Christine Valters Paintner-episode 89

I’ve been a fan of Christine Valters Paintner for a long time. She has authored a number of books, but her book The Soul of a Pilgrim came along at just the right time in my life.  It’s a helpful resource for someone going through a transition or for a person who desires to attend to their interior life.

Also worth checking out is Christine’s Abbey of the Arts. Many offerings for growing your soul there.

On this edition of Faith Conversations we talk about how to attend to the soul of a pilgrim.

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Peter Scazzero-episode 88

Pete Scazzero has been talking and writing about living an emotionally healthy spiritual life for years. I often quote this line from Pete’s book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: “You can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” Too many Christians don’t believe this statement or live it out.

Pete is an engaging communicator and he knows, first hand, the fallout of not having a life or a faith that was emotionally healthy. I highly recommend the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality book and workbook. If you grab a group of friends and go through the materials, you will never be the same!

Pete mentions what he thinks is the most important book in the history of the church, so I thought I’d better include a link here. It is Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross.

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Sharon Swing-episode 87

Sharon Swing is all about story—our story and God’s story, and how the two connect. I wanted to talk with Sharon on Faith Conversations to introduce people to Listen to My Life, an amazing visual tool. It contains a series of Maps for recognizing and responding to God in our stories.

What could it look like if you invite God into your process and document your story as you focus on a series of questions that helps you to look deeper? I invite you to take a listen to Sharon and decide if you might want to get on the Listen to My Life journey.

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Trevor Hudson-episode 86

Trevor Hudson is first and foremost a pastor. After you hear him talk, you’ll wish he was your pastor. The next best thing is letting him shepherd you through his books. He is the author of a book that my husband Mike and I recommend often. We’ve taken small groups through it and I’ve mentioned it multiple times on the podcast. Discovering Our Spiritual Identity is the title. That book, however, isn’t the focus of our conversation, though it gets a mention or two. We are focusing on Beyond Loneliness: the gift of God’s friendship on this particular podcast.

Trevor is deeply thoughtful and you’ll hear that in every response he gives. If you are struggling with loneliness, or ever have, this is a terrific resource. The conversation we have centers on friendship, with God and others, and touches on all aspects of human and divine…Read More

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Carol Howard Merritt-episode 85

Carol Howard Merritt has done a great service to those hurt by the Church. Her book, Healing Spiritual Wounds, is helping many recover from a hurtful experience and reconnect with a loving God.

Carol is an award-winning author, speaker, and minister whose other books include Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation and Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation. She writes for Christian Century,, The Huffington Post, and Duke Divinity’s Faith and Leadership blog.

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Rob Bell-episode 84

Rob Bell, yes, The Rob Bell joined me on this week’s podcast. I’ve been appreciating his podcast, The RobCast, for well over a year now. When I saw the topic of his latest book, I knew I had to talk to him. My son John, who has joined me periodically on the podcast, also read Rob’s latest book and wanted to be part of the podcast and I thought he added a lot with his own set of questions for Rob.

Rob is known for his titles. This latest book is titled What Is The Bible? The subtitle takes the cake: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. That’s a grabber!

If you’ve lost track of Rob Bell, I encourage you to give this week’s podcast a listen. Well worth it!

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melinda schmidt & john lustrea-episode 83

Melinda Schmidt joins me again and so does my son John Lustrea. John recently defended his thesis at University of South Carolina and received his Masters in Public History. He is getting married at the end of June and paid us a visit for one last time as a single guy!

We talked about what each of us is reading and discussed quotes from a couple of those books. As usual, the conversation took several turns and went deeper!

Here are the links we mentioned on the podcast:

Becoming Wise, Krista Tippett
The Soul of a Pilgrim, Christine Valters Paintner,
The Language of Letting Go Journal, Melody Beattie
We also mentioned I John 4:7-12 and Luke 15:11-32.


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melinda schmidt-episode 82

Melinda joins me again this week as we take a look at a couple of quotes from Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection, and we also spend time on an article about Boomer parents trying to foist our junk onto our children when we downsize.

We talk about joining the conversation at the Friends of Midday Facebook page. Find us here.

Find us at our personal and professional pages also: Anita personal, Anita professional, Melinda personal.

And follow us on Twitter, @melindaschmidt and @anitalustrea.

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Leslie Verner-episode 81

Leslie Verner is a writer. She blogs regularly about faith, family, social justice, and cross-cultural issues. We connected when I saw on Twitter that she had tagged my podcast, along with several others, as one that covers race conversations. I was honored to be mentioned on Leslie’s list.

So I was perusing the blogosphere in March and saw Leslie’s series of posts exploring whiteness and racial perspectives called 31 Days of #WOKE. She wrote every day for the entire month of March on this theme. You might not have time to read every post, but scan through and pick out a few that speak to you. It will be worth your time.

I promised several links during the podcast. Here they are!

Be the Bridge Facebook group
70+ Race Resources for White People
80+ MORE Race Resources for White People

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Melinda Schmidt-episode 80

Melinda Schmidt, my long time dear friend and co-host when I was in radio, made a trip to Sarasota! Lots of sightseeing and good food and fun happened! It was a treat to sit down with her and have microphones in front of us again! She turned the tables on me and interviewed me on the podcast, so a little different take than usual. You can find both of us on our respective Facebook pages, here and here.  You can also find us at the Friends of Midday Facebook page.  If you haven’t ‘liked’ that page, you might want to do so.

I will get her back on the podcast and interview her. I promise I’ll do it soon!

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