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Vital Conversations – Podcast Roundup – Sept 13.

Five New Must-Listen Podcast Episodes!!!
Jen Hatmaker talks to Kwame Alexander,
Krista Tippett talks to Eugene Peterson
Dallas Willard, Paula Gooder, MORE


These podcasts can be downloaded from the iTunes store
or from the links below.


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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0544868137″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]Jen Hatmaker has released an excellent conversation with poet Kwame Alexander on her For The Love podcast If you’ve never been into poetry, Kwame is here to change your view. He believes poetry is powerful enough to change the world, inspire our youth—even woo a spouse (He wrote his now-wife Stephanie a poem a day for a year. Let the collective swooning begin!). Kwame is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books for children, teens, and young adults, but his path to becoming a published author wasn’t all flowers and love poems. Kwame shares how his Newbery-winning novel The Crossover faced 22 rejections before a publisher finally picked it up, and the tenacity it took to keep saying “yes” in a sea of “no’s.” Kwame reminds us that so much of our ability to develop an imagination and know our place in the world comes from the pages of a book. His love affair with words will ignite each of us to pursue stories that heal us, move us, and change us.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0061988219″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”221″]The On Being podcast is always one of our favorites, but in this new episode host Krista Tippett interviews Eugene Peterson on “The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination.” “Prayers are tools not for doing or getting but for being and becoming.” These are words of the legendary pastor and writer Eugene Peterson, whose biblical imagination has formed generations of preachers. At the back of the church he led for nearly three decades, you’d be likely to find well-worn copies of books by Wallace Stegner or Denise Levertov. Frustrated with the unimaginative way he found his congregants treating their Bibles, he translated it himself, and that translation has sold millions of copies around the world. Eugene Peterson’s down-to-earth faith hinges on a love of metaphor and a commitment to the Bible’s poetry as what keeps it alive to the world.



[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0830846107″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”162″] Dallas Willard has left a solid legacy as an author and theologian, but what was it like to have him for a dad? Nathan Foster, of the Renovare podcast, talks to Rebecca Willard Heatley about growing up as Dallas Willard’s daughter. “There’s nothing I ever read or heard him say that he didn’t live.” Rebecca Willard Heatley carries on the work of her father Dallas Willard by compiling and editing his unpublished works. She joins Nathan Foster in this interview to talk candidly about life growing up as Dallas’s daughter.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”083085245X” locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]On the Nomad Podcast (based in the UK), Paula Gooder talks about her new book, [easyazon_link identifier=”083085245X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Phoebe: A Story[/easyazon_link]. From just two verses at the end of Romans, Paula Gooder has gleaned some fascinating insights about Phoebe. She was likely a freed slave, who became wealthy and influential. And she was a deacon who carried Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome, and most likely explained it to them. From these intriguing details, Paula has written a novel, exploring the life of this woman (and others) in the early church. So we met up with Paula to chat about women in the early church and the church today. And as you’d expect from Paula is was a conversation brimming with enthusiasm, wisdom and insight.


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0830841237″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”166″]And finally, a fascinating conversation about Labor Day on BookRiot’s “For Real” podcast, which includes a diverse range of new and classic books about working. In this week’s episode, Kim and guest co-host Sharifah recommend books by people with interesting jobs and personal essay collections by smart and funny women. Books covered include



C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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