23 episodes

Conversations about the expectations we have of what the life of faith will feel like. Each week Amanda Held Opelt (author of the book Holy Unhappiness: God, Goodness, and the Myth of the Blessed Life) will interview writers, pastors, artists, and friends about the myths we believe about "the good life." Together, we'll reimagine what blessing can look like when we are willing to look beyond our culture's definitions of happiness and success. Here we make space for grief, lament, weariness, and restlessness, trusting that even our unhappiness has something to teach us about ourselves, about God, and about the world around us.

Holy Unhappiness with Amanda Held Opelt Amanda Held Opelt

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Conversations about the expectations we have of what the life of faith will feel like. Each week Amanda Held Opelt (author of the book Holy Unhappiness: God, Goodness, and the Myth of the Blessed Life) will interview writers, pastors, artists, and friends about the myths we believe about "the good life." Together, we'll reimagine what blessing can look like when we are willing to look beyond our culture's definitions of happiness and success. Here we make space for grief, lament, weariness, and restlessness, trusting that even our unhappiness has something to teach us about ourselves, about God, and about the world around us.

    Episode 22 - Dr. Alan Noble and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Episode 22 - Dr. Alan Noble and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Today I am privileged to speak with Dr. O. Alan Noble, professor and author of the book On Getting Out of Bed, which is one of the best books I've ever read about the reality of struggling with mental health as a person of faith. Dr. Noble and I discuss the broken anthropology that may be contributing to the unique anxieties of our age and reflect on the message we send when we choose to persevere through suffering.

    • 26 min
    Episode 21 - Meredith McDaniel and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Episode 21 - Meredith McDaniel and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Today, I talk with Meredith McDaniel, a licensed clinical mental health counselor and director of Milk + Honey Counseling in Davidson, North Carolina. Meredith and I cover A LOT in this episode, as she helps me unpack a few ideas that are still a bit unresolved in my mind: the role our spiritual practices play in our mental health, our current cultural obsession with wellness, and our sense of personal identity as it relates to a mental health struggle. This conversation was so rich for me, so honest, practical, and helpful.

    www.meredithmcdaniel.com

    • 40 min
    Episode 20 - Dr. Mekel Harris and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Episode 20 - Dr. Mekel Harris and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Grief has been an enormous part of my own mental health journey. Today on the podcast, I talk with Dr. Mekel Harris who had a profound encounter with grief, one even a Ph.D. in clinical psychology did not fully prepare her for! I consider Dr. Mekel to be a kindred spirit; her deep passion is to offer resources both to individuals and organizations for managing the challenges of grief and mental health needs. Together, we'll discuss the impact grief had on our mental health and ways we learned to move forward with the new burden of grief.

    • 42 min
    Episode 19 - Chuck DeGroat and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Episode 19 - Chuck DeGroat and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Mental health continues to be a taboo topic in many churches, but today's guest - Chuck DeGroat - has spent years as both a pastor and a psychologist. He brings insights on how the tools of psychological study can be an asset for the church, but also how the rich tradition of soul care in the Christian tradition has a role to play in the lives of those seeking mental wellbeing.

    • 36 min
    Episode 18 - Aundi Kolber and Mental Health Awareness Month

    Episode 18 - Aundi Kolber and Mental Health Awareness Month

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so for the next five weeks, I'll be having conversations with licensed counselors, therapists, psychologists, and pastors about the intersection of faith and mental health. Today, we talk with best-selling author and therapist Aundi Kolber about trauma, listening to our bodies, and why she likes to describe strength like water.

    • 49 min
    Advent Week 4 - Love with Lore Ferguson Wilbert

    Advent Week 4 - Love with Lore Ferguson Wilbert

    On week four, the Church focuses on the theme of Love. Today I am joined by author and friend Lore Ferguson Wilbert. This was such a timely conversation for me. As we head into a week of celebrations with family and friends, we are all carrying our own burdens - both joy and pain, longings and frustrations. The holidays are not always easy for everyone, and we are pulled in many directions. Christ is the one who helps us show up with love. Lore and I talk about the importance of God incarnate, present in the body, giving of Himself physically to those around Him, and what that means for us.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

lfreakinc ,

Encouraged & Uplifted

Amanda has a unique talent for voicing intimate aspects of her faith in a way that is deeply relatable. Her conversations are honest and thoughtful; this show is a safe space.

greygirl71 ,

Advent

Amanda, thank you for these Advent episodes! You introduced us to some incredible guests, and what a wonderful way to prepare my heart for lighting the Advent candle each week! I paired each episode with a weekly playlist on Apple music…a really nice way to celebrate the season and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas! I appreciate you and the good that you put out into the world via your books, social media account and this podcast. Thank you, and Merry Christmas! 💟

ENangobi ,

Love it!

Amanda does such a great job listening and asking good questions.

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