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Dec 18, 2023

Introverts unite! Join us for a podcast episode all about you and best of all, you don’t need to say or do anything. Barb speaks with bestselling author Holley Gerth about her popular book, The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, on how to maximize your God-given strengths while giving yourself permission to accept yourself as you are and not let anything hold you back. 

 

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The Powerful Purpose of Introverts

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Holley Gerth is an expert snacker and excellent napper. She's also a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, former counselor, and life coach. She imagines a world where we all become who we’re created to be, use our strengths to serve, and grow for a lifetime. Holley cofounded the groundbreaking blogging community (in)courage and cohosts the popular podcast More Than Small Talk.
Nov 29, 2023

How can mothers raise their daughters with healthy messages about sex, self, and speaking up? What are some of the toxic teachings that need to be acknowledged and challenged? Barb speaks with Sheila Gregoire, author of the popular book, The Great Sex Rescue, about Sheila’s book for mothers of daughters titled, She Deserves Better: Raising Girls to Resist Toxic Teachings on Sex, Self and Speaking Up. During their conversation, Sheila reveals data from her survey of more than 7,000 women about how experiences in church as teens affect women’s self-esteem and their relationships today.

 

 

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She Deserves Better: Raising Girls to Resist Toxic Teachings on Sex, Self and Speaking Up

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Sheila Wray Gregoire is an author, podcaster, and researcher into evangelicalism and sex. The founder of BareMarriage.com, together with her team she has surveyed over 32,000 people for her books The Great Sex Rescue and She Deserves Better. Her goal is to change the evangelical conversation about sex to be healthy, evidence-based, and rooted in Christ. A graduate of Queen's University, she's married to her husband Keith, a pediatrician, who writes and speaks with her.
 
 
Nov 20, 2023

Have you been grieving and hurting because no one knows how badly you feel? It takes time and space to grieve well, but too often our grief is rushed whether by our own shame about grief or others pushing us to stop grieving. Drawing from her own experience with grief, Natasha Smith talks with Barb about what it means to grieve and to give ourselves permission to sit with our grief so that we can heal in healthy ways. Natasha’s new book, Can You Just Sit With Me, equips readers with the necessary tools to connect with God and to find an understanding companion to walk with them through the grieving process.

 

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Can You Just Sit With Me? Healthy Grieving for the Losses of Life

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Natasha Smith is a wife, mom, and NC native. She is a writer, speaker, and podcaster, who shares stories on faith, family, and grief. She has inspired others through her writing for over 12 years. Her work has appeared in Guideposts and Focus on the Family print publications. And Her View From Home, TODAY Parents, Pray with Confidence, and other e-publications.
Nov 6, 2023

Learning how to deeply connect with our children can feel challenging at times. How do we answer their tough questions about life, the world around them, or about God? How can we lead them spiritually as they navigate the ups and downs that life inevitably brings?

In today's conversation, Barb speaks with Kayla Craig about her devotional, Every Season Sacred, a resource created to help families grow and connect through all seasons of life. Whether your family is walking through a dark time or it feels as if things are in full bloom, this gentle conversation will encourage you to find sacred in every season. 

Producer's Note: Unfortunately we ran into some mic issues at a couple of points throughout this interview. Sometimes technology is not our friend! However, thankfully the issues did not last long. We pray this episode blesses you!

 

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Every Season Sacred

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Kayla Craig is a former journalist who brings deep curiosity and care to her writing. She's the author of Every Season Sacred and To Light Their Way. With a poetic, prophetic voice, she created the popular Liturgies for Parents Instagram account, which Christianity Today named an "essential parenting resource." She also hosts the Liturgies for Parents podcast. Kayla's nuanced and accessible reflections, essays, and prayers are featured in various books, devotionals, and Bible studies. Kayla lives in a 115-year-old former convent in her Iowa hometown, where she hopes to create spaces of welcome alongside her four children, two dogs, and pastor-husband, Jonny.
Oct 16, 2023

This current generation of young men longs to see genuine, risk-taking Christianity in action. They desperately need heroes who are genuine, passionate, and noble. Our young men are aching for someone to show them—by example—all it takes to live for Christ. There’s a war raging—and moms are the ones who hold the key to victory. In my conversation with best-selling author and speaker, Rhonda Stoppe, today we are talking about 5 principles godly moms need to keep in mind as they are praying about raising godly sons. No matter how old your son is, you can keep praying for him to become a godly man!

 

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Moms Raising Sons To Be Men

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"I could have listened to Rhonda talk all night", is what audiences say about Rhonda Stoppe’s honest, engaging and biblical teaching. Rhonda is the best selling author of 7 books, including Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, Real Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor - which she co-authored with her husband, Steve. As a popular Christian speaker, mentor and author Rhonda has helped thousands of women build no regrets lives. Her appearance at Focus on the Family was named in their “Best of Episodes”. Rhonda has experienced the challenges of balancing marriage, parenting, ministry and homeschool life, and she’s ready to share her insights with you! For 40 years she has ministered along side of her pastor-husband. The Stoppes have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren. To follow Rhonda’s podcast: Old Ladies Know Stuff , connect with Rhonda and to receive a free chapter from her book, Moms Raising Sons to Be Men please visit: NoRegretsWoman.com.
Oct 2, 2023

Are there questions that you would like to ask God but you’re too angry or confused to talk to Him? In my conversation with my friend and author Amberly Neese, we step right into uncomfortable questions that Christians ask like: “Can I trust God? What must I do to be healed? Why should I pray?” In her new Bible study, Untangling Faith, Amberly looks at six big questions that Christians ask and invites us to lean in and learn from Jesus. The Bible records over 300 questions that Jesus asks. In my conversation, Amberly guides us toward understanding God’s heart and helping us learn how to ask God the hard questions that can actually help us trust Him more. 

 

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Untangling Faith: Reclaiming Hope in the Questions Jesus Asked 

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Amberly Neese is a popular speaker/teacher, comedian, author, and all-around encourager dedicated to helping you become the joyful person you were created to be. She helps people like you experience the freedom found in meaningful relationships with God and others. Her bible study, “The Belonging Project: Finding Your Tribe and Learning to Thrive” was released in May 2020 by Abingdon Press. Amberly is a featured speaker for the Aspire Women’s Events and the main host and female comedian for Marriage Date Night, two popular Christian events that tour nationally. She and her husband have two teenagers and live in Prescott, Arizona, where they enjoy the great outdoors, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars.
Sep 18, 2023

As much as we love that God can heal us from our hurts in the past, what do we do when past hurts start hurting again? Does this mean that we aren’t healed or that God didn’t do His job?

Today, Barb has a powerful conversation with licensed professional counselor and best-selling author Michelle Nietert. Michelle and Barb have been friends for years and she shares helpful and encouraging insights for those who don’t understand how or why past wounds can open up again. Michelle recently lost her father and personally, she’s rewalking the journey from her childhood trauma again as well. Join us for a heartfelt, vulnerable but helpful conversation on today’s episode. 

 

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Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life

God, I Feel Sad: Bringing Big Emotions to a Bigger God

Managing Your Emojis: 100 Devotions for Navigating Your Feelings

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ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Licensed Professional Counselor of 25 years, Michelle Nietert is the coauthor of the God I Feel Sad: Bringing Big Emotions to a Bigger God series, best selling book Loved and Cherished, award-winning Make Up Your Mind, and Managing Your Emoji’s. She leads a team of counselors as the clinical director of Community Counseling Associates in the Dallas, TX area. A popular speaker on topics regarding mental health, faith, and parenting, she is a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, and hosts the Raising Mentally Healthy KidsTM podcast. Connect with Michelle at YourMentalHealthCoach.com.
Sep 4, 2023

Have you ever read about one of the feasts in the Bible and thought to yourself, "What is that all about?"

Well, in today's episode, Barb speaks with author and recovering expat Alicia Akins about how the feasts of the Bible relate to us today and how we can live with faith in the truth that we are called to live an abundant life. 

 

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Invitations to Abundance: How the Feasts of the Bible Nourish Us Today

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Alicia Akins is a writer and recovering expat based in Washington DC. She is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary and serves as a deaconess at her church. She’s the author of Invitations to Abundance and The Gift of the Outsider with Harvest House Publishers.
Aug 28, 2023

Becoming a homesteader may sound totally out of reach, but chances are you may already enjoy some of those activities in your day-to-day life. Do you enjoy whipping up a home cooked meal, taking care of your house plants, or creating a cozy home for your family? Well in this episode, our special guest proves that there is a little bit of homesteader in all of us. 

In today's conversation, Barb speaks with author and friend Kathi Lipp about her move from Silicon Valley to the mountains of California and her journey to becoming an accidental homesteader. Even if you don't aspire to grow your own vegetables or knit your own clothes, Kathi shows us how we can embrace a simpler and more fulfilling life and create a home that we love.

 

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The Accidental Homesteader: What I've Learned about Chickens, Compost, and Creating Home

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Kathi Lipp is the Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of 20 books, including An Abundant Place: Daily Retreats for the Woman Who Can’t Get Away, Overwhelmed, and Clutter Free.  Along with being a part of the InCourage at Dayspring writing team, she is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp, Facebook group Clutter Free Academy, and Clutter Free for Life.

As a writing and marketing coach, she is also the host of the Writing at the Red House Podcast and runs both The Writing at the Red House Retreats and The Red House Writers Collective – a writing program that helps authors develop their writing, their platform, and their business.

She is often featured in Nation Media, including Woman’s World Magazine as one of their “Ask the Experts”, Focus on the FamilyMOPSInternationalCrosswalk.comGirlfriends in God and Proverbs 31 Ministries

Kathi lives on her Red House mini-homestead with her husband Roger, a dog, and eight chickens and holds cozy writer retreats for content creators.

Aug 21, 2023

For the past decade, Christ follower and social media influencer Sade Solomon has been praying and waiting on God for her Mr. Fabulous and Forever. At the same time, she’s wrestled with topics around sex, singleness and abstinence. In 2013, Sade began openly sharing her life changing commitment to abstinence on social media. In today’s conversation, Barb and Sade talk about the beauty of God’s blessing in trusting Him, but also the ups and downs of waiting to see how God’s promises will come to pass. Sade’s message will uplift and encourage single Christian women who’ve been on their knees praying for years, “God, where’s my man?”

 

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Ready, Set, Wait by Sade Solomon

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Sade Solomon is a NYC-based Creative Entrepreneur and Social Media Personality who boldly and fashionably ignites authentic and candid conversations on topics surrounding sex, singleness, and abstinence. After embarking on her journey of abstinence in 2013, Sade began openly sharing her life-changing commitment on various online platforms while enlightening and inspiring many through her journey. In ‘ Ready, Set, Wait’, Sade peels back the layers of truth about navigating singleness and abstinence as a single Christian woman. Her work and commentary have been featured by Good Morning America, Harper’s Bazaar, Xo Necole, and Essence. 
 
Aug 7, 2023

Guarding our hearts against temptation is not just something we should strive for before the day we finally get to say "I do". Temptations to sin and compromise can continue into marriage, and as women we need to be aware and on guard. In today's conversation, Barb speaks with author Sarah Wells about two tough seasons in her marriage when she was tempted to stray away from keeping her vows, and how we can all resist our own temptations to sin whether physically, emotionally, or mentally. 

Whether you are in a season of wrestling right now or not, this honest and vulnerable conversation can equip you to protect your heart and your marriage.

 

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American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation

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In addition to the memoir American Honey, Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional Volume 2: Stories from the Gospels to Help Kids and Parents Love God and Love Others, and The Family Bible Devotional: Stories from the Bible to Help Kids and Parents Engage and Love Scripture.
 
She is also the author of two collections of poems, Between the Heron and the Moss and Pruning Burning Bushes; a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award; and a novella-length essay, The Valley of Achor, available on Kindle. Poems and essays by Wells have appeared in Ascent, Brevity, Full Grown People, Hippocampus Review, The Pinch, River Teeth, Rock & Sling, Under the Gum Tree, Terrain.org and elsewhere.
 
Sarah’s work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations, and six of her essays have been listed as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays. She is a 2018 recipient of an Ohio Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Sarah earned her BA in Creative Writing and MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University. Sarah is a regular contributor to Root & Vine News and God Hears Her, a blog for women, from Our Daily Bread, and writes marketing content for Spire Advertising. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Brandon, and their four children, Lydia, Elvis, Henry, and Izzy (their Westie).
Jul 17, 2023

When we are walking through seasons of loneliness, weariness, or feeling abandoned by those we love, it can feel like no matter how hard we try to manage the pain, things just aren't getting better. In today's episode, Barb speaks with author Ashley Morgan Jackson about her season of struggling with mental health and how God showed her that He was always present even when she felt invisible to everyone around her. 

If you are feeling alone or unseen, this episode is for you. 

 

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Tired of Trying: How to Hold On to God When You're Frustrated, Fed Up, and Feeling Forgotten

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Ashley Morgan Jackson is an author, speaker, and social media expert. She works full-time for Proverbs 31 Ministries and has ministered to her online community for ten years. She is passionate about women learning to let go of the lie that they have to perform for God’s love and instead realize they can receive His love, just as they are. Ashley is a wife of fourteen years to her wonderful husband, Daniel, and a mom to two growing boys. The family lives in Charlotte, NC.
Jul 3, 2023

Across the country we’re still wrestling with how to talk about race well. Where do we even begin the conversation on a topic that is so big and heavy? If you are a parent or grandparent, how do you respond to your children’s questions and how often should you talk about race in your home? Today, Barb is talking with Dr. Michelle Ami Reyes, co-author of the book The Race Wise Family, a 2023 recipient of the Christianity Today Book Award. During today’s conversation, you will learn a roadmap for how to talk about race in your home as well as many practical tips and fantastic resources to help you answer the hard questions for yourself as well as your kids and grandkids.

 

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The Race-Wise Family: Ten Postures to Becoming Households of Healing and Hope

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Dr. Michelle Ami Reyes is a race and culture coach, the course founder of Seasoned with Grace (a program that helps Christian leaders have gracious conversations on race in order to achieve impactful racial change), and she is the award-winning author of Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures.
Jun 19, 2023

When our earthly fathers hurt, harm or abandon us, it can leave a deep wound that feels like it will never fully heal. 

In today's episode, Barb chats with author Kia Stephens about her experience with an absent father in her life, and the beautiful hope and healing that all women can experience, even if their relationship with their father is never fully restored. We don't have to stay wounded forever, and that is GOOD news!

Join us for this hopeful conversation and share it with a friend who needs it. Let's all get better together.

 

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Overcoming Father Wounds: Exchanging Your Pain for God's Perfect Love

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ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Kia Stephens is the founder of Entrusted Women, which she created to equip Christian women communicators of color. A contributing writer for iBelieve.com, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Crosswalk, she is a recurring speaker at She Speaks, the Beloved Women’s Conference, and the Entrusted Women’s Conference.
 
Kia’s writing has been featured on (in)courage and Ann Voskamp’s blog. She has also been a featured guest on the Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast, Chrystal’s Chronicles with Chrystal Evans Hurst, Better Together with Barb Roose and The Dream of You Podcast with Jo Saxton.
 
Kia is also the host of the Hope for Women With Father Wounds Podcast and she recently released her first book Overcoming Father Wounds. Kia would love to connect with you on her website, Instagram or Facebook.
Jun 5, 2023

Are you feeling spiritually malnourished? Like no matter how hard you try to make it through life, you still feel empty, tired, overwhelmed or exhausted?

In today's episode, Barb speaks with author Amy Seiffert about how we can experience life, fullness and satisfaction in Christ. In a world that is preoccupied with staying busy and checking a neverending to-do list, Amy challenges us to practice rest, remember the steadfast love and care of our God, and experience true peace and nourishment in Him.

Take a deep breath, grab your favorite cup of tea or coffee, and join us for this encouraging and uplifting conversation.

 

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Starved: Why We Need a Spiritual Diet Change to Move Us from Tired, Anxious and Overwhelmed to Fulfilled, Whole, and Free

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Amy Seiffert is the author of Grace Looks Amazing on You and is on the teaching team at Brookside Church. She is an affiliate Cru staff member and a regular YouVersion Bible teacher. She loves to travel and speak (and try new foods on all her adventures!). Amy is married to her college sweetheart, Rob, and they live in Bowling Green, Ohio, with their three kids.
May 15, 2023

Would you say that your thoughts are more positive or negative? Too often we underestimate the damage that negative thinking and toxic beliefs have on our faith. Barb’s guest author, speaker and music artist Denise Pass discusses how to overcome negative mindsets and position ourselves fully in God’s truth and how we can live that out. As one who has faced some of life’s greatest disappointments and heartaches, Denise offers powerful Scriptural insights and hope for you today.

 

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Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life

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Biblical mindset coach, author, speaker, worship leader, songwriter, and podcaster, Denise Pass holds an MA in Biblical Exposition and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Exposition at Liberty University. Denise is the author of Make Up Your Mind, Shame Off You, 31 Days of Hope Reinvented and creator of The Bible Tribe® podcast. Denise serves on the writing teams for P31 First 5 app and COMPEL blog, and writes for her ministry, Seeing Deep Ministries, encouraging women to overcome the battles of the mind with the word of God, heal shame and find hope in God’s word. Denise has also written songs that received radio play, including “You Are Worthy,” “Seeing Deep EP”, and songs from her album, Praying For You. Denise homeschooled her 5 children and she and her husband serve together at their church in Spotsylvania, VA, where Denise is the Director of Family Ministries and Worship Arts.

 
Apr 29, 2023

Do you believe in Jesus, love God, but you don’t trust what you see happening in church? In the wake of scandals, abuse claims and questionable leadership, perhaps you’ve grown weary and found yourself wondering whether the church is redeemable and whether you should even stay.

Today, Barb talks with author Kate Boyd about her new book An Untidy Faith and has an honest conversation that we believe will give voice to those of you who are desperately trying to hold on to your faith but you’re not sure what exactly your faith means anymore. Through her own journey of disentangling from toxic religion as well as her life-giving travels around the world to meet other believers, Kate talks about the questions that you’ve been afraid to ask and she casts a vision for how you may find freedom and joy in following Jesus again. 

 

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An Untidy Faith: Journeying Back to the Joy of Following Jesus

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Kate Boyd is the author of An Untidy Faith (Herald Press, April 2023) and host of the Happy & Holy podcast. She helps recovering evangelicals and other weary Christians rebuild their relationship with Scripture and community and love God and their neighbors with their whole selves. She is currently pursuing a masters in theological studies with an emphasis in biblical studies at Perkins School of Theology.
Apr 17, 2023

When suffering, hurt and betrayal turns our world upside down, our emotions can easily turn from grief to anger.

Why did this have to happen? Will things ever go back to the way they were before? This isn't fair. 

In moments of deep pain it can be tempting to feel angry at God, but today's special guest, Brad Hambrick, teaches us what it looks like to be angry WITH God instead. To grieve with him as a friend and not an adversary. Join us for this gentle, gracious, healing conversation about how we can invite God into our pain, even when things just don't make sense.

 

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Angry with God: An Honest Journey through Suffering and Betrayal

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Brad Hambrick, ThM, EdD, serves as the Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

He has authored several books including God's Attributes: Rest for Life Struggles, Making Sense of Forgiveness and Angry with God. Hambrick also served as general editor for the Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused curriculum.

Hambrick, his wife, Sallie, and two sons live in Raleigh, NC.

Apr 3, 2023

Have you ever felt like your faith is failing? Like your suffering and pain is just too much to handle?

Join us for today's conversation as Barb speaks with author and speaker, Michele Cushatt, about how we can develop a faith that will not fail. From divorce, to struggles with motherhood, to walking through three bouts of cancer, Michele is no stranger to suffering. Yet through it all, her faith has endured. 

If you feel like you are at the end of your rope, you are not alone. There is hope, friend, even when it's hard to see it. May this conversation serve as a warm hug and a reminder that you are seen, known, and dearly loved. 

 

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A Faith That Will Not Fail: 10 Practices to Build Up Your Faith When Your World Is Falling Apart

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As an experienced communicator, Michele Cushatt speaks internationally to a wide variety of audiences and has published three previous books, including Undone, and I Am. Her fourth book, A Faith That Will Not Fail, publishes March 2023. A three-time head and neck cancer survivor and parent of "children from hard places," Michele is a (reluctant) expert of trauma, pain, and the deep human need for authentic connection and enduring faith. She and her husband, Troy, share a blended family of six children, including biological children, stepchildren, and foster-adopt children. They live on eight acres outside of Denver, Colorado.
Mar 20, 2023

Who struggles with their body? Most of us do.  Our guest, Jennifer Taylor Wagner, today shares her journey as a chronic dieter. After a lifetime of struggle she lost 150 pounds and kept it off.  Instead of giving us meal plans, dieting tips, and rigid exercises, Jennifer teaches us how to make peace with food, to eat foods we love, and to nourish our bodies with foods we love. A recovering chronic dieter herself, Jennifer understands how hard it is to shift our mindset around food. As we embrace freedom in the foods we eat, we can walk toward our healthiest selves yet.

 

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Your Good Body: Embracing a Body-Positive Mindset in a Perfection-Focused World

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ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Jennifer Taylor Wagner is an author, podcast host, and educator who challenges women to renew their mindset concerning health and wellness. As the author of Your Good Body, and the host of Your Good Body Podcast, Jennifer inspires us to see our current bodies in a positive light so that we can feel our best physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Mar 6, 2023

Relationships are messy because we live in a messy, sinful world. Is it truly possible to love the people in our lives who hurt us, disagree with us, or just rub us the wrong way?

Join us for today's conversation as Barb speaks with Becky Keife, general editor of Come Sit With Me: How to Delight in Differences, Love through Disagreements, and Live with Discomfort. After experiencing the divorce of her parents and the resulting tension she had to navigate for the majority of her life, Becky knows what it's like to be hurt by relationships. However she also has experienced God's redemption. Listen in as she speaks about learning how to listen well, stay curious, choose tenderness, and open our hearts to hope.

 

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Come Sit With Me: How to Delight in Differences, Love through Disagreements, and Live with Discomfort 

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Becky Keife is the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She’s also the author of several books including, No Better Mom for the Job, The Simple Difference, and Courageous Kindness. Becky’s newest release is the Create in Me a Heart of Peace Bible Study. In addition to writing and speaking about motherhood and countercultural kindness, Becky is a passionate mental health advocate. She tells her own unfiltered anxiety stories so others will feel less alone and be better equipped to see God in the thick of it. 
Feb 20, 2023

Navigating conversations about race doesn't always have to feel like a minefield. 

 

Join us for today's episode as we chat with Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith and Lori Stanley Roeleveld, two unlikely co-authors who God brought together to write a book called Colorful Connections: 12 Questions About Race That Open Healthy Conversations. Together we will discover how to talk about race in a way that values the experiences of others, emphasizes listening over just getting a point across, and is filled with grace.

 

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a board-certified internal medicine physician, work-life integration researcher, speaker, and host of the I Choose My Best Life Podcast where she shares biblical ways to help you live fully, love boldly, and rest intentionally. Her previous books include Sacred Rest, Set Free to Live Free and Come Empty. Learn more at ichoosemybestlife.com. 

 

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a Christian coach, author, and speaker with degrees in psychology and biblical studies. Lori's previous books include Jesus and the Beanstalk and Running from a Crazy Man (and Other Adventures Traveling with Jesus). She also writes a popular blog at www.loriroeleveld.com.

Feb 6, 2023

Come laugh with us today on The Better Together Podcast! I’m talking with my longtime friend and Aspire Women’s Event sister, comedian Sally Baucke. Today, we are talking about tiaras, tweezers, and how to find healing in our hearts when life hurts. Sally grew up in a home where she didn’t always feel seen and loved but she now stands on stages across the country to make audiences laugh and so they know how much God loves them. If you need a dose of laughter and love, you don’t want to miss my chat with Sally!

 

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

www.funnygalsal.com

 

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Sally Baucke (aka “Funny Gal Sal”) brings two decades of experience making audiences laugh hysterically while keeping it “Always Clean, Never Mean.” Funny Gal Sal artfully combines observational comedy and storytelling with a dose of refreshing hope (well, most of the time!).

Funny Gal Sal is relatable to men and women alike because she has survived 38 years of marriage, motherhood and has experience as an RN to draw upon. She will leave you in stitches!

If you love Jim Gaffigan or Brian Regan, you are going to love Sally, who has toured nationally with Aspire Women’s Events for many years. In addition to headlining her own shows at prestigious Funny Bone comedy clubs, Sally has wowed audiences at countless faith-based and corporate events nationwide. Sally has also been privileged to feature for amazing comics such as Jeff Allen, Chonda Pierce and NBC’s Last Comic Standing winner Josh Blue.

Originally from Chicago, Sally resides in southwest Ohio with her brainy retired engineer (oh yes, lots of material there) and their sweet little Westie, Mabel, who sports a string of pearls. For Sally’s upcoming tour dates, visit her website at funnygalsal.com or facebook at FunnyGalSal. Contact Sally here to see how YOU can have Funny Gal Sal make your next event sparkle with her unique brand of club-funny-church-clean humor!

Jan 16, 2023

If your pastor called and asked if you would take in a Middle Eastern family who escaped from their homeland, what would you do? Chicago pastor, Joshua Sherif, escaped from his home in Egypt as a new believer to come to America. In this episode, Joshua and I talk about what it was like for him to leave his homeland, Islam, and encounter resistance in America. During our conversation, Josh tells us the 3 ways that believers need to stop hardening their hearts towards strangers and practical ways for us to love and disciple the immigrants and refugees that God puts in our path.

 

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

The Stranger at Our Shore: How Immigrants and Refugees Strengthen the Church

 

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Joshua Sherif was born in Egypt to a Muslim family and immigrated to the United States, where he later came to faith in Jesus. Before transitioning to a new role, he planted and pastored in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country for a decade. Joshua has enjoyed his years equipping and coaching other missionaries and pastors around the world. In his new role, Joshua now works bi-vocationally to equip churches to reach their cities. His story was featured in Love Costs Everything, a documentary produced by CIY and Voice of the Martyrs, concerning Christian persecution.

Jan 2, 2023

Calling all book lovers! If you are a fan of Christian fiction, then chances are, you’ve heard of best-selling author Tessa Afshar. Guess what?! I recently talked with Tessa and in this new episode, we’re discussing her new novel, The Hidden Prince, as well as Tessa’s fascinating background. She was born in the Middle East, survived boarding school in England and then moved to the United States and came to Christ in her 20s. During today’s conversation, you’ll find out about how Tessa writes novels to help you embrace God’s love and truth in powerful ways.

 

RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE

tessaafshar.com

 

ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST

Tessa Afshar’s book have been translated into 11 languages, and loved by fans around the world. Her novels have been on Publishers Weekly and CBA best-selling lists. Her book, The Way Home, God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, is the winner of the Christian Book Award in the Bible Study category. Afshar’s biblical and historical novels have won a number of awards including the Christy and INSPY, and been named as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year by Library Journal. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She served in women and prayer ministry for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker. She is a devoted wife, a mediocre gardener, and an avid lover a chocolate.

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