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The Storytellers - Episode 035: Mary Lenaburg

The Storytellers - Episode 035: Mary Lenaburg

December 10, 2019

In Be Brave in the Scared, Catholic writer Mary Lenaburg shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her—and can teach you—that trusting in God and accepting his will can lead to profound joy, no matter what challenges you face.

Be Brave in the Scared is an uplifting account of human frailty (and stubbornness) surrendered to faith. Lenaburg tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter affected her self-image, marriage, family life, and faith.

Although she initially struggled to accept God’s will and her own limitations, Lenaburg ultimately learned how to trust God. She found in that trust inexplicable joy, even during the most difficult days of her life. She writes boldly and authentically about challenges we all encounter, such as trials with control, blame, exhaustion, fear, and acceptance.

The Storytellers - Episode 034: Steve Pokorny

The Storytellers - Episode 034: Steve Pokorny

December 3, 2019

Steve Pokorny is a dynamic Catholic speaker, author and TV host who truly inspires his audience to desire and live an authentic Catholic vision for life and love.  For over 15 years, Steve has been sharing his unique style of delivery, which captivates audiences of all ages, especially with his witty, yet sincere personality.

Steve Pokorny’s 14-year Magnum Opus Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture, is a comprehensive and powerful tool not only for those with pornography compulsion, but also for equipping readers with practical ways to help rebuild a culture of beauty and pure love, which is an essential part of overcoming the many challenges our pornified culture presents.

The Storytellers - Episode 033: Mike St Pierre

The Storytellers - Episode 033: Mike St Pierre

November 26, 2019

What if prayer could become one of the most rewarding and meaningful aspects of your whole life? What if you could use the skills productive people use to help you pray?

Michael St. Pierre, executive director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and a productivity expert, shares five habits that you can use to help you gain confidence in your prayer and strengthen your relationship with God.

Catholics are taught that prayer is necessary to live their faith, but many sincere Mass-goers find it almost impossible to pray consistently. They know that prayer is at the core of a relationship with God, but many still don’t have a clue about how to go about integrating prayer into their everyday lives. As a result, their confidence level related to prayer is low.

The Storytellers - Episode 032: Ray Haywood

The Storytellers - Episode 032: Ray Haywood

November 19, 2019

Ray Haywood is a devoted husband to his wife, Natalie. They have been married for the past thirty years. Together they intentionally raised two faith-filled sons, Nicholas and Frank within the foundation of faith, the sacraments. Ray shares in more than 26 years of willful fatherhood and parenting experience. Now living in North Carolina, Ray and Natalie operate a small family owned car dealership. They are faithful parishioners of Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Through active parish involvement, Ray's family's faith continues to grow in the New Covenant teachings of the Catholic Church. He is devoted to handing on the faith filled gifts to all men of good faith wherever they may be in their faith journey. He finds this to be his call to action in his own faith journey.

The Storytellers - Episode 031: Sarah Christmeyer

The Storytellers - Episode 031: Sarah Christmeyer

November 12, 2019

Sarah Christmyer is a Catholic author, speaker, and adjunct faculty member at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the codeveloper and founding editor of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program, where she served as director from 2010 to 2013.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Gordon College in 1981 and a master’s degree in theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary/School of Theological Studies in 2017.

Christmyer is a member of the board and executive committee of Malvern Retreat House, where she serves as chair of the spiritual programs development committee. She is the author, coauthor, editor, or contributor to more than twenty-five books and bible study programs, including Gaze Upon Jesus and Walk in Her Sandals. She has blogged for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, the American Bible Society, and Ascension Press. Christmyer has been a guest on Relevant Radio, Breadbox Media, Radio Maria, Iowa Catholic Radio, and Holy Spirit Radio.

She lives in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area with her family.

The Storytellers - Episode 030: Joe Daczko

The Storytellers - Episode 030: Joe Daczko

November 5, 2019

This book is for everyone who looks at our society, our culture, our church and ourselves, wondering, "How did we get to this point" and "Can anything be done to make things better?" As this thought hits many of us, we tend to shut down because the issues and concerns seem so big and unsolvable. However, relying heavily on scripture, the wisdom of the saints and Sacred Tradition, this book presents a way of personal transformation that can ultimately result in the changing of culture and society. The simple practice of the Cardinal and Theological virtues requires our will, our actions, and the grace of God to be successful. Therefore, this way of transformation integrates the whole person, body, mind and spirit. This book will inspire you to stand up, take responsibility and be a part of the wave of personal holiness God is calling all men to. This is not an academic treatment and description of the virtues, rather, it is a call to all Catholic and Christian men to sincerely begin practicing the virtues in the quiet and simple moments of everyday human living. It is a call to practice virtue with our family, with our friends, in our workplaces, in church, at the gym, on the highway, everywhere. Not only will we find freedom and joy in practicing virtue in this small and achievable way, but it is the authors contention that the transformation of culture and society begins with individuals and therefore we are all responsible. This book has quotes and questions for reflection at the end of each chapter and is therefore appropriate for individual reflection as well as group study and sharing.

The Storytellers - Episode 029: Sonja Corbitt

The Storytellers - Episode 029: Sonja Corbitt

October 29, 2019

What are the sources of anxiety, stress, and fear you experience in your life? Popular Catholic speaker and author Sonja Corbitt believes that these often-paralyzing emotions are the direct result of our everyday battles against sin and temptation. In Fearless, she equips us with the spiritual tools we need to restore our spiritual well-being.

Sonja Corbitt is a Catholic author and speaker who has produced several multimedia Bible studies, including Unleashed, Fearless, Ignite, and Fulfilled. She also created LOVE the Word Bible study method.

A Carolina native who was raised as a Southern Baptist, Corbitt attended Mitchell College and the Southern Baptist Seminary Extension and before converting to Catholicism. She has since served as director of religious education at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Gallatin, Tennessee, and as executive director of Risen Radio in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Corbitt is the host of Bible Study Evangelista Show on radio and podcast. She is in formation as a Third Order Carmelite. Corbitt is a columnist at The Great Adventure Bible Study blog and a contributor to Magnificat. Her book/Bible study Unleashed was featured as a thirteen-part series on CatholicTV.

She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Bob, and two sons

 

The Storytellers - Episode 028: Fr Michael White

The Storytellers - Episode 028: Fr Michael White

October 22, 2019

Michael White earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Maryland and his graduate degrees in sacred theology and ecclesiology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. During White's tenure as pastor at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland, the church has almost tripled in weekend attendance. More importantly, commitment to the mission of the Church has grown, evidenced by the significant increase of giving and service in ministry, and much evidence of genuine spiritual renewal. White is the coauthor of Rebuilt--which narrates the story of Nativity's rebirth--Tools for Rebuilding, and Rebuilding Your Message.

 

Drawing on the wisdom gleaned from thriving mega-churches and innovative business leaders while anchoring their vision in the Eucharistic center of Catholic faith, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran present the compelling and inspiring story to how they brought their parish back to life.

Rebuilt is a story of stopping everything and changing focus. When their parish reached a breaking point, Fr. Michael White and lay associate Tom Corcoran asked themselves how they could make the Church matter to Catholics, and they realized the answer was at the heart of the Gospel. Their faithful response not only tripled their weekend mass attendance, but also yielded increased giving, flourishing ministries, and a vibrant, solidly Catholic spiritual revival. White and Corcoran invite all Catholic leaders to share the vision, borrow their strategies, and rebuild their own parishes. They offer a wealth of guidance for anyone with the courage to hear them.

The Storytellers - Episode 027: Kathryn Whitaker

The Storytellers - Episode 027: Kathryn Whitaker

October 15, 2019

Popular blogger Kathryn Whitaker is a Dr Pepper super fan, Aggie-loving, type A mom of six with a personality the size of her native Texas. The stressful premature birth of her fifth child threw her orderly world into chaos and ultimately led her to rethink her priorities. In Live Big, Love Bigger, Whitaker shares her journey and challenges readers to understand that they, too, can live a life of authenticity with joy-filled purpose, love, and faith. Along the way, she’ll help readers see that choosing to say no is the only way they’ll be able to say yes to what matters most—Jesus.

It’s not every family who would plan a week-long Texas barbecue pilgrimage for a family of eight, much less expand the idea to a multi-month quest to experience the state, eat amazing food, and visit some awesome religious sites along the way. But Whitaker did it—when she decided imperfect family road trips trumped a vacation at a luxury resort. “Barbecue encouraged us to hit the road, while Jesus met us at every single stop along the way—proof that he loves brisket as much as we do, right?”

Ditching the fancy vacation was one way Whitaker learned to give up control and say no to perfectionism and over-achievement in order to live a new, more intentional life and discover what God truly has in store for her family.

Whitaker’s sassy authenticity will make readers laugh—and cry—while encouraging them to be honest about mistakes in every area of their life, embrace them, and find a way to let God redeem it all.

The Storytellers - Episode 026: Barb Gaskell

The Storytellers - Episode 026: Barb Gaskell

October 8, 2019

Barbara A. Gaskell is the founder and director of the Mother Angelica Tour in Canton, Ohio, the hometown of Rita Rizzo, the future Mother Angelica. The Mother Angelica Tour was an outgrowth of a 2010 EWTN Family Celebration. The theme of the celebration was "In the Beginning: The Life and Legacy of Mother Angelica."

She is the author of the book, The Amazing Life of Rita Rizzo: The Early Years of Mother Mary Angelica.

The Storytellers - Episode 025: Dr Greg Bottaro

The Storytellers - Episode 025: Dr Greg Bottaro

October 1, 2019

My guest on this weeks Storytellers is Dr. Greg Bottaro, a Catholic psychologist, is the director of the CatholicPsych Institute and the developer of the Catholic Mindfulness online course. Before getting his doctorate, he spent four years living as a Franciscan friar, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis. He ultimately discerned a call to pursue family life. Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, Dr. Bottaro returned as a psychologist. His aim is fundamentally the same to serve. Instead of serving those suffering material poverty, he now seeks to serve those with psychological needs.

Greg is the author of the book, Mindful Catholic.

The Storytellers - Episode 024: Joel Stepanek

The Storytellers - Episode 024: Joel Stepanek

September 24, 2019

Joel Stepanek grew up believing that humility required shunning success, never accepting praise, and embracing a crummy life so that God would reward him in heaven. Then he became successful—at being a missionary. On a quest to find balance, Stepanek discovered powerful wisdom hidden within a nineteenth-century prayer that radically changed his life: the Litany of Humility. He shows you what he has learned about true Christian humility and how to right-size your expectations for living this crucial virtue.

As Stepanek, director of resource development at Life Teen, began to study and pray with the Litany of Humility, he discovered a pattern for spiritual growth that now anchors the way he lives. In Chasing Humility, he helps you explore eight essential aspects of humility in the life of a Christian: authenticity, confidence, gratitude, love, praise, empowerment, mentoring, and breaking barriers.

In addition to humorous and engaging stories and theological reflections, each chapter gives you practical exercises for spiritual growth such as:

 

  • creating an authenticity diagram to explore how you see yourself, how you think God sees you, and how you believe others do;
  • learning to keep a gratitude journal; and
  • developing habits of speech that acknowledge and praise others for successes, rather than remaining focused on your own accomplishments.

 

The Storytellers - Episode 023: Phillip Kim

The Storytellers - Episode 023: Phillip Kim

September 17, 2019

Dr. Philip Kim is an Author, Speaker, and Consultant. Raised by first generation Korean immigrants, Phil has worked at all of his parents' businesses including 7-11 convenience stores, gas stations, diners, and restaurants. He understands the value of hard work and education. He is the author of "Chase One Rabbit" which is dedicated to helping individuals create better lives for themselves.

His latest book, "Zebras & Ostriches" is about the 5 rules needed to increase employee engagement and productivity.

Phil is also an Assistant Professor of Business at Walsh University where he teaches both undergraduate and MBA courses. His areas of expertise and research topics include technology, organizational development, and productivity. Phil's research has been published in numerous academic journals and conferences.

The Storytellers - Episode 022: Patti Maguire Armstrong

The Storytellers - Episode 022: Patti Maguire Armstrong

September 10, 2019

Do you wish there was a more practical way to live your faith in the midst of a busy life?

Bestselling author and National Catholic Register columnist Patti Maguire Armstrong created what she calls “holy hacks” to help. This fun and fast-paced resource is full of concrete tips for living the faith right where you are. With about two-hundred simple and creative ways to grow in holiness, you can find something to help you engage your faith and grow in Christ every day.

The idea for Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven came from three popular columns Armstrong wrote in the National Catholic Register. The book provides fun and simple tips that make holiness attainable by everyday Catholics in everyday ways:

  • Humility—Do good deeds in secret.
  • Relationships—Consider how much you want God to bless you, and pray for that same blessing on the people you find difficult or who have hurt you.
  • Gossip—Nurture good habits to prevent gossip by appreciating family, friends, and people who serve you.
  • Prayer—SpePractitioners of Holy Hacks will discover that holiness is less about doing big things than about making use of countless and simple ways for us to love God and our neighbors.nd time thinking of all the ways Jesus has shown his love to you.

Practitioners of Holy Hacks will discover that holiness is less about doing big things than about making use of countless and simple ways for us to love God and our neighbors.

The book also includes hacks from notable and high-profile Catholic writers and speakers, including Rev. Donald Calloway, MIC; Fr. Mitch Pacwa; and Kathryn Jean Lopez.

The Storytellers - Episode 021: Kevin Lowry

The Storytellers - Episode 021: Kevin Lowry

September 5, 2019

A preacher's kid at a Catholic university, Kevin Lowry settled into a double major in beer and billiards soon followed by uncomfortable run-ins with pious students, failing grades, increasing anxiety, a missing night and the startling realization that some fellow students actually attended Mass the morning after a party instead of sleeping it off.
After getting kicked out, Kevin got his act together, got the MBA, and also got the girl. Meanwhile God was working, drawing him to the inevitable conclusion that Catholicism was all true despite his objections.
Kevin Lowry's journey to Catholicism is fascinating, often funny, and demonstrates God's unfailing, patient love for all of us.

The Storytellers - Episode 020: Geri Guadagno

The Storytellers - Episode 020: Geri Guadagno

May 28, 2019

Geraldine Guadagno has written articles and books for children and adults, including Irene the Elephant and 5 Steps to Facing Suffering, also published by New City Press. She is the author of the book "John of Smiles. This is the story of a 5-year-old boy with cancer who brought a ray of sunshine into the lives of people around him. John seemed to have an innate understanding of and ability to love. Those qualities endeared him to many, and were the driving force behind the worldwide spread of his story. Like all stories of heroes facing impossible odds, it deserves telling and retelling.

The Storytellers - Episode 019: Deacon Greg Kandra

The Storytellers - Episode 019: Deacon Greg Kandra

May 21, 2019

Beloved author Deacon Greg Kandra knows all too well what it is to be busy. Drawing from his own experience, and those of fellow Catholics, and the saints lives, Deacon Kandra helps us realize the importance of prayer and offers practical tips for making it a part of each day. Prayer includes regular participation in the Sacraments (Mass, Confession) but is also about a constant communication with God and a way to plan our day each morning and evaluate our progress each evening.

The Storytellers - Episode 018: Dawn Eden Goldstein

The Storytellers - Episode 018: Dawn Eden Goldstein

May 14, 2019

Love and beauty. From when she was a little girl, Dawn Eden Goldstein knew she wanted those things that in them, somehow, she would find God. But her life s search led her away from the temples of her childhood Judaism to the music clubs of Greenwich Village, where she became an acolyte of a new religion: rock & roll. Over the years she earned renown as a rock critic and historian, moving among some of popular music's biggest names, all the while straining to capture that transcendent love and beauty in their every note and lyric.

Yet her longing only deepened; the hole in her heart only grew. God s voice was calling her, but first she needed ears to hear.

In Sunday Will Never Be the Same, Goldstein (The Thrill of the Chaste) recounts her spiritual journey in beautifully wrought detail, mixing powerful accounts of trauma, healing, and epiphany with funny and poignant anecdotes from inside the music scene. It is the rare conversion story that delights as it inspires, amuses as it edifies and ultimately lays before the reader a lived testimony to the transforming grace of Christ.

The Storytellers - Episode 017: Kendra Von Esh

The Storytellers - Episode 017: Kendra Von Esh

May 7, 2019

I don't need God ... Or Do I?

 

Kendra Von Esh was a corporate executive who had it all—high powered job, prestige, summer home, and fantastic family, friends and social life. She didn’t need God, nor did she have time for Him.

 

When she decided to get in shape and “cleanse” her body, she realized that she sorely lacked in the “spirituality” department.

 

She thought about going back to the Catholic Church but was conflicted because she didn’t know much about the faith. She wasn’t going to church at all, didn’t agree with most of its teachings, and certainly wasn’t ready to change her lifestyle.

But she decided to go anyway and what she found changed her life forever….

Join Kendra as she recounts the struggles, triumphs and “God-incidences” that paved her way from the back pew to a state of grace, peace, and joy that can only come from the Catholic Church and a personal relationship with God.

The Storytellers - Episode 016: David & Mercedes Rizzo

The Storytellers - Episode 016: David & Mercedes Rizzo

April 30, 2019

Take it from people who know! Being a special needs parent comes with deep, often unexpected challenges that can shake your faith to the core. Drawing from their personal experience, David and Mercedes Rizzo share openly the myriad challenges of parenting a special needs child, while offering grace-filled counsel on practical steps you can take and suggested prayers to invite God into your situation. Topics include finding doctors and specialists who will treat your child with respect and kindness; advocating for your child's individualized education plan; preparing your child to receive the Sacraments; giving attention to your marriage and your other children; and preparing your child for adulthood.

Face your challenges with the power of prayer! For every parent and caretaker of a special needs child, this resource will build your faith and offer practical ways to incorporate hope and prayer into your daily life.