20 episodes

What's it like to fail? How do we respond when we do? This podcast features honest conversations with cultural and religious leaders about failure, reslience and perseverance.

Failing Boldly Christian Coon

    • Christianity

What's it like to fail? How do we respond when we do? This podcast features honest conversations with cultural and religious leaders about failure, reslience and perseverance.

    Conversation with author Tim Hillegonds

    Conversation with author Tim Hillegonds

    My guest this week is Tim Hillegonds, author of a new memoir, “The Distance Between.”
    Tim’s memoir is an open and bracingly honest look at his life as a young man who battled various demons, including addiction, volatile relationships, and jail time. Tim leaves no stone unturned in exploring why he did what he did and he does so in gripping prose. We talk about the book and where he is today.
    To learn more about Tim and his writings you can go to his website and follow him on Twitter (@TimHillegonds) and Instagram (tim_hillegonds).

    • 37 min
    Conversation with Epic Fail Game co-creator Susanna Kass

    Conversation with Epic Fail Game co-creator Susanna Kass

    My guest this week is Susanna Kass, one of the co-creators of the children’s game, The Epic Fail Game.
    Susanna lives in Sydney, Australia, and is, in her own words a "reforming helicopter-parent with a few decades of professional experience in cultural psychology and design.” The game is a set of 30 activity cards and a mindset theory book designed to change the way the whole family thinks about failing.
    Susanna talks about how the game came about, their experience of putting the game on Kickstarter, and what it means to help your children fail well.
    To learn more about The Epic Fail Game, you can go to their web site and look for them on Instagram and Facebook at theepicfailgame.

    • 37 min
    Conversation with Chicago Eco-House founder Quilen Blackwell

    Conversation with Chicago Eco-House founder Quilen Blackwell

    My guest this week is the founder of the Chicago Eco House, Quilen Blackwell.
    I read an article about Quilen in the Chicago Tribune in early November and was moved by his dedication to using sustainability to alleviate poverty, his commitment to the south and west sides of Chicago, and his passion for integrating his faith into all of his work.
    To learn more about Chicago Eco House, you can go to their web site or go to the Chicago Eco House Facebook page.

    • 40 min
    Conversation with Fr. James Martin (rebroadcast)

    Conversation with Fr. James Martin (rebroadcast)

    This is a rebroadcast of a conversation I had with Fr. James Martin in 2017.
    Fr. Martin is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and bestselling author of such books as  Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. He has appeared on many major radio and television networks, ranging from NPR’s Fresh Air to Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Before entering the Jesuits in 1988, Father Martin graduated from the Wharton School of Business and worked for General Electric for six years. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him to be a Consultor for the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication.
    In this episode, we talk about his latest book calling for the Catholic church to be more welcoming of LGBTQ Catholics, how he responds to those who criticize his writings, and what spiritual practices keep him grounded. I hope you enjoy it.

    • 36 min
    Conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor

    Conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor

    My guest this week is the renowned writer on faith and religion, Barbara Brown Taylor.
    I’ve read and been influenced by many of Barbara’s books so was excited when she agreed to be on this podcast. We focused our conversation on two of her books, her latest, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others and the book she wrote in 2006, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith. She shared insights into her teaching and writing career, failure and resilience, and also answered the question, if you could give a TED talk about anything other than religion and faith, what would it be? I hope you enjoy it.
    To learn more about her books and research, you can go to her web site barbarabrowntaylor.com or her Facebook page.

    • 31 min
    Conversation with Tod Bolsinger, author of "Canoeing the Mountains"

    Conversation with Tod Bolsinger, author of "Canoeing the Mountains"

    My guest this week is Tod Bolsinger, author of the book, “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Unchartered Territory.”
    "Canoeing" has done the rare thing of becoming a popular book in both conservative and progressive church circles. By combining research in systems theory and adaptive leadership and using the compelling metaphor of the Lewis and Clark expedition, Bolsinger’s book has provided a very helpful guide for church leaders trying to navigate rapid change in the 21st century. We talk about all these things in this engaging conversation.
    To learn more about Tod's books and research, you can go here. You can also follow him on twitter, @todbol.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

kjh65 ,

Fascinating podcast

Chris Coon does an amazing job talking to the most interesting people and leading them into a conversation that might be difficult (how have you failed?) but is ultimately healing and informative. You can tell that Chris has a gift for truly listening.

Erinjamesbrown ,

Vulnerable and lovely

Christian Coon leads with genuine curiosity about the person he interviews and offers compassion for moment of failure. He draws great stories out of people and invites the listener into an interesting conversation with progressive faith leaders and people of faith.

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