Thursday, April 7, 2016

Brave Love Book Club: April 2016

If I could sit at home and read books all day, I would. I am well on my way to reaching my goal for 2016 of reading 52 books over 52 weeks, and I am DELIGHTED to be back with the Brave Love Book Club this month! The blog was dark in March, but we're back in action, and I think you are going to LOVE this month's selection!



This month we are reading Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs.
"I want you to take every step of your life with excitement for where you are headed. And I want you to feel beautiful and confident as you do. But how?"

Now find your way to a bookstore or the library, pick it up discounted on Amazon, or borrow the book from a friend if you can, and dig in with us! I wrote the outline of the Brave Love Book Club HERE, but for clarity below is the updated breakdown: 




  • During the first week of each month I will share discussion questions, journaling prompts, extra resources, and Periscope dates for the book of the month. I will also announce the book selection for the following month so you have time to hunt down a good deal or check it out from the library.
  • There will be TWO Periscope dates one scheduled Periscope date on the 2nd  week of each month, to discuss the book, ask questions, and connect about what we are learning.  If you can't tune in live, they will be available for 24 hours after the initial broadcast, and I am hunting for a way to post them online as well. (Find me @baileyjrobert!) 
  • On the LAST Wednesday of each month we will link up our response/review in blogpost form (feel free to write about the book any time during the month, but this is the day I will host the link up with some added discussion questions for comments)!
  • I will be sharing thoughts and questions throughout the month on my Instagram, so follow along at @baileyjrobert and the hashtag #bravelovebookclub.

  • Here are the April dates you need to know:
    Thursday, April 7 (Today!): Details, Prompts, + Dates for Looking for Lovely
    Wednesday, April 13: Periscope Date*
    Wednesday, April 27: Review for Looking for Lovely
    *Periscope time TBA.

    Honestly I read this book in March and I LOVED it, so I'm looking forward to going back through it spending more time and doing each of the challenges. At the end of every chapter, Annie suggests that you try one of the ways she looks for lovely, and I'm determined to put those into action this go-around.

    Below are some questions/ prompts I've come up with to get us started, either journaling, Instagramming, blogging, however you want to respond! Also, feel free to leave your answers in the comments of this post AND to respond to others joining in! How fun would it be to get the convo going here?!

    April Prompts/Questions:
    • What does lovely mean to you? How do you look for lovely in your own life?
    • When is it hard to see what is lovely? Why? 
    • What are those things in life that brighten your day or point you back to the Lord? In this season, what is the loveliest to you?
    Like I said, these are starting points to get us going, and I am sure we will come up with more as we read through the book! I am truly so excited to journey with you all through Looking for Lovely this April. I cannot wait to see what the Lord does in our hearts and lives through it!

    Before you go, it is my pleasure to announce May's selection:
    Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong

    Now let's get to reading, writing, and digging into Looking for Lovely together!

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