I love how book stores smell. The paper and ink bound together on shelves, their spines a mix of colors and fonts and stories waiting to be read. The scent of coffee winding its way through the aisles, the quiet chatter of friends, stories being read to little ones — it feels like my heart has come home inside those walls.

From the time I was able to read, my hands and bookshelves have been filled with books. I pack books to read when I travel and I stock up on new adventures to sink into on the beach. I love the discovery of a new favorite author as much as I love the excitement of a new book by an old favorite.

The stories authors share with us in books can challenge, encourage, and inspire us. The great ones stay with us long after the final page is turned.

The brave stories give us courage to take our own next step, to tell our own story, or to finally say “yes” to the thing God is asking us to do.

The hard stories remind us that we’re not alone in all our messy moments, and the funny stories can help us find our own bright spots in the middle of our crazy days.

We have the incredible honor of hosting beautiful stories, not only here on the pages of (in)courage, but on the DaySpring store as well. It’s where you can find the (in)courage library, home to the books of our contributors and community. And we’re inviting you to join us for three days as we share with you some of our favorites — and give you an amazing coupon code so you can stock up for summer!


It’s our invitation to find new friends and new stories written by women we esteem. It’s our hope that you’ll make time for yourself and rest with a cup of coffee and a great book. It’s our dream that you would invite friends to join you for a book club as you read through the pages together and watch the videos we’ve created.

We’d love for you to join us! We’ll send three emails, June 9-11, where you’ll receive an exclusive coupon code to help you start your summer reading stack, shareable images, new book club resources, AND one subscriber will win their choice of 10 books from the (in)courage library at DaySpring!

This campaign is now closed. You can continue to use code INREADS at checkout at dayspring.com for “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” on select “summer reads” books from the (in)courage library through June 30, 2015. 

Photo Credit: Joyful Soul Photography
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