Lauren Akins’ book LIVE IN LOVE: Growing Together Through Life’s Changes, dubbed “an uplifting read we all need right now” (Southern Living) and included as part of Parade’s “Best Memoirs of 2020,” is available everywhere August 18, via Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House).

In celebration of her book’s launch, Akins will appear tomorrow (8/18) on NBC’s TODAY. Additionally, Akins will continue her LIVE IN LOVE Book Tour as she announces special guest moderators Bob Goff, Karen Fairchild and Annie F. Downs in addition to the previously announced Hoda Kotb. For a full list of dates, to purchase tickets nationwide and for continued updates, visit

Akins kicked-off the LIVE IN LOVE tour with a vulnerable and heart-warming conversation with The Bobby Bones Show’s Amy Brown yesterday evening (8/16), where she revealed never-before-heard stories from her childhood and marriage, while taking questions from fans across the country.

Upcoming LIVE IN LOVE Virtual Book Tour Dates:

Tuesday, August 18—Tulsa, OK,  7pm CT
Hosted by Magic City Books 
In Conversation with Bob Goff

Friday, August 21 – Birmingham, AL, 7pm CT
Hosted by Books-A-Million 
In Conversation with Karen Fairchild

Monday, August 24—Dallas, TX, 7pm CT
Hosted by Dallas Museum of Arts 
In Conversation with Hoda Kotb

Thursday, August 27—St. Louis, MO, 7pm CT
Hosted by Left Bank Books 
In Conversation with Annie F. Downs

In LIVE IN LOVE, Lauren shares details about her childhood friendship with Thomas Rhett, explaining how they reconnected as young adults. She offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her best friend, who just happens to be a music star, and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. And in heart-wrenching detail, she opens up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Haiti, and then in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, LIVE IN LOVE takes an intimate look at one couple’s life—and opens a window into all of our journeys on the path to self-discovery.

LIVE IN LOVE is a deeply personal memoir that offers inspiring guidance for anyone looking to keep romance alive, balance children and marriage, express true faith, and live a life of purpose.

Ballantine Books is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.