NASHVILLE, TN…. 10/6/20 – Best-selling author and podcaster Annie F. Downs will release her latest book, That Sounds Fun, Februrary 2, 2021. In short, her latest words challenge us to recognize that fun is something we all need to survive; delving into the joys of being an amateur, the power of falling in love (not just with people, but with life), and that we all need a hobby.

While we all know there are certain things we must have to survive–food, shelter, and safety to name a few, there are also aspects of life that truly allow us to be joyful and fulfilled. For Downs, fun is close to the top of that list. Most would agree that having fun enriches our lives, but so much gets in the way of prioritizing it. Tough days, busyness, and feelings that are hard to talk about keep us from the fun that’s out there waiting to be found.

“I love fun. I prioritize it. It fills my soul and my life, but it is never quite enough because I’m realizing that when I look for fun, there’s a deeper question I’m asking,” Downs remarks. “There are paths to get the answers to those questions, and fun is all along those paths.”

“One of the things our current culture has lost is our ability to let each other be amateurs,” she continues. “We now require everyone to be professionals at everything they do; we used to let each other learn and let ourselves learn; we used to be okay posting a picture that wasn’t perfect or asking a question that may be hard to answer, and it was way more fun then. We have to start giving ourselves and each other the opportunity to be new at something, to not know how to do something perfectly right, to try and fail. Life is far more fun when we feel permission from ourselves and our community to be human, to be new at something, to be an amateur.”

With That Sounds Fun, Annie offers an irresistible invitation to understand the meaning of fun, to embrace it and chase it, and to figure out what, exactly, sounds fun to you – then do it! Exploring some research and sharing some thoughts behind why fun matters, she shows you how to find, experience, and multiply your fun. With her signature storytelling style and whimsical vulnerability, Annie is the friend we all need to guide us back to staying true to ourselves and finding the fun we need.

About Annie:

Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and successful podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee. Engaging and honest, she makes readers and listeners alike feel as if they’ve been long-time friends. Founder of the That Sounds Fun Network—which includes her aptly named flagship show, That Sounds Fun—and author of multiple bestselling books like 100 Days to Brave and Remember God, Annie shoots straight and doesn’t shy away from the tough topics. But she always finds her way back to the truth that God is good and that life is a gift. Annie is a huge fan of laughing with friends, confetti, soccer, and boiled peanuts (preferably from a back-roads Georgia gas station). Read more at and find her (embarrassingly easily) all over the internet at @anniefdowns.

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