Gem Fadling-episode 192

Gem Fadling joins me on the podcast this week as we focus in on the question, What Does Your Soul Love? She and her husband Alan have co-authored a book by that title in which they serve up eight questions that reveal God’s work in you, which is the subtitle of the book.

The conversation unfolds beautifully as we look at the life of the soul and dig into questions of desire as well as resistance. It’s a meaty conversation about spiritual transformation.

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• Twitter
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Albert Haase, OFM-episode 191

Father Albert Haase is a preacher, teacher, and spiritual director. Besides that, he is a marvelous writer. His most recent book is one that really piqued my interest—Becoming An Ordinary Mystic. Since he was formerly my husband Mike’s spiritual director, I invited Mike along on the conversation as we unpacked what it looks like to cultivate a life with God in which we draw close, listen, and respond to the movement of the Holy moment by moment.

Albert is a real character, so in case you think this topic might be boring, think again and enjoy!

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Leeana Tankersley-episode 190

 

Leeana Tankersley joins me on the podcast this week to talk about how each new day is an opportunity to begin again. I sure need that message and imagine you do too! Life can make you feel sidelined, stuck, shamed, and silenced, but in the words of Saint Benedict, Always We Begin Again—and that’s the name of Leeana’s new book. It is a worthy read and it is also a daily type of book with 100 entries and space to journal. It’s exactly what I’ve needed in this season of life.

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Leslie Verner-episode 189

 

Leslie Verner joins me on the podcast this week to talk about what it looks like to be Invited in an age of loneliness. There is a real power in hospitality, but not the way we often think of hospitality. Leslie doesn’t mean having Pinterest-perfect tables or spotless floors. In fact she says true hospitality is not necessarily clean, comfortable or controlled. What it looks like is an invitation to enter a sacred space together with friends and strangers. As we talk about Leslie’s book, Invited, I think you’ll be energized to look at hospitality through new eyes.

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Carrie Newcomer-episode 188

 

Carrie Newcomer joins me on the podcast this week to talk about her most recent album, The Point of Arrival. We dive into her love for words, when she knew music was her calling, and we hear clips of several songs from her latest project.

Carrie and Parker Palmer do shows and retreats together and we talk about what that collaboration is like. She also mentions several books that I’ve linked below if you are interested in checking them out. It is a thoughtful and delightful conversation.

How to find Carrie:
• Website
• Twitter
• Facebook
Books that Carrie mentioned:
• The Poisonwood Bible
• Braiding Sweetgrass
• The Five Invitations
 

 
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Melinda & Michelle-episode 187

 Two dear friends join me on the podcast this week. My long time former radio co-host, Melinda Schmidt, and new neighbor, author Michelle Van Loon. They are both conversation specialists and it was a delight to record with them.

We looked back at a former topic I had received emails about having to do with spiritual growth and development and how there are conferences and churches for everyone at all stages. It’s never one-stop shopping for the spiritual life. We also discussed books we are reading as well as movies we’ve watched this summer.

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Rozella Haydée White-episode 186

 

Rozella Haydée White joins me on the podcast to talk about how to Love Big. Rozella is such an engaging communicator. She is a public theologian as well as a coach, writer, and speaker. She digs down into love and how revolutionary relationships are the key to healing the world. She has a message worth listening to and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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Michelle Van Loon & Mike Murphy – Episode 185

This week it was nice to have my guests around my kitchen table. Michelle Van Loon, recent transplant to my neighborhood, and my husband, Mike Murphy, joined me. We batted around a couple of topics and took them deeper. We started out talking about the Christian mind, and for the second half of our conversation we focused on an article recently written by Michelle for Christianity Today (CT) online magazine: Your Peak Life Now: How to Face Career Decline with Grace and Faith.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our conversation. Email Faith Conversations at producer@anitalustrea.com.

Links & Resources:
• Mike Murphy’s Rumblings
• Michelle’s website
• Michelle on Facebook
• Michelle on Twitter
• Wonder Years Gathering
• Arthur Brooks Atlantic essay
• The Perennial Gen
 

 
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Jeffrey Tacklind-Episode 184

 

Jeffrey Tacklind joins me on the podcast this week as we look at The Winding Path of Transformation. It’s the title of his new book, and it’s also a truth that we understand when we are on that path. Tacklind describes spiritual transformation as an invitation to paradox. It includes suffering, and through that, we find joy. Sometimes—even often—the transformational path is a downward path, and hence, a paradox. Tacklind says that it’s about finding yourself between glory and humility.

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Shawn Smucker-episode 183

 

Shawn Smucker joins me again on the podcast. Check out his first time on Faith Conversations. This time around it’s all about fiction and writing. Shawn’s latest book, Light from Distant Stars, recently released and it’s well worth reading. Shawn gives a thumbnail sketch of the storyline and we dive in and talk about writing, specifically fiction. Shawn also lets us know what he’s reading these days: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi Laskar.

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