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ANGIE SMITH SPEAKS WOMEN OF FAITH - ATLANTA 2011


















ANGIE SMITH is the wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the hit Christian contemporary group Selah. She is the author of the popular blog Bring The Rain (http://angiesmithonline.com/), which receives between 7,000 and 15,000 unique visitors every day. Women of all ages (and a few men!) have connected with Angie through her transparent, warm, witty writing. Many of her blog posts receive up to 500 comments from women identifying with the life experiences Angie writes about. And each day, Angie receives emails from women around the world who tell her that her writing makes them feel as if they’ve been lifelong friends with her. They share their deepest hurts with her, and amazing bonds are built between Angie and her audience. Angie’s training is in psychology (a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Developmental Pyschology), and her blog gives her the opportunity to combine her two greatest passions: helping to heal people’s hearts and writing. Through her blog and her future as a book author she seeks to minister to other women who have walked difficult roads as she has, and instill in them a passion for the God Who brought her through the darkest night imaginable.

The media have taken note of Angie’s story and her popularity on the internet, and she has recently been approached by HomeLife Magazine and ParentLife Magazine, each wanting to do feature articles on her and Todd’s story (both magazines have been told that they will need to wait until the book release for those feature stories). Angie and Todd have appeared on Focus on the Family radio and led the Focus on the Family chapel in January 2008. In February 2008, Dennis Ferrier of Channel 4 News (NBC) Nashville interviewed Angie for a feature story that will air in March of this year.

Through Todd’s CCM group, Selah, Angie’s platform is further extended. Over the last twelve years Selah has sold more than two million records and has received five Dove Awards. Their eighth CD releases in Summer 2009 and will feature a song written by Angie, Todd, and Christa Wells entitled “I Will Carry You,” which was written for Audrey Caroline. (Taken from CBC.COM's website)









MY THOUGHTS: I work at a Christian Book Store and saw this book hit the shelf in 2010. I heard of their story at the same time fellow co-workers told me of their journey in the book I Will Carry You.  I couldn't bring myself to read this book. I have to say that I didn't know if I could hear her speak about this in public.

When Angie got up on stage she talked about the First time she spoke at a Women of Faith conference.  She said that she was so nervous and  had to go to the bathroom a few times before speaking. The last time she heard a splash and felt a tug on her shirt. Angie realized that the speaker had fallen into the toilet. She yelled and quickly picked the equipment out of the water. She immediately put it under the hand drying machine praying that the equipment wasn't ruined and blow dryer would make everything alright. Praise the Lord it worked.

She had told the tech team what had happened and the next day they had hooked her up tightly and put a sticker on her backside to help her know where the equipment should stay and told her to not take bathroom breaks with the equipment on. Angie has a great sense of humor and thought it would be fun to share with the audience the story of her speaking equipment getting wet but not ruined. When she lifted up her shirt to show everyone the sticker, she was horrified at the fact the cameras were zooming in on her backside and it was showing on four very large screens for everyone to see. OHMYGOSH!! She didn't tell that story again!

It was moments like that Angie shared that made her adorable, fun, and transparent. She then talked about how she came to know of and want a personal relationship with Jesus. Someone had asked her to a bible study and she brought the only bible she owned and that was a precious moments Catholic bible. She told how later that same friend asked her to go to a singles meeting. She didn't see how that could be any fun but went anyway. There she saw Todd Smith singing and said to the Lord I don't know if I'd be good enough to be married to someone like this singer but something close would be good. She got saved shortly after and to her surprise met, dated and married Todd Smith who is in the group Selah.

She remembers being totally sold out to the Lord and telling him Lord do with me what you will. She says, "Oh, Lord, I'll do what you want I'm afraid to fly so if I don't have to fly that would be good. Oh, I'm also afraid of public speaking but if you can work around all that, I'M YOURS! Do with me what you will!"

Everyone started to laugh. She is now flying all over the country and speaking to large crowds of women telling the story the Lord has given her to tell with the Women of Faith group.  God doesn't force us to do anything. He allows us an opportunity to over come our fears in His arms.

See the enemy wins when we don't take that first baby step on a journey we're scared to go on. Te one the Lord has for us. When we take that first step we can see the Lord is there to carry us, hold us every step of the way, like we help our kids attempt something new that is scary for them like trying to swim, ride a bike, go to school for the first time. All things that are a bit scary and can be overwhelming to a little one. But we trust our parents and know they love us so we take that first step and allow them to guide us and love us along the way. The Lord wants to do the same thing with us.

The other thing that got to me was how Angie, Todd and their girls CELEBRATED life. In an age where taking a live in the womb for many reasons is the norm, while letting old people die for other reasons. Our society has not CELEBRATED the precious gift we have of  LIFE!! Take a listen to how Angie and Todd along with their little girls CELEBRATED Audrey's life. The short time they had with her. It will make you look at life and the Lord through fresh eyes. It's encouraging! Here is an excerpt from an article on the Smith's that gives you more information into their situation.

To Read the Full Article Two and a Half Hours With Audrey By Pam Woody a Focus on the Family Thriving Family on Line Magazine http://www.thrivingfamily.com/features/magazine/2010/jan/hours-with-audrey.aspx Here is the excerpt.

"Angie Smith looked forward to her 20-week ultrasound. As she waited for the technician, she thought of how the images would thrill her husband, Todd, a vocalist for the band Selah, and excite their three daughters. But when the ultrasound machine began capturing images, the technician's composure changed, and Angie sensed something was wrong. The doctor's words confirmed her worst fears.

"Your child, she has many conditions," the doctor said. "Her kidneys are polycystic, and her heart is much too large. Each of these is a lethal condition.There is no amniotic fluid; her lungs are not developing. ... You will have some choices to make."

Instantly, Angie's belief in the sanctity of human life collided with the reality of a fatal prognosis, a prediction that her baby would die soon after birth. Angie and Todd sought the counsel of another doctor, who had performed abortions earlier in his career but devoted his later years to serving God. His position was clear:
Taking the baby would be destroying a human life.

As Angie and Todd left the hospital, they knew what they needed to do. Angie would continue her pregnancy, and the baby she was carrying would stay with them until the Lord's appointed time. They also chose to live life fully as a family during the coming weeks rather than grieve over an uncertain future."

























I WILL CARRY YOU: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy
By Angie Smith
Published by B and H Publishers (May 1, 2010)
ISBN# 978-0805464283
224 Pages


Book Description: In 2008, Angie Smith and her husband Todd (lead singer of the group Selah) learned through ultrasound that their fourth daughter had conditions making her “incompatible with life.” Advised to terminate the pregnancy, the Smiths chose instead to carry this child and allow room for a miracle. That miracle came the day they met Audrey Caroline and got the chance to love her for the precious two-and-a-half hours she lived on earth.

Upon receiving the original diagnosis, Angie started a blog (Bring the Rain) to keep family and friends informed of their journey. Soon, the site exploded in popularity, connecting with thousands who were either experiencing their own heartbreaking situations or simply curious about how God could carry someone through something so tragic. I Will Carry You tells the powerful story of a parent losing her child, interwoven with the biblical story of Lazarus to help those who mourn to still have hope—to find grace and peace in the sacred dance of grief and joy.

Listen to their journey as Angie and her husband Todd explain briefly about their journey. It truly is an amazing story and gives credit to the quality of life and how precious it is.






NEW BOOK SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 Hitting Book Shelves

WHAT WOMEN FEAR
By Angie Smith
Published by B and H Publishers (Sept 1, 2011)
ISBN# 978-0805464290
224 Pages


Book Description: A woman's faith in God is challenged by the first question Satan asks Eve in the Bible: "Did God really say you can’t eat from any tree in the garden?" That seed of doubt and the story it begins to unfold breed a concept of fear still haunting each of us on some level every day-the idea that our actions could ruin something beautiful, and God might not have control of things.

In What Women Fear, acclaimed writer and speaker Angie Smith admits, "fear is a major part of my testimony" and talks openly about her treatment for anxiety as a child. Giving a voice to the problem, she says, "I truly believe every single one of us struggles with some type of fear, whether it's fear of flying or fear of being 'found out.' Maybe you don’t worry about dying, but you get sick thinking about the fact that you might fail."

Rather than suggesting that those who truly love the Lord would never fear, Angie blends her own experiences with those of men and women from throughout Scripture to help us start dealing more effectively with these true, human emotions. Whether it’s a constant "What if?," a nagging fear of abandonment or betrayal, fear of your own or someone else’s death, fear of trusting God's plan, or even the fear that God's existence is a lie, Angie will walk you through stories of others who have simultaneously loved God and struggled with fear. Join Angie and discover how to let Jesus redeem this struggle as only He can, that He will be glorified, and you will be transformed!










NOTE: After the conference had ended my daughter and I ran to get in line to speak to Angie Smith. We were heart broken to discover the line to see her had been cut off. We were amazed to see only about 15 or so people in line and they had cut it off. We asked why. They said Angie had a plane to catch in order to get home to her family. They had been with her on Friday night but she was on her own on Saturday. It ended about 5pm. Traffic in Atlanta at that time no matter the day is always hectic. We understood but were disappointed. So my daughter managed to get a few shots of Angie as she signed peoples books. They had copies of her new book What Women Fear. I had a chance to look in it. Wow!


This book really looks good and after hearing Angie Smith talk this is on my wish list to read. It's amazing how God can work through us if we let Him! You'll want to check out both of these books. I know I will be!


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you. I've been here with our son. Crying through Angie's words now. Thank you, Nora and Angie. I understand. I remember.

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  2. I had no idea Julie! It was astounding to see how God can use everything in our life for his glory! In a day and age where it's acceptable to just abort it was amazing how this family embraced Life and the valuable time they had with their little one! It was amazing to see the WHOLE family have that attitude! Amazing! You are precious Julie! Thanks for sharing this.

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