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Interviews with well known actors, authors, artists, athletes, musicians, and business leaders. Authentic conversations about their lives, careers, and how their faith played an important part. Inspiring and uplifting stories of hope, transformation, and triumph. We dig deep for the powerful life stories from some very amazing guests...truly "souls on fire".

Amazing Greats Host Ric Hansen and friends. Produced by Klem Daniels

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Interviews with well known actors, authors, artists, athletes, musicians, and business leaders. Authentic conversations about their lives, careers, and how their faith played an important part. Inspiring and uplifting stories of hope, transformation, and triumph. We dig deep for the powerful life stories from some very amazing guests...truly "souls on fire".

    Bloom where you are planted- Jason Romano

    Bloom where you are planted- Jason Romano

    Legendary coach and Jesus follower, Tony Dungy on a visit to ESPN asked producer Jason Romano  how he was sharing his faith at the sports network.  That question was a turn around moment for Jason as he recognized for the first time the importance of "Blooming where you are planted"  wherever that might be.  ESPN was fertile ground for him to bloom.  Living his faith in a secular world.
     
    In this episode you'll hear the difficult story of growing up with an alcoholic father,  but also a God guided career story that led to a 17 year Emmy award winning career at ESPN.  Jason shares the details of his rewarding transition from network producer to media director of a powerful podcast and media company that connects sports with faith:  Sports Spectrum.

    Jason is a two time author.   His first book "Live to Forgive" is a powerful look inside the tough life of growing up with an alcoholic parent  with all of the struggles and challenges.

    His second book.:   The Uniform of Leadership:  Lessons on True Success from My ESPN Life
    You can find his podcast, wherever you normally get your podcasts and check out about the great work at the website Sports Spectrum


    You can hear and see of the Amazing Greats podcasts on our website.

    • 52 min
    When the Holy Spirit opens doors- Brock Huard

    When the Holy Spirit opens doors- Brock Huard

    This conversation is jammed with inspiration and wisdom from athlete, broadcaster and Jesus follower, Brock Huard.  In the next few minutes you'll hear about the power of community in the form of small groups of like-minded believers including some of the important ingredients for building powerful connections.

    Brock shares how he has successfully integrated his faith with the fast paced world of professional sports and broadcasting.  In his crazy busy world at Fox Sports (and more) he prioritizes time with his wife,  family, small group and his work with Compassion International and his faith based podcast "Above and Beyond"  (where faith and sports intersect).  

    You'll hear Brock's powerful message:   Listen and watch for the leading of the Holy Spirit  and seize the opportunity to walk through the doors that are opened for you. 

    Oh yea.  and the power of the bubble bath.  

    • 50 min
    Surrendering to God- All Star shortstop Craig Reynolds

    Surrendering to God- All Star shortstop Craig Reynolds

    He was the first shortstop drafted for the all new Mariners team in 1977...and played for the American League All Star team that year. You'll hear his story about the challenging time in Seattle when he was ready to give it all up. 

    Craig Reynolds started his love of baseball as a kid, and was drafted right out of high school.
    He was born into a Christian home and has spent a life time doing his best to live out  his Christian values during his 14 years in major league baseball and then well beyond as a teaching pastor at one of Houston's largest churches. 

    Pastor Craig shares how he was able to transition from the "plate" to the "pulpit" and how relationships were and are a cornerstone to his spiritual life.   We take a deep dive into the amazing  life of this energized man of God in this episode of AMAZING GREATS.

    If you enjoyed this conversation or other episodes, please help us grow our podcast by subscribing, sharing and "liking" .

    Thanks to George Toles for connecting us with Craig.  For more on George's incredible life long mission check out  https://www.hisdeal.org

    Thanks to Klem Daniels for producing and editing each of our episodes.

    • 39 min
    Bedside Bible changed everything- Gaby Viesca

    Bedside Bible changed everything- Gaby Viesca

    She believed she was never going to be a Christian.  Farthest thing from her mind. Gaby Viesca was a highly successful soccer player turned upward mobile  corporate executive for General Electric.  She was on the fast track to success at a very young age.   Being famous and wealthy were her life goals.  She had no time for God.

    Until it all changed in a moment. 

    This is her amazing story.   You will hear all of the details of a life completely transformed in this,  episode 37,  of Amazing Greats. 
    Gaby's persistent mom,  the story of "Ester" and faith the size of a mustard seed lead to her changed life based on her profound 4 word prayer and declaration:
                                                                 
                                                                         "YOUR WILL BE DONE"

    Enjoy this upbeat and inspirational look into the life of Gaby Viesca and what has led to her love of the Bible and what she calls her "Freelance Ministry".  

    • 39 min
    Being a Peace maker in a violent world- Author Jason Porterfield

    Being a Peace maker in a violent world- Author Jason Porterfield

    Jason Porterfield has dedicated his life to the cause of peace.  After giving up his comfortable suburban lifestyle at an early age to move into some of the darkest slums of the inner city he experienced first hand the most challenging living conditions in the poorest communities.   From Camden New Jersey, to Vancouver Canada's Downtown Eastside and then to Indonesia he lived and shared life  with the most desperate,  homeless, and drug addicted communities. 
    As a part of his experience, you'll hear the powerful story of the gruesome serial killer Robert Pickton  and how that story  impacted Jason personally and the community where he lived.

    In this episode you'll learn how Jason's mission  (Through Servants) was one of love and friendship within a population that was not necessarily starving for food, but for companionship.  Community dinners and sharing life through homelessness,  "pre-Hab" and "re-Hab"   became the open door for trust and conversation that would ultimately lead to questions and interest in this man named Jesus.   

    Porterfield's amazing book "Fight Like Jesus:  How Jesus Waged Peace Throughout Holy Week" focuses on the teachings of the ultimate peacemaker, Jesus Christ, who called on us to not only love our neighbor but to love our enemies as well.  Nothing exemplified that message more  than the amazing events of Holy Week described in Jason's  book like you've probably  never heard it before.  Jason Porterfield tracks each day of that week and focuses on how Jesus used the week of his crucifixion to share his vision of peace in very powerful ways. 
    You'll love this book!!

    • 42 min
    Pro BB, Heavy Metal, and the continuing Pat Boone story.

    Pro BB, Heavy Metal, and the continuing Pat Boone story.

    As we conclude our two part series with entertainment legend Pat Boone, you'll hear how he  took a chance on the pro Basketball team "Oakland Oaks" in the American Basketball league and helped establish the 3 point shot, that changed the game.  Then he'll tell the story about  shocking the entertainment world with his wild adventure into the world of Heavy Metal.  Pat will share his contribution to gospel music and then he'll sing a clip from the  "pop song" that shared the gospel back in 1958.  You'll get a sneak peak at Pat's soon to be released new book, called  "IF" set to be published in September.   At 88 years old he is making waves and helping change lives.   Enjoy his story,  as only he can tell it.

    Please take a moment to share this episode with a friend and hit like.   As a subscriber you'll be automatically notified when another great testimony is available from a well known actor, author, athlete or musician.  For our complete podcast library, and several other Christian resources visit our website at www.amazinggreats.net
    Thanks to Dan O'Neil for connecting us with Pat Boone.
    Thanks to Klem Daniels for producing the show each week.

    Listen to Pat Boone's spin on "Stairway toe Heaven" https://youtu.be/c-qHJ-Y0JXA

    Hear his "Pop" single from 1958 that may be a forerunner to  Contemporary Christian music before it was a thing..... https://youtu.be/T8K3ZEVoLb0

    Pre Order Pat Boones new book "IF" due on September 22nd 2022

    The Mulligan (Movie) Trailer https://youtu.be/IxxbjZ3PTvQ

    • 39 min

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