Susan Young - Creating Positive Change and Transformation to Reach Your Goals 08-15-17

Susan Young is a speaker, author, trainer, and a woman passionate about helping individuals and businesses reach their goals.  She runs the speaking and training firm, Susan Young International.  Her clients include the US Air Force, McDonald's, Boeing, American Family Insurance, Vector Aerospace, the Social Security Administration, Century 21, Marriot Hotels, Mayflower Moving, Northwestern Mutual, and many others.  Susan will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on August 15 and her topic will be "Creating Positive Change and Transformation to Reach Your Goals."

Susan has a Master's Degree in Human Performance Technology and is writing books and a series of tools to help people move from transition to transformation.  She is the author of "Release the Power of Re3...77 Ways to Create Positive Change and Transformation", "The Art of First Impressions for Positive Impact", and "Shift, Shed and Shine," among other titles.

When Susan is not motivating the masses and training global sales teams, she is jumping out of airplanes, swimming with sea turtles, or riding her bike.  She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, has 22 year old twins, and is engaged to Daniel.  She is also a proud grandmother who loves chocolate almonds.

 

For more information about Susan Young:

www.SusanSpeaks.com

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Cynthia Tobias/Sue Acuna - What is REALLY Going On with Middle Schoolers 08-08-17

Cynthia Tobias is a best-selling author and a speaker.  She taught in a public high school and was in law enforcement for 6 years,  Her co-author is Sue Acuna and is one of those goofy teachers who enjoys spending time with middle schoolers.  She and Cynbthia co-authored "Middle School: The Inside Story...What Kids Tell Us But Don't Tell YOU." Sue speaks to teachers, parents, and students around the country with advice on how to make the classroom experience more successful. Cynthia and Sue will be our guests on Chained No More Talk Radio on Tuesday, August 8.  Their topic will be "What is REALLY Going On with Middle Schoolers?"

Cynthia graduated from NW Nazarene University, her M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific University, and an honorary doctorate from

NNU.  She has written 13 books and speaks for business, government agencies, churches and schools throughout the world.

Sue received her B.A. and M.Ed. from Concordia University, in Portland, OR. She taught middle school in Southern California and Concordia Lutheran School in Tacoma (20th year).  She directs both the school and church choirs there.

Both women are married, have grown sons and are waiting for grandchildren.  They both live in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

To find out more about Cynthia Tobias:  www.cynthiatobias.com

To find out mroe about Sue Acuna:  mrsacuna@msn.com   www.sueacuna.com@svacuna

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Deb Potts - Making Peace With Prickly People 08-01-17

Deb Potts is a speaker, author, and marriage mentor.  Deb is a personality specialist, trained by Florence Luittauer. She has been speaking publicly since 2006 and she weaves a little about personalities into all of her presentations. Deb Potts will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on August 1.  Her topic will be the title of her newest book, "Making Peace with Prickly People."

Deb will tell her story, which includes her father's suicide, and how she found God through that tragedy.  She wants to share her amazing story of forgiveness, healing, and destiny.  She and her husband also lead the marriage team at their church campus. 

She describes her book, "Making Peace with Prickly People" as Spiritual Relationships for Dummies.

Deb and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 40 years and live in the beautiful state of Michigan.  They have two grown children and 2 grandsons.  She loves to hike, read, and crochet.  She and her husband, along with her sister and brother-in-law, have set a goal to hike one million steps across America, state by sate.  They have completed 29 hikes and over 700,000 steps so far!

 

For more information about Deb Pott's resources and to connect with her:

www.pricklypeople.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/DebPottsSpeaks

Email: deb@debpotts.com

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Kim Meeder - The Connection Between Damaged Kids and Horses

Kim Meeder is a guest you will never forget!  Her life was torn apart at the earlu age of nine by her parents' murder-suicide.  On the day of her parents' funeral, Kim experienced the special emotional comfort a horse could profide, which led her to do the ministry she does today.  She has since chosen to rise above the pain and become a powerful influence in the lives of many disadvantaged youth.  Kim willl be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on July 25.  Her topic will be "The Connection Between Damaged Kids and Horses."

She and her husband, Troy, have transformed their 9 acre cinder quarry into a non-profit ranch for kids named Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, where they rescue abused and neglected horses and nurture them back to health.  They have rescued more than 300 horses and have brought "at risk" youth to the ranch to connect them.

Kim is the author of numerous books.  Her first book, "Hope Rising," has been translated into German, Chinese, and Slavic.  Other books have been featured on Focus on the Family.  Kim is a powerfully inspiring speaker and has received many awards for her work.

She and her husband live in Central Oregon.  She is an athlete in Nordic ski racing, biathalon, power lifting, mountain climbing, and surfing.  If a sport will take Kim into the great outdoors, you will probably find her there!

 

For more information about Kim Meeder and Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch:

www.crystalpeaksyouthranch.org

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Becky Harling - How to Listen So People Will Talk

Becky Harling is an energetic and motivational international speaker, inspiring audiences to overcome their greatest life challenges and reach their full potential.

Becky holds a degree in Biblical Literature and is a certified Speaker, Leadership Coach and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team.  She is a breast cancer survivor and a childhood sexual abuse survivor.  A frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and leadership training events, she brings a message of hope and inspiration to every audience.  As a communication's coach, Becky helps those looking to connect more effectively with their audience.  Becky will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on July 18.  Her topic will be "How to Listen So People Will Talk.

Becky is the founder of Moms Unleashed and the author of "The 30 Day Praise Challenge."  Her most recent book is "How to Listen So People Will Talk...Building Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections," which will be released August 1.

Becky's husband, Steve Harling, is the president of "Reach Beyond, a non-profit organization seeking to be the voice and hands of Jesus around the world.  Becky speaks individually, as well as together with her husband.  Together, Becky and Steve have four adult children and nine grandchildren.  Becky loves life and believes that you can improve any relationship by learning how to listen.

 

To find out more about Becky Harling and connect with her:

www.beckyharling.com

https://www.facebook.com/beckyharlingministries/@beckyharling

 

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Chris/Rahnella Adsit - Military/1st Responder PTSD (ENCORE) 07-04-17

Chris and Rahnella Adset have served many years together in ministries such as Athletes in Action, Disciplemakers International, and Cru Military.  In 2012, they established a ministry for the military called, "Branches of Valor" to focus on troops, first responders, and their families, whose lives have been impacted by service-related stress and trauma.  Their ENCORE presentation from 12-01-15 will be on Chained No More Talk Radio on July 4.  Their topic is "Military/1st Responders PTSD."

Rahnella is the founder, president and CEO of "Branches of Valor", and maintains a pastoral counseling practice working with severely traumatized women.

Chris is the National Director and Resource Specialist for their far-reaching ministry.  They have co-authored small group study manuals called "The Combat Trauma Healing Manual", "When War Comes Home", and "The First Responder Healing Manual."

This dynamic couple conducts training seminars and conferences on PTSD, a secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, and disciple-making for professionals, churches, and first responders around the world.  Their resources are currently translated into seven languages.

Chris and Rahnella live in the beautiful state of Oregon, have four grown children, and love spending time with their grandchildren whenever they can.

 

To find their resources and connect with the Adsits:

www.branchesofvalor.org

chrisadsit@branchesofvalor.com

Office Phone:  541-345-3458

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Helen Wheeler-The Divorce Battle: Family Issues 06-27-17

Helen Wheeler is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Family Court Mediator, and Parent Coordinator, working with high conflict couples.  She is an honors graduate from the Citadel in Charleston, SC, and is a supervisor for graduate students and post-graduate students, helping them get licenses.  She is also a part-time adjunct professor at Webster University.  Helen will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on Tuesday, June 27.  Her topic will be "The Divorce Battle:  Family Issues."

Helen is a busy woman; not only professionally, but in ministry, as well.  She and her husband, Tom, also lead a national ministry titled, "Changing Families", a single parent family ministry that began in 1996.  Included in that ministry, they lead "Mosaic Families" (step-families), and are developing a ministry to help children alienated from a parent.

Helen and Tom live in Charleston, SC, where they have lived for 30 years.  She is the parent of two adult children, and she and Tom are pet parents to two special needs kitties; Thelma and Louise.

You can find out more information about Helen Wheeler and her work at:

www.HelenWheelerCounseling.com

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Judy Dippel - Postpartum Depression: Why Me? 06-20-17

Judy Dippel is an author and speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother of four.  She is an enthusiastic woman who has a heart for hurting people.  She is also vivacious and transparent, flexible and fun. She easily connects to her audience, due to her own experiences, her love for people, heart for God, and her Christian faith.  She says God found her when she wasn't looking for Him, during one of her most challenging life eperiences--when she suffered from nearly two years of post-partum depression. Her book, "Breaking the Grip of Postpartum Depression" tells her story, and more importantly, gives the clinical facts about postpartum depression.  Judy will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on June 20.  Her topic will be "Post-Partum Depression: Why Me?"

Judy is a freelance writer and has also authored "Refreshing Hope in God", and "Friendship Interrupted", all found on amazon.com.  A lifelong Oregonian, she is a daughter of a professional race car driver. Her career experience includes being a medical assistant in obstetrics and gynecology; she has taught in Oregon public schools, and was the assistant to the CEO of Holt International Children's Service and for several years with Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Springfield, OR.

Judy and her husband live in the beautiful state of Oregon.  She enjoys most any outdoor activity and travelling.  She also enjoys animals, horseback riding, reading a good book, and especially values good times spent with family and friends.

For more information on Judy Dippel's resources and to connect with her:

www.judydippel.com

www.JLDwrites.com

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson-Crisis and Trauma: Victim or Victor 06-13-17

Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an experienced author, speaker, and neuropsychoilogist.  She is a vibrant, caring woman whose passion for helping hurting people has guided her to what she does today.  Her 20 years of professional experience in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and emotional disorders, combined with her personal experience and strong faith, have led Dr. Michelle on a mission to share the Hope that prevails.

Dr. Michelle has personally endured her share of trials; the pain of losing a loved one, the despair following trauma and illness, and the mental and spiritual darkness of her "storms."  She will tell her story and also share how listeners can also triumph. Dr. Michelle will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on June 13.  Her topic will be "Crisis andTrauma: Victim or Victor."

She has co-authored three books.  Her first solo project is "Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression."

When Michelle is not helping patients in her private practice, writing books, or speaking, she loves spending time at the beach.  She also loves having coffee with a friend, but most of all, loves spending time with her husband, two boys, and their two dogs.  She collects cute socks, pictures of mailboxes, and shells from many beaches she has visited.

 

To connect with Dr. Michelle Bengtson and find her resources:

www.DrMichelleBengtson.com

Blog: http://dr.michellebengtson.com/category/blog

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Anne Denmark-Starting Over After a Big Loss 06-06-17

Anne Denmark, a vibrant, caring, and passionate woman. She is a speaker, certified life coach and a faculty member for the Professional Christian Coaching Institute.  She also teaches interactive online courses. As an entrepreneur, Anne works full-time in her life-coaching business, "Life Discovery Coaching" in partnership with her clients as they discover their best, for God's glory.  Anne will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on June 6.  Her topic will be "Starting Over After a Big Loss."

Her own life story includes experiences of burnout, sudden losses, two life-threatening accidents, and countless relocations, giving her a deep understanding that life is fragile.  She believes every day is a gift of discovery from God.  Others describe her as gracious and wise with creative flair.

Anne will be discussing how deep loss can freeze us and the importance of taking effective steps to "start over."   She will talk about what can prevent us from rising from loss and how others can influence us in negative ways.  She will discuss how faith can play a part in moving forward with hope and freedom.  Anne is a wonderful resource for those who need someone to come alongside of them and coach them to reach their goals in life.

Anne and her husband, Don, travel between Franklin, Tennessee and Sacramento, CA investing in the lives of their three grown children and their lively "grands."

 

To learn more about Anne Denmark and find her resources:

www.lifediscoverycoaching.com

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Ron Deal - Help! How Do We Blend Our Family? 05-30-17

Ron Deal is the President of Smart Stepfamilies and the Director of "FamilyLife Blended" for FamilyLife.  He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country.  He specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment.

Ron is the author of several books, including the bestselling book, "The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family." Ron will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 30 and his topic will be "Help! How Do We Blend Our Family?"

Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and licensed Professional Counselor.  He has been a guest on The 700 Club, Fox News, ABC Nightline, FamilyLife Today, and Focus on the Family.

Ron and his wife, Nan, live in Little Rock, AR and they have three sons.

For more info on Ron Deal and to find his resources:

www.familylife.com/blended

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Robyn Besemann - Breaking Free Once and.m For All (Part 1 and Part 2)

Robyn Besemann is the writer and creator of "Chained No More...A Journey of Healing for Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness."  She is also the host of Chained No More Talk Radio.

She will be interviewed by one of her experienced Chained No More leaders, Lynda Hodge, about what this book is all about.  They will explain the process of deep emotional/spiritual healing in its pages and discuss the two versions; a small group curriculum as well as the self-discovery version.  You can read more about it at robynbministries.com/chainednomore and read reviews on www.amazon.comRobyn and Lynda will be on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 16 and 23.  Their topic will be "Breaking Free Once and For All."

You can download the original podcasts by going to www.toginet.com/shows/chainednomore to the podcast on 2-19/26/16.

Robyn was raised in a pastor's home and was always involved in ministry of some kind.  She has led Bible studies, and has led several ministries throughout her adult life.  In addition to "Chained No More", she has also written the devotional, "Visions of Him...Seeing God in Everyday Things", as well as recorded an album titled, "Through the Rain...Crisis to Hope", with songs she wrote for those she has ministered to over the years.  You can find these resources at www.robynbministries.com.   Her ministry passion is to "help hurting people see who God says they are and not what anything or anyone has ever told them."

Robyn has been married to Ivan for over 43 years and they have two married children, two grandchildren and a granddog.  They live in the beautiful state of Oregon, enjoy spending time with family, boating, travelling, and heading to the Oregon coast whenever they can.

 

To connect with Robyn Besemann and find her resources:

www.robynbministries.com

Facebook:  Robyn B Ministries

E-mail:  www.robyn@robynbministries.com

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Wayne Stocks - Kids and Grief - How Can We Help? 05-09-17

Wayne Stocks is the Founder and Executive Director of "Hope 4 Hurting Kids."  Their mission is to help young people find hope who are experiencing hurt, pain and adversity.  A long time veteran of children's ministry, Wayne's focus and ministry has shifted in recent years to helping those kids who are hurting the most.  Wayne will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 9.  His topic will be "Kids in Grief - How Can We Help?"

Wayne is a "kid magnet" and they know he cares about them from the moment they meet him.  He has a big heart of compassion and whether kids are hurting form their parents' divorce, death of a loved one, or other trauma, he is there to love them, bring them toward Jesus, and wrap them up in a big bear hug, as he extends the arms of Jesus to them.

Wayne and his wife have four kids and they live outside of Columbus, Ohio.  He coaches his son's soccer team and spends way too much time watching middle school and high school sports!  He is an avid reader, writer, and speaker.

To connect with Wayne Stocks and find his resources:

www.hope4hurtingkids.com

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Tam Hodge - Tam's Story: Dark Beginnings to Bright Hope

Tam Hodge never thought she would write a book about her life, but ten years ago, she was hit, out of the blue, with a conviction to share her story.  Sadly, her story isn't much unlike many of thousands in our world today: child abuse, an eating disorder, promisicuity, homelessness, abortion, and drugs.  Tam will be our guest and tell her compelling story on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 2 on a show entitled: "Tam's Story: Dark Beginnings to Bright Hope."

Tam will tell how she moved beyond her past and forged through the pain of uncovering bad memories, forgiving both her abusers and herself, while discovering a deeper forgiveness that changed her on a "soul level."  Today, Tam travels, speaks about her journey, shares how confession and forgiveness can bring the freedom your soul may be longing for.  She speaks straight from her heart with compassion and undertstanding, and you will be blessed by her.

Tam and her husband, Brent, now live in Franklin, Tennessee, but hope to be moving soon to southern California with their two grown children, Dakota and Kassidi, to build a new ministry.

 

To connect with Tam Hodge:

Website:  www.tamhodge.com

Email: tam@tamhodge.com

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Kris Swiatocho - I am Single, But I Want to Be Married

Vivacious.  Knowledgeable. Passionate.  That's Kris Swiatocho! She is the Drector of "From His Hands Ministries" and "TheSingles Network Ministries."  Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 24 years.  An accomplished trainer, mentor, and author, Kris has a heart for singles to reach and grow them so they will, in turn, reach and grow others.  Kris willl be our guest on Chained No More on April 25.  Her topic will be "I am Single, But I Want to Be Married."

Kris is extremely skilled at pinpointing the issues of singles in our country today.  She coordinates singles ministry conferences, workshops, and seminars. Her newest area of ministry is "Pray for a Mate.  She is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  She also received some graduate training at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been an affiiliate staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ.

Kris is single, has never been married, and lives outside Raleigh, NC.  When she isn't traveling and speaking, she loves to write, paint, do a little stand-up comedy, and design jewelry.  She also loves to sing; especially karaoke.  Of course, all she knows is "Crazy" by Patsy Kline!

 

To connect with Kris Swiatocho:

www.PrayforaMate.com

www.FromHisHands

www.TheSinglesNetwork.org

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Rob Rienow - Parenting in a World of Tech

Dr. Rob Rienow is an author of several books, the founder of Visionary Family Ministries, an international conference speaker, a pastor, a husband, and the father of seven children.  He is a busy man with a passion for helping families going through dark times, become healthier and stronger in our world today.  Rob will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on April 18 and his topic will be "Parenting in a World of Tech", a new ministry he and his colleague, Jonathan Ziman have developed.

 

Rob's books include "Visionary Parenting" and "Visionary Marriage", which have brought great education and advice to families and couples.  After going through the divorce of his own parents and some challenging times in his own family, he feels his most important ministry is loving his wife, Amy, and partnering with her to raise their chidlren well to have a strong faith and character.  He serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Rob and Amy live with their 7 children in Chicago, IL, where he pastors a church. Amy is a licensed counselor and works in women's ministries.  He likes to fish, play basketballk, is a self-proclaimed tech geek and coaches Little League.

 

For more information about Rob Rienow's resources:

www.visionaryfam.com

 

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Matt Haviland - The Big World of Single-Parenting 04-04-17

Matt Haviland is an author, speaker, and a dynamic man who has a passion for single dads, single moms, and for healthy families in general.  He is a co-author of "The Daddy Gap" and the co-founder of the midwest Single Parenting Summit.  Matt will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on April 4.  His topic will be "The Big World of Single-Parenting."

Matt grew up in a single-parent family, lived a young adult life of self-destruction, and was also a single dad for over 9 years.  He understands the struggles single parents (both full and non-custodial) encounter on a daily basis.  He also knows how God can heal, and is a strong example of how someone can use their pain for good to help others.

Whether you are a single mom or single dad, or maybe your adult kids are divorced, please tune in to hear Matt Haviland.  He will discuss the joys and challenges, the traps of being a single parent, parenting tips, co-parenting, re-marriage issues, and so much more.

Matt is an ordinary guy who chases after an extraordinary God.  He lives with his wife, Christy and daughter, Olivia in the beautiful state of Michigan.  He is a huge fan of the Detroit Lions and the University of Michigan, but his favorite things to do are spending time with his family and working in ministry.

For more information and to connect with Matt Haviland:

www.afatherswalk.org

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Katariina Rosenblatt - Kat's Story: From Trafficking to Escape to PhD 03-28-17

Katariina Resenblatt has a personal story of human trafficking from the time she was 13 hears of age to 17.  That was just the beginning of decades of great trauma, violence, addiction, crime, and a teen pregnancy.  Her story, however, includes escaping deep darkness, finding her voice, standing up, and finding a God who loves her.  He is using her today to help prevent human trafficking at every level.  Katariina will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on March 28.  Her topic will be, "Kat's Story:  From Trafficking to Hope to Escape to PHD."

Katariina is an amazing and brave woman of strong purpose; to help prevent and end human trafficking.  She is an expert witness on human trafficking cases in Florida, testified before the Florida legislature, is involved with the FBI, as well as Homeland Security, and has been involved in Congressional briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  She is involved in signing bills and working closely alongside state and federal legislative bodies on the issue.  She has spoken for many legislative forums, colleges, and task forces on all levels of American government.  She means business!

Kat has written the book, "Stolen: The True Story of a Sex Traffixking Survivor", published by Baker House,  She has earned her Masters of Law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami and also holds a PhD with her dissertation entitled, "Trafficking in America: The Most Undetected Human Rights Violation of our Tiime."  Katariina has founded a survivor to survivor first hand outreach and mentoring program, called "There is H.O.P.E. for Me", a non-profit that her daughter now directs.

She lives in sunny Florida and really enjoys writing, speaking, and loves doing crafts.  She also has a daughter, Diana.  Kat loves seeing her daughter grow and becoming the best she can be.

 

For more information and to connect with Katariina Rosenblatt:

www.DrKat.net

www.ThereIsHopeForMe.org

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Lacey Anne Black - Lacey's Story: Adult Child of an Alcoholic to Therapist 03-21-17

Lacey Anne Black is the author of a book that chronicles her tumultuous childhood with an alcoholic parent and the immense issues from that traumatic upbringing.  She has been a mental health therapist for many years, has worked extensively with fractured family systems. and helped them work through their pain.  Lacey will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on March 21. Her topic will be "Lacey's Story: Adult Child of an Alcoholic to Therapist."

Lacey is a secondary Science, English, and Reading teacher of special education students living in poverty with emotional and learning disabilities.  She also serves as an adjunct professor and supervising teacher, educating new teachers on the art and skill of integrating reading and writing strategies into their classroom instruction, along with behavior management techniques.

She is the author of "From Dandelions to Daffodils: Chronicles of a Child with an Alcoholic Parent," which honestly and candidly chronicles her struggles through a diverse set of circumstances, only to realize that physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual health and well-being can only be found in trusting the Truth of God's Word.

Lacy and her husband live in the beautiful state of Maryland,  She is also a mother.  Treasuring the past, Lacey loves antiquing, scrapbooking, and journaling.  She and her husband love hiking, fishing and birdwatching.  She rejuvenates herself by travelling with her two sisters and spending time with her close circle of friends.

 

To connect with Lacey Anne Black and find her resources:

www.laceyanneblack.com

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Brian Cole - Brian's Story: From Darkness and Addiction to Preacher 03-07-17

Brian Cole is an incredible man who has lived a life of darkness and who is now using his pain for good in extreme ways.  He will tell his extraordinary story of being involved with satanism and the occult for 33 years, spending 27 years in prison, and a life of addiction for 25 years.  He will share how he found Truth and now has a passion to reach those who are in the midst of their own darkness. Brian will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on March 7.  The title of our interview will be "Brian's Story: From Darkness and Addiction to Preacher."

Brian is now involved in jail and prison ministry, Faith Riders-a motorcycle ministry, addiction counseling, and was an Associate Pastor, Outreach Pastor, and Youth Pastor of Faith Free Church in Stanley, WI.  He recently became a Senior Pastor at the Oaks Church, and Director of Recovery Ministries at Crossroads Outreach in Ashland, WI.

He travels requently to give his testimony and talk to kids about drugs in places like schools, ballgames, youth events, treatment centers, aftercare programs, biker events, and conferences.  His biggest passion is working with our youth.

He and his wife, Marsha, have three boys, and live in Wisconsin.  They enjoy motorcycles, getting outside, having teens into their home, and spending time as a family.

 

For more information on Brian Cole and to connect with him:

www.setusfree.org

 

 

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Kris Swiatocho - How To Build Healthy, Lifelong Friendships - 02-28-17

Warm, vivacious, passionate and knowledgeable.  That is Kris Swiatocho.  She is the Director of "From His Hand Ministries" and "The Singles Network Ministries."  Kris has served in ministry in various capacity for the last 25 years.  An accomplished trainer, mentor, speaker, and author, Kris has a heart to reach and grow people so they will, in turn reach and grow others.  Kris will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on February 28.  Her topic will be "How to Build Healthy Lifelong Friendships."

Kris is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  She also received some graduate training at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminar, and has been an affiliate staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ.  She coordinates singles ministry conferences, workshops, and seminars.  She has written extensively for magazines, guest blogs and is the author of 4 books concerning living well as a single person.

Kris is a vibrant single woman who is a people person, full of warmth and fun.  She loves to laugh and she loves the Lord.  She lives outside of Raleigh, NC.  When she isn't travelling and speaking, she loves to write, paint, do a little stand-up comedy, and design jewelry.  She also loves to sing; especially karaoke.  Of course, all she knows is "Crazy" by Patsy Kline!

 

To connect with Kris Swiatocho:

www.thesinglesnetwork.org

www.FromHisHands.com

 

 

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Dr. Rick Marks - Nurturing Your Marriage Day by Day 02-14-17

Dr. Rick Marks is a man of great passion and purpose concerning marriages in our changing world today.  He grew up in a divorced and abusive home as a child, so understands the challenges in hurting families.

Because of his childhood experiences, he has dedicated his life to conducting relationship and single adult retreats, to bring healing in families.  He gives seminars on leadership and relationship skiills in the workpolace and marriage restoration events. Rick will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on February 14 and 21.  The topic on February, 14, Valentine's Day, will be "Nurturing Your Marriage Day by Day."  The topic on February 21 will be "Help!  We Don't Want to Divorce!"

Rick is a speaker, ordained minister, licensed counselor, earned a PHD in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therpay, and an M.A. in religious education.  He is presently a pastor of family ministries in Jacksonville, Florida.

His educational and profession sucess is impressive, but he also excels in ministry to married couples and families through Hope Weekend, a three-day intensive for crisis marriages, which he founded.  He also is a trainer for the "Prepare Enrich" and A"Family Wellness" series.

Rick and his wife, Louella, live in Jacksonville and they have three adult children.  He is a 12-year veteran of the US Navy, loves to read, and enjoys building plastic model airplanes.

To learn more about Dr. Rick Marks and his ministries:

www.richardmarksphd.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Marlin Schultz - ENCORE - Conflict Resolution at Its Best 02-07-17

Dr.  Marlin Schultz is a gentle and wise man with a strong education and many years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He is highly respected in his community.  One of his specialties is in conflict resolution.    His podcast from 2-10-16 will be replayed on Chained No More Talk Radio on February 7 and his topic will be "Conflict Resolution at Its Best."

Dr. Schultz earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Marriage and Family Counseling and his Doctorate of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.  After being an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian College, he opened his own private practice in 1988 and still has a thriving practice that helps many.

Marlin has a calming way about him that puts people at ease and has the unique ability to get right down to the heart of a matter and help them find solutions and practical tools to achieve their relationship goals.

Dr. Schultz and his wife, Jan, have been married 45 years, have four adult children and 10 grandchildren.  They are both active in their local church.  He likes to whitewater raft and spend time with his family.

NOTE:  You can download his original podcast from Feb. 2016 by going to "view all podcasts" anytime.

 

To connect with Dr. Marlin Schultz:

EMAIL:  mschultzlmft@comcast.net

 

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Nicole Unice - Living Free From Fears, Flaws, and Failures 01-31-2017

Nicole Unice is an author and a speaker.  She is passionate about bringing the Bible to life in a personal and relevant way.  Her training as a counselor informs her work, with an emphasis on the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God's grace.  Nicole will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on January 31 and her topic will be "Living Free From Fears, Flaws, and Failures."

Nicole's invitations to speak have taken her across the world, and her books come to life with her popular video curriculum series found on Right Now Media. She is the author of " Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free."

She is a ministry director and leads Praxis, a full-time ministry residency program for young leaders.  She holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  She is on staff at Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Nicole and her family live in Richmond, Virginia, they have three children, two pups, and a whole community of twenty-somethings who are usually around, raiding the fridge!

To find out more about Nicole, her ministries and find her resources:

www.nicoleunice.com

www.hopecentral.com

Youtube: https://youtube.com/user/unice5/videos

Facebook and Twitter

 

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Robert Shryoc - Alcohol: Social Drinking or Addiction

Robert Shryroc is a highly respected man who has used his heart of compassion and his degrees in education to become a managing partner of residential and transitional drug and alcohol treatment facilities in California and Texas, named Covenant Hills.  He is a Vice President of Business Development for those treatment centers.  Robert will be on the Chained No More Talk Radio show on January 24 and will be discussing the topic, "Alcohol: Social Drinking or Addiction?"

Robert has served on the Board of Directors at the Recovery Resource Council, as well as the Advisory Board of Human Service/Substance Abuse Counseling at Weatherford College.  He served as a Young Life leader for 8 years.  He is a frequent speaker on innovative approaches to treatment, including the impact of faith-based treatment in the recovery process.

Robert and his wife, Trudy, and their three children live in Dana Point, California and go to the beach every chance they get.

 

To learn more about Covenant Hills Treatment Facility:

http://covenanthillstreatment.com

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Sarah Hamaker - Adult Sibling Rivalry: Building Bridges and Mending Fences 01-17-17

Author Sarah Hamaker has a passion to guide parentys to be the most affective parents they can be.  She also sees the connection between childhood sibling rivalry and adult sibing rivalry and how they can affect lives on deep levels. Sarah will return as our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on January 17, and will discuss "Adult Sibling Rivalry: Building Bridges and Mending Fences."

Sarah is a certified Leadership Parenting Coach, and is trained as a Biblical Parenting Coach through the National  Center for Biblical Parenting.  She has written a book titled, "Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace."

She has a strong experience with siblings because her parents fostered over 40 children when Sarah was in high school and college.  She is married, lives in the beautiful state of Virginia, and has two girls and two boys between the ages of 8 and 14.  In her spare time,m she likes to knit, read, and write romantic suspense books.

 

For more information about Sarah Hamaker and her resources:

www.parentcoachnova.com

www. sarahhamaker.com

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Sarah Hamaker - Sibling Rivalry: How to End the War at Home

Author Sarah Hamaker has a passion to guide parents to be the most effective parents they can be.  As a certified Leadership Parenting Coach, she guides parents in identifying, discussing and correcting bad parenting habits.  She's also a trained Biblical Parenting Coach through the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Sarah will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on January 10, and will discuss "Sibling Rivalry: How to End the War at Home."

Sarah brings a varied background to parenting coaching. Besides being a parent herself, her parents took in more than 40 foster children during her teen and college years, and she experienced firsthand how traditional parenting worked with a myriad of children from different backgrounds.

Sarah has written a book titled, "Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids from War to Peace."  She blogs about parenting on her website and is a frequent writer on parenting issues for Crosswalk.com.  Her articles on parenting have appeared in the Washington Post's "On Parenting" blog.  She's also one of the featured parent coaches on www.parentguru.com.

She is married, lives in the beautiful state of Virginia, and has two girls and two boys between the ages of 8 and 14.  In her spare time, she likes to knit, read, and write romantic suspense books.

 

For more inmformation about Sarah Hamaker and her resources:

www.parentcoachnova.com

www.sarahhamaker.com

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Stephen Scoggins - How to Successfully Reach for Goals in 2017

Stephen Scoggins, is an author, a dynamnic motivational speaker, and a strong example of someone who was at the bottom and rose to great success.

Stephen was born and raised in a broken home, struggled through life until his late twenties, and was on the brink of suicide, before finding God and  his way back.  he has developed a powerful program called "The Journey Principles" and will share what he has learned from his incredible experiences.  Stephen will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on January 3.  His topic will be "How to Successfully Reach For Goals in 2017."

He will share his incredible story that listeners will never forget, about rising from crisis and trauma to developing a multimillion-dollar global organization with strong values.  He will bring great encouragement and hope to our listeners.

"This too shall pass, and what comes next will be greater." - Stephen

Stephen lives in the Raleigh, NC area.  He and his beautiful wife, Karen, have been married for almost 2 years, and keep busy raising their two teenage boys, as well as a foster daughter and her precious baby.  Stephen and Karen love to escape to the mountians for quality time together as well as spending time with family and friends.

For more information about Stephen Scoggins and his resources:

www.journeyprinciples.com

www.ultimatelifekit.com 

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Dr. Ben Cross - ENCORE-Bitterness or Forgiveness 12-27-16

Ben Cross has been the senior pastor of a thriving church in the State of Oregon since 2008.  He has pastored churches in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980's.  He serves without pretense and has a passion for teaching the Word of God.  He has a huge heart of compassion for kids, teens, and adults who have hurting hearts.  His desire is to see peoiple find healing in the Lord and to become stronger and more confident as they grow in Him.

Pastor Ben will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on December 27.  Christmas is past and during the holidays, families gather to celebrate.  Many families have difficult relationships, and gatherings can be challenging, at best. Pastor Ben will talk on the sometimes extraordinarily difficult, but important topic of FORGIVENESS: a complicated subject that he will help listeners sort out.  You will be blessed by what you will learn and how it could change your life and family forever.

Ben graduated from Big Sky College, Western Seminary, and also earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 1999.  He has a strong education, but what draws others to him is his genuine care for people, his sense of humor, and his ability to make each person feel valuable and loved by the Lord God.

Ben is married to Mary, is a father of four, foster dad of two, and grandfather of over ten.  Outside of ministry and spending time with his big family, Pastor Ben enjoys landscape photography and watching sports whenever he can.

To hear more about Pastor Ben Cross and his ministry, and to hear additional sermon podcasts:

www.fbceugene.com

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Michelle Van Loon - Stepping Out of Regret & Remorse

Author and speaker, Michelle Van Loon, has always been an avid reader, has written scripts, articles, blogs and books, one of them being, "If Only: Letting Go of Regret."  She will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on December 20 and her topic will be "Stepping Out of Regret and Remorse."

Michelle is of Jewish heritage and is well-versed in the traditions and rituals of the Jewish faith.  She is a born again believer in Jesus, is active in her non-denominational church, is a regular contributor to "Christianity Today," and has been a consultant for several small faith-based non-profits.

In her adolescent years, Michelle's dreams got swallowed alive by tangle and turmoil.  She says, "I was lost, and not all that certain I wanted to be found, but Jesus, my Messiah, was waiting for me in the midst of my mess."

Michelle and her husband, Bill, have been married since 1979, live in a suburb of Chicago, have three grown children and two grandkids.  She enjoys reading, writing, cooking (Mediterranean/Middle Eastern foods are a favorite), traveling, and long coffee dates with friends.

 

For more information about Michelle's resources:

www.patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip

www.MichelleVan Loon.com

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Gordon/Carri Taylor - Surviving the Holidays as a Stepfamily

Gordon and Carri Taylor have been married 30+ years.  They understand, all too well, about the challenges and the blessings of being in a stepfamily, and they have had a thriving ministry to stepfamilies since 1988.

They speak nationwide, have written curriculums, made videos and documentaries, and have used their experiences and education to teach and encourage stepfamilies in all of the unique challenges these families live every day. The Taylors will be our guests on Chained No More Talk Radio on December 13.  Their topic will be "Surviving the Holidays as a Stepfamily."

Gordon is a professional counselor to couples and individuals (23years), and Carri is a Certified Communication Skills mentor, as well as a Certified Executive Coach (22 years).  They use their DVD series, "Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies: Bringing the Pieces to Peace", and "Children of Divorce: The Tough Truth" in their flawless and professional presentations, while still ministering to stepfamilies with great heart and wisdom.

Gordon and Carri live in the pretty state of Oklahoma.  They have 5 adult kids between them and 10 grandkids.  They also raised one of their granddaughters from birth.  They enjoy good movies, Thunder games, spending time with family, and shopping together (lucky Carri!)

 

To connect with the Taylors and learn more about their many resources:

www.cgtaylor.com

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Nancy Guthrie - Surviving the Holidays After You Lose a Loved One 12-09-16

Author, speaker and teacher, Nancy Guthrie, is a woman who is passionate about learning and guiding hurting people to God's healing, something that she has also experienced.

Nancy writes from difficult personal experiences, such as the loss of two of her children, who each only lived 6 months after birth.  She understands the journey of grief and knows how painful the holidays can be.  Nancy will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on December 6.  Her topic will be "Surviving the Holidays After You Lose a Loved One."

Desperately looking for answers and needing healing for her own broken heart, she dug into God's Word in search of those answers to hard questions.  Nancy says, about her speaking, "While I share openly about the deep hurts in my life, I also like to laugh.  I often have people who hear me teach, say that I am very real.  That's what I want to be."

Nancy's newest book is titled, "What Grieving People Wish You Knew About What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts).  She and her husband host Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Nancy and her husband, David, live in Nashville where, according to Nancy, "Life is less about professional pursuits than about the ordinary aspects of being a wife, mother, friend, and follower of Jesus, with clothes to wash, e-mails to answer, and a friend to listen to."  They have a son in his 20's and have their two children in Heaven.

 

For more information and to connect with Nancy Guthrie:

www.nancygutherie.com

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Dave Weinkauf-Men: How To Be the Best You Can Be 11-29-16

Dave Weinkauf has been a well-respected, involved man in his community for decades as a General Manager of a local TV station, Executive Pastor of a large local church, and now is an Executive Coach for profit and non-profit organizations.

Dave says, "In this decade of my life, I'm combining a high interest in helping Christian Leaders of companies become more affective in what they do and how they do it in my CEO coaching practice, along with helping men with their daily spiritual challenges."  Dave will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on November 22.

He is the founder and author of "The Bridge", which helps men bridge the gap between who a man is on Sunday at church, and how he then lives his life the other 6 days. 

Dave and his wife, Judy, have been married over 48 years and live in the beautiful state of Oregon.  They have two children and 4 grandchildren.  His many interests include reading, golf, fly fishing, stunt kite flying, gardening, travel, and Scouting.

 

To learn more about Dave Weinkauf and "The Bridge:"

info@thebridge.com

 

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Robert Shryock-Drug Addiction-Prescribed and Illegal. What's a Family to Do? 11-22-16

Robert Shryroc is a highly respected man who has used his heart of compassion and his degrees in education to become the founder and owner of a residential and transitional drug and alcohol treatment facility in California and Texas, named Covenant Hills.  He is also a Vice President of Business Development for that treatment center. Robert will be on the Chained No More Talk Radio show on November 22 and will be discussing the topic, "Drug Addiction - Prescribed and Illegal. What's A Family to Do?"

Robert has served on the Board of Directors at the Recovery Resource Council, as well as the Advisory Board of Human Services/Substance Abuse Counseling at Weatherford College.  He served as a Young Life leader for 8 years.  He is a frequent speaker on innovative approaches to treatment, including the impact of faith-based treatment in the recovery process.

Robert and his wife, Trudy, and their three children live in Dana Point, California and go to the beach every chance they get.

 

To learn more about the Covenant Hills Treatment facility:

http://covenanthillstreatment.com

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LeeAnn Jefferies - The BiPolar Experience

Author LeeAnn Jefferies is a woman who was adopted at 9 months, raised in Alabama, married off at 17, became a mother at 19, and diagnosed with the severest form of bipolar disorder at 23 years old.  LeeAnn will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on November 15 and will share her difficult journey of "The Bipolar Experience."  She will encourage listeners that there is indeed hope for those who suffer with this mental disorder.

LeeAnn will be joined by her co-author, Eva Marie Everson, who is a multiple award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction.  She has some experience with bipolar disorder because of a family member, so will also be answering questions.

LeeAnn will share about her experience with being in a psychiatric ward, enduring shock treatments, her manic episodes, as well as how her wonderful husband supports her and loves her through it all.  She will share how she kept the secret of her disorder while becoming an international model with the world-famous Ford Modeling Agency.  She now wants to remove the stigma of mental illness, open dialogue, and provide hope for the millions diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  She wants to prove, once and for all, that "dreams are bigger than the disease."

LeeAnn is married to Kenneth, they live in North Carolina, and they have two grown children.

 

To find out more about LeeAnn Jefferies and her book:

www.amazon.com

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Linda Ranson-Jacobs-Kids of Divorce: Going Between Houses

Linda Ranson-Jacobs has a passion for children and families.  She is the developer and author of Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K), and is a popular ministry conference speaker.  She has a long history of working with kids in trauma  She ran a a therapeutic childcare in Oklahoma, where the majority of children were diagnosed with a behavior issue or had severe emotional wounds.

Linda was a single mom, both because of a divorce and then the death of her second husband.  She also has a passion for single parents and their kids, as well as for the issues and expectations of grandparents in our society today.  Linda will be our expert guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on November 1 and her topic will be "Kids of Divorce: Going Between Houses."

****Linda's podcast titled, "Divorce: Parenting and Helping the Children",  from May 5, 2015, will be broadcast on November 8.

Linda is the author of "Attract Families to Your Church", a book that instructs churches how to be more affective in ministering to single parents and their kids.  She is a frequent speaker for Kidmin, D6, Familymin, Singles, and Grandparent conferences.  She uses her strong understanding of hurting children in writing articles and blogs.

Linda and her husband, Bruce, live in the sunny state of Florida.  They enjoy long walks on the beach, and serving in their church.  They periodically have grandchildren living with them while their kids serve in the military, so they are getting hands-on education about grandparenting.

For more information about Linda Jacobs and her ministry:

ljacobs@dc4k.org

blog.dc4k.org

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Poppy Smith-How to Find Your Dream and Live It 10-25-16

Poppy Smith is British, married an American, and has lived in many countries.  She is bright, has a wonderful sense of humor, is a five-time author, and is a delightful, inspirational speaker.  Poppy will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on October 25.  Her topic will be "How To Find Your Dream and Live It."

Poppy's books include the best-selling "I'm too Young to Be This Old" and her newest book titled, "Go For It!"  She speaks around the country and throughout the world, and was a teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship for 12 years.

Her passion is to inspire and encourage others to grow, thrive, and stretch themselves spiritually, emotionally, and personally.  Her passion comes from her own experiences of feeling inadequate, very angry, and desperately lonely.  Over time, God helped her replace anger with acceptance and took her from fighting Him to seeking Him.  He has now led her into a vibrant ministry to encourage others.

Poppy is married and she and her husband live in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

 

To find out more about Poppy Smith and her resources:

www.poppysmith.com

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Natalie Snapp - From Friendship to Heart Sisters: Being the Friend You Want to Have 10-18-16

Author and popular speaker, Natalie Snapp is a beautiful young woman who has lived a lot throughout her life on earth.  She had an unusual beginning, her father was an alcoholic, her parents divorced, and so did she.  Natalie has learned the importance of true friendship and the benefits of having someone you can trust to talk with.  She will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on October.  She will tell her amazing story and her topic will be "From Friendship to Heart Sisters: Being the Friend You Want to Have."

Natalie earned a degree in teaching and has taught for many years. She is a runner, which benefitted her when she was struggling through life's challenges and keeps her life in balance today. She experienced bullying throughout her school years, so she understands what it feels like to feel alone. Her friendships are valuable to her in many ways and at many levels. She will share how to resolve conflict between friends and the importance of forgiveness.

Natalie wrote her first book, "Heart Sister: Being the Friend You Want to Have", which was released by Abingdon Press. She lives in West Fayette, Indiana with her husband, Jason, a spunky daughter and two spirited sons; all with a crazy amount of energy.  She is one busy woman!

 

You can find Natalie Snapps's resources and connect with her at:

www.nataliesnapp.com

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Deb DeArmond - The Complicated Relationship Between Mother-In-Law & Daughter-In -Law 10-11-16

Deb DeArmond is an author and an inspirational speaker with a passion for families, marriage, parenting, inlaws, and helping others develop communication and conflict resolution skills.

Her published books include "Related by Chance, Family by Choice", a book that addresses the complicated relationship between mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws.  This will be her topic as our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on October 11.

Other books include "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last" and "Don't Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight!" (co-authored with her husband, Ron)

Deb is an entrepreneur, has owned her own leadership training and executive coaching practice for 18 years.  She is a featured writer and monthly columnist for Lifeway's Mature Living Magazine and the award winning Leading Hearts Magazine.

Deb has been married for 41 years to Ron, who led her to Christ the night before their high school graduation.  They have three sons, three daughters-in-love and six perfect grandsons.  They live in the great Lone Star State of Texas.

 

To learn more about Deb DeArmond and her resources:

www.debdearmond.com

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Michele Howe- ENCORE - Empty Nest AND Adult Children? Help! 10-04-16

Michele Howe is an accomplished author, inspiring speaker, and addresses a diverse range of women's health, parenting and single parent issues.  Her book, "Empty Nest, What's Next?  Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind" will be her topic on Chained No More Talk Radio on October 4.  This is an ENCORE program from her show on April 12.

Michele is the author of 17 books for women.  Her first book, "Going It Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom", provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo.  Her more recent books include a follow-up resource to "Going It Alone" titled, "Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse Once the Children Have Grown." Her book, which she co-authored with an orthopedic surgeon, is titled "Burdens Do a Body Good:  Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength and Soul."

In addition to her article and book writing, Michele is also featured in the Single & Parenting Resource video series as a parenting expert.  She is also a reviewer of several magazines and has published over 2500 reviews/articles.  As you can see, her passion is for single moms and families and she will inspire listeners to become the best parents they can be, no matter how old their kids are.

This busy woman lives in Michigan and has been married to Jim for over 31 years.  They have four grown children and four grandkids.  They enjoy water sports of every type, biking and hiking.  She also loves to read, which is a good thing, since she is a book reviewer!

To connect with and find Michele Howe's resources:

www.michelehowe.wordpress.com

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Michele Howe-Caring For Our Aging Parents 09-27-16

Michele Howe is an accomplished author, inspiring speaker, and addresses a diverse range of women's health, parenting, family, and single parent issues.  Her latest book, "Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love,  Loss, and Letting Go" will be her topic on Chained No More Talk Radio on September 27.

Michele is the author of 17 books for women.  Her first book, "Going It Alone: Meeting the challenges of Being a Single Mom," provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo.  One of her most recent books is titled, "Empty Nest, What's Next?  parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind."

In addition to her article and book writing, Michele is also featured in the new "Single and Parenting" resource video series as a parenting expert.  Her passion is for single moms and families, and now she will inspire and educate listeners who are struggling with caring for aging parents and loved ones.

This busy woman lives in Michigan and has been married to Jim for over 31 years.  They have four grown children and four grandkids.  They enjoy water sports of every type, biking, and hiking.  She also loves to read, which is a good thing, since she is also a book reviewer.

To connect with Michele Howe and find her resources:

www.michelehowe.wordpress.com

http://facebook.com/BurdensDOABodyGood

http://twitter.com@reviewermom   

http://www.pinterest.com/michelehowe

 

 

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Kris Swiatocho- Loneliness and the Single Life 09-20-16

Here she comes again!  A vivacious, knowledgeable, and passionate woman who understands the life of living single.  Kris Swiatocho is the Director of "From His Hands Ministries" and "The Singles Network Ministries."  Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 24 years.  An accomplished trainer, mentor, and author, Kris has a heart to reach and grow people so they will, in turn, reach and grow others.  Kris will be our guest on Chained No More on September 20.  Her topic will be loneliness and the single life.

Kris is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  She also received some graduate training at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been an affiliate staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ.  She coordinates singles ministry conferences, workshops, retreats, and seminars.

Kris is the author of four books, including, "Jesus, Single Like Me", "From the Manger to the Cross: The Women in Jesus' Life," "31-Day Experiment: Singles and Relationships", co-authored with Dick Purnell of Single Life Resources, and "Everyone Knows a Single Adult: The FAQs of Single Adult Ministry", co-authored with Dennis Franck, former National Director, Assemblies of God.

Kris is single, has never been married, and lives outside Raleigh, NC.  When she isn't traveling and speaking, she loves to write, paint, do a little stand-up comedy, and design jewelry.  She also loves to sing: especially karaoke.  Of course, all she knows is "Crazy" by Patsy Cline!

Kris' previous podcast, "The Life and Times of a Single Adult" (6-8-16) can be heard by going to our podcast list.

 

To connect with Kris Swiatocho:

www.fromhishands.com

www.thesinglesnetwork.org

www.singles connect4.com

www.facebook.com/thesinglesnetworkministries

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Paul Coughlin - How To Raise Bully-Proof Kids 09-13-16

Author, speaker, coach, and mentor, Paul Coughlin, is a man on a mission...to end bullying.  He is the founder and president of The Protectors, and his highly affective program is used by hundreds of organizations throughout North America and the world, to educate about bullying.  Paul will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on September 13.  His topic will be "How to Raise Bully-Proof Kids."

Paul, a target of bullying while in elementary school, began his battle against bullying in 2005, growing into an international movement that defends all children, regardless of distinction.  He has written numerous books, including, "Raising Bully-Proof Kids."  He is a man of strong faith and compassion, with a drive to make a difference in this world for kids and families.

He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, and C-Span, and has written articles in the LA Times, the New York Times, Newsweek, and other media outlets.  He also helps professional athletes and teams, such as the Baltimore Ravens, combat the effects of bullying.

Paul and his wife, Sandy have been married for 25 years, live in the beautiful state of Oregon, and have three adult kids; two out of college and one still in school.

Paul enjoys many interests, including bike riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, snow-shoeing, camping, snow camping, photography, and gardening.  He also loves to grow food.  Paul says his ideal life would be to write and speak, and then feed people the food he grew for them.

 

To connect with Paul Coughlin and find his resources:

Website: www.theprotectors.org

Email:  paul@theprotectors.org

 

 

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Thelma Wells - Bringing Family Generations Back Together 09-06-16

Known as "Mama T", Thelma Wells is a feisty 70+ year old woman who has been featured in many publications, television shows, and Women of Faith conferences.  Travelling 20 plus years as a speaker, she has shared the stage with Zig Ziglar, Max Lucado and Kay Author.  Thelma will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on August 6.  Her topic will be "Uniting the Generations of our Families in Harmony."

Thelma is the author of many books, including her latest title, "Listen Up, Beloved", addressing issues of generational issues in our families today.

Born to a severly deformed teenager, with no husband and nowhere to go, Thelma's life didn't start out on a bed of roses.  In fact, on those occasions when Thelma was taken to her grandparents' home, her grandma would lock her up in a dark closet.  It was her great-grandmother's love that enabled Thelma to rise above her circumstances and succeed.

Thelma grew up and became a trailblazer for women in the international corporate world.  God has led her into ministry with her family now and she will tell listeners about her new conferences, titled "Generation Love:  Divine Explosion."  Thelma and her husband of 55+ years have three children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

To connect with Thelma Wells and her resources:

www.generationlove.info

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Dave Mertz-Kids and Camp: The REAL Story

Dave Mertz is a man who knew from an early age that he wanted to work with young people.  He was on his way to pursue a teaching career, like several generations before him, when he ran into a "Divine Detour."

He was invited to fulfill several roles in a local church summer camp called Camp Harlow, and his path changed directions, leading him down the road of youth ministry.  Three decades later, he is still serving at Camp Harlow, as the program director, investing in the lives of kids and emerging youth leaders.  Dave knows firsthand just how important summer camp can be for kids in a variety of ways. Dave will be our guest on Chained No More on August 30.

Dave is a "kid magnet" and has a tender heart for hurting children.  Kids just love "Dave the Wave" and counselors look up to him as a mentor and friend.  His dedication to the Lord, his campers, and staff, shows in all he says and does, as well as in how he leads.

Serving kids and leaders in orphanages in Thailand and Cambodia have afforded some amazing adventures through the past decade.  He has also served as a worship leader in a wide variety of settings over the years.  On a personal level, "making sawdust" in his woodshop is one of his favorite ways to unwind.

Dave and his high school sweetheart, Carrie, have been married for almost 30 years and have three kids who are actively giving their lives away in service to others, as well.

To find out more about Camp Harlow and to connect with Dave Mertz:

www.campharlow.com

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Larry Fowler-Grandparenting in the 21st Century: Do's and Don'ts

Larry Fowler, an author and speaker, has spent most of his adult life involved in Awana, a ministry for kids and families.  Recently, he has founded a new organization called the Legacy Coalition, which is focused on equipping and envisioning grandparents.  Larry will be our Chained No More guest on August 23.  His topic will be "Grandparenting in the 21st Century: Do's and Dont's".

Larry grew up in a healthy home on a ranch in Nebraska.  His family's faith played a large part in his upbringing.  He attended and met his wife, Diane at John Brown University.  He earned a master's degree in Christian education from Talbot Theological Seminary.  He and Diane have faithfully served in the Awana ministry for the past 35 years.  Much of that time, he has trained children's workers here and abroad.

One of Larry's primary passions is encouraging churches, parents, and grandparents to work together to instill enduring faith in children and youth.  American children are living with shattered famlies, broken dreams, and disappearing family traditions and rituals.  With parents living in their own crisis, many times, grandparents and their grandkids lose touch.  Larry and his team see the need to connect them again, help grandparents wade through the challenges, and experience the joys of being with their grandchildren again.

Larry's organization, the Legacy Coalition, will be holding the very first national conference on grandparenting from a Christian perspective this next November 15-17.  To learn about that conference, go to: http://legacygrandparentingsummit.com

Larry Fowler says, "The next chapter of life is ahead; a time when my platform is changing, and now I get to target another group of children's workers: this group is called "Grandparents."

 

To connect with Larry Fowler and learn more about the Legacy Coalition:

www.legacycoalition.com

www.larryfowler.net

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Tracey Casciano - Tracey's Story: Abuse to Forgiveness and Healing

Author, speaker, and blogger, Tracey Casciano, uses her painful life experiences to reach the heart of her audiences.  She also uses her gift of encouragement to help others who may be suffering or doubting themselves on their current path of life.  Tracey will be our Chained No More Talk Radio guest on August 16.  She will tell her incredible story during the broadcast, and share how she was able to heal and forgive.

After a tumultuous childhood with an alcoholic mother and an abusive father, her love for the Lord helped her rise above her past.  She wrote a powerful book titled, "Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light:  A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse."

Tracey has a background in special education, has taught history in public high school for 8 years, and has been a missionary in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

Tracey and her husband, live in Virginia, and they are raising three sons.  Tracy enjoys running, swimming, and laughing wth their kids.  She can usually be found curled up with her dog and a cup of coffee on the deck.

 

For more information and to connect with Tracy Casciano:

www.traceycasciano.com

http://Ephesians2v8.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TMCasciano

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Dr. Michelle Bengtson-ADD/ADHD in Kids and Adults 08-02-16

Dr. Michelle Bengtson is an experienced speaker, author, and neuropsychologist.  Her 20 years of professional experience in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and emotional disorders, combined with her personal experience and strong faith, have led Dr. Michelle on a mission to share the Hope that prevails.

Dr. Michelle will be our Chained No More Talk Radio guest on August 2 and 9.  Her topic for August 2 will be "Add/ADHD in Adults and Kids: Myths and Facts."  Her topic for August 9 will be "Depression: Falling Into It and Stepping Out of It."

Dr. Michelle has endured her share of trials; the pain of losing a loved one, the despair following trauma and illness, and the mental and spiritual darkness of life's storms.

She has co-authored three books.  Her first solo project, "Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor's Personal Journey Through Depression," will be released this month.

When she is not helping patients in her private practice, writing books, or speaking, Dr. Bengtson loves spending time at the beach.  She also loves having coffee with a friend, but most of all, loves spending time with her husband, two boys, and their two dogs.  She collects cute socks, pictures of mailboxes, and shells from many beaches she has visited.

 

To connect with and find more information about Dr. Michelle Bengtson and her resources:

www.DrMichelleBengtson.com

 

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Anita Brooks-What is Domestic PTSD and What If I Have It? 07-26-16

Anita Brooks, is well educated, an inspirational business/life coach, international speaker, and common trauma expert.  Her goal is to motivate others to dynamic breakthroughs.  She blends mind, heart, body, and spirit, and shares hope and encouragement on the stage and from the page.  Anita will be our guest on Chained No More on July 26 and her topic will be "What is Domestic PTSD and What If I Have It?"

Anita is also a multi-published, award-winning author.  Her most recent titles include "Getting Through What You Can't Get Over", and "Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man's Memoir."

Anita is quoted as saying, "Reading is my obsession while writing is my compulsion."  Her life's passion is inspiring others to transform life's battles into lasting victories.

Anita and her husband live in the beautiful state of Missouri and they enjoy watching sunsets and dipping their toes in the lake.  They have two grown sons and five grandchildren.  One of her favorite things to do is spend time with her grandchildren and her family.

"It's never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith."  Anita Brooks

 

For more information and to connect with Anita Brooks:

anita@anitabrooks.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pintrest, LinkedIn

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Rick Johnson-The Effects of Toxic Parenting 07-19-16

Rick Johnson is a best-selling author, speaker, and founder of the Better Dads ministry.  In 2001, he saw an urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities.

Rick's books have expanded his work to include influencing the entire family with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. Rick will be our returning guest on Chained No More on July 19.  His topic will be "The Effects of Toxic Parenting", something that is prevalent and increasing in our society today.

Rick is a nationally recognized expert in several areas and speaks at many large conferences, including the County of Los Angeles Child Abuse Prevention Conference, and the State of New York Fatherhood Conference.  He was also invited to the White House as part of the "Champions of Change" ceremony in 2012.

He has written 12 books, contributed to many magazines, and been on hundreds of radio programs.  He has a strong passion to help families become healthier and stronger, and give them practical tools to improve their relationships.


Rick and his wife, Suzanne have two adult children and live in Portland, Oregon.

 

To connect with Rick Johnson and find his amazing resources:

www.betterdads.net

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

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Dr. Gregg Jantz-Issues of Co-Dependent Relationships 07-12-16

Dr. Gregg Jantz has dedicated his entire life to creating possibility for others and helping people change their lives for good.  He pioneered whole-person care 30 years ago and is a renowned mental health expert.  Dr. Gregg will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on July 12.  His topic will be "Issues of Co-Dependent Relationships."

He developed the multi-disciplinary treatment approach, whole-person care, that treats the entire person instead of just their symptoms.

Dr. Gregg founded "The Center - A Place of HOPE" to help people transform their lives.  His world-class team of professionals addresses the medical. physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual considerations involved in recovery.  The Center was recently recognized among the top 10 facilities in the U.S. for the treatment of depression.

This compassionate and educated man is a best-selling author of 35 books and a go-to media expert for a range of behavioral afflictions.  He appears regularly on CNN, FOX, ABC, and CBS, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post and Psychology Today.  He is an active member of the AACC.

Dr. Gregg and his wife, LaFon, have two sons, and live in Edmonds, Washington.

 

To connect with The Center and to find Dr. Jantz's resource:

http://www.aplaceofhope.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrGregoryJantz/?fref=ts

YouTube:  https://youtube.com/channel/UCdCEzl3R-wU8LgGXqa9BWg

 

 

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Linda Ranson-Jacobs - (ENCORE) Grandparents Raising and/or Helping Their Grandkids Thru Divorce

Linda Ranson-Jacobs has a passion for children and for families.  She is the developer and author of Divorce Care For Kids, and a busy ministry conference speaker.  She has a long history of working with kids in trauma.  She ran a therapeutic childcare in Oklahoma, where the majority of children were diagnosed with a behavior or had severe emotional wounds.

Linda was a single mom, both because of a divorce and then the death of her second husband.  She has a passion for single parents and their kids, as well as for the issues and expectations of grandparents in our society today.

Linda's broadcast, "Grandparents Raising and/or Helping Their Grandkids Thru Divorce", from June 2015, will be rebroacast on Chained No More Talk Radio on July 5.  You can download the original podcast by going to our podcast list and going to June 30, 2015.

Linda is involved in the Legacy Coalition (grandparentingmatters.org) and speaks at children's ministry conferences, educating people about children coming into our churches who are from broken homes, and how to minister to them uniquely and affectively.  She is indeed a well-known expert in her field.

She is the author of "Attract Families to Your Church", a book educating churches how to more affectively minister to single parents and their kids.

Linda and her husband, Bruce, live in the sunny state of Florida.  They enjoy long walks on the beach and serving in their church.  They periodically have grandchildren living with them while their kids serve in the military, so they are getting hands-on education about grandparenting.

For more information about Linda Ranson-Jacobs and connect her ministry:

ljacobs@dc4k.org

 

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Rick Marks - Five Things That Can Sabotage a Marriage

Dr. Rick Marks is a man of great passion and purpose concerning marriages in our changing world today.  He grew up in a divorced and abusive home as a child, so understands the challenges in hurting families.

Because of his childhood experiences, he has dedicated his life to conducting relationship and single adult retreats, and to bringing healing in families.  He gives seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the work place and marriage restoration events.  Rick will be our returning guest on Chained No More on June 28.

Rick is a speaker, ordained minister, a licensed counselor, and has earned a PHD Master of Arts and M.A. degrees.  He is presently a pastor of family ministries in Jacksonville, Florida.

His educational and professional success is impressive, but he also excels in ministry to married couples and families through Hope Weekends, which are three day intensive events for crisis marriages, which he founded. He is also a trainer for the "Prepare Enrich" and "Family Wellness" series.  He is indeed an expert on the topic on this Chained No More program.

Rick and his wife, Louella, live in Jacksonville and they have three adult children.  He is a 12-year veteran of the US Navy and loves to read and build plastic model airplanes.

 

To learn more about Dr. Rick Marks and his ministries:

www.richardmarksphd.com

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Laura Petherbridge - How to Be a Great Stepmom 06-21-16

Laura Petherbridge is a busy international speaker, life coach, and author of multiple books,  She serves couples and single adults with topics on stepfamilies, co-parenting, divorce prevention, divorce recovery, women's issues and relationships.  Laura will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on June 21.

Laura writes and speaks from her heart, with compassion, and from her own experiences.  With a no-nonsense and practical format, she offers resources that tackle today's hurts and issues in families.

Laura's books include "When 'I Do' Becomes 'I Don't'...Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce", and "The Smart Stepmom."  She has been a guest on Focus on the Family, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, Family Life Today, Moody Broasdcasting, and many more.

Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series.  She is also the founder of a ministry to stepfamilies entitled, "Sisterhood of Stepmoms."

Laura has been married to Steve for 30 years and they reside in sunny Florida.

You can connect with Laura Petherbridge and find more info on her resources at:

www.Laura@Laurapetherbridge.com

www.TheSmartStepmom.com

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Kris Swiatocho-The Life and Times of a Single Adult

Vivacious.  Knowledgeable.  Passionate.  That's Kris Swiatocho!  She is the Director of "From His Hands Ministries" and "The Singles Network Ministries."  Kris has served in ministry in various capacities for the last 25 years.  An accomplished trainer, mentor, and author, Kris has a heart to reach and grow people so they will, in turn, reach and grow others.  Kris will be our guest on Chained No More on June 14.

Kris is a graduate of North Carolina State University.  He also received some graduate training at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been an affiliate staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ.  She coordinates singles ministry conferences, workshops, and seminars.

She has written extensively for magazines, guest-blogs, and is the author of 4 books, including "Jesus, Single Like Me", "Single Life Resources", and "Everyone Knows a Single Adult: The FAQs of Single Adult Ministry."

Kris is single, has never been married, and lives outside Raleigh, NC.  When she isn't travelling and speaking, she loves to write, paint, do a little stand-up comedy, and design jewelry.  She also loves to sing;  especially karaoke.  Of course, the only song she knows is "Crazy" by Patsy Kline!

To connect with Kris Swiatocho:

www.fromhishands.com

www.thesinglesnetwork.org

www.singlesconnectdt4.com

www.facebook.com/thesinglesnetworkministries

 

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Carol Kent - Encouragement for the Families of Prisoners 06-07-16

Carol Kent is a best-selling author and a popular international public speaker, best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical.  Her accomplishments are many, but it is her unique ability to connect with an audience that draws people to her.  Carol Kent will return as our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on June 7.

She will tell her story of how her son became incarcerated for murder and is now serving a life sentence in a Florida prison.  She travels far and wide sharing her incredible story and bringing hope to her audiences.  She has authored several books, including "When I Lay My Isaac Down", "Between a Rock and a Grace Place", "A New Kind of Normal", and more.  She will be discussing her newest book, "Waiting Together: Hope and Healing for Families of Prisoners."

Carol has been a keynote speaker in arena events such as Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy.  She speaks internationally and is a former radio talk show host.  She has been on Focus on the Family, In Touch with Charles Stanley, Family Life Today, Dateline NBC, CNN Live, among many other broadcasts.

Carol is the president of Speak Up Speaker Services and the founder and director of the Speak Up conferences.  She and her husband, Gene, have founded the nonprofit organizaton, Speak Up for Hope, which benefits inmates and their families.

Carol and Gene reside in Florida, close to where their son, Jason, is serving his life sentence.  They enjoy travelling and ministering together, spending time with their family, and following God's leading in their lives.

 

To connect with Carol Kent and find her many resources:

www.carolkent.org

www.speakupforhope

www.facebook.com/authorcarolkent

www.,twitter.com/carolkentspeaks

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Kathey Batey-Domestic Mediation vs. Divorce Court-Which is Best? 05-31-16

Kathey Batey is an experienced speaker, trainer, and writer.  She has been professionally speaking and training since 2004, has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, is a moderator for government meetings and forums, and is a civil and domestic mediator with the state of Michigan.  She is also a Certified Restorative Justice Facilitator.  She  certainly knows what she will be talking about on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 31.  Her topic will be domestic mediation.

Kathey leads workshops and a radio program titled, "ReDesigning Your Life."  She has worked with hundreds of individuals going through life transitionsm such as divorce, death, empty nest, job loss, and other life transitions.

She has been a facilitator for Divorce Care for several years and will be discussing domestic mediation as it compares to going through a divorce court battle.

Kathey lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has been single for 20 years.  She has 3 grown children and 10 grandchildren.  She writes plays and presentations.  Her most recent play is titled, "Recipes, Nothing To Do with Food; Everything to Do with Life."

 

For more informaton and to connect with Kathey Batey:

www.spiritedpresentations.com

kathey@spiritedpresentations.com

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Kathryn Robbins-Personality Types and What They Say About Us 05-24-16

Kathryn Robbins is a certified life coach, personality trainer, speaker and author.  Her journey as a wife and mother of five sons pushed her into finding a better way "to make it work."  This thirst for knowledge started her on a path of extensive study and research on human behavior, which became the foundation of her company, "Personality Principles", an easy to use, easy to understand, personality assessment system.  Kathryn will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 24.

Kathryn offers personality-based classes/training and coaching to individuals and organizatons, helping people identify what they do well and hone those skills into what they do best.  She is the co-author of "The You Zoo...Children's Personality Assessment Profile with Parenting Tips", What Makes You Tick...Adult Personality Assessment Profile", and "Color My Personality...Adult Coaching Coloring Journal."

Kathryn makes her home in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Steve, and their two dogs.  All five of their sons have flown the nest.  Their four oldest sons are married, and their youngest son is finishing his college career.  Kathryn has dedicated her children's personality profile, "The You Zoo", to her granddaughter, Jenna and grandson, Luke.

 

To connect with Kathryn Robbins and find her resources:

www.personalityprinciples.com

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Georgia Shaffer-Blind Spots In Our Relationships

Georgia Shaffer is an author, speaker, Christian life coach, and a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.  She speaks frequently at conferences, women's retreats, plus singles' and cancer survivor events, helping people identify "What needs to grow?  What needs to go?" in their life.  Georgia will be our interesting guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on May 17.

Georgia has authored several books, including "Avoiding the 12 Mistakes Women Make", "Taking Out Your Emotional Trash", and "A Gift of Mourning Glories: Restoring Your Life After Loss."  It is easy to see, by her work and her writing, that she has a heart for hurting people and wants to give them answers to heal.

She is a charter member of AACC's International Christian Coaching Association and has shared her expertise in several AACC DVD series, some of which she helped produce.  From her credentials, listeners can hear how she serves struggling individuals and families with passionate understanding.

Georgia lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  When she isn't speaking, writing, or coaching, she enjoys spending time with her son's family and deciding what needs to "grow or go" in her scenic garden.

 

For more information on Georia's resources and how to connect with her:

www.GeorgiaShaffer.com

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Sherrie Eldridge - The Good, Bad, and the Ugly About Adoption

Sherrie Eldridge, author of the best-seller, "20 Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew", is a twice-reunited adoptee.  She is straight-shooting, transparent, and compassionate.  Sherrie is an internationally-recognized speaker, and her writings are required reading by many adoption agencies in the United States.  Sherrie will be our guest on "Chained No More Talk Radio" on May 10.

Sherrie is a trainer in the field of adoption and blends practical adoption truths with life-changing principles. She helps parents see adoption from their child's viewpoint.  Her books are research-based, yet woven within, are poignant messages pounded out on the anvil of her own adoptee heart.

One adoptive parent said, "Sherrie has a beautiful heart because she had the courage to tell him what his daughter might experience in the growing-up years."  That is exactly why Robyn Besemann has invited her to be a guest on "Chained No More."

Sherrie has been married for 50 years, lives in the midwest, has 2 grown daughters and enjoys time with them and her grandchildren.  She loves writing and painting, is an avid boxer and a member of the Title Boxing Club, even though she was diagnosed with Lupus 13 years ago.  Such an interesting woman!

For more information and to connect with Sherrie Eldridge:

Website:  http://sherrieeldridge.com/shop

Email:  sherriesheartlanguage@gmail.com

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Linda Ranson-Jacobs -ENCORE. Divorce:The Effects on the Children

WE ARE CELEBRATING THE FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CHAINED NO MORE TALK RADIO!! That's right, it has been a year since our very first broadcast with Linda Ranson-Jacobs and we are celebrating by re-broadcasting that first program we had from 4-20-16 on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

 Linda Ranson-Jacobs, the developer and author of Divorce Care For Kids, has a long history of working with kids in trauma.  She ran a therapeutic childcare in Okalahoma, where the majority of children were diagnosed with disturbing behavior and had severe emotional wounds. 

Linda was a single mom, both because of a divorce and then the death of her second husband.  She had a passion for single parents and their kids, and in 2002, she was hired by Church Initiative to develop Divorce Care for Kids (www.dc4k.org), a curriculum used in churches around the world.

"Over the years, God has developed a deep understanding in me of how to work with and accomodate these children.  He has blessed me with an incredible intuitiveness to see into the heart of hurting children and know how best to serve them." - Linda

Linda lives with her husband, Bruce, in sunny Florida, works for Church Initiative, plays the piano for and leads ministries to single parents and their kids in her local church.  Her favorite thing to do, however is to spend time with her kids and her grandchildren.

Linda's website (www.hlp4.com) is full of helpful information to help families going through the devastation of divorce.  She is also a busy speaker at kid ministry and family ministry conferences.  She is the author of "Attract Families to Your Church", a book instructing churches how to more affectively minister to single parents and their kids.

NOTE: You can also download Linda Jacob's previous 3 podcasts by looking on the Chained No More podcast list.

For more information about Linda Ranson-Jacobs and her ministry:

www.hlp4.com  blog.dc4k.org

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Robyn Besemann (Chained No More)- Breaking Free Once and For All 04-19-16

Robyn Besemann is the writer and creator of "Chained No More...A Journey of Healing for Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness."  She is also the host of Chained No More Talk Radio.  If you feel stuck in the past and it's issues and need to find answers, this is the program for you!

She will be interviewed by one of her experienced Chained No More leaders, Lynda Hodge, about what this book is all about and the great success it has around the country in helping change people's lives once and for all.  Robyn will explain the process of healing in its pages and discuss the two versions; an affective small group curriculum, as well as the  deep self-discovery version for individual study.  Robyn and Lynda will be on Chained No More Talk Radio on April 19 & 26.

Robyn was raised in a pastor's home and has always been involved in ministry of some kind.  She has led various Bible studies, was the director of a successful exercise program called L.I.F.E. Aeriobics for 8 years, is a singer/songwriter/recording artist, inspirational speaker and an author published by Thomas Nelson Publishers/Westbow Press. 

For the past year she has been hosting Chained No More Talk Radio, leads local Chained No More classes, (men and women, ages 18-87), mentors and trains Chained No More leaders, and is continueing to write inspirational and life-changing books and devotionals.  Her ministry passion is to help hurting people see who God says they are and not what anything or anyone has ever told them.

Robyn has been married to Ivan for over 42 years and they have two grown children, Scott and Tami, a son-in-law, Drew and a granddog, Braxton.  They live in the beautiful state of Oregon, enjoy spending time with family, boating, travelling, and heading to the Oregon coast whenever they can.

 

To connect with Robyn Besemann:

www.robynbministries.com

Facebook:  Robyn B Ministries

Email: robyn@robynbministries.com

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Michele Howe - Empty Nest AND Adult Children? Help! 04-12-2016

Michele Howe is an accomplished author, inspiring speaker, and addresses a diverse range of women's health, parenting, and single parent issues.  Her latest book, "Empty Nest, What's Next...Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind" will be her topic on Chained No More Talk Radio on April 12.

Michele is the author of 16 books for women.  Her first book, "Going it Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom", provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo. Her more recent books include a follow-up resource to "Going It Alone", titled, "Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse Once the Children Have Grown" and "Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength and Soul", which was co-authored with an orthopedic surgeon.

In addition to her article and book writing, Michele is also featured in the new Single and Parenting Resource video series as a parenting expert.  She is also a reviewer of several magazines and has published over 2500 reviews/articles.  As you can see, her passion is for single moms and families, and she will inspire our listeners to become the best parents they can be, no matter how old their kids are.

This busy woman lives in Michigan with her husband of over 31 years, Jim.  They have four grown children and three grandkids, with a fourth on the way.  They enjoy water sports of every type, biking, and hiking.  She also loves to read, which is a good thing. since she is a book reviewer.

 

To connect and find Michele Howe's resources:

www.michelehowe.wordpress.com

http://facebook.com/BurdensDoABodyGood

https://twitter.com/#1reviewermom

https://www.pinterest.com/michelehowe

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Gail Showalter - Help! I'm a Single Mom! 04-05-2016

Gail Showalter is a heartwarming, moving, and genuine speaker and storyteller.  Gail was a single mother of three for sixteen years before she married Sam in 1996.  She is the author of a book entitled "Living, Learning, Loving...Lessons of Insight and Encouragement on a Path of Motherhood (with special insights for women raising children alone)."  Gail will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on April 5.

Gail was born and raised in southeast Texas, took her first speaking class at the age of 5, and upon graduating high school, continued her education in speech at Lamar University.  Gail divorced and with three children in tow, she went back to college and earned a masters degree from the University of Texas and then became a teacher for 20 years.

Gail and her husband, Sam, live in Texas.  They each have three grown children, and at last count, they have fifteen grandchildren.  She loves growing flowers and traveling around the U.S., as well as exotic destinations around the world.

This ministry-minded woman enjoys writing grants for single moms who are earning a degree to better support their children.  Life coaching women gives her great pleasure, as she sees women benefit from experiences that she has had.  She is a busy speaker, a Personality Specialist, and a Certified Professional Coach.

 

For more information on Gail Showalter:

http://www.gailshowalter.com/connect.html

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Al Gaines - From Drug Dealer to Reaching Homeless Teens 03-29-16

Al Gaines is a man who has a passionate heart for hurting teens, because he understands them.  Al was raised in a very violent, dysfunctional family.  He was greatly abused throughout his childhood, mostly by his father, so he rebelled, never trusted adults, and caused lots of violence himself.  He was 12 years old when his father died, which set Al into drinking and drugs to escape from the pain of his reality.  Al will be sharing his story, issues kids live today, and how he is helping homeless teens on March 29.

Al left home at age 13 and became a street drug dealer.  By 16, he used his natural entrepreneur skills to begin supplying drugs to 18 dealers in three cities.  He continued this illegal lifestyle for 15 years, met his future wife, Kristina, and they ran to San Francisco. They got married and moved into a commune for several years before eventually moving to Oregon in 1972.  He found a "legal job" at General Trailor, and it wasn't long before his supervisor led him to God.  After his wife found God too, they began to minister to others, found a church, and went to Bible school.

After graduating and years of volunteering as the Chaplain at a youth facility, Al became the Youth Guidance Director at a local juvenile teen center.  He now leads a team of volunteers in an amazing ministry to the homeless youth in his community, with a desire to help youth find their way like someone did for him. The team is now looking into opening the Solid Rock Trade School to train homeless youth and provide mentors.

Al and his wife live in Eugene, Oregon and loves to go to car shows with his trophy-winning purple AMC KJavelin SST.  He and his wife have 4 children and 11 grandkids.

 

To connect with Al Gaines:

http://lanecounty.yfc.net/ourministries/juvenilejusticeministry

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Diana Janz - Human Trafficking in America

Diana Janz is an interesting woman of many talents and passions.  She was a music teacher for many years and she also managed rail car fleets for companies nationwide.  Diana has founded and presently leads Hope Ranch Ministries, a ministry that advocates for survivors of human trafficking.  Diana will be our guest on Chained No More on March 22. 

From the moment you meet Diana, you know she has a compassionate heart and that she is an incredibly resourceful woman.  She is a strong woman of faith, but is never forceful or offensive with her beliefs.  She is a woman of depth and loves to come alongside hurting women.  She serves her "girls" with love, understanding, and care, as she rescues and advocates for them.

She grew up in Canada, has lived in three countries, and now lives in Eugene, Oregon where she runs Hope Ranch Ministries.  She is passionate about learning how to holistically care for the body, mind and spirit.  She loves reading, gardening, and going to the Oregon coast.  She is a follower of Jesus Christ and "He is the reason I do what I do."

Diana has four wonderful children and is a grandmother of two amazing grandsons.

 

To connect with Diana Janz:

www.hoperanchministries.com

www.facebook.com/hoperanchministries

www.facebook.com/landcountyagainsttrafficking

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Michele Howe-Empty Nest and Adult Children? HELP!

Michele Howe is an accomplished author, inspiring speaker, and addresses a diverse range of women's health, parenting, and single parent issues.  Her latest book "Empty Nest, What's Next?  Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind" will be her topic on Chained No More Talk Radio on March 15.  RECHEDULED FOR APRIL 12

Michele is the author of 16 books for women.  Her first book, "Going It Alone:  Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom", provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo.  Her more recent books include a follow-up resource, entitled, "Still Going It Alone:  Mothering with Faith and Finesse Once the Children have Grown."   She co-authored another book with an orthopedic surgeon, titled, "Burdens Do a Body Good:  Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength and Soul."

She is also featured in the new Single and Parenting resource video series as a parenting expert.  She is a reviewer of several magazines and has published over 2500 articles/reviews.  As you can see, her passion is for single moms and families, and she will inspire our listeners to become the best parents they can be, no matter how old their kids are.

This busy woman lives in Michigan and has been married to Jim for over 31 years.  They have four grown children and three grandkids, with a fourth on the way.  They enjoy water sports of every type, biking, and hiking.  She also loves to read, which is a good thing, since she is a book reviewer! 

 

To connect with Michele Howe and find her many resources:

www.michelehowe.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/BurdensDoaBodyGood

http://twitter.com/#1/reviewermom

 

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Dr. Rob Rienow-How Can Our Marriage Go From Unhealthy to Healthy? 03-01,08-16

Dr. Rob Rienow is an author of several books, the founder of Visionary Family Ministries, an international conference speaker, a pastor, a husband, and the father of 7 children.  He is a busy man with a passion for helping families going through dark times, become stronger in our world today.  Rob will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on March 1 and 8.

Rob's books include "Visionary Marriage" and "Visionary Parenting", which have brought great education and advice to families and couples.  After going through some challenging times in his own family because his priorities between ministry and his family were off, he feels his most important ministry is loving his wife, Amy, and partnering with her to raise their children well to have a strong faith.  Listeners will be inspired and encouraged, through his practical tools and concepts, to become the best spouse and parent they can be.

 

March 1- Rob will address visionary marriage; the ups and downs, tools to move forward as a healthier couple, and how having a healthy marriage is the foundation of a healthy family.

March 8-Rob will talk about visionary parenting of kids of all ages.  He will talk about building character, discipline, building memories with kids, and how to draw them to God.

Rob and Amy Rienow live with their 7 children in Chicago, IL, where he pastors a church. Amy is a licensed counselor and works in wormen's ministries.  Rob likes to fish, play basketball, is a self-proclaimed tech geek, and coaches Little League.

 

For more information on Rob Rienow:

www.visionaryfam.com  and Facebook

 

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Mary Tutterow-Caregivers: The Joys and the Challenges 02-23-16

Mary Tutterow is a wife, mom, author, speaker, teacher, and a caregiver.  Her book, "The Heart of the Caregiver...From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed", comes from her journey of caregiving for her daughter who has mental and physical challenges, as well as caring for her mother-in-law in her last years. Mary will be our guest on Chained No More on February 23.

From the moment you meet her, you just know she is compassionate, bright, and passionate about her ministry for caregivers.  Her book is used as a curriculum for small groups of people who care for those they love, in specialized ways.

"Only those who have experienced being a caregiver themselves seem to fully understand.  It is now my joy to help other frazzled caregivers find beautiful transformation in the caregiving process - for themselves, their family, and the people they care for ." - Mary Tutterow

Mary and her husband, Winn, have been married for 30 years and live in Charleston, SC.  They have two children; William, who is a student at Clemson University, and Mary Addison, who lives with them and "is truly the light of our family."  Mary likes to write and speak to groups.  As a family, they love boating and exploring thrift stores. 

 

For more information on Mary Tutterow and her resources:

www.theheartofthecaregiver.com  

www.marytutterow.com

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Dr. Marlin Schultz - Conflict Resolution at Its Best 02-16-16

Dr. Marlin Schultz, is a gentle and wise man with a strong education and many years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist.  He is highly respected in his community. One of his specialities is in affective conflict resolution, which is his topic as our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on February 16.

Dr. Schultz earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Marriage and Family Counseling and his Doctorate of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.  After being an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon and Northwest Christian College, he opened his own private practice in 1988 and still has a thriving practice that helps many.  He was also one of the primary reviewers for Robyn's book, "Chained No More...A Journey of Healing for Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness."

Marlin has a calming way about him that puts people at ease, and has the unique ability to get right down to the heart of the matter and help them find solutons and practical tools to achieve their relationship goals.

Marlin and his wife, Jan, have been married 45 years, have four adult children, and 10 grandchildren.  They are  active in their local church where they both teach classes.  Personally, Marlin likes to whitewater raft and spend time with his family.  Whether our listeners are struggling in their marriage, church staff, extended families or with their kids, Dr. Schultz will give important tools and tips to find resolution to the conflicts they have.

 

To connect with Dr. Marlin Schultz:

mschultzlmft@comcast.net

 

 

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Rick Johnson-Raising Good Kids to Be Great Adults 02-09-16

Bestselling author and speaker, Rick Johnson, founded the Better Dads ministry in 2001, based on the urgent need to empower men to lead and serve in their families and communities.

Rick's books have expanded his work to include influencing the entire family with life-changing insights for men and women on parenting, marriage, and personal growth. Rick will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on February 9.

Rick is a nationally recognized expert in several areas and speaks at many large conferences, including the County of Los Angeles Child Abuse Prevention conference and the State of New York Fatherhood Conference.  He was also invited to the White House as part of the "Champions of Change" ceremony in 2012.

He has been on many hundreds of radio programs, contributed to many magazines, and has written 11 books, including "Better Dads, Stronger Sons", "How Moms Can Influence Boys to Become Good Men", and "That's My Girl: How a Father's Love Protects and Empowers His Daughter."  He has also written a couple of books on marriage to help strengthen the family.

Rick and his wife, Suzanne, have two adult children and live in Portland, Oregon.

 

To connect with Rick Johnson and find his amazing resources:

www.betterdads.net

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Rick Marks- How Your Marriage Can Be Successful 02-02-16

Dr. Rick Marks is a man of great passion and purpose concerning marriages in our changing world today.  He grew up in a divorced and abusive home as a child, so understands the challenges in hurting families.

Because of his childhood experiences, he has dedicated his life to conducting relationship and single adult retreats, to bring healing in families.  He gives seminars on leadership and relationship skills in the workplace and marriage restoration events.  Rick will be our guest on Chained No More on February 2.  He will discuss how to have a healthier marriage and, as a result, a healthier family.

Rick is a speaker, ordained minister, licensed counselor, earned a PHD in psychology and counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage/Family Therapy, and presently a pastor of family ministries in Jacksonville, Florida.

His educational and professional succes is impressive, but he also excels in ministry to married couples and families through Hope Weekends, a three day intensive for crisis marriages, and also trains for "Prepare Enrich" and "Family Wellness" series.

Rick and his wife, Louella, live in Jacksonville and they have three adult children. He is a 12-year veteran of the US Navy. He loves to read and build plastic model airplanes.

 

To learn more about Dr. Rick Marks and his ministries:

www.richardmarksphd.com

 

 

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Dr. Kimball Hodge - "Renewing the Mind" 01-26-16

Kimball Hodge is someone who, from the first moment you meet him, you know he has great wisdom, is kind, has a compassionate and humble heart, and is one who loves to serve others.  He is an author, speaker, ministry mentor, and a former pastor of several churches.  Kim Hodge is our ENCORE show guest on Chained No More on January 26.  

He was born in Mound, Minnesota, served in the Army, and upon returning to the U.S., continued his education at the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  From there, he attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon and received both a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministries.

During his ministry career, Kim has been the senior pastor of churches in Minnesota, California, and Oregon. He has an amazing way of teaching what the Bible says in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

His book, "A Mind Renewed by God", is read around the world and renewing our minds will be the topic for this ENCORE program.  He will share how to see the changes that need to be made in our lives, what God's Word says about them, and practical tools about how to renew our minds and move forward in our lives.

Kim and his wife, Lynda, live in Medford, Oregon, have two married sons and they have 5 grandchildren, which are some of their biggest blessings.

To connect with Kimball Hodge and purchase his book, "A Mind Renewed by God":

www.kimlyndahodge@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Scoggins (The Journey Principles) - Growing Past Life's Obstacles and Finding Your Purpose

Stephen Scoggins is an author, motivational speaker, and a strong example of someone who was at the bottom and rose to great success.  He was born and raised in a broken home, struggled through life until his late twenties, and was on the brink of suicide. 

He has developed a powerful program called "The Journey Principles", and will share what he has learned from his own story.  Stephen will be our guest on Chained No More on January 12.  This will certainly be an hour listeners will never forget!

After a near attempt at ending his life, Stephen was guided by the Lord God to develop a multimillion-dollar global organization with strong values.  Stephen soon became a top-selling author and speaker with a huge heart for helping others.  He founded The Journey Principles Institute, whose team is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of serving others, by helping them grow past life's obstacles and allowing them to fulfill their true life-giving purpose and passion.

"This too shall pass, and what comes next will be greater." - Stephen

"Obstacles are not simply something that you go through, around, or over.  When you truly confront and overcome an obstacle, it becomes a part of you and functions as a teaching tool.  This too not only helps you define who you are as an individual, but also helps you perceive and take action in the world." - Stephen

Stephen and his beautiful wife, Karen, have been married for a year and live in Clayton, North Carolina, just outside of Raleigh.

 

To learn more about Stephen Scoggins and "The Journey Principles Institute":

www.stephenscoggins.com

www.journeyprinciples.com

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FREE GIFT FROM STEPHEN SCOGGINS: http://stephenscoggins.com/chainednomore

 

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Anne Denmark (Life Coach) - Making Goals and Reaching Them 01-05-15

Anne Denmark, a vibrant, caring, and passionate woman, is a speaker, certified life coach, and a faculty member for the Professional Christian Coaching Institute.  She also teaches interactive online courses.  As an entrepreneur, Anne works full time in her own life-coaching business, "Life Discovery Coaching", in partnership with her clients, as they discover their best.  Anne will be our guest on "Chained No More" on January 5.

Her own life story includes experiences of burnout, sudden losses, two life-threatening accidents, and countless relocations, giving her a deep understanding that life is fragile.  She believes every day is a gift of discovery from God.  Others describe her as gracious and wise with creative flair.

Anne will be discussing the importance of setting goals of change, as well as how to achieve those goals to make a difference in the coming year.  Listeners will learn a great deal from her and value the practical tools she will share.

Anne and her husband, Don, live in Frankliln, Tennessee, and actively invest in the lives of their three grown children and their lively "grands."

To connect with Anne Denmark:

www.lifediscoverycoaching.com

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Steve Grissom-The Gray Divorce Crisis 12-29-15

Steve Grissom is the founder and president of Church Initiative.  He has designed and developed a vibrant ministry that equips and serves local churches for frontline ministry to people experiencing life crisis, such as divorce, grief and family breakdown.  He will be our expert guest on Decermber 29.

Steve will be discussing "The Gray Divorce", a book that addresses the fast-growing epidemic of baby boomers who are divorcing after many years of marriage.  He will discuss his own story, as well as the reasons for ending a long-term marriage, effects on the entire family, and how churches can help in this area of ministry.

Steve's passion for ministry runs deep and listeners will see that he is a passionate man of God and is uniquely equipped to lead this growing global ministry.

Steve and his wife, Cheryl, live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.  They have three daughters (one deceased).  He enjoys photography and spending time with his family.  He especially loves to spend time with his grandchildren.

Fior more information on resources from Church Initiative:

www.divorcecare.org

 

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Linda Jacobs - Grandparents Raising and/or Helping Grandkids Thru Divorce (ENCORE) 12-22-15

Author and speaker, Linda Jacobs, our very first "Chained No More" guest, will be featured on this encore show on December 22.  She will discuss the challenges and dilemmas grandparents face today when there is a divorce in the family.  This program is timely with families gathering during the holidays. 

She will answer questions about grandparents' rights, how to be a safe place for their grandchildren, the dos and don'ts of being involved in the divorce battle, as well as when grandparents end up raising their granchildren, for whatever reason.

Linda Jacobs, the developer and author of Divorce Care For Kids, also wrote"Attract Families to Your Church...And Keep Them Coming Back." She has a long history of working with kids in trauma and is our expert guest for this encore program.

She was a single mom, both because of a divorce and then the death of her second husband.  She is now married to Bruce Jacobs and they live in sunny Florida.  Between them, they have 10 grandchildren.  Linda and Bruce cared for their three grandchildren while their mom was deployed, and Linda also has several "adopted" grandkids.

Linda loves kids and has a passion, especially for hurting kids in crisis.  She says, "Over the years, God has developed a deep understanding in me of how to work with and accomodate these children.  He has blessed me with an incredible intuitiveness to see into the heart of hurting children and know how to best serve them."

 

For more information about families and divorce, as well as grandparenting issues:

www.hlp4.com

blog.dc4k.org

 

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Barbara Newman - The Subject of Autism

Barbara Newman is a warm and passionate woman of God, is an author, speaker, consultant, and a trainer in the area of special education.  She has worked in this field for over 25 years and is considered an expert on the subject.  She believes strongly in creating communities of inclusion and is involvedd in networks and ministries that also share that passion.  Barbara will be our guest on Chained No More on December 15.

Barbara has 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at Zeeland Christian School in Michigan.  She is the author of several books, including "Autism and Your Church" and "Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities."  Her latest book is entitled "Accessible Gospel Inclusive Worship."

She has been married for 25 years, lives in Michigan, and they have two grown sons.

For more information and to find Barbara's many resources:

www.clcnetwork.org

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Dr. Ben Cross - Bitterness or Forgiveness 12-08-2015

Ben Cross, has been the senior pastor of a thriving church in the state of Oregon since 2008.  He has pastored churches in the Pacific NW since the 1980's.  He serves without pretense and has a passion for teaching the Word of God.  He has a huge heart of compassion for kids, teens and adults who have hurting hearts.  His desire is to see people find healing in the Lord and to become stronger and more confident as they grow in Him.

Pastor Ben will be our guest on December 8. The show will be be on the extraordinarily difficult, but important topic of FORGIVENESS; a complicated subject that he will help listeners sort out. You will be blessed by what you will learn and how it could change your life and family forever.  This is such a vital topic with holiday family gatherings coming up!

Ben graduated from Big Sky College, Western Seminary, and also earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 1999.  He has a strong education, but what draws others to him, is his genuine care for people, his sense of humor, and his ability to make each person feel valueable and loved by the Lord God.

He is married to Mary, is a father of four, foster dad of two, and grandfather of nine, plus two on the way.  Outside of ministry and spending time with his family, Pastor Ben enjoys landscape photography and watching sports whenever he can.

 

To hear more about Pastor Ben Cross and his ministry, and to hear additional sermon podcasts:

www.fbceugene.com

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Chris/Rahnella Adsit - Military/1st Responder PTSD 12-01-15

Chris and Rahnella Adsit have served many years together in ministries, such as Athletes in Action, Disciplemakers International, and Cru Military.  In 2012, they established a ministry for the military called, "Branches of Valor", to focus on troops, first responders, and their families, whose lives have been impacted by service-related stress and trauma.  They will be on the Chained No More show on December 1.

Ranella is the founder, president, and CEO of "Branches of Valor", and maintains a pastoral counseling practice working with severly traumatized women.  Chris is the National Director and Resource Specialist for their far-reaching ministry.  They coauthored small group study manuals called "The Combat Trauma Healing Manual", "When War Comes Home" and "The First Responder Healing Manual."

This dynamic couple conducts training seminars and conferences on PTSD, secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, and disciplemaking for professionals, churches, and first respodners around the world.  Their resources are currently translated into seven languages.

Chris and Rahnella have four grown children and live in the beautiful state of Oregon.

 

To find out more about the Adsits' resources or to connect with them:

Website:  www.branchesofvalor.org

Facebook:  Branches of Valor International

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David Knapp - What Do I Say When Someone Loses Someone? 11-24-15

David Knapp, an author and national speaker, has been a student of life experiences, most notably, that of loss.  His own grief process has taught him that wallowing in grief of any kind is not the answer.  He has taken what he has personally learned, and because he is a teacher, he offers practical advice to anyone who finds themselves close to a grieving individual.  He has written the book, "I Didn't  Know What to Say...Being a Better Friend to Those Who Experience Loss."

It is his deep desire to empower people to be better friends to the grieving and enourage the heartbroken; to help them through the process of finding relief and regaining a winning attitude for the next chapter of their life.  David Knapp will be our guest on November 24.

David has served as an administrator and professor at two junior colleges, and is currently a regional public relations director for New Tribes Mission.  He is also on the advisory board for a non-prfit, called Kidz at Heart.

He lives in Mesa, AZ, is the father of 8 and grandfather of 27.  In addition to time with his family, he enjoys reading and fishing.

 

To connect with David Knapp:

Book: ididntknowwhattosay.com

Email: dkworld@yahoo.com

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Patti Hammonds - Angel Tree: Ministering to Prisoners' Children 11-17-15

Patti Hammonds has a big heart for hurting kids. Beginning in 2008, she became involved with Angel Tree, an arm of Prison Fellowship, a national ministry founded by Chuck Colson.  She began as the ministry center manager, and then as the Angel Tree integration manager.  She began her service after she found an ad on Craig's list for a job at a local call center and that job evolved into her involvement in Angel Tree, a ministry for the children of prisoners in America.  She is grateful that God led her to such a vitally important and fulfilling ministry.

Her passion in the ministry where she serves, is to see the amazing reconciliation of many of the families when they are reunited.  She never tires of being involved in a ministry that brings Christmas to prisoners' kids and see them find hope and healing in God.  Patti will be our Chained No More guest on November 17.

Patti lives in Texas, is married, and she and her husband have 5 children and several grandchildren.

 

For more information about Angel Tree:

www.prisonfellowship.org

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Elsa Kok Colopy - Surviving the Holidays 11-10-15

Elsa Kok Colopy is a speaker and the author of six books, including "The Single Mom's Guide to Keep It All Together" and "Pure Love, Pure Life," a purity book for teen girls.  She is also the former editor of "Thriving Family" magazine, published by Focus on the Family.

Elsa is one of the experts on the DivorceCare DVD series and "Surviving the Holidays", produced by Church Initiative.  Elsa will be our expert guest on November 10.

She has a deep passion for communicating the love of Christ in a compelling and authentic way.  She was a single mom for 12 years, so understands the many challenges of that experience.  She has remarried, and she and her husband, Brian, live in Colorado.  Their blended family now includes four adult children and a 2 year old girl, Savannah Grace.  They are also in the process of adopting Wilna, Lovence, and Laurentz from Haiti and expect to have them home within a year.

Elsa is a freelance author and speaker, traveling around the country to retreats, seminars and workshops, encouraging women and teen girls to live a life based on their identity in Christ and His love.  We will be discussing the challenges that separated/divorced individuals face during the holiday season and practical tools to make it more enjoyable and meaningful.

 

For more information about Elsa:  www.ElsaKokColopy.com

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Sue Liljenberg - The Face of Abortion 11-3-15

Sue Liljenberg is an auther, speaker, and the founder/director of Healing Hearts Ministries International since 1989.  She is a strong, compassionate woman, whose personal testimony of redemption from a pain-filled past led her to lead a global ministry to women who are post-abortive.  Sue will be our guest on Chained No More Talk Radio on November 3.

Her Healing Hearts ministry team reaches women and men all over the world through books and other resources, and is an affective tool for churches to minister in their own communities.

"Healing Hearts has provided a study that lovingly comes alongside the faint-hearted and weary soul with heart- transofrming and mind-renewing truth that cannot be found apart from Jesus Christ.  As a post-abortive woman, I was deeply ministered to by this study."  Jodie Zicker, M.A.

Sue Liljenberg will share her story and discuss the emotional effects that women feel at the time of an abortion and long afterward.  You wil be drawn to her energy, be blessed by her wisdom, moved by her compassion and you will learn from her.  This is not about political stances or beliefs, but matters of the heart.

Sue is a wife and stepmother of two grown sons and the grandmother of three granddaughters.  She and her husband reside in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

 

To learn  more about Healing Hearts Ministries International:

suelil@healinghearts.org

www.healinghearts.org

 

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Tam Hodge - Life After Abortion- What They Don't Tell You. 10-21-15

Tam Hodge never thought she would write a book about her life, but ten years ago, she was hit out of the blue with a conviction to share her story.  Her book is entitled, "And Now I Choose."

Sadly, her story isn't much unlike many you've probably read before...child abuse, an eating disorder, promiscuity, homeless teen, abortions, drugs...walking a dark road to nowhere.  Tam Hodge will be our guest on "Chained No More" on October 27. 

Tam will tell how she moved beyond the darkness of her story and forged through the pain of uncovering bad memories, forgiving both her abusers and herself, while discovering a deeper forgiveness that changed her on a "soul level."  She will especially share about her decisions to have abortions and how the Lord has led her into ministry to women who have had abortions, as well and those who are considering it.

Today, Tam travels, speaks about her journey, and shares how confession and forgiveness can bring the freedom your soul may be longing for.  She speaks straight from her heart with compassion and understanding and you will be blessed and moved by her.

Tam and her husband, Brent, live in Franklin, TN with their two grown children, Dakota and Kassidi, where they all serve in ministry at their church.

 

To connect with Tam Hodge and purchase her book:

Email: writetamhodge@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.hodge

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tamhodge (@TamHodge)

Blog:  http://tamhodge.com

Purchase "And Now I Choose":  http:amazon.com/dp/1502443783

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Dr. Kimball Hodge - Renewing Your Mind 10-20-15

Kimball Hodge is someone who, from the first moment you meet him, you know he has great wisdom, is kind, has a compassionate and humble heart, and is one who loves to serve others.  He is an author, speaker, ministry mentor, and a former senior pastor of several churches.  Kimball Hodge will be our Chained No More guest on October 20.

He was born in Mound, Minnesota, served in the Army and upon returning to the U.S., he continued his education at the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  From there, he attended Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon and received both a Masters of Theology and a Doctorate of Ministries.

During his ministry career, Kimball has been the senior pastor of churches in Minnesota, California, and Oregon.  He has an amazing way of teaching what the Bible says in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

His book, "A Mind Renewed by God...Forever Changing the Way You Think and Live," is an important resource and the renewing of our minds will be his topic for the program.  He will share how to see the changes that need to be made in our lives, what God's Word says about it, and practical tools about how to renew our minds and move forward in our lives.

Kim and his wife, Lynda, live in Medford, Oregon. They have two married sons and 5 grandchildren, which are some of their biggest blessings.

 

To connect with Kimball Hodge and purchase his book, "A Mind Renewed by God:"

www.kimlyndahodge@gmail.com

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Carol Kent - Finding a New Kind of Normal 10-13-15

Carol Kent is a best-selling author and a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical.  Her accomplishments are many, but it is her unique ability to connect with an audiences that draws people to her.  Carol Kent will be our guest on Chained No More on October 13.

She will tell her story of how her son, Jason, became incarcerated for murder and is now serving a life sentence in a Florida prison.  She and her husband, Gene, travel far and wide sharing their incredible story and bringing hope to their audiences.  Carol has authored several books, including, "When I Lay My Isaac Down," "Between a Rock and a Grace Place," and "A New Kind of Normal."

Carol has been a keynote speaker in many arena events such as Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy.  She speaks internationally and is a former radio talk show host.  She has been on Focus on the Family, In Touch with Charles Stanley, Family Life today, Dateline NBC, CNN Live and many others.

Carol is the president of Speak Up Speaker Services and the founder and director of the Speak Up conference.  She and her husband have also founded the nonprofit organization, Speak Up For Hope, which benefits inmates and their families.

Even though she is very accomplished, she is a humble and authentic woman of God who wants to share her story and bring encouragement and healing to others who are struggling.  She and Gene live in sunny Florida where they can be close to their son and visit him often.  They have certainly used their pain for good and for God's glory.  You will be blessed, inspired, and encouraged!

 

To connect with Carol Kent and find her many resources:

www.CarolKent.org

www.SpeakUpConference.com

www.SpeakUpforHope.com

www.Facebook.com/authorcarolkent

www.Twitter.com/CarolKentSpeaks

 

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James Cruise - Strength Through Tragedy 10-06-15

James Cruise has a big story of the ups and downs of life.  Because of the tragedies he experienced, he has established a strong national ministry for single parent families, as well as for stepfamilies.  James Cruise will be our Chained No More guest and tell his incredible story on October 6.

James grew up in a solid family in Central Mississippi, with his parents and 4 siblings.   His childhood was full of strong Christian values, the dedication of hard work and the art of honesty and friendship.  He attended college and owned his own residentual construction company.

He has also experienced deep tragedy, beginning with a murder in his immediate family.  In  one short moment, James' life turned upside down and changed forever.  Tragedy struck again in 1993 when his entire family was involved in a rollover car accident and his wife, Anne, was killed.

Because of the loss of his wife, James raised their three children for 15 years as a single parent.  He knows the ups and downs of being a single dad all too well.  He is remarried to Cindy, who has three children, and now the Cruises live in Clinton, Mississippi, have six children and seven grandchildren between them.

James began James Cruise Ministries to share his amazing story with others, and to help others through similar experiences.  He and Cindy enjoy speaking to groups about single parenting and stepfamilies to encourage them and give them practical tools for success.

 

To find out more about James Cruise Ministries:

www.jamescruise.com

Youtube.com - "Overcoming Tragedy: James Cruise Ministries

 

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Ben Cross - Breaking the Chains of Personal Shame/Guilt 09-29-15

Ben Cross is a husband (Mary), father (4), foster father (2), grandfather (9 plus 2 on the way), a brother and friend.  He has also been a senior pastor of a thriving church in the state of Oregon since 2008.  He has pastored churches in the Pacific NW since the 1980's.

Ben serves without pretense and has a passion for teaching the Word of God.  He believes the church is not just a place to congregate, but is to serve in the community and beyond.

He has a huge heart of compassion for kids, teens and adults who have hurting hearts.  His desire is to see people find healing in the Lord and to become stronger and more confident as they grow in Him.  Pastor Ben will be our guest on September 29th.  You will be blessed by what he shares concerning how we can be freed of the guilt and shame so many of us hold in our hearts, by understanding and accepting God's love and grace.

Ben graduated from Big Sky College, Western Seminary, and also earned his doctorate at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in 1999.  He has a strong education, but what draws others to him is his genuine care for people, his sense of humor, and his ability to make each person feel valuable and loved by the Lord God.

Outside of ministry, Pastor Ben enjoys landscape photography and watching sports whenever he can.  He also enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids.

 

To hear more about Pastor Ben Cross and his ministry:

www.fbceugene.com

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Paula Silva - The Truth About Domestic Violence 09-22-15

Paula Silva is a survivor of domestic violence and understands the deep unseen wounds created by abuse.  She learned about and experienced the healing power of Jesus Christ that leads to everlasting hope.  She is another example of someone who is "using her pain for good" in incredible ways, and will be our "Chained No More" guest on September 22.

Paula is the co-founder and president of FOCUS Ministries, Inc. and co-author of the book, "Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in Crisis", plus the TEEN FOCUS curriculum.

This warm, accomplished, and compassionate woman has a BA in elementary education and an MA in guidance and counseling.  She has counseled and coached those who have experienced domestic violence amd abusive relationships since 1995.

Her passion for teaching has led her to be a trainer for Partners in the Journey and Faith-Based Domestic Violence training seminars and is the facilitator for a faith-based support group for women who have beem abused.  She presents domestic violence/relationships workshops, seminars, counferences, and training. She also trains pastors and church leaders on the dynamics of domestic violence.  Paula is a wonderful resource for those who need answers and help with the many issues of domestic abuse.  We are thrilled to have her on the "Chained No More" show.

 

For more information on FOCUS Ministries:

www.focusministries1.org

www.facebook.com/FOCUSMinistries

www.twitter.com/FOCUSMinistries

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Matt Haviland - The Daddy Gap 09-15-15

Matt Haviland will join Robyn again on the "Chained No More" show on September 15.  He is the co-author of  a powerful book, "The Daddy Gap", a conference speaker, was a single dad himself, and now leads a single dad ministry, "A Father's Walk."

Matt was a single dad for over 8 years and has a beautiful daughter named Olivia.  He understands the struggles single dads (both full and noncustodial) encounter on a daily basis.  He is someone who has lived "in the trenches" regularly and has a burning passion to help other single dads overcome their trials; to grow and succeed in becoming the father God always meant for them to be.  That will be the topic of the show.

Matt will tell his story about growing up in a single parent household, living with his mom, while seeing his dad on a somewhat regular basis.  Still, the lack of a full time father figure and not being brought up in a Christian household ultimately led to a self-destructive path of drinking, drugs, and sexual immorality.  Matt is another example of how God can heal and how someone can use their pain for good.

Whether you are a single mom or single dad, or maybe your adult kids are divorced, please tune in to our show with Matt Haviland.    He will not only share why dads are important to their kids, but show you how to be a better dad for your kids, whether you live with them or not.

His previous show has now had over 200,000 downloads around the world, which shows the need for the ministry he leads.  He has a lot to share and he will be encouraging and inspiring.

Matt, his new wife, Christy, and his daughter, Olivia live in Grand Rapids, MI.  He is a huge Detroit Lions and University of Michigan fan, but his favorite things to do are to spend time with his family and minister to dads.

 

For more information about Matt Haviland and his resources, go to:  

www.fatherswalk.wix.com

Facebook:  "A Father's Walk" and "the Daddy Gap

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Theresa Pueschel - Rising From a Life of Addiction 09-08-15

Theresa Pueschel is a vibrant, intelligent, and passionate woman of God who is "using her pain for good" in amazing ways.  After being trapped in a meth and cocaine addiction for 20+ years, she realized that she didn't want to continue in addiction and she needed answers. Theresa will be our "Chained No More" guest on September 8.

She made the decision to go into the Teen Challenge program in Southern California.  After successful completion, she moved with her husband, Ralph, to Oregon to attend the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute.  After graduating from TCMI, she joined the staff of Pacific Northwet Adult & Teen Challenge in 2010 and began leading the Eugene campus of Hannah's House in 2012.

Theresa is the first Director in the Pacific Northwest who has come up through the student program to become a center director.  She is a dynamic leader with a heart of compassion because she truly understands the struggles of addicts and their desire to rise out of their addiction. 

Theresa says, "Teen Challenge changed my life, gave me freedom from addiction, and restored my broken family relationships.  I am proof that God meets us where we are and doesn't ask us to clean up our life first.  He is real and answered my call to Him!"

 

For more information:

www.teenchallengepnw.com

541-344-4328

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Carri and Gordon Taylor - What To Know BEFORE You Get Into a Stepfamily 09-01-15

Gordon and Carri Taylor, married for over 13 years, are a couple with an immense amount of experience and education on the subject of relationships. Since 1988, they have been involved in starting, leading, and maintaining stepfamily groups.

The Taylors are the co-founders of Opportunities Unlimited and speak nationally at conferences on stepfamily development and other relational topics.  They will be our expert guests on September 1.  They will discuss the unique challenges of stepfamilies as well as how to affectively prepare for them BEFORE signing the remarriage certificate.

Gordon has a Master's Degree in Education and Marriage and Family Therapy.  He has been a licensed marriage family therapist for many years in California and Oklahoma.

Carri is a certified communication skills trainer and an accomplished producer, director, and editor of award-winning documentaries. Her current productions include "Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies: Bringing the Pieces to Peace", "Remarriage Preparation", "Children of Divorce: The Tough Truth", and "Life After Abortion."

Gordon and Carri began their own stepfamily journey in 1986.  Gordon's first marriage lasted 18 years and Carri's 13 1/2 years.  Gordon brought three sons to their marriage and Carrie brought two daughters.  They have 10 grandchildren and were legal guardians of Carri's oldest granddaughter since her birth.

 

You can connect with the Taylors at:  www.cgtaylor.com

 

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Wayne Stocks - Hope 4 Hurting Kids 08-25-15

Wayne Stocks is a magnet for kids!  They love him and are drawn to this safe, caring, and Godly man.  Wayne is a happily married father of four kids, but that didn't stop God from calling him into ministry to children from "disrupted homes."  After spending years as a volunteer, working in all facets of children's ministries, Wayne founded "Divorce Ministry 4 Kids." He understands kids and he connects with them heart to heart.  Wayne will be our guest on August 25. 

He will share his story, his passion, and his calling to minister to hurting kids.  He will also share practical tools to help listeners (parents, grandparents, teachers, children's workers) know how to connect with hurting kids and effectively help them heal.

Wayne will also share about "I Am a Child of Divorce", an online resource he developed for children and teens who have experienced family disruption. This amazingly helpful site includes information, resources, support groups and more, to help kids find hope and healing after suffering a family disruption.

Wayne lives with his family in the beautiful state of Ohio.  He still leads various children's ministries and is connected with many ministries for kids. Wayne speaks at various children/family/teen ministry conferences around the United States and he would love to connect with you.

 

To find out more about Divorce Ministry 4 Kids:

Website: www.divorceministry4kids.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.WayneStocks.com

Blog:  http://WayneStocks.com

Interactive site for kids:  http://iamachildofdivorce.com

 

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Sandra Beck - The World of Military Families

Sandra Beck is an author, business coach, radio talk show host, entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker and a
"whiz" with today's technology.  She has a lot of titles to her name, but the one she loves the most is "Mom" to her two active boys.  Sandra will be our expert guest on August 18.

Sandra is the president of Motherhood Incorporated.  She is the author of "The Smart Woman's Guide to Working at Home With Just a Computer and an Internet Connection", "Blophoria" and "How to Reach Millions of People Without Spending a Dime", among other writings.

Sandra is currently the host of two live talk radio shows - "Military Mom Talk Radio" and "Powered up Talk Radio."  She is an active participant in many charities and strives to make the world a better place for today's and our future's children.

Sandra was born near Buffalo, New York.  She attended Northwestern University and earned both her bachelor's degree in journalism and her master's degree in advertising.

Sandra is a busy and devoted single mom of two young boys and they live in sunny California.

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Pamla's Story - Encore Show of A Life of Trauma to a Life of Joy

Robyn Besemann, the author and host of Chained No More, will be joined by single mom, Pamla, who has had a traumatic past including divorce, abuse, death of a child, and experiences she had tried to hide into the past. She was filled with anger and bitterness. The problem is that the issues from her horrendous damage kept coming up in her adult life.  She will tell her compelling story again on the encore show on August 11. 

Robyn will tell the story of how God lead her to write the book, "Chained No More...A Journey of Healing for Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness".  She will tell how this powerfully healing resource has been used to turn men and women, around the country, like Pamla, into someone with freedom, joy and hope through deep reflection amd discovery. 

You will be inspired by Robyn's story of how He led her from ministry to ministry in preparation for all she leads today.  Her ministry to children, teens, and divorced parents were the stepping stones to what is now a global ministry called Robyn B Ministries.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered through crisis in the past, or may be living it now, tune into this show to find hope and healing for the pain you hold.  If you suffer from anger, rage, depression, low self-worth, or unforgiveness from your past, this is the show for you.

Robyn will share the process of her book and how it has worked for so many. It is never too late to rise from the ashes and strive to be all you can be, free from the chains that you have dragged throughout your life.

You can learn more about Robyn B Ministries and its resources at www.robynbministries.com.  She is also on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

E-mail:  robyn@robynbministries.com

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Mark Tennant - The World of Foster/Adopted Kids 08-04-15

Mark Tennant's unique journey of  helping kids and strengthening families, began as an 11-year-old child when he was removed from an abusive home and became a foster child himself.  He was eventually placed in a Christian foster home.  It was the spiritual influence of his foster parents, Bill and Joan Mack, and their commitment to love Mark, that sparked Mark's own faith.

Coming to understand there was a calling on his life, Mark earned a pastoral degree from Oral Roberts University.  After graduation, he worked for several years in both church and child and family service administration until his calling became clear.

In 1992, Mark founded Arrow Child and Family Ministries to help other abused and neglected children find foster families like his, so their lives could also be transformed.  Mark Tennant will be our expert guest on August 4.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Maryland, Pennsylvania and California, Arrow serves nearly 4,000 children and families each year.  Arrow also established "Freedom Place" in Texas, a rehabilitative center for victims of child sex trafficking, and "Casa de Ester", a girls' home in Honduras.

Mark lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Kristy, and their three children.

For more information on Mark Tennant and Arrow Child amd Family Ministries:

(713) 457-8111    www.arrow.foundation

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Kathy Maestas - Grief: How to Rise From It 07-28-15

Kathy Maestas, author and consultant for GriefShare, a branch of Church Initiative, will be our guest on July 28th

She will tell her story of the different layers of grief she has survived, from an abusive childhood, to the losses of loved ones, and a painful miscarriage.  Kathy knows about grieving and the steps it takes to heal from it.  God has now led Kathy into a strong ministry of helping those in grief and loss with her heart of understanding and compassion.

Kathy worked for years in the field of education, teaching elementary and special ed kids.  She is now a consultant for GriefShare.  She serves other pastors and leaders with similar journeys, as they use the GriefShare curriculum and their own testimony of God's healing in their lives, to walk alongside others in their journey of grief.

Robyn's discussion with Kathy will include how individuals grieve differently, what to do with the anger someone may have with God, some practical steps in walking through grief, as well as steps to heal through it.

Kathy has been married to Jeff for over 30 years and they live in Fort Worth, Texas.  They have four children, ages 18-25.  Kathy enjoys writing, gardening, and bird watching and she and her husband enjoy target shooting.  She says, "It is a Texas thing!"

 

To find out more information about GriefShare, please contact Kathy at kathym@churchinitiative.org or look at the GriefShare webpage at www.griefshare.org.

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Elsa Kok Colopy - Successful Single Parenting 07-21-15

Elsa Kok Colopy is the author of six books, including "The Single Mom's Guide to Keep it All Together" and "Pure Love, Pure Life," a book about purity for teen girls. 

Elsa is also the former editor of "Thriving Family" magazine (published by Focus on the Family) and an expert on the DivorceCare DVD series, produced by Church Initiative.  Elsa will be our expert guest on July 21.

Elsa has a deep passion for communicating the love of Christ in a compelling and authentic way.  She was a single parent for 12 years, so understands the many challenges of that experience.

She has remarried and she and her husband, Brian, live in beautiful Colorado.  Their blended family now includes four adult children, and an adopted 2 year old girl, Savannah Grace.  They are also in the process of adopting Wilna (10), Lovence (6), and Laurentz (4) from Haiti, and expect to have them home within the year.

Elsa is a freelance author and speaker, traveling around the country to retreats, seminars and workshops, encouraging women and teen girls to live a life based on their identity in Christ and His love.

 

For more information about Elsa and to connect with her: www.ElsaKokColopy.com

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Steve Grissom - Divorce: How To Survive It 07-14-15

Steve Grissom is the founder and president of Church Initiative.  He has designed and developed a vibrant ministry that equips and serves local churches for frontline ministry to people experiencing life crisis, such as grief, divorce, and family breakdown.  He will be our expert guest on July 14.

Church Initiative was born out of Steve's journey of pain and loss through his own divorce.  Although he found support in the local church, he realized that an untapped opportunity existed - equipping local churches to offer practical support groups to minister to people facing major life disruptions.

Steve's passion for ministry runs deep and listeners will hear his personal story as well as practical tools, encouragement, and caring advice on the specific issues of divorce.  Steve is a strong man of God and is uniquely equipped to lead this growing global ministry.

Church Initiative began as a small nonprofit and has developed into a strong ministry with programs such as, DivorceCare, Divorce Care For Kids, GriefShare and Single & Parenting.

Steve and his wife, Cheryl, live in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and they have three daughters (one deceased).  He enjoys photography and spending time with his family.  He especially loves to spend time with his grandchildren.

 

For more information on Church Initiative and its affective programs:  www.divorcecare.org

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Gene Kent - Ministering to Prisoners and Their Families 07-07-15

Gene Kent is the wonderfully supportive husband and ministry partner to Carol Kent, a well-known international speaker and author.  He has worked for the past 16 years in full-time ministry with Carol and they travel throughout the year to speak about God's grace and forgiveness.  Gene has also been a Speaker's Agent for Speak Up Speaker Services for the past 15 years. 

Gene will be our show guest on July 7.  He will be sharing his experiences about their only son, Jason, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Florida penitentiary.  Gene is involved in a very unique ministry to the families of the incarcerated, Speak Up For Hope, and will also talk about a day in the life of those in prison.

Before entering into ministry, Gene sold life insurance for 30 years in Michigan.  He enjoys reading, exercising, and biking.  Carol and Gene reside in Florida when they are not traveling for Carol's speaking events.

You will be blessed by Gene's insights, sense of humor, openness, and his passion for families struggling with the challenging issues of incarceration in our country today.

 

For more information:

Speak Up Speaker Services: gene4speakup@aol.com

Speak Up for Hope Ministry:  www.speakupforhope.org

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Linda Jacobs - Grandparents Raising and/or Helping Grandkids Thru Divorce 06-30-15

Linda Jacobs, our very first "Chained No More" guest, will join Robyn on the show on June 30th.  She will discuss the challenges and dilemmas grandparents face today when there is a divorce in the family.  She will answer questions about grandparents' rights, how to be a safe place for their grandchildren, the dos and don'ts of being involved in the divorce battle, as well as when grandparents end up raising their grandchildren, for whatever reason.

Linda Jacobs, the developer and author of Divorce Care for Kids, also wrote "Attract Familiies to Your Church", has a long history of working with kids in trauma. 

She was a single mom, both because of a divorce and then the death of her second husband.  She is married now to Bruce Jacobs and they live in sunny Florida. Between them, they have 10 grandchildren.  Linda and Bruce cared for their three grandchildren while their mom was deployed, and Linda also has several "adopted" grandkids. 

Linda Jacobs loves kids and has a passion especially for hurting kids in crisis. She ran a therapeutic childcare in Okalahoma where the majority of children were diagnosed with a behavior issue or had severe emotional wounds.  She knows what she is talking about and is an incredible resource for many who work with kids.

She says, "Over the years, God has developed a deep understanding in me of how to work with and accomodate these children.  He has blessed me with an incredible intuitiveness to see into the heart of hurting children and know how best to serve them."

 

For more information about families and divorce, as well as grandparenting issues:  www.hlp4.com

You can read her educational blogs at blog.dc4k.org 

 

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Matt Haviland - A Father's Walk 06-23-15

Matt Haviland, an author, conference speaker, a single dad himself, and founder of a national single dad ministry, will be Robyn's expert guest on June 23.

He has been a single dad for over 9 years and has a beautiful daugther name Olivia.  He understands the struggles single dads (both custodial and non-custodial) encounter on a daily basis.  He is someone who lives "in the trenches" regularly, and has a burning passion to help other single dads overcome their trials; to grow and succeed in becoming the father God always meant for them to be.

Matt will tell his story about being raised in a single parent household, living with his mom.  He saw his dad on a somewhat regular basis.  Still, the lack of a fulltime father figure and not being brought up in a Christian household, ultimately led to a self-destructive path of drinking, drugs, and sexual immorality.  Matt is another example of how God can heal and how someone can use their pain for good.

He co-authored the book, "The Daddy Gap" and leads "A Father's Walk", his national single dad ministry.  Whether you are a single mom or single dad, or maybe your adult kids are divorced, please tune in to our show with Matt Haviland.

For more information about Matt Haviland and his resources, go to:

Website:  www.afatherswalk.org

Facebook Pages:  "A Father's Walk" and "The Daddy Gap"

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Robyn Besemann - Chained No More...A Journey of Healing for the Adult Children of Divorce/Childhood Brokenness 06-16-15

Robyn Besemann, the author and host of Chained No More, will be joined by a single mom, Pamla, who has had a traumatic past including divorce, abuse, death of a child, and experiences she had tried to put into the past.  The problem is that the issues from her damage kept coming up in her life.  She will tell her story on this unique show on June 16.

Robyn will tell the story of how God led her to write Chained No More and how this powerfully healing resource has been used to turn men and women like Pamla into someone with freedom, joy and hope through deep reflection and discovery.  You will be inspired by Robyn's story of how He led her from ministry to ministry in preparation for all she leads today.  Her ministry to children, teens, and parents of divorce were the stepping stones to what is now a global ministry called Robyn B Ministries. 

If you or someone you know have suffered through crisis in the past or may be living it now, tune into this show to find hope and healing for the pain you hold. Robyn will share the process of her book and how it has worked for so many. This unique resource is for you and you will be encouraged.  It is never too late to rise from the ashes and strive to be all you can be, free of the chains that you have dragged throughout your life.

You can learn more about Robyn B Ministries and Robyn's resources at www.robynbministries.com  She is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Email:  robyn@robynbministries.com

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Gordon/Carri Taylor-Stepfamilies:Preparing For and Doing It Well 06-09-15

Gordon and Carri Taylor, married for over 29 years, is a couple with an immense amount of experience and education on the subject of relationships.  Since 1988, they have been involved in starting, leading and maintaining stepfamily groups.  They are the co-founders of Opportunities Unlimited and speak nationally at conferences on stepfamily development and other relatational topics.  They will be our guests on "Chained No More" on June 9th.

Gordon has Master's Degrees in Education and Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for many years in California and Oklahoma.  He has been recognized for his personal expertise with stepcouples and stepfamily dynamics.

Carri is a Certified Communication Skills Trainer and an accomplished Producer, Director and Editor of award-winning documentaries.  Her expertise comes from her wealth of professional training and life experience.  She illustrates insights with personal transparency.

Her current productions include Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies: Bringing the Pieces to Peace, Remarriage Preparation, Children of Divorce: The Tough Truth, and Life After Abortion.

Gordon and Carri began their own stepfamily journey in 1986.  Gordon's first marriage lasted 18 years and Carri's 13 1/2 years.  Gordon brought three sons to the marriage and Carrie brought two daughters.  They have ten grandchildren and were legal guardians of Carri's oldest granddaughter since her birth.  You can see that they have lived what they teach and they do it well.

You can connect with the Taylors and see their resources on their website: www.cgtaylor.com

 

 

 

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Dori Pulse-Stepfamily RX 06-02-15

Dori Pulse is a dynamic and passionate woman of God and will be our guest on "Chained No More" on June 2nd.  She is an author, speaker, mentor, and ministry facilitator and has many years of experience in ministering to families and the challenges they face today.  She has been married and divorced twice, and is currently in a stepfamily, so Dori knows the challenges of divorce as well as being a single mom and a stepmom.

Dori says, "Everything changed when I said, 'I do.'  That is exactly how I felt after I married my husband and became a step mom to his 12 year old daughter.  We had both been married before. I have two sons and my youngest graduated right before we were married, so our home involved only two of us except for his daughter's visitation.  It wasn't long before we were mired down in triangulation, manipulations, loyalty issues, and lots of hurt and disappointment."  Yes, Dori gets it, folks!  She has lived it.  You will hear her heart and be encouraged and inspired as she talks about her surrender to the Lord and what she learned through her experiences.

Dori graduated magna cum laude in 2006 from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN, majoring in Theology and Psychology.  She continues to facilitiate Divorce Care at her church.  She is also the author of "Everything Changed When I Said, 'I Do'...Preparing for and Living as a God-First Stepfamily" and is working on her next book geared toward women planning on marriage and becoming a stepmom.

 

Dori's "Stepfamily RX" ministry website is www.stepfamilyrx.com.  She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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