Don’t Jessica and Angie make you smile when they announce a new Bloom (in)courage book selection? If you’re new to Bloom, we’re glad you’ve decided to join us! If you’ve taken part in the past, we’re just as happy for your return.
How ’bout let’s go over a few things to be sure we’re all on the same page. ~ wink ~
What to Expect
Bread & Wine ~ a Love Letter to Life Around the Table is the perfect choice for our Bloom (in)courage Summer study. You already know Angie and Jessica are back, and they will be joined on the sofa by author Shauna Niequist. They’ll dish each week about gathering together the people you love and celebrating life round the table. Robin (that’s me :)) is back, too, writing post content, chatting in comments and hanging out on Facebook and Twitter..
You can expect regular videos and post content to loosely follow the chapters; since they aren’t numbered, you can figure out where we are in the study by checking the schedule below.
Because Bread & Wine is such a special book, we’ve cooked up something extra special for you: cooking videos! Over the course of our Book Club we’ll feature four recipes from Bread & Wine. We can’t wait to reveal what they are each week (any guesses?).
I mean, just watch the trailer below and we dare you not to drool in anticipation:
If you happen to miss a day, no worries. The content will always be available here on the Bloom page, so feel free to watch videos and read the posts anytime. Jump into comments, too–we think this study is really going to have you talking! Take a minute to subscribe to Bloom (in)courage emails and you’ll never miss an update. Also, you’re invited to join us on our Bloom Facebook Page to interact with other readers–plenty of ways to connect!
Annnd…one more thing to make our Bloom (in)courage summer selection even more fun: Featured guest posts from YOU!
Call for Guest Post Submissions
If you have already read Bread & Wine and the topic of food and community spoke to you, please share your story! We are accepting guest submissions along this general theme so there are plenty of angles for you to write about it. This isn’t a review of the book, rather your “love letter to life around the table.”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your Guest Post; add “Bread & Wine Guest Post” in the Subject line and attach your content as a word doc. Submission deadline is Friday, June 14th (revised). If you aren’t able to write a post by that date, we’ll include a link-up with each Guest Post for you to share your story there.
Buy a Book, Give a Book — and Get Free Shipping!
Right now on DaySpring.com, you can purchase a copy of Bread & Wine for $9.99 (almost 1/2 price)!
We try our best to make it possible for everyone to participate in the Bloom study by negotiating with publishers to offer the book at a reduced cost. If your financial situation is stressed and you are unable to purchase a book, you can request a free copy this Wednesday through Friday. We ask that you only request a copy if you truly can’t afford the book and are willing to participate in the study. We have a limited amount to give away and that will depend on how many sponsored books are purchased.
This is where we could use your help. If you are able to purchase a book for someone in need, DaySpring has set up a “Sponsored Book” option for you. Wanna know just how much this means to those who receive sponsored copies? Read it in their own words–your generosity makes such a difference!
And when you purchase a copy for yourself as well as a Sponsored Book you can receive free shipping with code BLOOMBOOK. This code is valid on any two book purchase, so it will work if you’d like to purchase two books for yourself or two sponsored books. DaySpring will take care of delivering the sponsored book to a reader in need.
We are thankful for DaySpring and Zondervan for providing a limited number of copies of Bread & Wine for those requesting a free copy. We are also SO thankful for each of you– for stepping in and caring for your fellow Bloom sisters by purchasing a sponsored copy. This need would not be met without you!
If you have any questions about the sponsored program, you can visit the FAQ page found here.
Wednesday, June 5: Free book request
Friday, June 7: Original deadline to close book requests; form will remain open through Monday or until all sponsored copies are spoken for! We’ve had wonderful support from contributors and still have hard copies available for U.S. residents.
Monday, June 10: Sponsorship & Guest Post Reminder
Wednesday, June 12: Giveaway
Friday, June 14: Announce Giveaway Winners. Deadline for Guest Post submissions.
Monday, June 17: Introduce Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine: a love letter to life around the table
Friday, June 28 – First Guest Post
Monday, July 1 – Cooking Video 1
Monday, July 8 – Sofa talk, Session 4
Wednesday, July 10 – Cooking Video 2
Wednesday, July 17 – Sofa talk, Session 6
Friday, July 19 – Fourth Guest Post
Monday, July 22 – Cooking Video 3
Wednesday, July 24 – Sofa talk, Session 7
Friday, July 26 – Fifth Guest Post
Monday, July 29 – Sofa talk, Session 8
Wednesday, July 31 – Cooking Video 4 ~ Wrap up
Thanks for joining us–we can hardly wait to get started!