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Last summer God birthed the concept of restory in me. I prayed a lot about what would be next, moving from "living uncaged" to learning about and encouraging others to embrace a brand new story. This resonated through me as I considered a podcast. I dreamed of having people on the podcast who shared jaw-dropping stories, who exemplified faithfulness, sacrifice, humbleness, along with a big heart for Jesus. I wanted to see turnaround stories, where God had intersected a life, and that life was no longer the same. So I prayed. And God answered. He brought people to me. He reminded me of others. Instead of fretting about what to say or who to invite, this podcasting process has become something entirely different. God has made it sweet and nearly effortless. I cannot wait to share with you all these amazing interviews. And today's? It'll change your life.
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Dec 12, 2016

Cheryl Weber wears several hats. She is the host of 100 Huntley Street in Canada. She's also the International Producer for Crossroads Relief & Development. She has a passion for marginalized folks, particularly in the Third World. In addition, she's on the Board of Directors of Ratanak International, one of Canada's foremost NGOs fighting child sex trafficking in Cambodia. A former prodigal, she now pursues Jesus with a determined passion.

How Our Stories Intersected

Cheryl and I met on the set of 100 Huntley Street. She's one of the few interviewers I've encountered who READS the books she interviews about! So refreshing. We immediately hit it off, and she's been (truly) one of the most encouraging people I've met. She's smart, savvy, and fun. But most of all, you'll see her effervescent joy shine through today's podcast. I can't wait for you to meet her!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Dec 5, 2016

Jennifer Camp is a writer who has a sweet story to share about God's grace and healing after difficult choices. She's the voice behind Loop devotionals where she pours out her heart for women. You can subscribe here if you're interested. She's written a book called Breathing Eden that I had the privilege of reading and endorsing.

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How Our Stories Intersected

Jennifer and I have met via the Internets, and honestly I'm not exactly sure how we first "met" each other that way. But I can say I love her heart. I appreciate her honesty. And I love how she loves Jesus.

In this episode Jennifer shares about her high school years, how she lived a persona instead of living authentically, the choices she made in the aftermath of that kind of living, and how Jesus swooped in and renewed her story. She is quick to point out the beauty of God's grace.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Nov 28, 2016

Jimmy Hinton is a child protection advocate, a pastor, a husband and a father. In 2011, after learning that his (pastor) father had molested young girls, he and his mom turned him in to authorities. He is now serving a 30-60 year sentence, and won't be eligible for parole for 30 years.

How Our Stories Intersected

Jimmy and I met in person in September as members of GRACE. Together with several others, we'll be helping churches become certified in child safety procedures. If you'd like to learn more about that, click here. But we actually talked on the phone a couple years ago about the story he's sharing with you today. Every time I hear his story, I want to stand up and cheer. Jimmy believed the victims. He turned his father in to authorities. He did one of the bravest, gutsiest things I've ever seen done on behalf of victims.

He is now spending his life helping protect others from sexual abuse. He is unpacking the mind of a pedophile (his father) in order to warn us all about the traits and dangers of these kinds of offenders. Please be praying for him. This is dark, difficult work. Truly, Jimmy is one of my heroes.

In this episode Jimmy shares about his upbringing, the day he found out his father was a child molester, the roller coaster ride of turning him in and the long road to sentencing. In the episode I also mention his mother's gutsy blog about what it was like being married to a pedophile.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Nov 21, 2016

I've known about Jen and Bayley for several years, as Jen emailed right after her world exploded. She recently got back in touch with me to give me an update. You'll be amazed at both Jen and Bayley's faith after such an earthquake of pain.

How Our Stories Intersected

As I mentioned, we haven't actually met in person (yet), but I've been following their stories throughout the years as they've been unfolding. This is an honest, open, hard, beautiful episode. For sexual abuse victims, although there is nothing graphic shared, this could be a trigger.

In this episode we talk about Jen and Bayley's stories, both as a parent of an abuse victim and as a childhood abuse victim. The perpetrator was Jen's brother, Bayley's uncle.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Nov 14, 2016

Ian has written a book all about the enneagram, called The Road Back to You. It's been really insightful as I've worked through some deeper issues in my life lately. If you're perplexed at how you do things, or you can't figure out your friend or spouse, this book will not only give you greater insight, but it will help produce empathy for others who differ from you.

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How Our Stories Intersected

Ian and I "met" a couple years ago over publishing, and we have lots of mutual friends. I hope one day to meet him in person. He's a musician, pastor, writer, and all around creative artist. You'll notice in this episode just how thoughtful and eloquent he is.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Nov 7, 2016

Courtney has written a beautiful book entitled A Different Beautiful. It's the story of her family's perspective after their daughter Brenna was born with Harlequin ichthyosis, a genetic condition that affects her skin. There is much to love about this story!

How Our Stories Intersected

003smallCourtney and I met in Canada when we were both guests on Huntley Street. I'm grateful we had the chance to share a lunch together, and I learned a bit more about her family's journey alongside Brenna, who will go to kindergarten next year! You really ought to follow Courtney's instagram feed because you'll see just how sweet and feisty Brenna is!

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Oct 31, 2016

Chris Marlow is a thinker, a visionary, and, now, an author who loves to make a profound, but simple dent in the problems of this world. He does this through his nonprofit, Help One Now.

He recently released Doing Good Is Simple.

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He wrote the book to help the American church realize a lifestyle of giving isn't complicated, and it can be shame-free.

How Our Stories Intersected

I met Chris when I went to Haiti on a blogger trip several years ago with Help One Now. While there we saw the need to build a school, and by God's miraculous provision, coupled with the generosity of God's people, we were able to build a new school in Haiti. It changed my life. What I really loved about our time was how Chris and his organization empowered local leaders and sought their wisdom. They didn't barge in and try to change things. Instead, they listened.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Oct 24, 2016

Tricia is so much more than a writer. Not only does she write a dizzying amount of novels and nonfiction, but she's the mom of many, many children. She has a heart for the world, and this girl LOVES to pray. Oh how I love Tricia's heart, and I know you'll enjoy meeting her on today's edition of the Restory Show.

How Our Stories Intersected

Tricia and I must've met at a writers conference about a decade ago, but I can't remember. (I'm getting old!) I asked her in the podcast, and she echoed what I thought. "Haven't we known each other forever?" It feels that way (in the best possible way).

In this episode we talk about her story, growing up needing love, finding it in boys, being a pregnant teen, then turning her life over to Jesus. The bulk of the episode we talk about the Goyers journey of adoption. It's an amazing story, folks. Especially pay attention to what Tricia's husband John shared after they'd listened to a message about adoption at church.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Oct 17, 2016

Fran is a beacon of light for those who have the pleasure of knowing her. She has suffered tragedy and trauma, and yet her heart is to help others navigate grief. And she has a heart for the world. You'll hear more in this special edition of the Restory Show

How Our Stories Intersected

Fran and I met officially at my hairdresser's place! (My hairdresser, Michelle, is amazing and she is a connector to the core). Fran then came to the Rockwall Christian Writers Group. She had a book about grief that she wanted our feedback on. Not too long after, she and her husband Howard started Authenticity Book House. It's an amazing ministry! They resource theologically under-resourced countries by using native translators (usually pastors). They also run a publishing company for authors that gives generous royalty splits, and they allow authors to keep their copyrights. I've had the privilege of walking alongside ABH for the past year.

In this episode we talk about Fran's growing up in Indonesia, her stint (long) at a boarding school, her growing up years after coming to the USA, meeting her first husband, their journey through his brain tumor diagnosis, Fran's grief journey after losing him, and where she finds herself today.

The book she shared that had such an impact on her was (click image to purchase):

Not My Will Book

And her book she wrote about Widowhood is:

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Oct 10, 2016

Jim Rubart is a novelist and marketer that I've known toward the beginning of my publishing career. He's in my mastermind group. Jim loves his wife and two boys, which is really what I think of when I think of him (and isn't that the best way to be known?).

How Our Stories Intersected

Jim and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in the mid 2000s. Shortly after, he got an agent and a book contract for his first novel, Rooms. This year, his novel The Five Times I Met Myself won book of the year!

In this episode we talk a lot about the artist's insecurity, and how accomplishment doesn't fill that gaping hole--only a steadfast relationship with Jesus does that. We must settle our worth because publishing (or any other thing we may pursue) cannot validate our lives.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Oct 3, 2016

Erin MacPherson is one of my favorite people. Oh how I love her humor, her heart, and her passion for her family. She's a delight!

How Our Stories Intersected

Erin and I met through a mutual friend, Kathi Lipp. We are now in a mastermind group together. She's a mom, a wife, and a writer, and she works in marketing. Her story started off strong, but then hit a snag.

In this episode we commiserate about having a career in the arts (and ministry). So if you're trying to make a living through the arts, I think you'll really enjoy her advice about taking the next step. (It's toward the end of the episode).

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Sep 26, 2016

You're in for a great conversation between me and radio personality & novelist, Chris Fabry. We first met via the radio, as he's interviewed me a few times for my books. We've become far-away friends since. Chris is a man of integrity, but he is not without trials and stresses.

In this episode, Chris will share a difficult story about his home. I don't want to spoil it, but suffice to say, it's a story of sickness, financial hardship, letting go, the love of a husband and wife, and what it takes to follow after Jesus down twisting roads. I pray this episode will truly inspire you as much as it inspired me.

In the episode, Chris talked about his novel June Bug. Here it is, if you're interested. He wrote this book while he was in the midst of his family's own hellish trial, and the lessons learned by the character in the book somewhat mirror his own.

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I'm so grateful for Chris' heart, his authenticity, and his ability to translate God's comfort for us.

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Sep 19, 2016

Here's a profound example of someone who advocates for those who don't have his story. He did not experience sexual exploitation, yet as a prosecutor, he processed many cases against sex-offenders, and now has a huge ministry within the church to help it become a safe, healing place for victims of abuse.

How Our Stories Intersected

Boz and I met online through his work with GRACE. (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment). We met in person this February through a fund raising event for GRACE, then this spring I had the privilege of speaking to the law school where he works as a professor.

Through all this, we've become good friends. What I love about Boz is his brazen honesty and his desire to protect people from sexual predators. He is willing to put himself on the front lines for the sake of them. It's inspiring. It's humbling.

Boz's story encourages us that you don't have to have a tragic story to help those in tragedies. God uses all of us, no matter what our story is, to be rescuers in this dying world. That's profound. And I'm grateful for Boz's example.

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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Sep 12, 2016

I love Cristin's honesty in this episode. From drug addict to missionary...the change profoundly coming through Jesus Christ. (She's also a novelist! Look for her first novel soon!)

How Our Stories Intersected

Cristin and I met in Geneva. She was the reason I had the opportunity to talk to writers on the other side of the world. The week had a profound impact on me. What a blessing!

Cristin is a lifetime missionary with YWAM. She and her family will be living in Belgium where her husband is from. They have a deep desire to love others and provide community.

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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We'll be featuring your mini-story at the end of the Restory Show. If you'd like to be featured, record your voice below.

Jun 27, 2016

We have successfully completed Season One of the Restory Show! Hooray! Don't cry too many rivers, though. Season Two will start on September 12th. We have some amazing folks lined up!

We've had some poignant and important stories. You can go back through the archives here.

Today I'd like to give you a little bonus episode of just me talking. In this episode, I share how my year of subtraction has been so far, what lessons God has taught me along the way, and how has God restoried me and my family this year. I pray it's a blessing to you.

BONUS: There's a big, fat surprise in this episode.

Jun 20, 2016

PODCAST ASIDE: This will be the last episode of Season One. We will resume with Season Two in September. I have some amazing stories lined up!

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Dan Allender is one of my heroes. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to share him with you. When I was in the trench of healing from my sexual abuse, it was Dan (without him knowing it) that ushered in the greatest healing.

How Our Stories Intersected

I haven't met Dan in  person--yet. But I met him in the Nineties when I picked up a copy of his book The Wounded Heart. It was the first time I had words to describe my own pathway of sexual abuse recovery. Not only did the book open my eyes, but the workbook proved to be invaluable as I processed my own pain and healing.

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In March, Christianity Today asked me to interview Dan about his latest book, Healing the Wounded Heart. That interview also became this podcast.

About Dan's Story

Dan is an avid advocate for sexual abuse victims. He, too, is a victim, but didn't realize it until partway through the writing of his first book. He currently runs The Allender Center and puts on seminars with folks like John Eldridge. He has a deep passion to see people become whole and wholly alive.

In His Own Words

"None of us are fully healed until we see Jesus. I have got continents of growing to do, and that healing process is a glorious, painful one at one level—but glorious in terms of its ongoing work of calling me more and more and more to become the person I was meant to be."

"It’s the work of the kingdom of darkness against us. With regard to that, our natural tendency is to turn shame against us, along with contempt. That’s really the plan of the evil one. Satan means accuser. Yes we are naturally hard on ourselves, but then we also have an unnatural enemy that’s working to flame that, to fuel it with it some resources whisperings, attacks, threats, or seductions. He simply wants to add more shame."

"But I am more excited about the potential of what the human heart can know and enjoy to receive and to give that I have ever been. So, I am asking Jesus for at least another 20 years to be able to do this kind of work. I actually like to write the 50th anniversary of The Wounded Heart."

"For the victim, telling our story begins to heal a portion of our heart. Then telling our story 20 more times opens a door to healing another portion. Some people tell their story once, and it didn’t seem to help, so they stop telling it. Oh please hear me. You are meant to engage the story even in the sense that Jesus bears your scars through all eternity. His glorification didn’t take away the marks of the cross."

Restory Recap

  • Dan shares his own story of a sexually inappropriate mom, and their consequent healing.
  • We are wounded in private, but we are healed in community.
  • Do not underestimate Satan's schemes and power in sexual abuse.
  • Shame is debilitating.
  • Healing will come, and it continues to happen as we grow closer to Jesus.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: You will want to pick up this book. Deeply profound. It ushered in more healing for me.}

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Jun 13, 2016

Shannan Martin is a blogger and writer who is one of my favorite people. She and her husband live with their four children in northern Indiana. She is a delight, and I can't wait for you to meet her.

How Our Stories Intersected

Shannan and I met at She Speaks several years ago. She was writing a novel then, and asked advice about dialog. Apparently (I don't remember), I scribbled down the name of a book for her. :) We reconvened at another conference. I've been LOVING her blog ever since. She's one of my writing heroes. Look for her first book in September. (There's a link below.)

About Shannan's Story

Shannan grew up in a stable Christian home in Ohio, then ventured to Bethel college in Indiana where she met her future husband. They lived in Washington DC at first, then lived on a farm, and now they live in Indiana where he's a chaplain for a jail, and she writes full time. They have four children.

In Her Own Words

"This is the family God has for us."

"We never would have scripted this."

"Family has nothing to do with DNA or genetics or birth stories or even who you marry. It's community. And it's bearing each other's burdens together, and walking through life together."

"We are surrounded by orphans who are adults."

"We try to keep our door ajar. Anyone is invited to our table."

"Trust the voice of God in your life."

"God's more for me looks like less. Less house. Less money. Less status."

Restory Recap

  • They have a counter-intuitive story.
  • They've adopted four children (3 + a young adult).
  • They attend a little Methodist church on the corner of their transitional neighborhood.
  • They view family differently than flesh and blood.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

Also, do me a huge favor and pre-order this book because this will be a gift to you. It releases in September.

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{Aside: This is such an interesting, different interview.}

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Jun 8, 2016

We interrupt Restory Show's regular schedule to bring you a surprise interview with my favorite person: my husband Patrick. In this episode, you'll learn more about him, how we met Christ (and later, me), what kind of adventures we've been on, and how we're doing now during this season of joblessness.

I'm really excited to share him with you. He's a man of great wisdom, and he loves Jesus.

I pray his words bless you!

If you'd like to help the Restory Conference see the light of day (or if you'd like to go!), click here. If you're not in the DFW area, you can also purchase a virtual ticket for $25 where you'll get the video files of the conference. You can also just donate to the cause if you'd prefer. Simply click the pink button BACK IT and choose however much you want to give.

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Jun 6, 2016

Richard Leakey and his family live in Burtigny, Switzerland. He not only manages the YWAM base there, but he also travels to parts of Africa, helping create sustainable farming practices in communities.

How Our Stories Intersected

Richard and I met in Switzerland, when I had the privilege of teaching writers from all over the world. He's penning a novel (fantasy), and I do hope to hold it in my hands someday! Richard is below.

About Richard's Story

He felt a calling to do sustainable farming for over twenty years, and now that dream is coming true. He is based in Switzerland with his family. Five years ago, his father (a vicar) was diagnosed with Alzheimers. This podcast is mostly about that difficult, but beautiful story.

In His Own Words

"We can change the generations to come."

"I needed to have brokenness and humility to be able to go into a village as a learner."

"The call was there, the gifts were there, but the character wasn't."

"Keep me holy, humble and hidden. Keep me honest."

"We had five gradual years of goodbyes."

"God is so present, and He so wants to walk with us."

"I have an intimate friendship (with God), not a contact list of to do points."

"God was still using my father (during the Alzheimer journey.)"

Restory Recap

  • Richard was raised in the UK in a Christian home. His father was a pastor in the Anglican church.
  • At 16, he got a calling in missions.
  • He got a degree in agriculture.
  • He and his wife Elaine joined YWAM.
  • They've been in Switzerland with YWAM for seventeen years.
  • He is now seeing a dream come alive in different parts of Africa, helping subsistence farmers.
  • Here is the ministry that helped his father with gardening & memory care: Steps to Senior Care.
  • Five years ago, his father was diagnosed with Alzheimers. He died last summer in his parent's living room.

Scripture: Lamentations 3:19-33

I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;

it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
    there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
    and let him be filled with disgrace.

For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.

 

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

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May 30, 2016

Andy Traub is an entrepreneur, a former Young Life leader, a husband and a father who lives in Tennessee.

How Our Stories Intersected

Andy and I met online as he helped me create my first podcast (the uncaged podcast). We met in person with his dear, dear family when I was last in Tennessee.

About Andy's Story

In His Own Words

"All the pretense and plans were stripped away. You find out who your real friends are. God is always there to catch you."

"I am a wandering generality, and I'm okay with that."

"Maybe it didn't end well for the disciples because that wasn't the end."

"It's amazing how we make God American."

"No one yells at you for trying to live an American story."

"One of the worst things I've dealt with is success because it makes me lazy."

"Why do we listen to the soundtrack of fear? As a Christian, I let fear be my soundtrack."

"When you really love someone, you're not afraid."

"The goal is not to get back to that (who you were in the past), it's to move to somewhere else, to change."

Restory Recap

  • He broke off his first wedding a month before the wedding day.
  • He quit his job, lived with his mentors in their basement, and worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • He moved to Sioux Falls, SD working for Young Life.
  • He met his (future) wife the second day he was there.
  • They lived in Sioux Falls for ten years.
  • They moved to the Nashville area two years ago.
  • It's been a time of transition for them. And God has helped them.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: I pray this episode speaks to those of you in transition.}

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May 23, 2016

Sarah Bessey flat out loves Jesus. And it's that infectiousness that permeates today's interview. She's a mom, a wife, an author and a speaker. Her latest book, Out of Sorts, is on my to be read pile.

How Our Stories Intersected

Sarah and I first met online, but then we REALLY met on the soil of Haiti a few years ago during a blogger trip with Help One Now. There, our team mutually decided to help fund the building of a school. And it worked. I'm still really humbled by the whole experience.

About Sarah's Story

Sarah met Jesus after her parents were radically saved (during her childhood). She grew up in the charismatic tradition, then moved to the South (She is from British Columbia) for college where she met her husband. At first she was dazzled by the churches in the US, but eventually her questions about how church worked caused her to question. Our interview is about her journey toward Jesus through the questions.

In Her Own Words

"Bless your heart, you were such a hot mess." Sarah, referring back to her twenties.

"I had so many people who were giving me water in the desert."

"We are always changing in response to that Unchanging Christ. If we ever stagnate, we are missing the point."

"One of the things that surprises me the most is how I've come full circle--things like church community."

"We have a profound sense of belovedness."

Restory Recap

  • One day, in the midst of her struggling, she read the Gospels. She slammed the Bible shut, then said, "I could follow a Man like that," referring to Jesus.
  • Her husband were in two different places in life in their faith journeys, but he didn't pressure her.
  • She spent six years away from the church.
  • She is at home in her church, discovering how she belongs with Jesus.
  • Surround yourself with people who choose to be different, who love to encourage.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: To further explore our conversation, pick up Sarah's latest book, Out of Sorts.}

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May 16, 2016

What a beautiful, surprising, sacrificial, and supernatural story Craig and Medine Keener have. You are in for a beautiful surprise!

How Our Stories Intersected

I actually "met" the Keeners face to face during this interview. However, I learned about Craig through Frank Viola because, as a New Testament scholar, Craig read over our book The Day I Met Jesus to check it for accuracy. (What a blessing that was, and humbling too!) Then Craig asked if I would be willing to read Impossible Love for possible endorsement. I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed. WOW. Friends, you NEED to get this book. Truly.

At this time, I also discovered that my daughter Sophie was a huge fan of Dr. Keener's work. He graciously sent an autographed commentary!

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About the Keeners' Story

They met in the United States after Craig walked through a devastating divorce. Their friendship developed and evolved when she moved to France, then halted when she returned to her country the Republic of Congo. Because of the unrest, they had little contact. But eventually, God began to do something extraordinary.

In Their Own Words

"Papa Jacques, I heard a voice that called to me and said, 'Wake up and pray for Medine.'"

"I couldn't remember exactly what she looked like." Craig

"'I'm alive,' were her first words in her letter. I was dancing right there. I'd been praying for Medine for a long time. And also I was praying for a future wife." Craig

"I had strong feelings, but obeying the Lord comes first." Craig

"All those letters were from Craig. He would say he loved me as his sister, and I was so upset." Medine

Restory Recap

  • Craig felt his divorce disqualified him from ministry and another marriage, but God brought amazing healing, and opened him up to a new life.
  • Medine experienced healing from Malaria while she was fleeing rebels in her country.
  • Their story was interrupted by a misunderstanding about the word "ministry."
  • They both sought Jesus for direction about their relationship.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: David has a French Canadian accent. He's not hard to understand, but I wanted to give you a heads up.}

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May 3, 2016

Emilie Quisenberry and I have known each other a few years because we go to the same church, and we both have hearts to help women uncover their worth. She's a member of the Worth Living launch team.

Today's episode is different

Although we do get to hear Emilie's story and her heart, the conversation is framed by the release of my latest book, Worth Living: How God's Wild Love for you Makes You Worthy. Get more information AND a free chapter by clicking the book image below:

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What we talked about

  • Emilie shared how the book has impacted her.
  • We both discussed how Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy (and de-story) us, and that believing our worth is spiritual warfare.
  • Emilie shared how she's struggled with body image and worth.
  • We both agreed that the purpose of our Christian walk is joy. Jesus talks about it beautifully in John 15:11 "I have told you these thingsso that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!"
  • We talked about the treadmill of achievement, that even when we achieve our goals, we can't celebrate. Instead, we look for the next thing to accomplish.
  • If you base your worth on your relationships, you will be let down. Base your worth on Jesus who will never leave or forsake you.
  • Real change happens from the inside out, not trying to decorate the outside.
  • We can only really abide right now, in this moment.
  • As promised, here is where Emilie will be leading an online study of Worth Living.

And here's the offer I told you about:

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As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: For those of you who have lost a pregnancy or have battled anorexia, this may trigger some difficult emotions.}

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May 2, 2016

Emily Wierenga and I have known each other a few years because of our relationship to writing. I've long admired her brave honesty as she's written books about eating disorders, growing up, and finding her place in this world.

About Emily's Story

God has re-storied Emily from a girl desperately skinny, battling an eating disorder, to a confident wife and mom who pens stories about truth and authenticity--all of which reflect her great passion for the world. She founded The Lulu Tree to help mothers on the other side of the world find economic independence.

In Her Own Words

"I grew up not knowing how loved I was."

"I felt like I was a project to take care of versus a person to love."

"A neighbor lady said, 'What a big girl you are.'"

"I was a skeleton but I could not see it."

"You can believe lies so long, you'll believe they're true."

"I saw a woman running. She was muscular, strong, and beautiful--and so confident. I wanted to live."

"I began forgiving my own father."

"I stopped praying--only for a night and a morning."

"I wanted to give this mom her dignity back."

"I knew I couldn't be the same."

"When people become your family, you have to help them."

Restory Recap

  • Emily battled anorexia from a very early age. She went into the hospital a few times, but finally "managed" it in her teen years.
  • When she went overseas during her engagement, someone commented that she gained weight. This caused another bout of anorexia during her marriage.
  • She said she couldn't do this anymore. She grabbed the steering wheel and turned into oncoming traffic. Her husband corrected the car then said:
  • "Emily, you need to choose between me and food. If you choose food, I'm out."
  • She learned to explore all her issues, the things that started her battle with anorexia.
  • Her mom contacted brain cancer during her marriage.
  • Her moving home truly began her deeper healer journey. It grew a mother heart in her to care for her mom.
  • Later, she was able to have children, and also found The Lulu Tree.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: For those of you who have lost a pregnancy or have battled anorexia, this may trigger some difficult emotions.}

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Apr 25, 2016

Ocieanna Fleiss is one of the most tender, sweet people I know on this earth. And she has a very surprising story.

How Our Stories Intersected

Ocieanna was in my novel mentoring class at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference a few years ago. She writes fiction, and now she has a new book out about the story she'll be sharing with us. I'm so grateful God crossed our paths. This summer, we had breakfast together in Maple Valley, Washington, and spent our time sharing our stories. I left our time feeling lighter, as if I had a conversation with Jesus. She is just that sweet and amazing.

About Ocieanna's Story

Ocieanna is a wife and mom who loves Jesus.

In Her Own Words

"On a quiet Saturday night while I watched television with my husband, my heart stopped beating. It took my husband’s CPR as well as a roomful of paramedics to bring me back.

What a journey! Talk about having to slow down. Once home, I napped four and five hours during the day, as well as getting a full night’s sleep. I could only be up for short periods at a time, and soon had to rest. No driving kids around. No homeschool. No chores. No work. Just quiet. Stillness. Peace.

And you’ll never believe what happened…I liked my life that way! I really got into the peace, quiet, and slower pace. I think I’ll always remember that period as one of the happiest in my life. Why? Because the rushing was gone. The stress disappeared. And the only thing left were those blessings I didn’t have time to enjoy before. How I reveled in my family during those days.

And I also clung to the love of my heavenly Father. It seemed each day I’d learn a new way that He loved me. A fresh insight would hit me and I’d almost laugh, giddy over the Lord’s kindness to teach me." Excerpted from her website here.

Restory Recap

  • After her cardiac arrest, Ocieanna learned how to slow down and experience God in a less-stressed way.
  • God provided beautifully for her hospital stay.
  • They've learned a lot about provision through various job situations with her family. That has been a difficult lesson.
  • God opened the door for Love Like There's No Tomorrow to be published.
  • God used the act of writing her story to heal her.
  • She emphasizes the love of God over and over again in her story.

As in all my episodes, I pray for you at the end. It's my sincere hope that you'll walk away from the Restory Show changed and challenged.

{Aside: Pick up a copy of Ocieanna's book here:}

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