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Rosefire & Bandersnatch Books: A Conversation with Carolyn C. Givens

Today’s guest, Carrie Givens, is a woman of many talents. She has worked in ministry and communication for many years, is an author of two books, and recently helped to found a new publishing company, Bandersnatch Books. Carrie and I met last summer, and it was so fun to sit down and chat with her about the writing life, the publishing world, the Enneagram, her faith, and how she balances her busy life!

I had the pleasure of listening to Carrie’s newest book, Rosefire, on Audible this fall. We talk in this episode about how she dreamed up the characters of her novel and the long and winding journey of the book from formation to publication. We also take an unexpected dive into talking about the Enneagram, because recently Carrie contributed to an Enneagram devotional series. This is such a fun conversation!

Rosefire, a YA fantasy novel, written by Carolyn C. Givens

If you’d like to learn more about Carrie and her writing, please visit her website: You can also learn more about Bandersnatch Books by visiting

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Rebuild, Restore, Renew: A Conversation with Sharon Tedford

What a joy it is to share this conversation with you, friends! Today’s podcast guest, Sharon Tedford, is an absolute delight. (And so is her British accent!) She is a worship leader, author, artist, and podcast host. It was so fun to talk with Sharon about her award-winning podcast, God in the Ordinary, and her journey into the podcasting world.

Sharon has the gift of encouragement, and I have no doubt you will come away from this podcast feeling refreshed. During our conversation she shares how the Lord led her family from living in the U.K. across the Atlantic to starting a life in Texas. As Sharon says, change does not come easily for her, but through such a dramatic move the Lord began a work in her that continues to this day. She also shares how the Lord has used Isaiah 61 in her life and her ministry, which she aptly named 61 Things.

If you’d like to learn more about Sharon and check out her music, writing, and podcast, please visit her website: As discussed in the podcast, Sharon is kindly offering listeners of the Pause Renew Next Podcast a free copy of one of her watercolour paintings which you can find on her website. The passcode to receive your free copy is: podcast.

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Companions in the Darkness: with Diana Gruver

Did you know that some of the great heroes of the faith struggled with depression? If you’ve ever had bouts of depression, you can know that you’re in good company with such people as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther, and Charles Spurgeon. Today’s podcast guest, Diana Gruver, has herself experienced depression and knows firsthand how it can affect one’s faith life. In her new book, Companions in the Darkness, she writes about seven great saints who struggled with depression and other mental health issues.

Companions in the Darkness: Seven Saints Who Struggled with Depression and Doubt,
written by Diana Gruver, released through InterVarsity Press

During our conversation, Diana shares about her own experiences and how she found a sense of solidarity in knowing that other people of faith have walked the journey of depression too. We talk about finding hope in the midst of pain and about seeking delight in the midst of a difficult year. We also chat about music, soul-care, and her time living abroad.

If you enjoyed this conversation and want to know more about Diana’s work and writing, you can visit her website: If something from this podcast episode resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Write a comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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The Sowing Season: with Katie Powner

Do you love a good story? I know I do. Give me a good novel, and I can be lost for hours at a time. Today’s podcast guest, author Katie Powner, is a gifted storyteller, and it was an absolute joy to talk with her about her debut novel, The Sowing Season.

During our conversation, Katie shares about how she inherited her love of story-telling from her grandmother. We talk about the long and arduous road to publishing her first book and what the Lord taught her along the way. We also chat about how she is incorporating soul care into her daily life.

Katie lives in Montana with her husband and children. Her family is passionate about foster care, and we talk about her journey into fostering and adopting during the episode as well. Katie also shares a Scripture passage that is meaningful to her and that she incorporated into her book, The Sowing Season.

If you’d like to know more about Katie, read her blog, or find out more about her book, visit her website: This conversation is rich and encouraging, and I hope it inspires you to not grow weary in the good that you are doing in the world. If something about this podcast resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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This Too Shall Last: An Interview with K. J. Ramsey

I have been a fan of K. J. Ramsey for quite some time, so it was a delight to speak with her on this podcast episode. She is a therapist, speaker, and author, who writes eloquently about suffering. K. J. is no stranger to pain in her own life, living with an autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis. In her writing and speaking, K.J. uses facts about interpersonal neurobiology and the truths of Scripture to encourage others towards curiosity and courage in the midst of suffering.

K.J. Ramsey, author of This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers

During our conversation, K.J. shares how her own pain has forced her to reckon with how suffering is a part of every Christian’s story. She believes Scripture encourages us towards a model of interdependence. Pain, both physical and emotional, leads us toward self-protection, but healing is found in relationship. K. J. explains, “The invitation in our pain is to take some deep breaths, reintegrate, and acknowledge that there perhaps are people who can meet us where we’re at, including Jesus Christ.”

Her new book, This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers, is scheduled to be released in May, but is available for preorder now. If you’d like to learn more about K. J., visit her website, There you can peruse the articles she’s written and learn more about her book. K. J. actually just released her own podcast series, This Too Shall Last, where she interviews guests about their experiences of suffering.

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In Want + Plenty: An Interview with Meredith McDaniel

It was my privilege to sit with Meredith McDaniel and talk about the faith journey that led her to write her first book, titled In Want + Plenty. Meredith is a licensed professional counselor and owns her own private practice, Milk + Honey Counseling. We met each other over a decade ago, and it has been a joy to see what the Lord is doing in her life.

It was so fun to talk with counselor and author, Meredith McDaniel, in this podcast interview!

In this podcast episode, Meredith shares how, through experiencing a season of unease and transition, the Lord began teaching her through the story of Exodus about the joy of finding “manna” in her every day moments. She began to look for His provision in seasons of discontent as well as in seasons where there was abundance. Meredith explains that she feels called through her writing and counseling to help others “taste of the land of milk and honey here on earth.”

In Want + Plenty will be available January 20, 2020 anywhere books are sold

During this episode, Meredith shared that through Emily P. Freeman, she became one of the first members of HopeWriters. She believes that hope*writers has been integral to being able to write in a way that she could not only be supported, but keep her “soul intact” in the process.

Meredith’s book, In Want + Plenty: Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing, is now available. To learn more about Meredith’s book and ministry, visit her website:

During our chat, Meredith talked about ways she is trying to focus on prioritizing her marriage and family relationships. One of the ways she is currently fostering intentional time with her children each week is by using a new resource she loves, called Imaginative Prayer.

I found this conversation to be so encouraging. If you know someone who would also be encouraged by it, please share! If something about this conversation resonated with you, I’d love to hear about it. Comment below, or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

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Heart Cries of Every Teen (Replay): An Interview with Jackie Perry, LPCS

Last spring, I was privileged to interview my friend and colleague, Jackie Perry, LPCS, about her journey of writing her first book, Heart Cries of Every Teen: Eight Core Desires That Demand Attention. Well, now we have something to celebrate, because her book has now been published. In honor of the occasion, I am reposting this podcast interview.

Jackie E. Perry is a Licensed Professional Counselor and author of Heart Cries of Every Teen.

Originally a two-part interview, for this throwback episode, I have combined the two parts into one full episode. In this interview, Jackie shares about her faith journey of becoming an author, as well as her heart for counseling teens. Jackie’s book, Heart Cries of Every Teen, is now available on Amazon, and is receiving excellent reviews. If you have an adolescent in your life, this book will be tremendously helpful and encouraging to you.

Heart Cries of Every Teen helps to encourage and equip parents of teens.

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Open Invitation: An Interview with Jackie Perry, LPCS, Part 1

In this podcast episode, Jackie Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor and author, delves into the story of how the Lord led her into the counseling ministry. She also shares about her journey into the writing world, describing the hardships and the encouragements along the journey.

Throughout her life, Jackie says that she has had a desire to tell stories and put things together for the benefit of others. After the birth of her third child, the Lord reawakened her dream of writing. However, in the last few years while writing her book, she has found the work to be much more challenging and life-changing than she envisioned. She describes feeling like she needed to write this book and feeling like the Lord had given her an open invitation to do so.

“I felt very invited by the Lord. It’s never been a burden. I think I’ve felt like it’s been a burden, but I feel like He’s invited me all along on this journey to write this.”

-Jackie Perry, LPCS

When asked about a Scripture passage that she clings to, Jackie replied that there is a passage that has been a life verse for her:

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.

Psalm 73:25-28 NASB

If you enjoyed this episode, check back in two weeks to hear the second part of the interview, where Jackie dives into the content of her book about needs of the heart.

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