October 25, 2018
On today’s show I have invited Amy Julia Becker to talk about her new book, White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege. We talk about privilege, what it means, and how it is a word that can provoke very strong reactions. We also talk about ways of identifying privilege, something some of us may often not be aware of. Amy Julia also shares her thoughts on the role people of faith have in addressing social divisions.
In addition to White Picket Fences, Amy Julia is also the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny, named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Christianity Today, the Christian Century, and online for The New York Times, ABCNews, the Atlantic, Vox, and The Huffington Post. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT.
White Picket Fences can be purchased wherever books are sold.
Find more information on Amy Julia at amyjuliabecker.com
October 12, 2018
On this episode, I talk to Ryan O’Neal, the artist behind the Enneagram song series (tune in to the end to hear about the enneagram project). Ryan is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, producer, and composer and makes music under the name Sleeping At Last.
Listen in as we talk about how his music career started, how he defines success, things he has learned along the way in pursuing his dreams and passions and how he handles setbacks.
Sleeping At Last can be heard frequently on popular TV Shows and Films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, The Fault In Our Stars – Trailer, Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance, Criminal Minds, Bones, The Vampire Diaries. His latest project is a series of songs written for each Enneagram type.
Tune into Ryan’s Podcast and hear his Enneagram songs on SoundCloud.
Ryan’s Enneagram songs are also available on Spotify and other music outlets and you can keep up with his latest projects at sleepingatlast.com
October 10, 2018
Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves.
On today’s show I have invited Trillia Newbell to talk about her book, Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves.
I am thrilled that you have tuned in. Trillia was an absolute delight to talk with on this episode. We talk about Joy and why it can evade us, and fear and how it can invade us. Trillia shares honestly and transparently as we converse about the many fears we face.
Fear of failure, loneliness, loss, rejection, unfulfilled dreams, not measuring up…there’s no shortage of things to fear in life and fear can feel like an unwelcome, constant companion, paralyzing our actions, stealing our joy and hindering our faith. Tune in and learn how to find the peace your heart craves.
September 4, 2018
Sex and the Single Girl...and Marrieds too!
I am so glad you are here. On today's episode, I talk with Juli Slattery, my friend, and Founder of Authentic Intimacy, a ministry for sexual discipleship.
We talk about Juli's book and bible study guide, "Sex and The Single Girl," and how our sexuality is a sexual battlefield!
We actually talk about a WHOLE lot more than that! Whether married, single, dating, engaged.......This episode is for you!
Tune in as we talk about what our sexuality teaches us about God, why the Christian purity narrative is limited, why what we do with our bodies matters, and the spiritual implications.
In our conversation, we also ask the questions, "Where do we get our opinions about sexuality,?" "Who owns our sexuality," "What do we do with our sexual drives and longings as a sexual woman?"
I am thrilled you are here and hope this podcast helps you gain a deeper understanding of your sexuality and how to think through sexual issues from a biblical perspective.
A bit more about Juli:
Juli earned her college degree at Wheaton College, an MA in psychology from Biola University, an MS and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.
From 2008-2012, Dr. Slattery served at Focus on the Family, writing, teaching, and co-hosting the Daily Focus on the Family broadcast. In 2012, she left Focus on the Family to start Authentic Intimacy. She is the author of ten books, the host of the weekly radio program/podcast “Java with Juli” and a member of the board of trustees for Moody Bible Institute. Juli and her husband Mike are the parents of 3 sons, and have recently moved back home to Ohio.
Standing for you to play full out and live fully into who you were created to be.......
May 11, 2018
On today's show we talk about contemplative prayer....solitude, silence and stillness, as a practice to deepen our experience with God.
We will learn how contemplative practice deepens our relationship with and experience of God and is an essential practice for people who want to grow in their faith.
This conversation may be new for a lot of us! I encourage you to listen in as we talk about this practice as an invitation to awaken to God and our lives, and to see with new eyes.
We will also talk about how we often numb ourselves and how our lives are filled with distractions and addictions that prevent us from what Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God."
Being with God and not the constant going that can run our lives.
On this episode, I have invited Phileena Heuertz to share insight from her book, Pilgrimage of a Soul, Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life.
In addition to being an author, Phileena’s work includes public speaking, teaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, facilitation of contemplative retreats, and spiritual direction. She holds a Masters of Christian Spirituality from Creighton University’s department of theology and is a certified spiritual director in the Ignatian contemplative evocative method.She and her husband Chris founded Gravity in 2012 to make contemplative practice accessible to individuals, communities and organizations.
You can purchase Phileena's book on Amazon.
April 20, 2018
Part 2 Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free
April 19, 2018
Part 1: Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free
April 5, 2018
The Sacred Enneagram.
On Today's show, I have a conversation with Chris Heuertz, author of the book, The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.
If you are new to the Enneagram, Chris explains the 9 Enneagram "Types," how our type is formed and how understanding our type can lead to spiritual growth and maturity.
The 9 Enneagram types:
Type 1: The need to be perfect
Type 2: The need to be needed
Type 3: The need to succeed
Type 4: The need to be unique
Type 5: The need to understand
Type 6: The need to be secure
Type 7: The need to avoid pain
Type 8: The need to be against (contrarians)
Type 9: The need to avoid
To find out more about the Sacred Enneagram and upcoming workshops, check out his website https://gravitycenter.com/sacredenneagram/
Here are two resources to take Enneagram test online: (Be aware that the test is not the end all be all! Read about each type and see which most resonates.)
March 22, 2018
How Do We Cling to Hope in the Midst of Tragedy?
What is God doing in our lives when we experience suffering?
How do we enter into one another's suffering well?
When we face tragedy how do we keep our hearts open to hope?
On today’s show, I have invited Kate Elizabeth Clark, author of the book, Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth and Rebellious Hope.
In 2009, Kate Clark was a wife and active mother of two living in Michigan when a tragic playground accident left her paralyzed from the neck down. After surgery for her injured spine, she was told that she would likely never walk again. Facing the possibility of a life without being able to hug her children, walk independently, or hold her husband’s hand, Kate prayed a prayer of rebellious hope and asked God for a miracle.
Today Kate will share her story hope, grief, suffering and miraculous recovery. Her story is a testimony that God is with us and faithful even in difficult circumstances.
A little bit about Kate:
Kate studied at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Dallas Theological Seminary. With a background in psychology. She has spent much of the last twenty years working and writing for a nationwide Christian radio and counseling ministry. When she’s not writing, Kate enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking new recipes with her kids, and immersing herself in books. Kate, her husband John and their 2 kids. live in Wheaton, IL.
Find out more about Kate and her book at https://www.whereiendbook.com
March 8, 2018
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality