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A podcast about pursuing hope and healing in the midst of personal and social brokenness. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests about faith, disability, and social issues.

Love Is Stronger Than Fear with Amy Julia Becker Amy Julia Becker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 51 Ratings

A podcast about pursuing hope and healing in the midst of personal and social brokenness. Host Amy Julia Becker interviews guests about faith, disability, and social issues.

    Chronic Pain’s Untold Story with Dr. Haider Warraich

    Chronic Pain’s Untold Story with Dr. Haider Warraich

    Pain is more than a physical sensation; it has cultural, relational, and spiritual dimensions as well. Dr. Haider Warraich, a cardiologist and the author of The Song of Our Scars, talks with Amy Julia Becker about these dimensions, the opioid epidemic, and ways we can be a part of the story of healing, for ourselves and others.
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    Guest Bio:
    “Haider Warraich is a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is the author of Modern Death and State of the Heart, and regularly writes for the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.”
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    Connect Online:
    Twitter: @haiderwarraich__
    On the Podcast:
    The Song of Our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain For full show notes, transcript, and more, go to: https://amyjuliabecker.com/haider-warraich/
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    This conversation is a great pair with previous conversations on the podcast that I’ve had with Dr. Matthew Loftus and Liuan Huska.}
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
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    • 55 min
    How to Receive the Time We’re Given with Jen Pollock Michel

    How to Receive the Time We’re Given with Jen Pollock Michel

    Does anxiety characterize your relationship with time? Author Jen Pollock Michel talks with Amy Julia Becker about our posture toward time and her new book In Good Time.  She offers gentle reflections on learning new habits of being and of receiving the lives we have been given.
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    Guest Bio:
    “Jen Pollock Michel is a writer, speaker, coach, and podcast host. She is the author of five books. Her fifth book, In Good Time, released December 13, 2022. She holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College, an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University, and is working to complete an M.F.A from Seattle Pacific University. After eleven years of living in Toronto, Jen now lives in Cincinnati with her husband and her two youngest children. You can follow Jen on Twitter and Instagram @jenpmichel, subscribe to her Monday letters at www.jenpollockmichel.com, and listen to episodes of the Englewood Review of Books podcast.”
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    On the Podcast:
    New book: In Good Time: 8 Habits for Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing PeaceS6 E9 | Spiritual Timekeeping in a New Year with James K. A. SmithThe Divine Hours by Phyllis TickleBecoming Friends of Time by John SwintonThree Mile an Hour God by Kosuke KoyamaWe Crashed seriesLuke 10:38-42WorkshopPsalm 90For show notes, transcript, and more, go to: amyjuliabecker.com/jen-pollock-michel/
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
    Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Thanks for listening!

    • 43 min
    Spiritual Timekeeping in a New Year with James K. A. Smith

    Spiritual Timekeeping in a New Year with James K. A. Smith

    Do you feel like there isn’t enough time or wish you could just get a better hold on time? This episode is a chance to enter into a way of greater freedom with time. Professor and author James K. A. Smith talks with me about history, contingency, limitations, Black Lives Matter, hope, and his latest book, How to Inhabit Time: Understanding the Past, Facing the Future, Living Faithfully Now.
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    Guest Bio:
    “James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University and serves as editor in chief of Image journal, a quarterly devoted to ‘art, mystery, and faith.’ Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.”
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    Connect Online:
    Website: jameskasmith.comTwitter: @james_ka_smith__
    On the Podcast:
    Latest book: How to Inhabit Time: Understanding the Past, Facing the Future, Living Faithfully NowChristianity Today interview with BonoBono’s book SurrenderMidnight Library by Matt HaigRepetition by KierkegaardPlough Essay | When Merit Drives Out GraceA Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World by Marva Dawn__
    For full show notes, transcript, and more, go to: amyjuliabecker.com/james-k-a-smith
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, and a video with closed captions will be available on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
    Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Thanks for listening!

    • 50 min
    Christmas, When Church Lets You Down with Bekah McNeel

    Christmas, When Church Lets You Down with Bekah McNeel

    It’s Christmastime! But how do we celebrate Christmas when consumerism and church hurt bring complicated feelings to this season? Journalist Bekah McNeel and Amy Julia Becker talk about divisions within the American church and Bekah's book Bringing Up Kids When Church Lets You Down. If you are someone who is wrestling with questions of faith and doubt and how to raise kids with faith without force-feeding them answers, this conversation is for you.
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    Guest Bio:
    "Bekah McNeel is a journalist, wife, and mother of two. She is the author of Bringing Up Kids When Church Lets You Down,  and her work has appeared in Christianity Today, Sojourners, Relevant, The Texas Tribune, ESPN's The Undefeated, The Christian Science Monitor, Texas Public Radio, and elsewhere. In addition to pieces about parenting, she writes about education, immigration, and faith communities—as well as the occasional op-ed calling the American evangelical church to lay down its idols of White supremacy and patriarchy."
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    Connect Online:
    https://bekahmcneel.com/ https://twitter.com/BekahMcneel https://www.facebook.com/bekah.mcneel/ https://www.instagram.com/wanderbekah/___
    On the Podcast:
    Book: Bringing Up Kids When Church Lets You Down: A Guide for Parents Questioning Their FaithThe Spiritual Child by Dr. Lisa MillerAmy Julia writing about faith, church, and kidsHebrews 4:12Matthew 1:21___
    Transcript, complete show notes, and more: https://amyjuliabecker.com/bekah-mcneel/
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day at amyjuliabecker.com, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
    Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Thanks for listening!

    • 49 min
    The Cost of Control with Sharon Hodde Miller

    The Cost of Control with Sharon Hodde Miller

    How does control lead to anxiety? How can we let go of the illusion of control and entrust our lives to God? Pastor and author Sharon Hodde Miller joins Amy Julia Becker for a down-to-earth, intellectually astute conversation about the wisdom surrounding control, agency, and influence.
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    Giveaway: We are giving away a copy of Sharon's latest book: The Cost of Control. To enter to win, share this podcast episode on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and be sure to tag me! The contest will end on Sunday, December 4, at 11:59 pm ET.
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    Guest Bio:
    "Sharon leads Bright City Church in Durham, NC with her husband, Ike. She writes, travels around the country speaking at churches and conferences each year, and holds a PhD on women and calling." Sharon is the author of three books, including her latest, The Cost of Control: Why We Crave It, the Anxiety It Gives Us, and the Real Power God Promises.
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    Connect Online:
    Website: SheWorships.comInstagram: @sharonhmillerFacebook: @sharonhoddemillerTwitter: @SHoddeMiller__
    On the Podcast:
    Books: The Cost of Control;  Free of Me; and NiceGenesis 3__
    Transcript and more: amyjuliabecker.com/sharon-hodde-miller/
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day on my website, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
    Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Thanks for listening!

    • 41 min
    True Self, True Healing with Alison Cook

    True Self, True Healing with Alison Cook

    In between the extremes of selfishness and selflessness, how do we bring healing to our true selves? Dr. Alison Cook, psychologist and author, talks with Amy Julia Becker about finding our true selves and how that helps us bring health and wholeness into our relationships with God and with one another.
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    Guest Bio:
    “Dr. Alison Cook is a psychologist and the author of two books, including her new book, The Best of You (Thomas Nelson 2022) and Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson 2018). For 20 years, Alison has helped women, ministry leaders, couples, and families learn how to heal painful emotions, develop confidence from the inside out, forge healthy relationships, and fully live out their God-given potential.”
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    Connect Online:
    Website: dralisoncook.comInstagram: @dralisoncookFacebook: @dralisoncook__
    On the Podcast:
    First book - Boundaries for Your Soul  (talks about Internal Family Systems)New book: The Best of YouPodcast episode explaining Fawn response Mark 12:30-31__
    Transcript and more: amyjuliabecker.com/alison-cook/
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    Season 6 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my latest book, To Be Made Well, which you can order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.
    Connect with me:
    Instagram Facebook Twitter Website Thanks for listening!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Jucampbe ,

Belonging

As a mother of a son with Down Syndrome, this podcast of belonging in our Christian community hits close to home. Dr. Kenny was raw and real and gave me language and understanding from a perspective I will never fully understand - my son’s perspective. It was helpful to hear as part of our journey of belonging.

mk<3happy ,

Soooooo good!

I can’t even remember how I accidentally found this podcast but I’m SO thankful that I did!! I started with the episode about crt and I could have wept while listening just because I loved how the focus was on peacemaking while also objectively looking at truth (as opposed to passionate ranting, polarization etc). I can’t wait to listen to more episodes - I’ve already shared this one with about 15 people!!

Capuchie ,

Very important!!

Wow, I love this podcast. Amy Julia does a fantastic job selecting and interviewing guests on hard and fascinating topics. I have learned so much and highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in the gospel and racial justice, privilege, disability, and many other interesting issues.

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