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The Storytellers - Episode 011: Dr Joshua Miller

The Storytellers - Episode 011: Dr Joshua Miller

March 19, 2019

What if we were able to gain profound insight into the unique design, creative drive, and potential destiny of the people in our lives? The bold promise of this book is that we can.

This ability carries an awesome responsibility: We must all be mentors and midwives to the personal vocations of others.

Unrepeatable is about the urgent need for each of us to cultivate the vocations of others and the steps we should take to do it well.

By smartly weaving evocative stories of those who have radically lived out their callings with practical tools for discernment and mentorship, Luke Burgis and Joshua Miller—who have a combined twenty-five years of experience helping people and organizations discover their purpose—turn staid perceptions of vocation on their head.


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The Storytellers - Episode 010: Abby Johnson

The Storytellers - Episode 010: Abby Johnson

March 12, 2019

She was a director at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas until she witnessed an abortion. Now, Abby Johnson is a pro-life advocate and author of the book, Unplanned which has been made into a movie that will be released March 28th nationwide.

Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in an actual abortion procedure for the first time, walked down the street to join the Coalition for Life.

Unplanned is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies. Now updated with a new chapter covering the latest events in Abby’s journey, in the news, and in changing legislation . . . and revealing the impact Abby’s story has had in the most surprising places.

The Storytellers - Episode 09: Pastor Walter Moss

The Storytellers - Episode 09: Pastor Walter Moss

March 5, 2019

Pastor Walter Moss is a graduate of Ohio University, Athens, OH and also an alumni of Jacksonville Theological Seminary from which he earned a Master’s Degree in Theology.

Pastor Moss is Sr. Pastor of Canton Foursquare Church. He has been in the ministry for 36 years, traveled extensively doing missionary work, is on many pro-life advisory boards, is a speaker for National Black Pro-Life Coalition, and wrote a book entitled, “Why I Am a Black Pro-Life Pastor,”  Pastor Moss is married to his wife, Pastor Darleen Moss and together they have 2 children and 8 grandchildren.

The Storytellers - Episode 08: Allison Gingras

The Storytellers - Episode 08: Allison Gingras

February 26, 2019

Allison Gingras is the founder of the blog, as well as a Catholic author, speaker, retreat leader, and media geek—with a very unique, practical, and humorous way of sharing a grace-filled Catholic life with Christ. Her podcast video series, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras, discusses faith in the context of everyday, ordinary life. Allison facilitates social media for WINE: Women in the New Evangelization, including the WINE Online Book Club; she also contributes to Allison is the creator and series editor of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women.

In The Gift of Invitation, you will:

  • discover seven powerful invitations Jesus extends to you, including the invitation to follow him, forgive from your heart, and know his Father’s many gifts;
  • explore the Bible to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus;
  • see how each invitation plays out in your own life;
  • and reflect on how you can be better prepared to accept Jesus’ invitations.

Jesus is constantly inviting each of us to a more abundant life—but in order to receive that gift, we need to accept his invitation. In The Gift of Invitation, Allison Gingras explores Jesus’ invitation through her own story, sacred Scripture, and the tradition of the Church. You can record your own responses to these insights right in the journal, then bring those thoughts to your small faith-sharing group for further discussion. And as with all the Stay Connected journals, guided prayers and space to journal your own prayer helps you forge a deeper, living connection with Jesus. Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women help you deepen your connection with Christ through inspiring stories, reflections, Scripture study, and prompts for prayer and journaling. Each journal explores a different path to spiritual growth in seven short, easy-to-complete chapters—perfect for individuals or small faith-sharing groups!

The Storytellers - Episode 07: Bill Snyder

The Storytellers - Episode 07: Bill Snyder

February 19, 2019

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, Bill is a passionate Catholic with a lively faith. For over a dozen years he has been an active member and leader in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and holds bachelors degrees in both Theology/Religious Studies and TV/Radio Production from the University of Scranton, PA. As a youth minister, servant leader, teacher and dynamic speaker he harnesses the energy of young Catholics, guiding them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and challenges them to be bold witnesses to the Catholic Faith.

 In addition, Bill was selected to serve as a Council member for the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for a 3-year term from 2017-2019 and is a discerner for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The Storytellers - Episode 06: Jeannie Ewing

The Storytellers - Episode 06: Jeannie Ewing

February 12, 2019

Jeannie Ewing believes the world focuses too much on superficial happiness and then crumbles when sorrow strikes. Because life is about more than what makes us feel fuzzy inside, she writes about the hidden value of suffering and even discovering joy in the midst of grief. Jeannie shares her heart as a mom of two girls with special needs in Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers and is the author of From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph. Jeannie was featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and dozens of other radio shows and podcasts. For more information, please visit her websites or

When we grieve, we all long for light in the dark places. We need a light to warm our hearts when they are chilled by grief. For Those Who Grieve includes 22 brief devotions and prayers, drawing on the saints, Scripture, and modern reflections to encourage readers to turn to God each day and find the light of hope, healing, and wholeness.

All of life involves waiting. We wait at stoplights. We are caught in traffic jams. We agonize over medical test results. We hang on to a much-anticipated getaway. Sometimes, we wait to finish a project, welcome a new relationship, or open our hearts to the work God has begun in us. Regardless of how often we wait or upon what, Jeannie Ewing explains with clarity and encouragement how we can use the moments of waiting in our lives to grow spiritually. Waiting with Purpose will show you why God asks you to wait and how He is speaking to you in the times when nothing seems to be happening.

The Storytellers - Episode 05: Regina Pontes

The Storytellers - Episode 05: Regina Pontes

February 5, 2019

When the reality of your life changes in an instant, how do you cope? When what you thought was the worst that could happen was just the first in a series of impossible challenges, how do you continue to see the best in yourself and others? From the loss of her twin brother to the loss of her physical health, Regina Pontes writes about her long road to realizing that at the heart of who we are in those times is our deepest faithin ourselves, in the hands of others, and in God.

Reginas lifelong pursuit of excellence in her life through liturgical music ministry and in the entertainment and R&D/DoD businesses will show you that while circumstances are ever-changing, the opportunity for life lessons learned is still an ever-present gift.

The Storytellers - Episode 04: Gary Zimak

The Storytellers - Episode 04: Gary Zimak

January 29, 2019

Catholic author and self-described “recovering worrier” Gary Zimak combines practical spirituality, daily scripture readings, and simple action steps to help you kick the worry habit as part of your Lenten renewal. He shows you how to let go of the anxiety-producing areas of life in order to find the lasting peace that comes from trusting God.

During the season of Lent, Catholics and other Christians frequently give up something they enjoy as a measure of penance or self-discipline—and often fall back into old habits at the first “Alleluia!” In Give Up Worry for Lent!, Zimak offers fellow worriers practical, scripture-centered advice on how to relinquish the need to control the uncontrollable—not just for Lent but for good—and how to find peace in Christ.

From Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, Zimak guides you to ponder a scripture passage and to apply it to your own life by following four simple steps:

  • read
  • reflect
  • respond
  • pray

As you continue to meditate on scripture and practice the simple action steps at the end of each reflection, you will find it easier to replace old worries with new messages of hope and to change your life forever.

The Storytellers - Episode 03: Marc Cardaronella

The Storytellers - Episode 03: Marc Cardaronella

January 22, 2019

Marc Cardaronella author of the book, Keep Your Kids Catholic: Sharing Your Faith and Making It Stick will join me on this edition of The Storytellers.

Many Catholic parents are tempted to leave the religious education and spiritual formation of their children up to their parish or Catholic school. Professional catechist, popular blogger, and father of two, Marc Cardaronella has a passionate plea for those parents: be your child’s primary educator in the faith by what you do and say. This practical guide gives parents what they need to be a bigger partner in handing on the faith to their children by creating a faith-nurturing environment at home.

The Storytellers - Episode 02: Danielle Bean

The Storytellers - Episode 02: Danielle Bean

January 15, 2019

On this edition of The Storytellers,  Tony is joined by Danielle Bean, author of the book, Your Are Enough:What Women of the Bible Teach You about Mission and Worth. In a world where everything feels fleeting and temporary, we are made for everlasting life; we are meant to experience God’s abiding love. You Are Enough uses the timeless tales of the Bible to clarify that truth for modern women.

Danielle Bean is the brand manager for She is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She is creator and host of The Gist, a weekly Catholic women's television talk show in its seventh season on CatholicTV. Danielle is author of several books for women including Small Steps for Catholic Moms, Momnipotent, and You're Worth It!. She is also creator and host of the popular Girlfriends podcast and a popular speaker on a variety of subjects related to Catholic family life, parenting, marriage, and the spirituality of motherhood.

The Storytellers - Episode 01: Virginia Pillars

The Storytellers - Episode 01: Virginia Pillars

January 9, 2019

Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the story of one family's journey through schizophrenia, navigating the uncharted waters of mental illness to find help for their daughter, Amber, and support for their family. This memoir is an honest look at the stress, anger, education, and finally, hope experienced through eyes of a mother. Along the way, she questions her trust in God as their family encounters setbacks, inadequate treatments, and additional family health crises, but with the help of trusted family, friends, education, and support groups, author Virginia Pillars learns to rely on her faith as she faces the challenges that often accompany mental illness.

Virginia Pillars lives on a farm, along with her husband of forty-three years. She is the mother of four, one of whom suffered from a mental illness, and a grandmother of four with a passion for reaching out to families who are also affected. She volunteers both as an educator and support group leader for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and speaks to organizations on the effects of mental illness on families. Virginia became certified in First Aid for Mental Health in 2014. She has also been a frequent speaker on her faith journey to both youth and adults for over twenty-five years. She details her journey through mental illness with her child in her memoir, Broken Brain, Fortified Faith: Lessons of Hope Through a Child's Mental Illness. The winner of a 2017 Selah Award for memoirs and Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval was published in 2016.

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