I am imagining a day when people who suffer from depression and anxiety feel ONLY depressed and sad and DO NOT feel shame. I wonder if that day will come. This day is certainly not that day. There is stigma and judgment and negative bias towards mental ill-health and because there is this unspoken overlay, it makes it all worse. Meet Jordan Berta - an extraordinary guy with courage and a huge heart. His personal struggle with depression and anxiety gives him the right to speak on it's behalf and speak up he does - for all of us. We all need to hear his message.
As the saying goes - we are sure of two things in life - death and taxes. It would be a stretch to produce an episode on this show on the topic of the intersection of taxes and faith - although I might surprise you one day! That being said - today we talk about the "other" certainty - death, and we actually honour the very personal story of Cheryl Behan and her husband John. John, with the help of a medical team, pre-determined the day of his dying. Although this subject has been a controversial one in the medical field, I sit down with Cheryl to hear her story of how she supported her husband through this very difficult and spiritual time.
Life is hard and the difficulties often begin in childhood. Whether it is circumstances of abuse or neglect, shame or lack of support, many people have experienced adverse childhood events that mark them for life. Em Dyson, a respected professional psychotherapist shares about her traumatic upbringing and how, over time, she experienced help and hope and healing.
Marriage can be hard work at the best of times - imagine how difficult it is when your spouse is struggling with depression. Even talking about mental illness can still be so taboo, especially in our churches. Danielle discovered this when her husband was diagnosed with depression - she wanted to help, but how? It wasn't easy as she slowly watched him drift away from life, their marriage, and family. Unfortunately mental illness affects so many of us - depression and mental illness is everywhere and we need to know what to do when someone close to us is going through this. That's when we need each other most. Hear all about this firsthand from Danielle Foisy.
It's episode 34! Jared Brock is a man of many talents, including growing a beard. So he wrote a book about it - well sort of. His latest book, Bearded Gospel Men, represents his epic quest for manliness and godliness. He profiles men throughout history (who happen to be bearded, probably) who boldly stood for their spiritual convictions. This is what Jared wishes for every man today (and women too). The book will inspire you and our conversation will challenge you and probably make you laugh too. I hope it will make you think differently about God and beards.