Wendy Cox & Michelle Van Loon-episode 207

Two friends join me on this week’s podcast. Long-time friend Michelle Van Loon returns to the podcast, and more recent friend Wendy Cox joins me for the first time. The important topic this week is how to form and operate a conversation group. The three of us are part of a conversation group that contains 3 additional women. I’ve received so many requests to talk about how to go about forming and running a group that I decided to gather a couple of other voices and talk about it.

Wendy is a child advocate lawyer for kids in Foster Care. She is a Yoga teacher and she helps non-profits with fundraising.

Michelle is an author, speaker, and retreat leader and semi-frequent guest on the podcast.

We mentioned 2 resources on the podcast: Chris Smith’s book, How the Body of Christ Talks, and Chat Packs.

 

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Sharon Garlough Brown-episode 206

 

Long-time friend, Sharon Garlough Brown, joins me on the podcast. Some of you know her from her Sensible Shoes series, which I highly recommend. Sharon’s latest two releases are the topic of conversation on the podcast. Shades of Light follows Wren Crawford, a social worker overwhelmed with the cares of the world. Brown delves into themes of mental illness in this novel as she looks at anxiety and depression. Some old friends from Sensible Shoes make an appearance along the way.

We also talk about Remember Me: A Novella About Finding Our Way to the Cross. A beautiful book with artwork included that can serve as a companion to our upcoming Lenten journey.

As always, a delightful conversation with Sharon Garlough Brown.

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• Facebook
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Aundi Kolber-episode 205

 

Aundi Kolber is my guest this week on Faith Conversations and her book Try Softer is an important book if you’ve struggled with anxiety or stress, or have lived any of your life in survival mode. Aundi is a licensed professional counselor, writer, and speaker. Her area of specialization is trauma- and body-centered therapies.

Often we’ve been told to “try harder,” but this is not a helpful message. Kolber says we don’t have to white-knuckle our way through life.

Aundi’s is a much-needed voice and I commend this podcast to you.

Aundi mentioned: www.psychologytoday.com and www.emdria.org

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Holly Beers-episode 204

 

Holly Beers and her book, A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman, are a delightful addition to the list of Faith Conversations. When I booked Holly for the podcast, I thought her book was non-fiction. As I got into the content to prepare, I realized—most pleasantly—that it was a novel. The focus of the novel is a young wife working to hold poverty at bay, dealing with daily struggles in the Greco-Roman world—a world I knew hardly anything about.

Holly is associate professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and this is her second book, her first novel.

I believe you’ll find the conversation and the content of Holly’s book very interesting.

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Beth & David Booram-episode 203

 

Beth and David Booram join me on the podcast this week. Beth was my very first podcast guest when Faith Conversations began, so it was wonderful to have her back and to have her husband and coauthor, David, join us.

The Boorams are the cofounders and directors of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis, where they lead the School of Spiritual Direction and offer individual and group spiritual direction. Together they’ve authored When Faith Becomes Sight: Opening Your Eyes to God’s Presence All Around You.

One thing I knew for certain, nothing with the Booram’s name on it would be lightweight. If you desire to grow your soul, you’ll want to dive into their latest book and listen to the podcast. We look at how to recognize signs of God, how to discover the lenses we look through, and how to enter the d…Read More

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Michelle DeRusha-episode 202

 

Michelle DeRusha joins me again on the podcast. The first time she joined me, our focus was her book True You—a worthy read. I knew then that she needed to be a return guest because she was such a good conversationalist. So Michelle is back and we discuss topics from her newsletter and recent blog posts. She is a wonderful writer and her blog is one of the few I read regularly.

We talked about everything from ‘am I a gym person’ to what does it mean to ‘move at the pace of what is real.’ And, we take a look at what is on Michelle’s nightstand or what has most recently been there. Looking for some good books to read? Maybe you’ll find one in our conversation.

Books mentioned: Olive Kitteridge, Olive Again, The Summer Book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

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Andrew Peterson-episode 201

 

Long time friend, Andrew Peterson, joins me on the podcast as we talk about both a new book, Adorning the Dark, and a new album, the 20th anniversary edition of Behold the Lamb of God.

Andrew talked about writing and songwriting. We talked about community and what Behold the Lamb of God looks like on its 20th anniversary. We also talked about what Andrew is reading these days.

Here’s that list:
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Mudlarking
The Brothers Karamzov
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• Website
• Facebook
• Twitter
• Instagram
• Rabbit Room
 

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Anita Lustrea-episode 200

Episode 200! It’s a milestone in my podcasting world. Most people who start a podcast do a few episodes, maybe 6 months’ worth, but episode 200 represents 4 years of nearly continuous podcasts. I’m a bit surprised that I made it this far. Many things compel me to go on and you’ll hear about that and more on this episode as my son, John Lustrea, picks up the microphone and interviews me!

 

These books were mentioned:
• Glory Happening by Kaitlin Curtice
• Always We Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley
• Once We Were Strangers by Shawn Smucker
• What Is The Bible by Rob Bell
 

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Robert J Wicks-episode 199

 

Dr. Robert J. Wicks is my guest this week on the podcast. He is Professor emeritus, Loyola University Maryland. He is a prolific author and a much sought after speaker and workshop presenter. I was intrigued by the title of his book, The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic Age.

The focus of our conversation was on issues of true self/false self and how one arrives at a stronger sense of self. As Dr. Wicks walked us through the important portals of humility, simplicity, alone time, courage, resilience, and mentorship, he helps us learn to appreciate our own sense of self.

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Mike Murphy-episode 198

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve had Mike Murphy on the podcast as a solo guest. We talked about life and spiritual growth, journaling, and of course Mike’s weekly post called Friday Rumblings.

We talk about something Mike has been pondering and praying about. We look briefly at politics and faith. We read and respond to a poem. And we talk about the main point of a sermon Mike once preached that he and I still think about.

Find Mike Murphy in these places:
• Spiritual Direction
• Facebook
 

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