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Restory Show

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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Jun 26, 2017

Allen Arnold is a writer, speaker, storyteller and executive at Ransomed Heart Ministries out of Colorado Springs. His latest book is The Story of With. He used to work at Thomas Nelson fiction (which is where we've intersected a time or two).

How Our Stories Intersected

Allen and I met through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers conference). He received a lifetime achievement award from them a few years back because of his longevity in the publishing industry and his profound love of story. It's that love of story that really enhanced today's interview.

In this episode, Allen shares a painful, yet good story of hearing he was making quotas in his job, but he'd lost his team. This one meeting became the impetus for Allen to reconnect with who he was and who he wanted to be. Most profoundly, Allen is learning what it means to be a follower of Christ, a son of a loving God--and that those things matter more than accomplishing endless to-do lists.

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.

The End

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Jun 19, 2017

Anastasia Hansel is a new friend. She's got an amazing amount of verve and passion. She's deeply involved in Global Women in Leadership, and she loves to raise money for amazing causes via bike riding and touring. She was married to the late Tim Hansel who authored one of my all time favorite books:

How Our Stories Intersected

Anastasia and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this year. There, I learned she grew up in the DRC (Congo), learned French fluently in Belgium, and later moved to the US. She has an amazing story! Currently, she's raising money for solar powered phone chargers through bike riding. Find out more about that here.

In this episode, Anastasia reminds us all that retirement is an illusion, and that we can constantly be living on the edge of adventure if we dare to. God is never finished with us, no matter how old and wise!

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
Jun 12, 2017

Tosca Lee is an author, new-to-her farmgirl, and nearly-native Nebraskan who is one of the most amazing people I know. I adore her! Her recent novel is a sequel to Progeny, and it recently released.

How Our Stories Intersected

Tosca and I started our novel writing careers at the same time. We met at Book Expo America when our first novels released with the same publishing house. Hers. Mine. (Mine is free on Kindle right now). We met after she walked through a painful divorce, and I've had the privilege of hearing her story as she worked through it. We've also retreated together and shared stages as writers.

In this episode, Tosca shares about how she truly learned about God's grace and love through her new family--a husband and four kids. They have tangibly been the hands and feet of Jesus to her. What a revelation! What a beautiful story of wrestling and God's restoration.

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.

Jun 5, 2017

Chris Morris is a CPA and a writer, as well as a father and husband who lives in Arizona. He's written a book for writers and creatives about how to deal with the finances of an artistic career.

How Our Stories Intersected

Chris and I met at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference this Spring. We immediately became friends as he shared a bit about his family (they have a special needs child). So I expected him to share that story when I interviewed him. But I was surprised to hear another story I didn't yet know about him. He's had to come to grips with chronic illness, and the acceptance of that has not been easy.

In this episode, Chris shares the nuances of what it's like to be diagnosed with something chronic, and the walking out of that diagnosis that has very real implications for his day to day life. His story is honest and fresh, and has zero Christian cliches in it.

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.

The End

  • If this episode has literally knocked your socks off (sorry if your feet are now cold), would you please consider telling your friends and enemies and pets?
  • And leaving a review will help get the restory show in many more earbuds. Thanks in advance!
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