Alison Cook & Kimberly Miller-episode 211

Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller join me on the podcast to talk about Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies. Most of us know about Boundaries for our interpersonal relationships that Henry Cloud and John Townsend alerted us to with their Best-seller. Alison and Kimberly talk about how to create healthy boundaries for our internal world. A powerful concept and a powerful book.

Check out the following links for both authors.

Alison Cook
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• Boundaries for Women Video Course
Kimberly Miller
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Lenten Resources-Episode 210

This week looks a bit different on Faith Conversations. I wanted to remind everyone that the season of Lent is right around the corner. Ash Wednesday 2020 is February 26. On this episode you’ll hear several voices highlighting a variety of Lenten and Holy Week devotionals. This will give you time to order one if you like a resource to walk you through Lent or aid you on your journey. Mike Murphy starts things off as he and I highlight a few that leaped out at us, and then I’m joined by 3 authors who have written new books for this upcoming season.

Katherine Sonderegger joins me first. She and co-author Margaret Adams Parker have written and illustrated Praying the Stations of the Cross: Finding Hope in a Weary Land. Then Leah Schade talks about her devotional For the Beauty of the Earth, followed by Emily DeArdo telling about her bo…Read More

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John Lustrea-episode 209

Back by popular demand, John Lustrea joins me to talk through the movie, The Dark Knight. We viewed the movie through the theme of heroism. And as we talked through the film we identified unexpected heroes as well as favorite quotes in the movie.

 

If you’ve not watched The Dark Knight before—spoiler alert—we will give away much of the plot. So, you can learn about it with us, or watch the movie and then listen to the podcast. We treat the movie and how we engage with it like a spiritual practice. I hope you enjoy it, and if this is the first movie podcast you’ve happened to catch on Faith Conversations, check the archives because John and I have done several similar podcasts with other movies.

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Melissa Camara Wilkins-episode 208

 

Melissa Camara Wilkins joins me on the podcast to talk about being yourself. You know how exhausting it is to try to be someone else! Melissa has written Permission Granted: Be Who You Were Made to Be and Let Go of the Rest. Can I get an Amen?!

Melissa is an award-winning blogger and host of an online community that explores what it means to be who you were made to be. The work comes as we learn to let go of the rest. On the podcast we take a look at Melissa’s story and how you can catch a vision for how your own life might shift and change.

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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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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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