, plus I am blessed with the friends I have made along the way and with my travels.

  • Reply Diane Bailey January 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I”m so Excited for you, and about this book. I want to read it! This looks like a book that will change lives!
    This season? God is showing me that His opinion of me is greater than any other opinion on earth. All the opinion in the world to the second power are not even a spec on the scale compared to how much God loves me and approves of me.

  • Reply Michelle Clark Smith January 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I want to buy your book right now! Hi Angie! I’m so glad to find you on Facebook. I would absolutely love to see you in person! I just started a class at church with Jenny Allen and am so excited to see where God will take me through that class. My season right now? One of pure gratitude! Only via God. But through His love for me I am gaining such joy for who I truly am in His eyes and not what some may want to paint me to be. I’m learning to love myself which in turn makes me love others – even if they don’t love me. How cool is that??!! Thank you God!! Getting your book as well! ASAP!! Can’t wait!! Thank you for your willingness to love on us the way God would have you to do!!
    ((( Hugs Angie )))

  • Reply Jessi Whitt January 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve loved reading your past books, and I can’t wait to read this one as well. I feel God is telling me to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve always tried to maintain a season of comfort, but I know God is calling me to a higher purpose.

  • Reply rachelrusticus January 21, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hi Angie! Thank you for your ministry & this beautiful gift I’m praying to win. I’ve shared on twitter (@redeemingher), sharing on this Pinterest board http://www.pinterest.com/redeemingher/read/ and will next share on facebook. Blessings to you!!

    • Reply rachelrusticus January 21, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Also shared on google+.

  • Reply Catherine Ferguson Bird January 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hi, Angie! This is so neat! I was beyond bummed to miss a chance to get tickets to the IF : Gathering in Austin — especially since I live here! I’ve shared on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter (@catbird_GOGM). Whoever wins will be so blessed by this opportunity. Thanks to you and B&H for hosting such a meaningful contest!

  • Reply Nicole Summers Sparling January 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wish I had found this earlier!!!!! Thank you for your writing!!! I came across you from Jacque Watson’s blog.

  • Reply Susie January 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to come if I won, but I want to share my favorite – it’s on my desk where I can see it every day “I was able to accept my behavior defending it because it lined up with what I thought of myself. More than that, I sought to maintain this image I had by wallowing in the ugliness instead of asking the Lord to help me make Godly choices.” pretty sure that’s from Chasing God (if not at least I have the right author!) I read this every day because it’s exactly me. I accept the ugly, bad, dark, mean and sad because it’s the picture I have of myself.

  • Reply Katie Meg January 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Shared on facebook and twitter- this season I am realizing that I need to lighten up and let more joy on in by resting in the One who knows me. I am a striver and driver, and I am ready to let go of the frantic and embrace the gift of the present.

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