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Crazy Love Kick-Off: Chapter One

We won’t do this every week, but since we are just starting we wanted to remind you to hop over to the Bloom Blog to watch our weekly video discussion and then join us on the ning community to further discuss the intro and chapter one.
PS – be sure to notice our funny expressions that vimeo captured in the start frame. Obviously, vanity is not our top priority.
Jessica and Angie
Bloom (in)courage, crazy love

Crazy Love is on its way…

I have GREAT news to share!!! we had almost 300 requests for books, and because of your incredible generosity, we are able to get everyone a copy!!!! AMAZING!!!! There are also over 200 people who have already joined the ning site and are chatting it up over there.
The only ones we are unable to get out right now are to other countries, and I do apologize about that. Hopefully we will be better at that with the next book.
SO, if you requested a book and have not received an email from me saying otherwise, you should be receiving your copy shortly. If you have not received it in a week or so, please feel free to email me and I will notify your sponsor to make sure everything is on track.
If you are one of the people who requested a book, please hop over to http://bloomcommunity.ning.com/ and sign up so that you can jump into conversation. It is already exceeding our expectations and is really already feeling like community. Thank you Jesus!!!!
I am LOVING the book, and wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank Cook Publishers for sending 20 complimentary copies to us. I would also love to thank all of you who have selflessly offered to gift others with the book-I am blown away by the way the body of Christ has stepped up and helped so much. I know we are all feeling the crunch of the economy right now, and to see this love in action is humbling to say the least. I am so proud to consider you all friends, and I can’t wait to get to know you better.
If you haven’t already, please sign up to follow our blog and also, sign into our ning site. We’re up and running, thanking the Lord for an opportunity to get to know Him (and each other) better.
Much love and gratitude to you all today,
Angie
Bloom (in)courage, crazy love

Crazy Love…

Update on the book club…
We are so excited that so many people will be joining us, but at this point we are unable to commit to sending them to anyone else. We are doing our best to get them to the people who have already emailed, and should funds become available, we will let you know!!!
We are working on a way to get a discount, and have a couple other ideas, so we will keep you posted as we find out about those. If you want to sponsor someone’s book, please email me and let me know (see previous post for details).
Because it is going to take awhile to get all of these together, we are going to push back the start date to September 13th. Sorry we have had to change it a few times, we weren’t quite expecting the response :)
It is going to be great!!!! Can’t wait to dig in with you all!!!!
Much love,
Angie
Bloom (in)courage, crazy love

The Book Club


So I don’t know if I have mentioned this or if I was waiting for the official debut, but I will be doing this fun little book club with my friend Jessica Turner (who is giving away Selah CDs on her blog today), and we are seriously ecstatic over it. Danielle has been working tirelessly on a whole new button and blog that we will use for it, and trust me when I say it’s the cutest thing ever. Seriously. I CAN’T wait to start it up, and I think you all are going to love what we have come up with. We have a couple really cool secrets up our sleeves that you aren’t going to want to miss!!!
I love the book so far. I mean, really, really, really love it. I can feel myself stretching and reaching for a different version of Christianity than I have known. Francis Chan is brilliant and so easy to read and yet profoundly deep…such a hard combination to get right!!!
In my previous post, I said that we had been donated enough books/funds to be able to provide books to all those who wished to participate, but couldn’t afford to do so.

Well, the needs have increased in a glorious, overwhelming way.

So, I have a proposal for you all.

If you would like to donate a book (or bookS) to someone who can’t buy it, will you shoot me an email (angelac519@gmail.com) that has “crazy love sponsor” in the title? I will send you the address of someone who has requested a book and you can send it directly to them.

Maybe you own the book and have already read it and want to pass it along…GREAT!!!

Whatever you can do is so appreciated. I want this to feel like community, and if I could do it all myself, I promise I would. Unfortunately (and fortunately…), Mr. Chan has written a book that A LOT of people want to be a part of, and there is no way I can do it on my own.

I have had several people write asking to donate books and it triggered this thought, so if you can do that, let me know!!!!

Cook Publishing is also generously donating copies of the book, so thank you to them as well. We so appreciate your help :)
The site will be up in a few days (have I mentioned it ROCKS?!?!?!) and it will have all sorts of cool interactive stuff. We have a list of amazing guest-posters and the capability to chat live so we can all gather up and talk together.
Because we are sorting out the details, some of you may not receive your book in time to start with us on Sept. 6. But, that’s okay. Thanks to a brilliant reader of mine (thank you!), I have learned that if you click here, you can read the first 2 chapters in google reader, so that will buy us some time while we sort out details behind the scenes. If you know someone that may enjoy this book or being a part of this book club, we would be honored if you would invite them. All are welcome. Jessica and I believe that this is the start of something big and beautiful.
Okay, that’s all for now! I’m off to try and get some writing done and then enjoy a night out with Toddy for our anniversary…
Much love,
Ang