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Life is busy and we’re doing the best that we can. But, sometimes it’s tough for us to hang on when we’re barely hanging by a thread. Join us on Better Together with Barb Roose and connect to a community of women have real conversations real about our hopes, dreams, worries and even our waistlines. You'll find hope, help and the practical next steps to that we can all get better together!

Better Together with Barb Roose Barb Roose

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Life is busy and we’re doing the best that we can. But, sometimes it’s tough for us to hang on when we’re barely hanging by a thread. Join us on Better Together with Barb Roose and connect to a community of women have real conversations real about our hopes, dreams, worries and even our waistlines. You'll find hope, help and the practical next steps to that we can all get better together!

    Does Jesus Love People Different From Us? | Interview with Joshua Sherif

    Does Jesus Love People Different From Us? | Interview with Joshua Sherif

    If your pastor called and asked if you would take in a Middle Eastern family who escaped from their homeland, what would you do? Chicago pastor, Joshua Sherif, escaped from his home in Egypt as a new believer to come to America. In this episode, Joshua and I talk about what it was like for him to leave his homeland, Islam, and encounter resistance in America. During our conversation, Josh tells us the 3 ways that believers need to stop hardening their hearts towards strangers and practical ways for us to love and disciple the immigrants and refugees that God puts in our path.
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    The Stranger at Our Shore: How Immigrants and Refugees Strengthen the Church
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    Joshua Sherif was born in Egypt to a Muslim family and immigrated to the United States, where he later came to faith in Jesus. Before transitioning to a new role, he planted and pastored in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country for a decade. Joshua has enjoyed his years equipping and coaching other missionaries and pastors around the world. In his new role, Joshua now works bi-vocationally to equip churches to reach their cities. His story was featured in Love Costs Everything, a documentary produced by CIY and Voice of the Martyrs, concerning Christian persecution.

    • 39 min
    Author Spotlight: Best-Selling Author, Tessa Afshar

    Author Spotlight: Best-Selling Author, Tessa Afshar

    Calling all book lovers! If you are a fan of Christian fiction, then chances are, you’ve heard of best-selling author Tessa Afshar. Guess what?! I recently talked with Tessa and in this new episode, we’re discussing her new novel, The Hidden Prince, as well as Tessa’s fascinating background. She was born in the Middle East, survived boarding school in England and then moved to the United States and came to Christ in her 20s. During today’s conversation, you’ll find out about how Tessa writes novels to help you embrace God’s love and truth in powerful ways.
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    tessaafshar.com
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    Tessa Afshar’s book have been translated into 11 languages, and loved by fans around the world. Her novels have been on Publishers Weekly and CBA best-selling lists. Her book, The Way Home, God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, is the winner of the Christian Book Award in the Bible Study category. Afshar’s biblical and historical novels have won a number of awards including the Christy and INSPY, and been named as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year by Library Journal. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She served in women and prayer ministry for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker. She is a devoted wife, a mediocre gardener, and an avid lover a chocolate.

    • 37 min
    Are You Hearing God’s Voice or Yours? | Interview with Brittany Ann

    Are You Hearing God’s Voice or Yours? | Interview with Brittany Ann

    Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether we are hearing God’s voice or whether it’s our own thinking. It’s possible to learn how to hear God’s voice in your life!
     
    In this new episode, Barb talks with the founder of Equipping Godly Women, Brittany Ann about the 6 tips to help you hear God’s voice loud and clear in your life. Brittany Ann leads a large online community committed to helping Christian women live all in for Jesus. She’s a wife, mom, and Bible teacher who loves to challenge and encourage women to grow in their faith.
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    equippinggodlywomen.com
    Follow God's Will: Biblical Guidelines for Everyday Life
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    Brittany Ann is an ECPA bestselling author, speaker, and founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping busy Christian moms find practical ways to go "all in" in faith and family. Brittany is the author of books including “Fall in Love with God’s Word: Practical Strategies for Busy Women” and “Follow God’s Will: Biblical Strategies for Everyday Life.” Her work has been featured on CBN, The Christian Post, Crosswalk, and more.

    • 40 min
    Own Your Voice & Live With Purpose | Interview with Jo Saxton

    Own Your Voice & Live With Purpose | Interview with Jo Saxton

    It’s not over yet! If you are still breathing, then God has big dreams for you! Join me on this new episode where I’m talking with speaker, author, leader and someone that I’ve admired from afar for many years, Jo Saxton. She has powerful words and wisdom to share with you about owning your voice, living out your purpose and how to stop apologizing for your desire for more. 
     
    Jo is the founder of the Ezer Collective and dedicated to investing in women leaders around the world. She was born in Nigeria, raised in London and now lives in Minneapolis with her family. Jo's message will encourage and inspire you to go further than you ever could have imagined! 
     
    NOTE: There is a slight echo in the beginning of this episode due to tech issues, but it does not last more than 2 minutes or so! 
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    josaxton.com
    Jo's Upcoming Ezer Collective Events!
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    Jo Saxton is a speaker, podcaster, author, guest TV host and leadership coach. She is the founder of the Ezer Collective and dedicated to investing in women leaders around the world, equipping them to own their voice and embrace their purpose and catalyze their calling. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo now lives in Minneapolis with her husband, and two daughters. She loves the everyday stuff like good music, good food, and good friends. And Target. She really, really loves Target.

    • 44 min
    How NOT to Be Afraid to Teach Your Kids About Race | Interview with Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD

    How NOT to Be Afraid to Teach Your Kids About Race | Interview with Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD

    When it comes to the topic of race and racial healing, many of us have one of two responses: hide away from the uncomfortable conversation or become overzealous and use our words to cut and hurt others. In today's episode, our special guest, Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry, shows us a new approach that is characterized by understanding, growth, and grace. 
     
    In today's conversation we talk about accepting God's call to dive into the deep (and at times terrifying) waters, taking the time to learn, and rising up to teach and educate our families as well as others in our lives. 
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    brownicity.com
    Teaching for Justice and Belonging: A Journey for Educators and Parents
    Hues of You: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD is an author, educator, speaker, and the founder of Brownicity, an agency committed to making important, scholarly-informed, antiracism education accessible, and the director of its learning community. With the tagline, Many Hues, One Humanity, Brownicity’s mission is to foster education designed to inspire a culture of justice and true belonging for all. Lucretia earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and MA in English from Iowa State University, and her BA from South Carolina State University. A former college professor, Lucretia’s research, experience, and accomplishments lie at the intersections of curriculum and instruction, antiracism education, and instructional technology. As a wife in an interracial marriage and mom of three multiethnic children, Lucretia brings her personal and professional experience to the public sector where she is passionate about serving children and their adult decision-makers. Her books, courses, and TED Talk quell fears associated with racial literacy. Her learning-centered approach is inspirational, appreciated, and celebrated. Lucretia is married to Nathan; they live in North Carolina with their three daughters and two aussie-doodles. Lucretia authored 'Hues of You - An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In' (2022), 'What LIES Between Us - Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing' (2016) and co-authored 'Teaching for Justice and Belonging - A Journey for Educators and Parents' (August 2022).

    • 43 min
    Hope for the Grieving Heart | Interview with Gwendolyn O. Burton

    Hope for the Grieving Heart | Interview with Gwendolyn O. Burton

    Are you grieving and desperate for people to understand how you really feel? 
     
    After author Gwendolyn Burton’s 26-year old son died suddenly from an epileptic seizure, no one around her could say anything to help her feel better. She’s spent years working through the grieving process and has captured her journey and the lessons learned in her new book “You Don’t Know Just How I Feel”. 
     
    During our conversation, Gwendolyn explains why we should never tell a grieving person, “I know just how you feel.” Grief is so personal, but in this episode, Gwendolyn shares practical boundaries, grief self-care, how to handle social media as well as how to find hope after devastating loss. 
     
    RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE
    gwendolynoburton.com
    You Don't Know Just How I Feel
     
    ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST
    After three miscarriages and an adult son who passed away from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), Gwendolyn Burton is uniquely qualified to help others navigate their grief journey by discussing common challenges and misconceptions. She studied with grief expert David Kessler, founded Sisters in Solace (SiS), a support group for mothers of child loss, and is a Certified Grief Educator. Gwendolyn enjoys physical fitness and lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, son, and three dogs.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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A true blessing!

This podcast is terrific! Barb is a delightful host and provides listeners opportunities to dive into and reflect on topics that really matter to Christian women. You won’t be disappointed!

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Wow—finding this podcast was WINtentional!

I loved finding this podcast! Barb does a great job chatting with friends about things that impact our lives!!

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Wonderful encouragement for women!

This podcast is always such a blessing. I love the rich variety of relevant topics and guests, and Barb is such an insightful and delightful interviewer. I’m always excited when I see a new episode is available…and I always learn when I listen.

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