Cold Tangerines and Dreams

Lynn Downey Braswell (front right)

Lynn Downey Braswell (front right)

Once upon a time there was a young middle school girl. She, along with two of her friends, wanted to know more about the Bible. They wanted to dig deep, but needed someone to lead them. I became that person for a window of time as we met at a local park and ruminated on the words we read and talked about what it meant to live out those words.

Well, that was over 15 years ago now, and those girls are grown up. I’m pleased to introduce you to one of them, Lynn Downey Braswell. Lynn’s parents, Bill and Judy Downey, attend my church. Lynn lives out in California now pursuing all kinds of audacious dreams. Most recently, she has adapted Shauna Niequist’s book, Cold Tangerines, into a play after a three-year effort. If you haven’t heard of this book, the author is Bill Hybel’s daughter (Bill is the lead pastor at Willow Creek in the Chicago area).

Here is what Lynn has to say about the play:

“In the midst of a DO MORE, BE MORE culture, Shauna’s refreshing message of seeking the beauty in the everyday and accepting that YOU ARE ENOUGH is one that I (and audiences) need to hear. Cold Tangerines: The Play is absolutely accessible to anyone, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey, while unapologetically sharing that ‘where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ – a very difficult balance to strike, and one that really excites me. I am confident that it will be a tremendously impactful show and feel humbled and charged with the responsibility to encourage and lift up our audience while glorifying God in the process.

We have a fantastic cast in place and are gearing up for a five week run at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena (a place this Indiana girl feels right at home in) later this spring. Before we get there, I am hoping that you and your readers can be a part of supporting this process through the upcoming fundraising stage.

You can also help by following us on twitter, retweeting some of our content, and using our hashtag #youareenough when it’s relevant to your tweets. A little love goes a long way. We’re also quite fond of #celebratetoday.”

You can check out their Kickstarter page here. There is a video trailer you can watch and more information about Lynn’s story. If this is a message you are passionate about, even $1 can make a difference to help them get this project off of the ground. Will you consider supporting my friend, Lynn, from a distance?

The past several months, I have been humbled watching those around me actively pursue their dreams. What an honor to see young people grow up to do world changing things! The message of Shauna’s book resonates with my heart. You are enough!



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