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Jo Alch is the Author of 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage'. On the Podcast Jo talks about her own story of childhood abuse and interviews other authors who have triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo Alch was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity.

Jo Alch is the Author of 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage'. On the Podcast Jo talks about her own story of childhood abuse and interviews other authors who have triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo Alch was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity.
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Jo Alch is the Author of 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage'. On the Podcast Jo talks about her own story of childhood abuse and interviews other authors who have triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity. Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo Alch was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and harsh one only her family saw. Jo’s life changed when she stumbled upon a little shop not far from her home, where a perfect stranger gave her the hope for a brighter future. That shop was called 'The Lemon Tree' and that's the story that inspired Jo to write her first book 'The Lemon Tree Book - Memoirs of Courage'. Tune in to be inspired by stories of those who triumphed over adversity.

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Episodes

Surviving Human Trafficking - Episode 10

9/18/2019
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On this week's episode of 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage Podcast' Jo Alch hears from Human Trafficking victim and author Chong Kim, who shares her story of courage. In her book 'Broken Silence', Chong describes her first-hand experience in Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Child Sex Exploitation, and how she overcame the trauma and how she became a world-renown speaker, raising awareness to the topics. To know more about 'The Lemon Tree' book, please visit the official...

Duration:00:28:01

The struggles of a writer, featuring Mike Maden - Episode 9

9/13/2019
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On this episode of The Lemon Tree, Jo Alch welcomes author Mike Maden to talk about his struggles, how he channels his emotions in the writing process and his moments of courage throughout life's hardest hurdles. Mike also explains how his talents landed him a place in the legendary Tom Clancy franchise. If you'd like to know more about 'The Lemon Tree' book, please visit the official website: http://thelemontreebook.com/

Duration:00:22:41

Mrs. Bailey's Smile - Episode 8

9/4/2019
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On this episode of 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage' podcast, Jo Alch interviews Carolyn Jennings, author of Mrs. Bailey's Smile a book focused on compassion, segregation and living in the 1950's America. In 1952, young Rebecca is feeling isolated in her new home in a backward farming community. Surrounded by country cemeteries and desperate for friendship, she yields to peer pressure in order to gain acceptance. Will the betrayal cost her the only friend she has and threaten the bond...

Duration:00:24:16

Meet the Author part 4 - Episode 7

8/28/2019
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On part four of Meet the Author, Jo Alch delves into the book's chapters concerning senior dementia: how the experience of both her grandmother Honey, her Father and Mother all going through dementia strengthened her passion and empathy for seniors growing through the disease, and how that later directed her to found 'Acappella in Home Care'. Jo and Krissa also discuss the benefits of joining her Church's choir, the power of fellowship, and counseling on overcoming her traumatic past...

Duration:00:35:31

"Why me?" - Episode 6

8/21/2019
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Sarah Burleton is the author of 'Why me?', an Amazon instant best-seller book which made the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal non-fictional Best Seller List. Who is the woman behind the story? Tune in to the first episode of The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage to discover the inspirational story of the woman behind the book. You can purchase Sarah's book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Me-Sarah-Burleton-ebook/dp/B0044UHV9U Visit The Lemon Tree Book website to learn...

Duration:00:20:47

Meet the Author part 3 - Episode 5

8/14/2019
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On part two of 'Meet the Author' Jo Alch delves into her College years when she met her now-husband of over 30 years, Matt and how the tragic suicide of her sibling brought her mother closer to the family again. Jo also touches on her blessed years in New York, while she was pursuing her fashion career and how she finally settled in Dallas, TX. After Jo's marriage and first child, her life's purpose shifted again as her grandmother's nurse introduced her to nursing. Jo opens up about her...

Duration:00:40:04

Surviving being 'Estranged', with author Julie Plagens - Episode 4

8/7/2019
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Julie Plagens spent seven years estranged from her family. In her book 'Estranged: Finding Hope When Your Family Falls Apart' Julie shares her life as a child of well-known parents in full-time ministry and the hardships it puts on families to maintain an image of perfection. Julie talks about how she wrote the book in only 9 months, and what it meant to live in a community where that topic is taboo. To learn more about Julie's story please visit her blog: Momremade.com You can purchase...

Duration:00:29:07

Meet the Author part 2 - Episode 3

7/31/2019
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On part two of 'Meet the Author' Jo Alch explains the chapters regarding her adolescence, on facing her parents' divorce in a very conservative Baptist Church; keeping appearances at Church and adapting to life with an absent mother. Jo delves into how she learned to survive, how her relationship with God shifted, her abusive grandmother and how the Lemon Tree became a beacon of hope in her life. If you'd like to know more about 'The Lemon Tree - Memoirs of Courage' book, please visit the...

Duration:00:42:19

Being Courageous with Christy Pickering - Episode 2

7/24/2019
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Christy Pickering didn't know she would end up in a 20-year-long abusive marriage. To the outside world, Christy was a successful businesswoman and community leader, but at home, she faced a dark, controlled and secluded life. The experience scarred her and her family forever but rather than taking this as a roadblock, Christy walked out the door with her children on one side, and her reclaimed independence on the other one. Her mistakes, lessons she's learned and her strategy to becoming...

Duration:00:33:19

Meet the Author part 1 - Episode 1

7/18/2019
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Growing up Southern Baptist with a self-absorbed Mother and often absent Father, Jo Alch was forced to spend most of her childhood with an abusive Grandmother who believed that hard work was the only way to get to heaven. On weekends, while her Catholic friends were watching cartoons and playing with the latest toys, Jo and her siblings were polishing silver and starching linens with military precision. Her Grandmother’s personality at church was gentle and kind, unlike the often cruel and...

Duration:00:48:52