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Reimagining the Good Life with Amy Julia Becker

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A podcast about reimagining the good life through the lens of disability, faith, and culture. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests in conversations that challenge assumptions about the good life, proclaim the inherent belovedness of every human being, and help us envision a world of belonging.

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United States

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A podcast about reimagining the good life through the lens of disability, faith, and culture. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests in conversations that challenge assumptions about the good life, proclaim the inherent belovedness of every human being, and help us envision a world of belonging.

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English


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Hope That Heals in a World That Hurts with Katherine Wolf

5/14/2024
Send us a Text Message. How do you hold onto hope in the midst of suffering? How can we trust in the goodness of God in a world of pain? What does the good life look like in the midst of disability and uncertainty? Katherine Wolf, author with Alex Wolf of Treasures in the Dark, survived a catastrophic stroke at the age of 26 and continues her recovery to this day. She offers thoughtful answers to these questions as she talks with Amy Julia Becker about: FREE RESOURCE: 10 Ways to Move Toward a Good Future (especially for families affected by disability) _ Guest Bio: Katherine & Jay Wolf are communicators and advocates. They married and moved to Los Angeles to pursue careers in law and the entertainment industry. Their son, James was born in 2007, and six months later Katherine’s life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke. Miraculously, she survived and continues her recovery to this day, including having a miracle baby, John in 2015. Katherine and Jay have shared their journey of steadfast hope through their books and at speaking events. Together, they founded Hope Heals camp, a community for families with disabilities like them. Katherine, Jay and their two sons live in the Atlanta area. _ Connect Online: hopeheals.comInstagramFacebook_ On the Podcast: The GoodHard Story podcastTreasures in the DarkbooksHope Heals CampMend Coffee & GoodsOpen My HandsMike Foster | People of the Second ChancePsalm 84:11John 16:33John 9Isaiah 45:3FREE RESOURCE: 10 Ways to Move Toward a Good Future (especially for families affected by disability)_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/katherine-wolf/ _ Watch on YouTube _ Let’s Reimagine the Good Life together. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:49:38

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Bringing Politics Under the Power of Love with Michael Wear

4/30/2024
Send us a Text Message. We are heading into another contentious Presidential election. For people of faith, for people who care about character and gentleness and values, for people who are inclined to disengage from politics altogether, what are we to do? Michael Wear, author of The Spirit of Our Politics, joins Amy Julia Becker to talk about: Workshop with Amy Julia: Reimagining Family Life With Disability _ Guest Bio: “Michael Wear is the Founder, President and CEO of the Center for Christianity and Public Life, a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution based in the nation's capital with the mission to contend for the credibility of Christian resources in public life, for the public good. For well over a decade, he has served as a trusted resource and advisor for a range of civic leaders on matters of faith and public life, including as a White House and presidential campaign staffer. He is the author of The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life, a paradigm-shifting book that advances a vision for spiritual formation in the context of political life, and the author and co-author of several other books.” _ Connect Online: www.michaelwear.comInstagramFacebookTwitter_ On the Podcast: Dallas WillardThe Center for Christianity and Public LifeThe Divine ConspiracyThe Great OmissionEitan HershActs 8Workshop with Amy Julia:Reimagining Family Life With Disability_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/michael-wear/ _ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions _ Let’s Reimagine the Good Life together. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:46:51

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How to Honor Limits in a World That Doesn’t with Micha Boyett

4/16/2024
Send us a Text Message. What's the difference between limitations and brokenness? What does it mean to be blessed? How can a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism be a part of a flourishing life? Micha Boyett, a writer, poet, and mom, joins Amy Julia Becker to talk about her new book Blessed Are the Rest of Us. They explore the intersection of blessing, limits, and longing within the context of the Beatitudes, including: Workshop with Amy Julia: Reimagining Family Life With Disability Guest Bio: Micha Boyett is the author of Blessed Are the Rest of Us: How Limits and Longing Make Us Whole. She is cohost of the award-winning The Lucky Few podcast, creator of The Slow Way podcast and newsletter, and has written for publications such as the Washington Post and Christianity Today. Micha lives with her husband and three children in northern New Jersey and works part-time as a youth pastor at Good Shepherd Church in New York City. Connect Online: Websitemichaboyett.comInstagram@michaboyettThreads@michaboyettOn the Podcast: The Transition to AdulthoodLiving into the Really RealThe BeatitudesThe Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological CommentaryNick Cave on Krista Tippett’s On Being podcastWhite Picket FencesThe Slow Way podcast and newsletterWorkshop with Amy Julia:Reimagining Family Life With DisabilityTRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/micha-boyett/ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions Let’s Reimagine the Good Life together. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:55:39

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When Your Church and Political Group Turn on You with Nancy French

4/2/2024
Send us a Text Message. {Please note that we discuss abuse in this episode.} How do we love people across our political and social divides? What are the costs and gifts of loving our political neighbor? Nancy French, author of Ghosted: An American Story, talks with Amy Julia Becker about: New Workshop with Amy Julia: Reimagining Family Life With Disability _ GUEST BIO: Nancy French has collaborated on multiple books for celebrities - five of which made the New York Times best seller list - and written books under her own name. She has conducted a multi-year journalistic investigation, written commentary, and published for the nation’s most prominent newspapers and magazines. Her memoir, Ghosted, is a story of poverty, success and the rise and fall of political influence. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband – journalist David French – and family. _ CONNECT ONLINE nancyfrench.com@nancyjanefrench@NancyAndersonFrench@NancyAFrench_ ON THE PODCAST: Reimagining Family Life With DisabilityGhosted: An American StoryWhat it’s like to experience the 2016 election as both a conservative and a sex abuse survivorNancy’s Kanakuk Kamp investigationDavid French at the New York Times_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/nancy-french/ _ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions _ Let’s Reimagine the Good Life together. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. _ Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:48:47

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Reimagining Church Leadership and Disability with Andrew Draper

3/19/2024
Send us a Text Message. Why does it matter that most churches don’t welcome people with disabilities in leadership? If a church excludes people with disabilities, is it really a church? Rev. Dr. Andrew Draper, coauthor of Disabling Leadership, talks with Amy Julia Becker about: Workshop: Reimagining Family Life with Disability EVENT: Festival of Faith & Writing __ Guest Bio: Rev. Dr. Andrew T. Draper (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is founding teaching pastor at Urban Light Community Church in Muncie, Indiana, and adjunct theology faculty at Anderson School of Theology and Winebrenner Seminary. He is the author of A Theology of Race and Place, Christian Mission and Poverty, and numerous articles on race, disability, and the church. He is the coauthor of Disabling Leadership: A Practical Theology for the Broken Body of Christ. _ Connect Online: blog@AndrewTDraper_ On the Podcast: Disabling Leadership: A Practical Theology for the Broken Body of ChristBrian BrockI Corinthians 12Friendship House (Western Theological Seminary)Friendship House (Aberdeen)WorkshopReimagining Family Life with Disability_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/andrew-draper/ _ YouTube: video with closed captions _ Let’s reimagine the good life together. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:53:02

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Flannery O'Connor and the Prophetic Imagination with Jessica Hooten Wilson

3/5/2024
Send us a Text Message. Why would a Christian author immerse her stories in darkness? Why would she use violent imagery that directly relates to Christianity, race, class, disability, and illness? And how can this darkness guide us toward the importance of love in the flesh, of personal connection and vulnerability? In this conversation, Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, author of Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress, and Amy Julia Becker explore: Register for the Festival of Faith & Writing __ Guest Bio: Jessica Hooten Wilson (PhD, Baylor University) is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair of Great Books at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress, Reading for the Love of God, The Scandal of Holiness (winner of a Christianity Today 2023 Award of Merit), and Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky (winner of a 2018 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award). Wilson speaks around the world on topics as varied as Russian novelists, Catholic thinkers, and Christian ways of reading. __ Connect Online: Websitehttps://jessicahootenwilson.com/Instagram@drjessicahootenwilsonFacebook@JessicaHootenWilsonTwitter@HootenWilsonOn the Podcast: Flannery O’Connor’s Why Do the Heathen Rage? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in ProgressRegister for the Festival of Faith & WritingTRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/jessica-hooten-wilson __ Let’s Reimagine the Good Life together through the lens of disability, faith, and culture. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:45:29

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Disability and the Language We Use with Andrew Leland

2/20/2024
Send us a Text Message. Is blindness an incidental characteristic, like hair color? Or is it an identity? What language should we use to talk about disability, and why does it matter? Andrew Leland, author of The Country of the Blind, joins Amy Julia Becker on the podcast for a conversation examining: _ Amy Julia’s upcoming events _ Guest Bio: Andrew Leland is a writer, audio producer, editor, and teacher living in Western Massachusetts. His first book, The Country of the Blind: A Memoir at the End of Sight, about the world of blindness (and figuring out his place in it), was published in July 2023 by Penguin Press. You can find links to order a copy here. _ Connect Online: Website: www.andrewleland.orgInstagram: @quailty_ On the Podcast: upcoming eventsessay “How to Be Blind”National Federation of the Blindbookpodcast episodeChasing the Intact MindDeath Panel podcastNYT essay: “When We Do, and Don’t, Need a New Phrase to Describe RealityDisability Language Style GuideTRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/andrew-leland/ _ YouTube: video with closed captions _ Reimagine the Good Life with me through the lens of disability, faith, and culture as we challenge assumptions about the good life, proclaim the inherent belovedness of every human being, and envision a world of belonging. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:01:01:21

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Reimagining the Good Life

2/13/2024
Send us a Text Message. This podcast has a new name: Reimagining the Good Life. If you’re asking, “Why a name change?” and “Why now?”—I have answers! Author and teacher Patricia Clarke talks with me about: _ GUEST BIO: Patricia Clarke is a speaker, teacher, and writer who brings people from different backgrounds together to talk about faith. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature, a Barnabas Counseling Certificate, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Theology program at Fuller Theological Seminary. In her new workbook, Lifted by Love, Clarke weaves her personal faith, love of storytelling, and teaching skills together to bring the wisdom of the Bible into daily life. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and four children. For up-to-date information, follow her on Instagram @patriciaclarkestudies or visit her website to subscribe to her updates: patriciaclarke.org. _ On the Podcast: Lifted by LoveGreenhouse CoachingWhite Picket FencesCountry of the BlindBlessed Are the Rest of UsTreasures in the Dark John McWhorter’s misunderstanding of disability Subscribe to Amy Julia’s updates_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/podcast-reimagining-good-life/ _ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions _ Reimagine the Good Life with me through the lenses of disability, faith, and culture. Find out more at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:55:12

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The Gifts of an Evolving Faith with Sarah Bessey

2/6/2024
Send us a Text Message. Is faith something that should always stay the same? Or is it something that evolves by necessity? Sarah Bessey, author of Field Notes for the Wilderness, talks with Amy Julia Becker about: evolvingfaithadapt and thriveroom for changeintersectiondiscoverembrace__ MY LENTEN RESOURCES: LENTEN DAILY DEVOTIONALLenten Small Group Guide & Video Series_ Guest Bio: Sarah Bessey is the author or editor of five books, including the New York Times bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer. Her latest book is Field Notes for the Wilderness: Practices for an Evolving Faith.. She also leads Evolving Faith, a conference and online community for people who are reimagining their faith with hope. Bessey lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with her husband and their four children. _ Connect Online: sarahbessey.com@sarahbessey@sarah.styles.bessey_ On the Podcast: Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women_ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/sarah-bessey/ _ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions _ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:57:09

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How Advent Resists the Culture Wars with Tish Harrison Warren

11/28/2023
Send us a Text Message. Holiday culture wars and consumerism bring more chaos than joy to the world. But there’s hope. The countercultural season of Advent offers a different way to prepare for Christmas. Tish Harrison Warren, former New York Times columnist and author, talks with Amy Julia Becker about: disarmgrieve and hopewaitingPLUSGive a book for Christmas! __ Guest Bio: Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is a former New York Times columnist the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year) and Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (Christianity Today's 2022 Book of the Year and the 2022 ECPA Christian Book of the Year). Her latest book is Advent: The Season of Hope. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Austin, Texas. __ Connect Online: tishharrisonwarren.com@tishharrisonwarren__ On the Podcast: Advent: The Season of HopeMore of Tish's booksTish’s final essay at the TimesAmy Julia's books__ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com//tish-harrison-warren/ __ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions __ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:46:33

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How to Become a Worry-Free Parent with Sissy Goff, LPC-MHSP

11/14/2023
Send us a Text Message. Anxious parents. Anxious families. Anxiety is contagious. How do I know if I’m an anxious parent? And if I am one, how is that affecting my kids? What can I do about it—for their sake and for mine? Therapist and author Sissy Goff, LPC-MHSP, joins Amy Julia Becker on the podcast to talk about: anxiety loopsfailureDON’TPractical toolsPLUSAdvent Devotional: Prepare Him Room is available now! __ GUEST BIO: “Sissy Goff, LPC-MHSP, has worked as the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries since 1993. She speaks to parents and children's ministers across the country, is a frequent guest on media outlets, and is the author of 13 books including her latest, The Worry-Free Parent. She also co-hosts the chart-topping Raising Boys and Girls podcast, with fellow Daystar Counselor David Thomas.” __ Connect Online: www.raisingboysandgirls.com@RaisingBoysandGirls@sissygoff@raisingboysandgirls@raisingboysandgirls__ On the Podcast: The Worry-Free Parent: Living in Confidence so Your Kids Can TooThe Worry-Free Parent Workbook__ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/sissy-goff/ __ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:49:58

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Finding Hope in the Dark with Curt Thompson, MD

10/31/2023
Send us a Text Message. How do we show up for each other in the midst of pain? Is it possible to hope when we’re suffering? Psychiatrist Curt Thompson, author of The Deepest Place, joins Amy Julia Becker to talk about: __ Guest Bio: “Inspired by deep compassion for others and informed from a Christian perspective, psychiatrist Curt Thompson shares fresh insights and practical applications for developing more authentic relationships and fully experiencing our deepest longing: to be known. He helps people process their longings, grief, identity, purpose, perspective of God, and perspective of humanity, inviting them to engage more authentically with their own stories and their relationships. Only then can they feel truly known and connected and live into the meaningful reality they desire to create. Curt and his wife, Phyllis, live outside of Washington DC and have two adult children.” __ Connect Online: curtthompsonmd.com@curtthompsonmd@CurtThompsonMD@curt_thompsonmd__ On the Podcast: The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of HopeTo Be Made Well: An Invitation to Wholeness, Healing, and HopeHope Heals CampHebrews 12:1-3The Bible ProjectGenesis 2Genesis: The Story We Haven't Heard__ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/curt-thompson/ __ YouTube Channel (interview video with closed captions) __ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:52:25

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Breaking Down Bias: Prenatal Diagnoses and Comprehensive Care with Stephanie Meredith

10/17/2023
Send us a Text Message. What happens when women receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome? How does that diagnosis affect those women and their families? How does it affect our whole society? Stephanie Meredith joins Amy Julia Becker for a conversation about her new report on the bias doctors have when giving a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome, including: __ FREE DOWNLOAD: ​​5 THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN OUR DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DOWN SYNDROME __ Guest Bio: Stephanie Meredith is the Director of the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute and co-author and lead author of numerous studies, including “The impact of implicit and explicit bias about disabilities on parent experiences and information provided during prenatal screening and testing” in the Disability and Health Journal. In addition, she is a 4th-year doctoral student at Georgia State University with a focus on disability and health and the mother of a 23-year-old with Down syndrome and two younger daughters. __ Connect Online: www.lettercase.org@lettercaseorg@lettercaseorg__ On the Podcast: Report in the Disability and Health JournalTIME: Doctors Don’t Know How to Talk About Down SyndromeLettercaseHHS and Disability DiscriminationNYT: When They Warn of Rare Disorders, These Prenatal Tests Are Usually WrongS7 E3 | Netflix’s Down for Love with Robyn Paterson__ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/stephanie-meredith/ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:50:12

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Netflix's Down for Love with Robyn Paterson

10/3/2023
Send us a Text Message. Have you watched the new show on Netflix called Down for Love? It’s a reality dating show for people with Down syndrome, and we’re celebrating the start of Down Syndrome Awareness month with a conversation with the producer of Down for Love, Robyn Paterson. We talk about: Down for Love.___ FREE DOWNLOAD: ​​5 THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN OUR DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DOWN SYNDROME ___ TIME ESSAY: Doctors Don't Know How to Talk About Down Syndrome ___ GUEST BIO: “Robyn Paterson is a New Zealand-based producer, director and writer known for Down for Love (2022), Grand Designs New Zealand (2015) and In the Zone (2018). She works across various roles within multiple formats, including television factual, documentary & entertainment series, documentary feature, web-series, comedy, and drama. She has a background as an actress and presenter, and is the current president of the Directors & Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand.” ___ Connect Online: https://www.robynpaterson.co.nz/@_robynpaterson____ On the Podcast: Down for LoveNew Zealand Down Syndrome Association ___ TRANSCRIPT: amyjuliabecker.com/robyn-paterson/ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions ___ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:41:55

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Anxiety: A Doorway to Your Best Self? with Curtis Chang

9/19/2023
Send us a Text Message. Do you wrestle with anxiety? Are you plagued with worries? Do you think you’ve conquered anxiety? Curtis Chang, author of The Anxiety Opportunity, joins Amy Julia Becker for a conversation that uncovers: __ Guest Bio: Curtis Chang is a theologian and consulting faculty member of Duke Divinity School and a Senior Fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the founder of Redeeming Babel and the host of the Good Faith podcast. His latest book is The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry Is the Doorway to Your Best Self. __ Connect Online: Redeeming Babel@redeemingbabel@redeemingbabel@hcurtischangRB__ On the Podcast: The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry Is the Doorway to Your Best SelfTo Be Made Well: An Invitation to Wholeness, Healing, and HopeThe Body Keeps the Score The Good Faith podcastMatthew 6:25-34Matthew 26:36-46Psalm 139Jesus Is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered__ Transcript: amyjuliabecker.com/curtis-chang/ YouTube Channel: video with closed captions __ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:49:47

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The Hope and Hurt of Being Black in America with Esau McCaulley

9/5/2023
Send us a Text Message. “Whose stories matter?” Esau McCaulley, author of How Far to the Promised Land, joins Amy Julia Becker for an honest, hopeful conversation about: “How do the people whom we love, who hurt us, shape the kind of people we become? And how do we make peace with that?” _ Guest Bio: “Rev. Esau McCaulley, PhD is an author and associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His writing and speaking focus on New Testament theology, African American Biblical interpretation, and Christian public theology. His new memoir How Far to the Promised Land, questions the narrative of exceptionalism that he, and other Black survivors, are conditioned to give when they “make it” in America. His book Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope won numerous awards, including Christianity Today’s book of the year. Esau is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His writings have also appeared in places such as The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Christianity Today.” _ Connect Online: esaumccaulley.com@esaumccaulley@OfficialEsauMcCaulley@esaumccaulley_ On the Podcast: S3 E11 | The Black Church’s Gift to Christianity with Esau McCaulleyReading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in HopeJosey Johnson’s Hair and the Holy SpiritLent: The Season of Repentance and RenewalGenesis 25:19-27:45_ For transcript, go here: amyjuliabecker.com/esau-mccaulley _ Season 7 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. _ *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:54:32

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Introducing Season 7 of Love Is Stronger Than Fear

8/29/2023
Send us a Text Message. Love is stronger than fear. What if we really believed it? What if we lived into love and weren’t overcome by anxiety? What if, even in the midst of the harrowing realities of our global catastrophes and the mundane realities of our everyday lives—what if we could live in a way that deepens who we are, that connects us to ourselves, to God, to one another? I’m Amy Julia Becker, and this is a podcast about what it means to be human beings who seek love rather than fear, hope rather than cynicism, healing rather than division. In this season, I am excited to talk with Esau McCaulley about wrestling with his humanity as a Black man in America, and with Curtis Chang about the possibilities that open up when we face our own anxiety. Other guests include New York Times columnist Tish Harrison Warren and bestselling author Curt Thompson. We’ll talk about disability and culture and spirituality and maybe some politics and, again, about walking with courage along a way of grace and love. The first episode will drop on September 5th. Meanwhile, now is the time to let other people know about this podcast by sharing this trailer with them, leaving a rating or review, and, if you haven’t already, subscribing so you can get new content every two weeks. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:02:22

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Why Stories of Hope Subvert Racism with John Blake

6/27/2023
Send us a Text Message. Is racism baked into our nation’s DNA? Is there any hope for change? John Blake, a CNN journalist and author of More Than I Imagined, explores the personal and social aspects of race as he shares: _ Guest Bio: John Blake is an award-winning journalist at CNN.com and an author. He has been honored by the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Academy of Religion, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Religion Communicators Council and with the GLAAD Media Award…He has spoken at high schools, colleges, symposiums and in documentaries about topics such as race, religion and politics. Blake is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and a graduate of Howard University. _ Connect Online: WebsiteTwitterFacebook_ On the Podcast: More Than I Imagined Cry of the Beloved CountryBelovedTranscript available at: amyjuliabecker.com/john-blake/ _ Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. _ A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:49:47

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A Good Life, A Good Death with Dr. Lydia Dugdale

6/13/2023
Send us a Text Message. How do we prepare now to die well? Can we reimagine care of the dying in all of its messiness as a gift? Dr. Lydia Dugdale, a medical ethicist, internal medicine doctor, professor, and author of The Lost Art of Dying, talks with Amy Julia Becker about: __ Guest Bio: “Lydia Dugdale MD, MAR, is the Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at Columbia University. Prior to her 2019 move to Columbia, she was Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and founding Co-Director of the Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion at Yale School of Medicine. She is an internal medicine primary care doctor and medical ethicist. Her first book, Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015), provides the theoretical grounding for this current book. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.” __ Connect Online: lydiadugdale.com__ On the Podcast: The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom__ Interview transcript and more: amyjuliabecker.com/lydia-dugdale __ Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. __ *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:54:28

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Strong Like Water with Aundi Kolber

5/30/2023
Send us a Text Message. Do you feel like you have to stay strong to survive? Aundi Kolber, a licensed professional counselor and author, talks with Amy Julia Becker about her latest book, Strong Like Water. They discuss how to: __ Guest Bio “Aundi Kolber is a licensed professional counselor (MA, LPC) and author of the critically acclaimed Try Softer. She has received additional training in her specialization of trauma- and body-centered therapies and is passionate about the integration of faith and psychology. Aundi regularly speaks at local and national events, and she has appeared on podcasts such as The Lazy Genius with Kendra Adachi, Typology, Go and Tell Gals, and The Next Right Thing with Emily P. Freeman. As a survivor of trauma, Aundi brings hard-won knowledge about the work of change, the power of redemption, and the beauty of experiencing God with us in our pain.” __ Connect Online: Aundi’s websiteAundi on InstagramAundi on Twitter__ On the Podcast: Small Talk AudiobookStrong like Water: Finding the Freedom, Safety, and Compassion to Move through Hard Things--and Experience True Flourishing Dr. Gabor Maté__ Transcript: For transcript and more, go to: amyjuliabecker.com/aundi-kolber/ __ Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com. *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel. Connect with me: InstagramFacebookYouTubeWebsite Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:57:05