Friday 14th of June 2013
First up, host Nicole O'Dell shares her thoughts about Father's Day.
What is a father?
What is a dad?
How can a teenager have a good relationship with Dad?
Where's Nicole's dad?
Huge questions! No way we'll even come close to answering them adequately in a fifteen-minute radio segment. But we can try making a dent in them. Join me!
Next up: Creston Mapes, Fear has no Name
It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It was personal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are--if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears.
Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he'd never give in to fear. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won't be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe, and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he never dared to cross.
Friday 7th of June 2013
Laura writes our column, On Hollywood. Don't you love waiting to see each month who gets the Lola Award? We'll be talking about that a bit this week as well as a general look at today's entertainment offerings. What's really okay for a Christian teenager, and how can you know if you're watching and/or listening to something good?
I also have a few questions from readers for Laura--and just to keep it real, I'm not going to clue her in to what they are. It'll be more fun this way. ;)
Friday 31st of May 2013
Erin Bishop, On Whatever
The Whatever Girls are intentional moms and intentional daughters. We exist to empower girls to choose God’s best for their lives by exemplifying the pillars of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
This week on Teen Talk Erin and I will be chatting about the mother/daughter relationship. We'll dive into some peer pressure issues and cover some of the pitfalls of poor choices.
Then, Erin has some great information for us about the 2014 Whatever Girls conference. You don't want to miss this information, so tune in!
Friday 24th of May 2013
Stefne Miller writes about authenticity...but that's not what we're going to be talking about! She has some of the coolest things going on! Her book, Collision, is being made into a movie and her books Salvaged and Rise are being made into a mini-series. This is happening right now as Stefne is fresh off the plane from LA. Don't you want to know all about it? I know I do!
Next up, Shannon Deitz joins us to chat about healing after abuse.
Shannon Deitz is a woman in love with God and excited about her faith. But it wasn’t always that way. She was only 3 years old when the abuse began by a family member. While still a teen, her boyfriend was tragically killed in an auto accident, and she began to question a God who would claim a young man with so much life yet to be lived. At the fragile age of seventeen, she was raped and she began to distrust a God who would allow such a thing. Again, as a freshman in college, she was raped a second time, and she began to earnestly put as much distance between herself and God as she possibly could.
Deitz purpose in founding Hopeful Hearts was to help give a voice to those who can’t speak out, to help and encourage survivors of abuse.
Friday 17th of May 2013
Bethany Jett write the On Friendship and the On Dating columns for Choose NOW Ministries. So who better to talk abou this issue? She has some great insight into BFF and Boyfriends. Boyfriends will come and go, but a bff will do life with you! Join us to hear Bethany’s story and her advice to you as you navigate these important relationships.
Next up, Ginger Garrett
From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse
As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her, and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah—a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everythin
Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.
Friday 10th of May 2013
Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. Tricia also writes the On Teen Pregnancy column for Choose NOW Ministries!
This week on Teen Talk, Tricia and I will be chatting about the good choices teen moms and teen moms-to-be can and do make. It's important that you recognize the good and let it empower you to continue in those good choices.
Next up. Erynn Mangum:
Everyone knows they can count on Paige Alder. But between volunteering at church, putting in overtime at work, and helping her best friend plan an anniversary party, she's lucky to grab a cheese stick for dinner. Paige can't even remember the last time she had a few minutes to relax or dig into God's Word. Then she meets laid-back Tyler, an attractive, Jesus-loving guy. Will he be able to help Paige get her priorities on track?
Erynn Mangum is the author of the popular Lauren Holbrook (Miss Match, ReMatch, and Match Point) and Maya Davis (Cool Beans, Latte Daze, and Double Shot) series of books and the recent novel Sketchy Behavior. Her writing can also be found on her personal blog and on Scribble Chicks, a blog for young writers. To find out more about Erynn, go to www.erynnmangum.com.
Friday 26th of April 2013
What are your wildest dreams? Does a dream equate to a calling from God? How can you tell the difference, and how can you make it happen? What is a dream detour and how can we cope with them?
Gina Conroy writes the On Dreaming Big column for Choose nOW Ministries. In this podcast, we chat about how to deal with insecurities that can get in the way of chasing the big dreams.
In the second segment, Nicole O'Dell helps teens deal with tragedy and fear. Death. Destruction. Terrorism. Loss. So many things that cause heartache and confusion. But there are answers! Tune in to find out what they are!
Friday 19th of April 2013
Laura L. Smith, author of the On True Beauty column here at Choose NOW Ministries is my guest. We'll be talking about true beauty, positive self-talk, and what it means to have a beauty playlist. Laura's got some great insights into learning how to see yourself as your heavenly Father sees you...and why that's enough.
She'll share info with you about her new releases from PlaylistFiction.com and, as a special thank you just for you lovelies here at Choose NOW Ministries, if you click the image below and use the promo code YV95F by April 26th to get book one, It's Complicated, for $3.99, on any e-reader device. Then, be sure to pick up new release, It's Over!
Friday 12th of April 2013
First up on Teen Talk:
Along with the release of her book Glass Girl, Laura Kurk, our On Hollywood Columnist has written an amazing and through-provoking post called: Is Hollywood paying attention to domestic and dating violence against women? Here's an excerpt:
Four women are killed every day by their partners. Two in ten teen girls admit to being physically or sexually abused in relationships. One in ten teen boys admits to being abusive. Smart girls, girls like you, can get caught up in unhealthy relationships and they’re not sure how it happened. A combination of low self-esteem, the “I can handle it” attitude, and the belief that their relationship is special, triggers the storm of abuse.
Is Hollywood paying attention?
Jill Williamson, Captives
One choice could destroy them all. When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he'd find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed by enforcers, and many---including his fiancee, Jem--taken captive.
Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Land, a walled city that seems anything but safe. Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away to Denver City, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land like nomads and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.
Jill Williamson talks "Captives" and answers YOUR writing questions!
Friday 5th of April 2013
First on Teen Talk, Heather Burch:
Halflings scribe Heather Burch pits her 17-year-old heroine Nikki Youngblood up against her most ominous opponents to date, a demonic seeker and a fully powered Damon Vessler, in the eagerly awaited third book in the supernatural series, AVENGER (Zondervan; $14.99; April 2013).
On September 7, 2008, Penny Whipps' son Kyle died of an accidental heroin overdose while he was away for the weekend attending a series of concerts with friends. Two days before he died, Kyle called and told me about his plans and whom he was going with. When Kyle mentioned one friend in particular, it gave me cause for concern because this friend had not been a good influence on Kyle in the past. I voiced my uneasiness but he assured me that everything would be fine. That was my last conversation with Kyle and two days later he was dead.
At Just1X, we believe so strongly that students can help save lives by allowing the story of Kyle’s death to encourage and challenge them to break the code of silence and possibly become a lifesaver for their friends.
Thursday 28th of March 2013
The Carpenter’s Miracle tells the tale of a humble small-town handyman, Josh Carey (Mathison), who finds himself at the center of media attention after attempting to resuscitate 12-year-old Luke Quinn (Grantham), the victim of a drowning accident. When the boy shows no signs of life for an hour, Josh consoles Luke’s mother, Sarah (Harrison), in the emergency room. But when he lightly touches the boy with his hand while offering a heavenward wish, the boy is suddenly revived.
Many in the town consider it a miraculous act. But Josh is not religious and doesn’t believe he had anything to do with Luke’s recovery, even after he seems to heal several others in the following days. When local coverage of the story catches the eye of national tabloid news producer Jack Reardon (Holmes), he dispatches his most aggressive reporter, Delia Tynan (Redmond) to try to land an exclusive interview with Josh, Sarah and Luke. Although they politely decline her cash offers, Delia is relentless—to the point of potentially disrupting a blossoming relationship between Josh and Sarah. But when Josh learns his elderly mother needs expensive emergency surgery, he must make a decision that could change his life and the lives of those he cares about most.
GMC TV, is gearing up for the world premiere movie of their Easter movie, Carpenter’s Miracle. The film will be premiering on Saturday, March 30th and Sunday, March 31st.
Cameron Mathison is best known to millions of fans of “All My Children” as heartthrob Ryan Lavery.
Friday 22nd of March 2013
First up on Teen Talk, Erin Bishop, founder of The Whatever Girls
The Whatever Girls are intentional moms and intentional daughters. We exist to empower girls to choose God’s best for their lives by exemplifying the pillars of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Next up: Dr. Tara Fairfield on Forgiving your enemies
As Christians we are taught to be forgiving, but how do we handle the people who really hurt us, who persecute us, gossip about us, betray us?
Luke 6:27 says to Love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you. How is that even possible??
Forgiveness is about the state of your heart and your relationship with God.
Unforgiveness is bondage to the situation or person and it provides an opportunity for the enemy to destroy you, your relationships, etc. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy you and bitterness is a great way to do that because it can lead to actual, physical ailments.
Tune in to Teen Talk as Nicole O'Dell and Dr. Tara Fairfield, author of Makai Queen, answer questions like:
What are the Scriptural benefits to forgiving someone?
If I forgive someone, does that mean I have to stay friends with them?
Do I have to be nice to girls who are mean?
What if someone won’t forgive me?
Friday 15th of March 2013
Jackson Thatcher released his first acoustic guitar solo album, The Path, on Tuesday, February 19 at Puckett’s Nashville. The 14-year-old guitarist has been featured as a solo artist with the Cool Springs Youth Orchestra, on stage at B.B. Kings in Memphis, and several venues around the greater Nashville area including Tin Roof Nashville, The Factory at Franklin, The Red House, Mellow Mushroom, Franklin Mercantile, and Trevecca Nazarene University.
Next up on Teen Talk: Stephanie Morrill with a FREE book for you!
Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the "in" crowd, but who's no longer sure that's where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.
Novelist Stephanie Morrill opens her first young adult series with a compelling story about characters every teen will recognize and relate to. Morrill addresses real teen issues, like popularity, friendship, sexuality, and more, with grace and style.
Friday 8th of March 2013
Brain Tumor, Baby, New Album?
Victoria Griffith released Wellspring in the Wilderness, and while recording the 10-song CD, learned she was pregnant with her first child, followed soon after with news of a brain tumor requiring immediate removal. Navigating this circuitous life path, Griffith has emerged successfully on the other side with a riveting testimony and a CD filled with songs that exude hope and grace, and perfectly showcase the singer's stunning, country-inflected vocals.
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The question we hear most from new writers is, “How do I get published?”
And the answer is: Respect your dream
Every writer’s journey is different, yet as we’ve reflected on our experiences and those of the writers around us, we've seen time and time again that those who are successful are the ones who had the patience and endurance to stick with this writing thing. They didn't look for shortcuts (at least, not for long), nor did they quit after five, ten, or one hundred rejections.
Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson have written a combined two dozen speculative and contemporary novels for teens. They also blog obsessively at www.goteenwriters.com. When not writing or blogging, they can be found at the teen table at writer's conferences or wherever chocolate is being given away. Come hang out with Stephanie at www.stephaniemorrill.com and Jill at www.jillwilliamson.com.
Friday 1st of March 2013
First up on Teen Talk, Matt Ouellette:
Thoughts That Fell From a Taco Shell is a captivating journey of humorous discovery in practical Christian living. What began as a journal scratched onto four Taco Bell® napkins grew to a full-fledged account of one man’s desire to impress God. Is it even possible to impress God? Does he regret creating us with free will? Do nuns enjoy roller coasters? These are the types of burning questions Matt Ouellette wrestles with, pokes at, and somewhat tackles.
Kyle Sherman is slated to open for GRAMMY ® nominated artist and Dove Award winner Francesca Battistelli on her new spring tour titled “Hundred More Years.” Sherman will be accompanied by pop-rock group The Afters and The Outcome.
Sherman will perform selections from his debut album Hear Me, which includes his latest single “The Greatest Tear;” (hear it on this podcast!) a song that he calls his “ultimate love song.” Written by Bob Simpson, co-founder of RayLynn Records and country singer-songwriter Mark Collie (Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Garth Brooks) “The Greatest Tear” tells the story of eternal love and how God felt the day His son Jesus was crucified.
Friday 22nd of February 2013
Join me, Nicole O'Dell, with Crescendo producer, Jason Jones. Movie to Movement™ (www.cpcmovie.com) has officially launched The Love & Beauty Fund in honor of its new short film Crescendo, which will make its worldwide debut on February 28. In efforts to raise $10 million in 2013 for pregnancy centers around the world.
Next up: Billy Unger in The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone, also starring Alex Kendrick (Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants) and Mark Dacascos (Iron Chef, Hawaii Five-O). The Lost Medallion aims to teach kids the value of friendship, teamwork and the truth of their tremendous value.
The Lost Medallion will hit theaters nationwide on March 1, 2013.
Friday 15th of February 2013
Laura Kurk's top toen list of romantic Hollywood scenes. Dont' miss this one!
Laura Kurk said:
I was about sixteen when I realized that guys feel romantic love as deeply as we do. Previous to that, I thought they tolerated our talk of romance by disappearing into their heads where they could think about cars and guns and bears and stuff. The evidence -- the body of literature, poetry, plays, and songs written by MEN who understood what it meant to love a woman -- suggests otherwise.
Next up on Teen Talk, Bethany Jett joins us to introduce her new Choose NOW column, On Friendship:
From loneliness to popularity, best friends to frenemies, being a girl is tough. If you’ve ever enjoyed delicious confidences whispered late into the night, sleepover giggles, or shared Best Friends jewelry, you understand how great friendships can be. But if you’ve experienced exclusion from a group, betrayal, peer pressure, or outright bullying, you know how deep cruelty can hurt.
We’re gonna talk about it all! Can’t wait to swap secrets, and if anyone is giving you problems, I’ll help you work it out.
Friday 8th of February 2013
Jason Lovin's mother was raped at 15 years old and her Christian mother (Jason’s grandmother) said abortion was not an option.
Jason Lovins and a few college buddies began playing music for fun. Today, the group is one of the most active and successful independent touring bands in the field of worship music. Jason, along with Jose Mendoza, Rodney Mora, and Chasen Little, has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business—including Michael W. Smith, MercyMe, Kari Jobe, and Big Daddy Weave. The band has also performed at Billy Graham events, and wrote the song Journey for a BGEA television special.
Next up: Lynn Cowell, author of the Choose NOW column: On Being You, is going to talk with us about what it means to be whole.
Friday 1st of February 2013
Christy Award finalist Melanie Dickerson (The Merchant’s Daughter) ventures back to the world of make-believe with another enchanting take on a fairy tale classic in The Fairest Beauty, Zondervan.
Inspired by the story of Snow White, Dickerson introduces readers to Sophie, a belabored seventeen-year-old trapped in the clutches of the evil Duchess Ermengard.
Next, Lisa Orchard brings us her Super Spies series--a modern Nancy Drew!
Friday 25th of January 2013
Wouldn’t life be a whole lot easier if every decision you had to make was as clearly spelled out as the Ten Commandments? Seriously, we don’t stay up nights wondering whether it’s okay to put a hit out on somebody or rip off the local Mini-Mart. We’d get a lot more sleep if Moses had brought down another tablet that included: “Thou shalt not date until age 16.” Think of the parental arguments you’d be spared from.
Join me with Author, Nancy Rue, as we tackle a question that usually starts niggling at the edges of a girl’s mind: To date, or not to date?
Following Nancy Rue is a special re-airing of an interview I did with my two daughters, Natalie and Emily. So fun!
Of course, if he had, I wouldn’t be writing this post for you. Matter of fact, I’d be out of a job . . .
Join me with Author, Nancy Rue, as we tackle a question that usually starts niggling at the edges of a girl’s mind somewhere in her teens, if not slightly before.
Saturday 19th of January 2013
Abortion survivor, Clarie Culwell was unable to join us, so Nicole O'Dell, mom of six--including pre-school triplets-- shares her personal story related to abortion.
Next up is a favorite regular guest @Laurakurk who writes the On Hollywood column here at Choose NOW Ministries. This week, we're talking about materialism and celebrities. Be sure to visit Laura's On Hollywood post to see who won the Lola Award this month and for a sneak peek at what we'll be chatting about live.
Friday 11th of January 2013
Travis Thrasher brings us the fourth and final book in the ground-breaking Solitary Tales, Hurt. Hurt shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close.
The author of eighteen critically-acclaimed works of fiction, Travis Thrasher lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.
Next up is Juliette Brindak, founder of Miss O & Friends.
“No matter how popular – or not – a young girl may seem, she’s still vulnerable to feeling badly about herself,” says Juliette Brindak, creator of the Miss O & Friends website, a safe environment in which 8- to 16-year-old girls can socialize and play games.
Brindak is also the syndicated columnist of Miss O’s KidsCounsel (a “Dear Abby” for young girls), which appears in over 700 papers worldwide.
Friday 4th of January 2013
First up is Laura Lynn Smith, columnist of the popular Choose Now Ministries column, On True Beauty, and the author of Angry, Hot, and Skinny!
Laura and I help you find your true beauty, embrace it, and share it with others. It's from Jesus, you know.
I'm also excited to talk with Brenda Zitzman, an amazing singer, songwriter, and all-around fabulous musician who just took part in the Polar Bear Plunge! BRRR!!!!
After ten years of non-stop touring, Brenda has decided to move on to new adventures. Her fans will be thrilled to learn of the talented singer’s latest project: Box 43 Collection.
Brenda has also partnered with a really cool mentoring organization for girls: Girls on the Run. And we're joined by Adrianne Archie of Girls on the Run, Nashville.
Girls on the Run believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world.
Friday 14th of December 2012
First up, Laura Kurk gives the Lola Award to a band that truly knows how to celebrate America's heroes.
Next up, Christy-Award winning author of the Blood of Kings trilogy, Jill Williamson, brings us her latest release. Chokepoint is an ebook written and released entirely to raise money to help Jill's friends with their adoption. All proceeds from Chokepoint are going to help bring Sydney home.
Friday 7th of December 2012
Cara Putman, author of the Choose NOW column, Being a Do-It-All Mom, is coming back to interview me, Nicole O'Dell, about this new release, The Shadowed Onyx, book three in the Diamond Estates series. Find out why this series is near and dear to my heart and why I'm sad it's over. Booo hooo!
Next up, Lynn Cowell joins me to help you prepare for an awesome 2013.
Have a damaged reputation that needs repair? Make some decisions you wish you could undo? 2013 is a new year, a fresh start. You can be intentional about putting in the time to get off to the right start in the new year.
Friday 30th of November 2012
Real Faith by John Murray guides Christians into a deeper understanding of their faith, helping them create a clearer picture of what being a Christian really means, which Murray believes—and research shows—is desperately needed.
Next, Nicole O'Dell shares from her heart, and through her cold, about the reason for the darker focus in new release, The Shadowed Onyx. The occult is a real danger to teenagers, even and especially at the holidays.
And, joining us next is Jennifer AlLee, author of A WIld Goose Chase Christmas.
An heirloom quilt, secret messages, a hyper dog, and a possible treasure make for an unforgettable Christmas.
Friday 9th of November 2012
Michael Card Turns Gospels Upside Down in New Series
Dove Award–winning singer-songwriter and Gold Medallion–winning author Michael Card has a thirty-year history of artfully opening up the Scriptures in songs, books and seminars.
And he’s at it again.
Next up is Laura Kurk with On Hollywood. On Hollywood is a column at Choose NOW Ministries and a regular segment of Teen Talk.
Check out Laura's recent On Hollywood post to read more about what we'll be talk about on Teen Talk this week and to see who won the Lola Award!
Monday 5th of November 2012
First up on Teen Talk this week, Sol Rexius with the Rock-Solid Faith Study Bible just for you!
Rock Solid Faith Study Bible For Teens Helps Build Confidence in God’s Word.
This all-new Bible features the complete NIV text, as well as other insightful and informative inserts:
Rock Solid Truths that examine Christian beliefs and explorations of other religions;
Rock Solid Principles that apply the Bible to relationships, sex, money, and more;
Rock Solid Promises that call out what is (and is not) promised in the Scriptures;
Rock Solid Plans that explore God’s plan for daily life;
Unshaken People that provide scriptural examples of overcoming challenges; and
Unshaken God that points out God’s amazing and unyielding attributes.
Next up on Teen Talk, Tricia Goyer, author of The Memory Jar talks about making your own memory jar, celebrating life's experiences, and embracing change.
Friday 19th of October 2012
This show is all about dating, relationships, and marriage. How is it possible to wait for God's best and trust it will come? How will you know what it is when it shows up? How can you prepare for a healthy, Godly marriage?
We'll tackle all those questions and more!
Lisa Raftery and Barbara Precourt, co-authors of the Mr. Right series join Nicole O'Dell for most of the program!!
Friday 12th of October 2012
First up on Teen Talk is award-winning author and Choose NOW Ministries columnist, Nancy Rue, with her book: The Whole Guy Thing: What Every Girl Needs to Know about Crushes, Friendship, Relating, and Dating
It's time to deal with all those guy questions in your life. Guys can make life complex. Sometimes they're nice, sometimes they're not, and when they're cute they sometimes leave our brains in a jumble. Featuring relationship topics, real feedback from guys, and even advice on how to talk to your parents about dating rules and guy-girl interactions, this may be the book you've been waiting for.
Next, author and Choose NOW Columnist, Laura Kurk, brings us her On Hollywood segment. Find out who wins the Lola Award this month and how to harness grief for good.
Friday 5th of October 2012
Bullying and public perception in response to the experiences of Jennifer Livingston, the self-proclaimed "fat reporter" who is really beautiful!
In my opinion, this reporter was NOT bullied. Check out the podcast to find out why I feel that way and to correct a misperception of what it means to be bullied. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Courtney Hilbert, author of The Wooing of Jane Grey, and I talk about contentment and making wise choices. What does being content actually mean and how does it affect the way we approach our decisions?
Jane Grey's life is fine---fabulous career, fun friend, faithful volunteer. So why is she feeling lumpy, lonely, and lost? Could twohandsome suitors be the "tonic" she needs? Successful attorney Paul Wade seems to be the perfect match. But pro hockey player Lindy Barrett might be out of her league. Only God knows the right choice!
Friday 28th of September 2012
Richard Paul Evans brings us his young adult series, Michael Vey: The Rise of the Elgen. Since its release on August 14th, the book made its way to the no.2 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, no. 1 spot on Publisher’s Weekly, and No. 2 spot on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list.
Rise of the Elgen tells the story of Michael Vey who suffers from Tourette’s syndrome but was also born with special electrical powers—and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out. Powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power—and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.
Next up is Annie F. Downs, author of PERFECTLY UNIQUE: Praising God from Head to Foot, Zondervan, which aims to help young women ages 13 to 18 build their self-esteem, value their individuality, and worship their Creator with the qualities He gave them.
Citing examples from her own life and drawing from the experiences of friends and other loved ones, Downs injects empathy and candor into her writing, establishing a connection to her audience by using a unique mix of engaging personal anecdote and honest discussions about life, resulting in a book that feels like a conversation with a best friend.
Friday 21st of September 2012
Unconditional, starring Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, 50 First Dates, and The Lake House) and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man, Seven Pounds, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Barbershop) releases in theaters September 21, and encourages viewers to make a difference in their own communities through its ACT campaign.
Join me and Papa Joe Bradford as we talk about Unconditional…both the movie and the state of mind.
Next up: Lisa Cherry and Kalyn Waller Cherry…
join us again. Kalyn visited Teen Talk about two years ago, and she and her mom, Lisa, were on Parent Talk a few weeks ago. But they have a special message just for you! Tune in to hear more about Kalyn’s experience with a predator and her family’s story of redemption and grace…plus some great advice!
Finally, we have guest, Mike Edwards with his emmy-award-winning documentary and curriculum, Yellow Roses.
It’s time to speak up about what young women face today: cyberbullying, abuse, peer pressure, unattainable expectations of beauty and success. This Emmy award–winning documentary explores all these issues and more. Real young women from diverse backgrounds talk candidly about their experiences through eye-opening interviews that not only reveal the intense pressures they endure but also foster heartfelt, open discussion.
Here, amidst the honesty, is safety and love. It’s a conversation that inspires hope, healing, and faith.
Friday 14th of September 2012
At age 19, American gymnast Shawn Johnson is a four-time Olympic gold and silver medalist; a national- and world-champion athlete. Already a popular role model to all ages, in 2009 she captured the national spotlight again when she won the widely popular Dancing with the Stars.
Hear from Shawn Johnson on her new book Winning Balance and her experiences in the Olympics and on Dancing with the Stars!
Next Up: Daniel Blackaby is a fourth generation author. As a result, he was constantly surrounded by books. From early childhood he was constantlly crafting elaborate tales of fantasy and adventure.
At the young age of 24, Daniel accomplished a dream of publishing fantasy fiction with his debut trilogy: The Lost City Chronicles (Russell Media). Book 1: Legend of the Book Keeper was released June 2012. Stay tuned for Book 2: City of Gold to hit shelves in early 2013.
Finishing up the second half of the program is A favorite guest and Choose NOW columnists, Lynn Cowell, answering the question: Why Wait?
Why is is difficult to wait until marriage to have sex?
Why is it important?
What can we do to help you wait?
What can you do to make sure you're prepared for the pressure?
Friday 7th of September 2012
Diane Munson is an attorney of more than twenty-five years who transitioned from writing briefs for judges to writing inspiring fiction for readers. David Munson was a Special Agent with the NCIS and with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). As an undercover agent, he infiltrated international drug smuggling organizations. Diane and David have co-authored together six suspense thrillers: Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, The Camelot Conspiracy, Hero’s Ransom, Redeeming Liberty, and The Joshua Covenant. “Night Flight,” their newest thriller for young adults, releases September, 2012.
Next up on Teen Talk Radio...
Kristine McGuire was a witch. And medium. And ghost hunter.
Interested in the occult since childhood, this Christian woman and praise team member left the church to pursue the occult.
The full story of that journey--and what drove her back to Christ--is told in her new book, Escaping the Cauldron.
Join me and Kristine and I uncover the lure and the dangers of the occult through her personal experiences and eyewitness accounts.
Don't miss this one!
Friday 24th of August 2012
First up is Danielle Treece who met up with me at ICRS to chat about what it means to stop trying to look like what we think a Christian is suppoed to look like, and, instead, actually live like one in front of the people around us.
Is there more to life and the Christian 'walk'? Sadly, many claim they are followers of Christ, but their hearts do not hunger for Him. Personal convenience has become a substitute for genuine discipleship. The result? Cosmetic Christianity. Find out about The Real Thing.
My next guest, Heather Burch, was on Teen Talk Radio a few months back to talk about Halflings. She's back now to share the upcoming release, book two in the series, Guardian.
Amanda Flower's debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan. She brings us A Plain Death--an Amish, crossover, mystery, rom-com.
Friday 17th of August 2012
Julie Elias has been busy! Disney Night of Joy, Ruth Graham's project, Fear Not Tomorrow, and her upcoming album: A Wild Rose. Hear all about Julie Elias' amazing ride and what she has coming up this year.
So you figured out your passion prayed about your dream, and have overcome your doubts. What’s the nextstep in following your dreams? Gina Conroy joins me next to talk about how to nurture those dreams and give them the opportunity to grow into reality.
And if writing happens to be your dream, Gina wants to help you pursue it by offering a 10% discount when you sign up for my Teen Writing Course Just mention you read this post on Nicole’s site when you inquire.
Friday 10th of August 2012
Supermodel, Kim Alexis brings us Beauty to Die For, co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark and shares with us about the modeling industry from the perspective of a SUPERMODEL!
Next up, Nicole Weider , model, actress, and founder of Project Inspired. On what she learned from Hollywood and the pursuit of fame, Nicole says:Christianity needs to be redefined for young girls. There is a certain stereotype of how a Christian girl should look, dress and act. I want to show young women that you can be a good Christian and still embrace many parts of the popular culture.
Friday 3rd of August 2012
Fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner, the National Youth Director of Constituting America and daughter of actress and Conservative Talk Radio Host Janine Turner is encouraging her peers to understand the importance of the Constitution and gain a deeper understanding of the document that makes America the greatest nation on earth in her debut release Our Constitution Rocks!, releasing nationwide September 2012.
In God Loves Ugly Christa Black shares her personal victory against powerful adversaries – her own thoughts, feelings, and reflection. From world-touring stadium performer to rehab-bound bulimic binge eater, Christa’s unashamed transparency will win your heart, hold your attention, and give you practical tools to overcome the monsters that can consume our lives. She invites the reader into her own painful struggles and spiritual journey, providing solutions to life’s problems in a highly entertaining and vulnerable, yet empowering way.
Friday 27th of July 2012
First up is the live interview I did with Danny Cahill at ICRS about a week ago. Danny is the biggest loser ever!! (How often do you get to say that about someone and not get punched?) You're going to love hearing from him!!
Losing 239 pounds, Danny Cahill was crowned "The Biggest Loser...EVER!!!" He lost an amazing 55.58% of his body weight during the show and can now happily say he is "less than half the man he used to be!"
Next up, Laura Kurk will join us to discuss this month's On Hollywood column. It's already posted if you want to check it out for a sneak peek at this month's Lola Award winner!
Tying in all of this show's guest with a Hot Button topic for today's teens is Laura L. Smith, author of Skinny. Check out Laura's guest blog post that set the stage for our discussion about eating disorders.
Do you struggle with an eating disorder or know someone who does? Have any questions or comments for the show? You can leave them right here in the comments, or contact us through the contact button.
Friday 20th of July 2012
Nicole O'Dell shares a very personal and current story about bullying. We also talk about living environmentally conscious, even as a teen!
And Larry the Cucumber joins us to talk about his upcoming Veggie Tales: The Penniless Princess and The League of Incredible Vegetables.
Friday 13th of July 2012
Kidnapped at the age of 5, abused and tormented her entire childhood and beyond, Janet understands first-hand the struggle to trust God, move beyond doubt and begin to accept His guidance and healing. However, experiencing her own personal miracle after being reunited with her mother over 45 years later, Janet has a clear message she wants to relay. Watch out for miracles.
As promised for some of the month of July, we’re going to be talking military. Christy Award finalist, Ronie Kendig, author o the Discarded Heroes series, brings us a compelling story of man and beast—ripped right from the headlines. Scheduled to release in September 2012 from Barbour Publishing, Trinity: Military War Dog tells the story of a former Green Beret and his military war dog as they struggle to rescue an undercover intelligence officer on a deadly mission.
These Heroes Have Seen Combat. So Have Their Handlers.
Friday 6th of July 2012
Dineen Miller and host, Nicole O'Dell chat about teen dating and relationships, especially missionary dating. We'll also talk about planning for the future.
The next guest is the popular author of Halflings, Heather Burch.
What would it be like to be caught between two worlds?
Friday 29th of June 2012
Deal with depression, abuse, alcoholism, poverty, divorce? Takiela Bynum will help you find the light of hope in Christ through those dark times.
The Lord has wrought miracles through the life of Takiela Bynum. Life’s circumstances ignited a blaze, and reduced her broken spirit to ashes. She has been restored from cremation and beautified with salvation.
Next up is Dr. Tara Fairfield, author of the upcoming Makai Queen, Tara’s desire is to reach out to youth who face harsh realities such as divorce, loss, addictions, and abuse. She achieves this primarily through fictional characters who serve as role models. In this show, we turn the focus on to broken homes and teens who feel caught between two parents.
Dr. Fairfield walks you through the steps you should take and the methods you need to use to broker those tough moments when you feel pulled between two parents you love. Whether it’s a divorce situation, a custody battle you’re aware of, or even married parents who disagree. Find out exactly what you need to do about it.
Friday 22nd of June 2012
Sean Michael of Hardflip and To Save a Life, joins Nicole O'Dell to chat about his projects and what it's like to live as a Christian while working in Hollywood.
Chris Burkhart, founder of HeavenUp.com, a new faith-based social networking website includes video sharing, streaming music and a HeavenUp store. In addition to having personal pages and uploading photos, HeavenUp.com is a “virtual fellowship” where users can connect and build relationships with Christian groups, friends, bands, churches, charities, radio stations, TV stations and more. Unlike other sites, HeavenUp.com provides a safe environment for Christian users, while also being a comfortable place for anyone seeking faith.
Friday 15th of June 2012
Join Nicole O'Dell and Laura Kurk: Nobody said hanging onto your innocence until marriage would be easy. But I know you understand why purity is one of the foundational elements of faith, and I believe you’ve got the guts to be someone who, like Tebow and Kudrow and Lolo, can stand up for what you believe and want for your life. Help, support, and examples are all around you. Just reach out and we’ll grab your hand. I promise!
Next up, Homer Hickam, New York Times bestselling author of the classic American memoir Rocket Boys (made into the movie October Sky), launches into Young Adult Fiction with Crater—the adventures of Crater Trueblood, a teenager who lives and works on the Moon mining Helium-3, a real energy source being developed in our times. In this futuristic coming-of-age thriller, Crater finds danger, courage, and a whole lot more—and Hickam has written a story from his boyhood imagination.
Friday 8th of June 2012
The Genesis Code is an independent faith-based film which highlights the intersection of science and faith as well as other issues facing Christians today. The film stars Logan Bartholomew and Kelsey Sanders as college students whose chance meeting leads to a burgeoning relationship and a journey of spiritual discovery. The supporting cast includes Oscar-winners Louise Fletcher and Ernest Borgnine, former presidential candidate Fred Thompson, and Reverend Jerry Zandstra, who also served as the executive producer.
Friday 1st of June 2012
In MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN (Zondervan), based on the New York Times bestsellerMade to Crave, bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst teams with social researcher Shaunti Feldhahn to show every teenage girl how to do just that – and give every mom the opportunity to discuss having true confidence in three vitally important areas. MADE TO CRAVE FOR YOUNG WOMEN addresses the many “cravings” young women experience.
TerKeurst and Feldhahn have divided these cravings into three types—physical, material, and emotional—and highlight how these cravings manifest themselves in the need to diet, shop, and gain acceptance from others, especially boys. This book equips teen girls (and their moms) with the tools necessary to avoid these destructive worldly cravings and move the focus to craving God. Feldhahn and TerKeurst tell their own very personal stories of growing up with the typical heartbreaking moments that most teen girls experience.
Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, with more than a million books in print. Her most recent work includes Healer and Thief, the first two volumes in the Brides of Alba series, and the early Irish Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.
Friday 25th of May 2012
So, first up we have Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, co-authors of the NY Times bestselling *The Books of Mortals* series.
I’ll be interviewing Sean Michael Afable who most recently starred in To Save A Life and Akeelah and the Bee. HARDFLIP stars John Schneider (October Baby, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard) and Randy Wayne (To Save a Life and Honey 2,and ABC Family’s The Lying Game), along with Sean Michael Afable (To Save a Life and Akeelah and the Bee) and Rosanna Arquette.
And finally, on the show, is bestselling author, Robert Liparulo, with his latest, The 13th Tribe.
Friday 18th of May 2012
It's time for Laura Kurk to join us and award the newest recipient of the LOLA Award! Join us to find out who's doing it right in Hollywood!
After Laura and I chat about Hollywood, I'll be spending the rest of the show introducing Choose HER to you. What is it? Why do you want to Choose HER? Who is "HER" anyway? Then, I have a stack of questions that I'm going to tackle in a mini Q&A segment. And, just for fun, I'm giving one of these away:
Friday 4th of May 2012
Valerie Comer, Annalisa Daughety, (me) Nicole O’Dell and Cara Putman, the authors of the novella anthology, Rainbow’s End. We’re here to tell you there really is something of value where X marks the spot.
Join a geocaching adventure in the spectacular Lake of the Ozarks wilderness, with Lyssa, the reluctant volunteer whose former nemesis is now her chief sponsor; Madison, a city girl paired with an outdoorsy guy who gets on her very last nerve; cautious Reagan, who meets an equally cautious guy; and Hadley, who doesn’t know enough about guys to realize she’s met a womanizer. Will they find the treasure they’re looking for … or something else entirely?
Next up: Teens stay safe on the Internet! Here's why and how!
Friday 27th of April 2012
Travis Thrasher joins Teen Talk Radio to talk about The Solitary Tales series, book three, Temptation, just released.
Lisa Bergren and Nicole O'Dell chat about her River of Time series and upcoming Glamourous Illusions series. Lisa offers advice for teens on how to get what you need from your parents.
Friday 20th of April 2012
Laura Kurk, author of the On Hollywood column here at Choose NOW Ministries, joins us on Teen Talk Radio to chat about Hollywood marriages and this month's LOLA Award, and to present a call to action!
Next up: Award-winning author, Kelly Irvin, tells a touching tale of tragedy and triumph in her Bliss Creek Amish series.
Friday 13th of April 2012
Ken Raney talks us through everything available to teens at www.clashentertainment.com.
Susie Shellenberger of SUSIE Magazine fills us in on that great resource for girls. SUSIE Magazine beat 4,000 other products in Walmart’s Get On the Shelf contest. They’re now in the top ten with two more weeks of voting to go!
Mark Gilroy, author of Cuts Like a Knife, talks mystery, misunderstandings, and honesty.
Friday 6th of April 2012
Cara Putman, y'all know her well, will join me for just a few minutes to share her new book, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. We also chat a bit about how to overcome mistakes in your mistakes in your past.
After the brief chat with Cara, Lisa Grace rejoins the program to delve into the spiritual realm in depth.
What does the Bible say about the spiritual realm?
How do we know for sure it's real?
What's the difference between angels and demons, and other spirits like ghosts?
Is it wrong to pray to angels or otherwise contact them?
Is it wrong to read about vampires or ghosts?
Friday 30th of March 2012
Author Rachel Hauck writes the column On Teen Worship and Warfare here at Choose NOW Ministries. We'll talk about worship and warfare, as well as her upcoming book, The Wedding Dress, which received 4.5 stars from Romantic Times.
Next, Gina Conroy, an author of the novella anthology, Cherry Blossom Capers talks about pursuing your dreams. "I believe inside everyone is a dream that connects with our soul that if left to sleep too long with eventually die, killing your spirit as well! Allow yourself to wake the dream!"
In the final portion of the show, Tanya Eavenson and Becky Dean tell us all about the new online resource for teens called Proof: See the Evidence.
Friday 23rd of March 2012
First Jennifer Maggio and I will chat about teen pregnancy and life as a single mom. She visited Parent Talk in the previous hour, but now has something special to share with you.
Jennifer Maggio is a nationally-recognized author and speaker, Jennifer Maggio, has a passion to see all women living the life God intended. Her personal journey through teen pregnancy, severe abuse, and homelessness is leaving audiences riveted. She has allowed God to transform her “mess” into her “message”.
Next, Rachel Hendrix will Join me. She plays Hannah in October Baby.
OCTOBER BABY follows the dramatic, humorous, romantic story of 19-year-old Hannah, who goes on a road trip to find answers after learning she is adopted and the survivor of an attempted abortion.
To wrap up the show, Margaret Daley, award-winning author of 75 books shares her thoughts on human trafficking ad bullying based on her research for her Texas Rangers series. Saving Hope is out now.
Friday 16th of March 2012
Bekah Eden is local singer songwriter, musician, educator and proud business owner. She loves playing, writing, performing and educating others about music, and is currently working on writing songs that give back to the community. Bekah shares her passion for Music therapy.
Mike Collawn joins me to talk about his Punk Band, True Liberty. As a sober punk band, True Liberty writes, performs and shares this message with fans throughout the world, “We’re not perfect, we’ve made mistakes but we have a responsibility to share our faith, our love, our passion for our Savior, Jesus Christ, with those around us. We press on despite struggles and attacks. We don’t get any fame, or money, or awards for what we do, but to us, it’s about playing the music we love and using it to share Jesus with others.”
Friday 9th of March 2012
Stefne Miller, author of Collision, chats with Teen Talk Radio about the reality of celebrity and fighting the pressure to measure up. Then, I'm joined by
Cierra Ramirez, who is playing Eva Mendes' daughter in the upcoming feature film: Girl in Progress. Cierra is best known for her recurring role of Jasmine on The Disney Channels The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She played the lead role, Stella, in the Nickelodeon TV Movie Star and Stella Save the World. She has also appeared in such TV Series as Desperate Housewives, Zoey 101, and CSI: Miami. She made her feature film debut in ALL IN starring Dominique Swain and Michael Madsen.
Thursday 23rd of February 2012
Are you a sucker for a big announcement? You might as well listen; you know you want to know! Following the big announcement, Teen Talk Radio guests include Renee Fisher, author of “Not Another Dating Book; Bonnie Sharon, Cellular Chloe, on the subject of Dating violence; and Courtney Walsh, author of Sweethaven Summer. We’ll chat about her book, memory making, and the importance of family and strong friendships.
Thursday 16th of February 2012
What do you do when you're being harassed, bullied, and otherwise made miserable by the mean girls, divas, or popular boys in school? How should you handle it? What will the teachers do? What should parents do? Find out in this in-depth interview with D. Anne (Dorothy) Love, author of Defying the Diva.
Thursday 9th of February 2012
Dean Briggs, author of the fantasy series The Legend of Karac Tor. He started writing the books after his wife of 16 years passed away. He wanted to help his sons find a way to deal with the loss of their mother. Thus a fantasy world of adventure was born.
We touch on the subject of teens dealing with grief. Then, double Christy-award winner, Cathy Gohlke, will be sharing about her latest release, Promise Me This.
The second half of the show, Cara Putman, Gina Conroy, and Lynette Sowell share about their novella anthology, Cherry Blossom Capers.
Thursday 2nd of February 2012
Nicole O'Dell and her daughters, Natalie and Emily, Co-autors of the book, GIRL TALK, an advice-based Q & A, take readers'/listeners' questions,
Shellie Neumeier joins to talk about her latest release, THE WISHING RING, a fantasy novella available now on Amazon.
Thursday 26th of January 2012
Betsy St. Amant and Nicole O'Dell attempt to answer some tough questions about dating.
When is the right time to start?
How do I know if a guy is a good choice?
Where should I go on dates?
What kinds of dates are best?
When should I say no?
Find out about Betsy's new release, Addison Blakely, Confessions of a PK.
Thursday 19th of January 2012
Stephanie Morrill is the author of a super fun series called The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt. We chat about the concept of reinventing yourself and battling peer pressure. Next, we hear from Lisa Grace, the author of “the Christian’s alternative to the Twilight series.” The first in her series has been optioned for a movie. Join us to hear all about that process.
Thursday 12th of January 2012
In the film BEWARE OF CHRISTIANS, four recent college graduates, all Christians, trek across Europe, cameras in hand and questions in mind. From London to Barcelona to Rome, Paris and beyond, they engage with young locals and fellow travelers to find out how Christians are perceived and examine the relevance of their own faith in today’s world.
Guests: Will Bakke, Director; Alex Carroll, producer
Thursday 5th of January 2012
Are you satisfied with your home life? Or do you want to find ways to make this coming year way better than last year in your home? Take a look at these ten steps, ten things you can do to have an incredible impact on your family.
Then, Jeff Copeland joins the program in the second half with one of his on-air illusions. Don't miss it!
Thursday 15th of December 2011
Join me and author Melanie Dickerson as we discussion her latest book, The Merchant's Daughter, a historical retelling of the classic, Beauty and the Beast. Her first book, A Healer's Apprentice, was a take on Sleeping Beauty. Don't miss these!
Following Melanie, I'll be sharing ten ways you can give quality gifts for little $$!
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Thursday 8th of December 2011
First: Judy Christie, author of Wreath, about a homeless 16-year old.
Second: Anne Mateer, author of Wings of a Dream, set in 1918 and the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Third: Amanda Davis, teen author of a three-book dystopian series starting with book one, Precisely Terminated. Amanda deals with severe dyslexia.
Thursday 1st of December 2011
Actress, Model, Nicole Weider of projectinspired.com, talks with me about the lies of Hollywood and the magic of airbrushing. It's time to reinvent the expectations for girls. Then, Christy-award winning author, Jill Williamson, joins me to talk about her newest book, Replication, and the subject of cloning.
Thursday 17th of November 2011
Author Melody Carlson knows teens are experimenting with the occult, not from a survey or study, but from teens telling her their stories. The best-selling young-adult novelist receives emails from thousands of teens who tell her things they don’t tell their parents. Carlson writes about the issues teens are really facing, including a growing interest in the occult, a topic she explored in Moon White and The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor.
Ann-Margret Hovsepian talks about her newest book, Truth and Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls, designed for girls 9 to 12 and filled with powerful wisdom on everything from godly friendships to worshipping God.
And Jeremy Jones offers its counterpart for boys: Triple Dog Dare connects God’s Word to boys’ hearts and hands with real-life scenarios and activities. Each day is filled with short Scriptures, concise biblical truth and a daily dare, all challenging them to put their faith into practice. Scripture readings from every book of the Bible open up the action-packed Word of God.
Thursday 10th of November 2011
B Haley, drummer for Toby Mac, DiverseCity, and SUPERHEROSE talks up his #1 selling clothing line and gives away some FREE music! Hear what B thinks about goals, passions, and ministry.
Ed Welch author of What do you think of me? Why do I Care? talks about peer pressure, self-esteem, and teens.
Thursday 3rd of November 2011
Every 1st Thursday of the month, Jeff Copeland performs an on-air illusion. You'll need 10 cards, A-10 and three extra. Find out how peer pressure and outside influences can affect the outcome.
Then, Natalie Balnius, daughter of host, Nicole O'Dell, shares the truth about peer pressure and how she's made it a non-issue in her life.
Thursday 27th of October 2011
Matt Mikalatos and Nicole O'Dell discuss his book , Night of the Living Dead Christian, and the subjects surrounding Halloween
Night of the Living Dead Christian is the story of Luther, a werewolf on the run, whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to losing everything that matters. Desperate to conquer his dark side, Luther joins forces with Matt to find someone who can help. Yet their time is running out. A powerful and mysterious man is on their trail, determined to kill the wolf at all costs . . .
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Night of the Living Dead Christian is a spiritual allegory that boldly explores the monstrous underpinnings of our nature and tackles head-on the question of how we can ever hope to become truly transformed.
Thursday 20th of October 2011
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington. We chat about Jim’s latest book, The Chair, as well as his other books, Rooms and Book of Days.
Mary DeMuth...oh, I love me some Mary DeMuth! She’s such a joy to me–one of those rare people who wears her heart on her sleeves and loves big. Mary has a unique ability to make herself vulnerable in her writing while drawing the reader in and making it about YOU.
Thursday 13th of October 2011
Steve Russo is a prolific author, internationally known communicator, radio/TV host, and professional drummer. Learn more about Steve Russo by visiting www.steverusso.com. He joins me to discuss he latest projects and THE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE.
Tremper Longman chats about Thomas Nelson's latest Bible release.
Holly Starr shares some thoughts and some music with us.
Thursday 6th of October 2011
The amazingly talented and super funny author of There You'll Find Me, Jenny B. Jones, joins me to talk about her latest book--she's even reads a little bit Mad Libs style. We'll cover some issues like eating disorders, the foster care system, Ireland, writing about overseas locations, teaching high school...and whatever else comes up.
Then, Jeff Copeland visits for his monthly on-air illusion. You have to play along!!
Thursday 29th of September 2011
Hear my interview with Jim McBride of Sherwood Pictures, writer, director, producer of Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and now Courageous. Hear about the Rite of Passage he instituted with his children.
Friday 23rd of September 2011
OOOH, I’ve been waiting to bring you this amazing duo! NY TIMES bestselling Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee! I had SUCH a blast interviewing them at ICRS about their book, Forbidden. Tosca Lee and I were already friends, but it was cool to see her operating in a setting like that. She is so elegant and gracious…and smart. You’ll see.
And Ted Dekker…um…that dude is intense. But did you expect anything different from him? ‘Course not.
You can watch a short video of the interview here: http://nicoleodell.com/2011/09/ttr-tosca-lee-ted-dekker/.
Following Ted and Tosca, Adam Cappa, an up and coming worship leader/musician/singer will be joining me. Adam is mentored by Jeremy Camp.
Thursday 8th of September 2011
Trica Goyer brings her book, Beside Still Waters and Beverly Lewis shares the story behind her book/movie, The Shunning. A moving 9/11 tribute that asks the question, Where was God? ends the show.
Thursday 1st of September 2011
Jeff Copeland dazzles us with an on-air illusion. He will be a regular guest on Teen Talk Radio on the first Thursday of each month. Following Jeff, you can check out a replay of a recent interview with Matt Redman, worship leader and songwriter.
Thursday 25th of August 2011
Jay and Beth Loecken, along with teens Ben and Bekah share their story. After coming home from a mission trip to Africa, the Loecken family returned to their comfortable lifestyle, but they all knew they wanted something more. In April of 2008, the family made the daring decision to sell their home, purchase an RV, and begin traveling the country serving communities in need.
Thursday 18th of August 2011
Josh McDowell shares about the misuse of sex and his book and DVD set The Bare Facts: The Truth about Sex, Love, and Relationships which delivers frank and intimate answers to top questions students ask about sex, love and relationships. Josh believes that no question is off limits and that knowledge, not ignorance, is the key to youthful purity and a fulfilling marriage and family.
Randy Frazee joins me to talk about Zondervan's bestselling The Story Church-Wide Experience. Randy is senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas--partnering with max Lucado. He is the author of The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile Assessment and Renovation of the Heart Student Edition.
Thursday 11th of August 2011
Suzanne Rentz brings her Daughters of Heaven Ministries to TTR; Yancy, a singer, songwriter, and worship leader, joins us to share some news and some music. Mary DeMuth brings us The Muir House, her lastest release.
Thursday 4th of August 2011
Matt Redman, author of Mirror Ball and worship leader /songwriter (Heart of Worship, Better is One Day, Blessed be your Name, and Undignified) joins Teen Talk Radio to talk about true worship.
Pastor Jim Wood ends the show with a real-life application for teens.
Thursday 28th of July 2011
Lynn Cowell and I talk about teens being fake on Facebook. As a speaker and author with Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lynn Cowell has been mentoring teen girls for over ten years. She is the author of the new book, His Revolutionary Love, as well as a columnist for Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, Susie Mag, and Enrichment Journal.
Jennifer Maggio, one of the nations foremost experts on single-parent issues and teen pregnancy, will highlight her own journey thru severe abuse, multiple teen pregnancies, homelessness and how she found hope and freedom through Christ.
Thursday 21st of July 2011
A live interview with Maryanne Abbate at ICRS. The Abbate’s lost their son Luke in a rekless driving incident when he accepted a ride from a classmate. The move The 5th Quarter, starring Aidan Quinn and Andie McDowell, was made to tell their story. Listen to this poignant interview with a mom who has done the unthinkable and suffered the unimaginable.
Mike Mason joins the program at the halfway point. In The Violet Flash, Mason combines fascinating characters and unforgettable plots with tales of love, friendship, faith, and family, resulting in a story that is truly wonder-full. As an added bonus, Mason has cleverly included several outtakes in the book’s “Afterwords” section, plus a glossary. The Violet Flash will capture the hearts, minds, and spirits of young readers, not to mention those slightly older readers who pick it up.
Thursday 14th of July 2011
Hear all about my experiences at ICRS and a great interview with Carla Stewart, author or Chasing Lilacs and Broken Wings. Great discussion about mentor relationships, abuse, and self-esteem.
Thursday 7th of July 2011
Blunt is the author of The Life Book, a unique presentation of Scripture designed to engage high school students with the truth of God’s Word as they are introduced to Jesus Christ. Using an interactive format with engaging student comments and real-life questions in the margins, readers are drawn into the only story that can change their lives forever.
The second half of the show, Lisa T. Bergren shares about her amazing River of Time series and the newest release, CASCADE. If you loved WATERFALL, don't miss this one! Time travel, romance, intrigue, danger...it's all in there!
Thursday 30th of June 2011
1st half: Arron Chambers shares his passion for evangelism the way Jesus did it. 2nd half: Beth Guckeberger talks about the relentless hope we have in Christ that allows us to find the precious among the worthless.
Thursday 23rd of June 2011
Kalyn Cherry, home-schooled pastor's daughter was the victim of a predator three time her age vin her home church. She shares about her two-year relationship, her depression, and recovery. Learn about the signs to watch out for and ways to intervene.
Thursday 16th of June 2011
Travis Thrasher talks about his lastest release in The Solitary Tales series, GRAVESTONE. 2nd half: Tricia Goyer shares about Dayspring's Recordable Storybook and brings an awesome giveaway! Enter to win!
Thursday 9th of June 2011
Three-time Dove Award winner and author of the new release, Watercolor Summer. Nan shares about her heart for worship and her work with children and teens.
Friday 3rd of June 2011
Author & Proverbs 31 speaker Lynn Cowell answers the question: “Am I ok? Am I worth being loved?” Then, John Claeys will talk about, Apocalyse 2012 and end-times prophecy.
Thursday 26th of May 2011
Jeff Copeland, Christian illusionist, chats with me, Nicole O'Dell, about illusions, magic, and the Church. He even performs a live, on air trick--I couldn't believe it myself! Roger Bruner, author of the Altered Hearts series, Barbour Publishing, joins me for the second half of the program.
Thursday 19th of May 2011
Part 2: Groundwire, a ministry where teens find comfort, guidance, and answers delivered through multi-media communication. www.groundwire.net.
Part 1: Spirit of Community Awards...Luke Drabyn is working tirelessly to provide mosquito netting to remote villages in Africa.
Thursday 12th of May 2011
Tricia Goyer, co-author of Praying for your Future Husband, and her daughter, Leslie, join Nicole O'Dell to help girls prepare for their future marriage. They share openly about their own mistakes, dreams, marriages, and failures in order to help you make good choices.
Thursday 5th of May 2011
Amazing mom/daughter team writing books and living life together 24/7. Listen in as they talk about Kayla's rare illness and her physical needs, the family's experience on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, their new book, No Safe Haves, and how their faith in God ties it all together.
Thursday 28th of April 2011
Mason and Micah Marrs, 13-year old twins share about their band, Double Vision. Then, Leah Fox, 13, winner of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, joins me to talk about her fundraising efforts, Pennies for Pumps, to help purchase insulin pumps for young diabetics who cannot afford them.
Wednesday 20th of April 2011
Tune in for live music as singer, songwriter, 15-year-old Tyler Layne shares one of his original songs with us. Then, Jill Williamson, Christy-Award winning author of the Blood of Kings Trilogy, releases the final book.
Thursday 14th of April 2011
Steven and Maryanne Abbate, parents of Luke Abbate who tragically died as a result of a car crash, share about their experiences, organ donation, and the need to make good choices. Rick Bieber, writer & director of the movie of the Abbate's story, The 5th Quarter, joins us to share his vision.
Thursday 7th of April 2011
Milan and Kay Yerkovich join me to talk about what makes parents tick. Then, the second half of the show is with the hilarious Kimberly Stuart, author of Operation Bonnet.
Thursday 31st of March 2011
C.S Lakin wrote The Map Across Time: Readers will be transported into a world where evil somehow prevailed over the Gates of HEaven–at least for a time. And a mysterious stone & half forgotten legends will captivate young readers in new youth fiction from best-selling author Jim Ware
Thursday 24th of March 2011
Christian Life College's 26th annual Ascension Convention youth conference is preparing to descend on the Chicagoland area. Youth pastor, Jonathan Jensen, and teens Nic and Destiny, join Nicole O'Dell to talk about the event.
Thursday 17th of March 2011
Fun discussion with Eddie aJones about boys and books! The second half is nother fun segment talking with Shellie Neumeier about teens, and her book, Driven.
Thursday 3rd of March 2011
After losing her husband and four youngest children in a car accident and learning about the true sufficiency of God's grace, Dori seeks to lead others down a path of healing and peace.
Thursday 24th of February 2011
1st Half: Lex from Bright Light Parade and Nicole O'Dell discuss music, books, concert tours, missions and passions.
2nd half: Terri Blackstock and Nicole talk about drug addiction and Terri's latest series, Intervention.
Thursday 10th of February 2011
BRITT NICOLE, JENNA LUCADO BISHOP, and JAIME GRACE will be joining me to talk about the REVOLVE TOUR, their concerts and books, and other fun things–including music clips!
Thursday 3rd of February 2011
Lisa T, Bergren, author of the River of Time Series, talks about Waterfall--book one in the series--and about writing for teens. Ginny Yttrup, author of Words, shares about her past sexual abuse and her heart for teens.
Thursday 27th of January 2011
Jon Hirst of NOVO Ink (www.novoink.com) shares about this exciting company offering ebook in innovative ways. Award-winning author and missionary to Mozambique, Lisa Harris, talks about her life, her work, and her family.
Thursday 20th of January 2011
Kevin Morguess and Nicholas Crumley join Nicole O'Dell to discuss what it's been like to have a brother with Down Syndrome. They both work hard to spread the truth spread.
Thursday 13th of January 2011
Pam Gibbs from LifeWay Girls Ministry joins me to discuss body image, parent/teen relationships, and peer pressure.
Thursday 6th of January 2011
Emily from Lilygirlsmag.com, an amazing site for teen girls, joined Nicole O'Dell to discuss eating disorders, the double lives Christian teens often lead, finding a mentor, and purity.
Thursday 16th of December 2010
Jeffrey Valfer joins me to discuss his amazing website for teens, TeennewsNet.com. We discuss the subject of bullying with Rebecca Springsteen, teen with personal experience.
Tuesday 7th of December 2010
Dan Gross, Executive Director of PAX offers solutions to gun violence for parents and teens. 866-SPEAK-UP hotline. www.paxusa.org.
Thursday 2nd of December 2010
Darryl Nyznyk, author of Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas, joins me to discuss the real meaning of Christmas and how that blends with the traditions of the holiday season.
Thursday 18th of November 2010
Award-winning author, Robin Jones Gunn, visits Teen Talk Radio to talk about her life, her books and her love of teens.
Thursday 11th of November 2010
Jon Hirst talks about the concept of living as a Generous Mind. Jon and Mindy Hirst wrote an insightful book called Through the River. Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. www.generousmind.com
Thursday 4th of November 2010
Two authors join Nicole O'Dell to discuss their books and the topic of texting.
Thursday 28th of October 2010
Shannon McNamara, founder of www.shareinafrica.org, joins Nicole O'Dell to share about her literacy programs in Tanzania. Carl Blunt shares the story of Life Book: A Saturation Movement bringing God's Word to high schools. www.thelifebook.com
Thursday 21st of October 2010
Claire Culwell survived when only her twin was aborted. She joins Nicole O'Dell and teen, Natalie, to tell her story and to discuss abortion and its effects on women and teens.
Thursday 14th of October 2010
Melody Carlson, author of over 200 books, talks about her books, her passion for teens, and her own teen years.
Thursday 7th of October 2010
Hillary Manton Lodge joins Nicole O'Dell to discuss her recent release, Simply Sara, book two of the Plain and Simple series. We have fun comparing the dating practices of the Amish with that of the "English." You might be surprised!
Thursday 30th of September 2010
Fran Pitre is the mother of three sets of twins and the author of Twins X 3. She and her oldest daughters, Kathryn and Lauren, join me to talk about the joys and trials of a large family with multiple multiples.
Also, Kyann C. is my brief guest at the start of the show to talk about Bloom! Magazine, an online resource for teens, by teens!
Thursday 23rd of September 2010
David Kyle, director of BloodMoney, a documentary and expose' of the abortion industry, joins Nicole O'Dell to talk about his movie, the facts, and the solutions.
Wednesday 15th of September 2010
Alison Strobel, daughter of Lee Strobel, joins Nicole O'Dell to talk about personalizing your faith and making it your own as you separate from your parents and begin to develop your own identity in Christ.
Thursday 9th of September 2010
Author and Women of Faith speaker, Kim Cash Tate, joins Nicole O'Dell to discuss the struggles of teens and the lenses they look through to view the world. Racial issues, identity, self-esteem and other topics make this a lively and compelling discussion.
Thursday 2nd of September 2010
Show choir, theater, glee club...what are those things like and who are the people who get involved in them? And what about guys? What would make a guy want to join SHOW CHOIR? Join Nicole O'Dell as she asks those and many other questions of Austin Schumacher, Shay Davis and Tabitha Hess.
Thursday 26th of August 2010
Author, speaker and mentor to young women joins Nicole O'Dell to discuss the back-to-school season and many other issues that pertain to teens. Special guest, Natalie: Nicole's daughter.
Thursday 19th of August 2010
Ken Raney of Clashentertainment.com, Ben Avery, comic book writer and creator, and Rob Woodrum, illustrator, join Nicole O'Dell to talk about the comic book industry for Christian Teens.
Thursday 12th of August 2010
Cindy Thomson joins me to discuss family history. How to dive in, learn the facts and keep the records. The teenage years are a great time for this because you most likely have older relatives who can help with the research.
Thursday 5th of August 2010
Lezlie Evans joins Nicole O'Dell to talk about teens in pursuit of big dreams...working in the arts, publishing, atletics, etc.
Thursday 29th of July 2010
Cara Putman, author of Stars in the Night, joins me to talk about teens recognizing God's call on their lives. Learn about how to hear His guidance and how to know His will.
Thursday 22nd of July 2010
Publicist, Carrie Hill, shares from her heart about her 13-year battle with bulimia. We discuss the causes, the warning signs, and the solutions for teens with eating disorders.
Thursday 8th of July 2010
300,000 teens are enslaved in the sex trafficking market right now in the United States alone. Globally, the number exceeds 27 million. Tom Davis, author of Priceless: A Novel on the Edge of the World, joins Nicole O'Dell to discuss this difficult issue.
Thursday 1st of July 2010
Hannah Smith talks about her life as a military teen--living overseas, visiting ten countries...missing her dad. Her mom, Andrea, joins us to share from her perspective. As a big surprise, Hannah's dad, Shane, got a chance to call in from his training location.
Friday 25th of June 2010
Author, Kit Wilkinson and her niece, Emilie, join Nicole O'Dell and Nicole Unice to talk about mentors. Emilie even sings This One's for the Girls for us!
Thursday 10th of June 2010
Ken Raney of ClashEntertainment.com and Jill Williamson of Novelteen.com, along with Stephanie Morrill, author of the Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, join me to discuss the Christian entertainment industry.
Friday 4th of June 2010
Tracy Miller attempted suicide after being bullied as a teen. She and Keven Morguess (teen) join Nicole O'Dell to talk about bullying from the perspective of their personal experiences. Don't miss this one!
Friday 28th of May 2010
Abby and Esther Wysong,teens who blog and review books on bookwormsreview.com, join me, along with Jill Williamson, author of the Blook of Kings trilogy and the founder of novelteen.com, to discuss all things related to books and reviews.
Tuesday 18th of May 2010
Jenny B. Jones joins Nicole O'Dell to talk about writing books, teaching high-school and other funny things related to teens.
Friday 14th of May 2010
Guest, Lauren Flaim, gave birth to her daughter at age 15 and has since gone on to become a successful business owner at 21. Join us as we discuss her struggles and her rise to success in honor of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention month.