Lee Wolfe Blum is the honest, vulnerable, and hopeful author of Brave is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You.  Lee's first book, Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder, chronicles her journey with an eating disorder and exercise addition that landed her in the hospital with clinical depression. 

Lee offers stories from everyday women who have found true beauty in the process of discovering how to become who they really are. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. 

This is a gorgeous book, and Lee's heart and passion comes through so clearly in this conversation. You can follow Lee's writing on her website, and you can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Music on today's episode is by Ellie Holcomb (song: The Valley). 

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Peeps! I mistakenly released the wrong mp3 file for the Shawn Smucker conversation earlier today. This is the right one! Sorry about that! 

I first heard of Shawn Smucker when one of my friends came home from the Festival of Faith and Writing and said, "Steve. I got to meet SHAWN SMUCKER." And then he went on to gush. And the guy that was gushing is a phenomenal writer himself. I honestly hadn't heard of Shawn, but that changed quickly. Shawn is a gorgeous writer, who has written quite a few books, including Building a Life Out of Words, which tells the story of when he quit his job and started writing full time. He's currently writing a novel (I am terrified of writing fiction), and he talks about it on the podcast. If you are a writer, or want to be a writer, or simply love words, you're going to love this conversation. Music on today's episode is from Sara Groves (song: My Dream). 

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Lola Wright, in her own words, is "here to be a fierce and loving invitation for the transformation of humanity." Come on now! She works with the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago, where she's a leader, coach, guide, minister, speaker, and teacher. I met her on Twitter, and our conversation went from zero to ninety in about fourteen seconds. Her love for God, for people, and for the restoration of all things comes through passionately and articulately. She's funny, irreverent, wise, and hopeful. She's on Facebook Live every day, and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Music today is by my friend Stefan Van Voorst (I'm With the Drunks). 

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Whaaaaat? Rob Bell is on the podcast today. I've been looking forward to this one for a very long time. Rob Bell has written a bunch of books, including Velvet Elvis, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and Love Wins. His most recent book is called What is the Bible? How An Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.  I'm finding it really delicious, satisfying, and enjoyable. Order it now! I'd also encourage you to listen to the RobCast, Rob's weekly podcast. Sooooooooo good. The music on today's episode is from my friend Stefan Van Voorst. The song is called Hope Take Hold

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It's Rabbi Alan... again! He's back for more after such a robust episode last week. What more do I need to say? There will be more laughter, more stories, more mind blowing questions, observations, and conversation about what it means to finally share that hidden, intimate thing with God that you have never shared before. See? I told you.  Enjoy! The music this week is from my friend Stuart Garrard (better known as Stu G). He has just written a stunning book called Words from the Hill, all about his observations on the Beatitudes of Jesus, and it's so good. He's also released a record called The Beatitudes, (featuring John Mark McMillan, All Sons and Daughters, Audrey Assad, Propaganda, and many others) which is so beautiful, I could cry. The song today is called Heaven is All Around. Buy it, share it, do all the things. 

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It's Rabbi Alan! What more do I need to say? There will be laughter, stories, mind blowing questions, observations, and conversation about what it means to finally share that hidden, intimate thing with God that you have never shared before. See? I told you. Plus, there will be more next week from our resident guru. Enjoy! The music this week is from my friend Stuart Garrard (better known as Stu G). He has just written a stunning book called Words from the Hill, all about his observations on the Beatitudes of Jesus, and it's so good. He's also released a record called The Beattitudes, (featuring John Mark McMillan, All Sons and Daughters, Audrey Assad, Propaganda, and many others) which is so beautiful, I could cry. The song today is called Oh Blessed. Buy it, share it, do all the things. 

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Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American author of the forthcoming book Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places (it releases on November 7th, 2017). She's also a frequent writer with Sojourners, and she leads worship at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. Her writing is elegant, poignant, and it creates space for busy people like me to rest and be at peace. Talking to Kaitlin was like experiencing grace - her experiences and her stories invite me into a slower, more beautiful way of living. I loved my conversation with Kaitlin and I love that I now get to share her with you! 

Follow Kaitlin on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; Please check out her blog, and you can read her articles at Sojourners here. Music on this episode is by Ben Howard (I Will Be Blessed)

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Rabbi Natan Margalit is the Director of Organic Torah, which is a not-for-profit, program based, educational initiative to integrate ancient Jewish wisdom as a leading-edge voice in contemporary efforts to create a healthier, more sustainable, prosperous and just world. I met Rabbi Natan through our resident guru, Rabbi Alan Ullman, and when we first talked, there was an immediate spark between us. I kept interrupting him, shouting YES!!! so much that he could hardly finish a sentence. So we decided we needed to record a podcast, because I knew you would love him. Please check out his work at Organic Torah, and if you're in the Boston area, please look him up and attend one of his classes. He's brilliant, creative, and I'm so grateful you are going to get to glean some of his wisdom. 

Music on this episode is from Ben Rosenbush and The Brighton (song: High Flyer). 

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April 13, 2017

Episode 86 | Loss

It's Holy Week. Before we can get to the resurrection, we need to go through the pain of loss. Mary Magdalene, we are told, "stood by the empty tomb and wept." Grieving loss can be a tricky thing - you think you're done, and then grief sneaks up on you and lets you know that there's more to do. Sometimes this shows up in your dreams, haunting you with bizarre scenes. Sometimes it shows up in your body - through sickness, a persistent ache, or extreme fatigue. This week, we pause to take a look at the ways in which most of us need to process grief and loss more than we think we do. Music this week by my friends in the amazing band Grayshot (the song: Long Year

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One of my friends recently told me that I HAD to read this new book - The Way of the Dragon Or the Way of the Lamb, by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin. It's one of those books that is so good that it sort of hurts to read it. Kyle and Jamin decided to seek out people over the age of 70 who had a different relationship with power - such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson - gathering their uncommon wisdom about taking the path of vulnerability and weakness instead of grabbing power. I loved my conversation with Jamin and Kyle, and I now consider their book required reading for every pastor. Enjoy. 

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