Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Bethel Church leader Kris Vallotton about his latest book Destined To Win: How to Embrace Your God-Given Identity and Realize Your Kingdom Purpose (Thomas Nelson, 2017).
Here’s what you’ll learn in today’s interview:
About the Book: Kris Vallotton walks Christians through the profound process of discovering their true identity and experiencing the wonder of their kingdom purposes.
Christians are often told that they were born with a purpose that reaches beyond their human strivings, but most are not sure how to break past the daily struggles holding them back, much less how to fully step into their callings.
As a pastor and the cofounder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, Kris Vallotton has been teaching Christians all over the world how to walk in wholeness and purpose for more than seventeen years. In Destined to Win, he passes on the lessons that will help readers discover who they really are, overcome destructive behaviors, and become equipped for their kingdom purposes.
Confronting the challenges that limit Christians—such as living shackled by past pain, fear, and unforgiveness—Vallotton offers practical solutions to the often-complex problems that undermine their destinies and derail their purposes. With personal stories and biblical teaching, Destined to Win combines practical wisdom and profound revelation to unlock the latent potential present in each person.
About Kris Vallotton: Kris Vallotton is the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California and co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). Kris travels internationally training and equipping people to successfully fulfill their divine purpose. He’s a bestselling author, having written more than a dozen books and training manuals to help prepare believers for life in the kingdom. He has a diverse background in business, counseling, consulting, pastoring and teaching, which gives him unique leadership insights and perspectives. Kris has a passion to use his experience and his prophetic gift to assist world leaders in achieving their goals and accomplishing their mission.
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Today is my 39th birthday and I’m about to undertake one of the most difficult projects of my entire life. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to Hack My Midlife Crisis!
In the first part of this episode I explain the circumstances that led to the necessity of making some significant life changes and give an overview the process I’ve crafted for determining the life categories and specific goals I plan to work on.
The remainder of this episode focuses on the Shaun Tabatt origin story. I realize that I’ve asked hundreds of guests to tell me their story and figured that it was about time I share my own.
It's going to be a wild ride as I hack my way to improvements in my health, family, faith, and vocation. Join me on this journey and let's transform our lives together.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Terry Holloman about her new album DNA Transformation.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:
About the Album: Terry released DNA Transformation, because of the overwhelming response and call for her to record her unique sound. The album creates a perfect atmosphere for prayer, soaking and study, as well as providing a dynamic soundtrack for life. The sound has been called “a bridge across denominations and races”, and appeals to Christian and non Christian alike.
About Terry Holloman: Terry started playing music at the age of eight, playing organ and trombone. It was at fourteen that she first realized she was called of God to music. Her mother made her play the organ at their church, but even though she did so reluctantly, it was then Terry first felt the Presence of God. “It was like electricity shooting through me.” Terry said. She never forgot it.
Terry is now a powerfully anointed keyboardist, minstrel, writer and producer, and has developed a very unique sound, which is fusion of Bethel style soaking music, spontaneous song and jazz, with urban touches. Her passion is to share her heart for worship with a wise spectrum of the Body of Christ.
She is the Founder of a powerful, unique worship/intercession ministry called “The Mary Experience”, named from the reference in John 12:3, where Mary of Bethany poured the ointment on the feet of Jesus. The ministry, based in Atlanta, Georgia, was created to give psalmists and minstrels an opportunity to be a voice to help people hear God’s heart through music. Much of the flow of music, song, spoken word and interaction is totally spontaneous, and releases an atmosphere of freedom, joy, and deep connection with God and one another.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Craig Keener about his and Médine’s book Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds (Chosen Books, 2016).
Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:
About the book: A Gripping, True-Life Love Story!
Shy, scholarly Craig Keener first met Médine, a beautiful Ph.D. student from central Africa, through a campus ministry at Duke University. The two became close friends, but it wasn't until Médine returned home that Craig--coming to terms with his own wounded heart--realized his love for her. But civil war had broken out in Congo. Médine faced terror, disease and devastating hardship--and Craig didn't know if she was alive or dead.
Separated by continents, cultures and the ravages of war, Craig and Médine never stopped believing that faith, hope and love can surmount even the most overwhelming obstacles. Part romance, part thrilling adventure, their story is an unforgettable, miracle-filled journey of impossible love. You will be amazed by the God whose own great love for each of us will always overcome.
About Craig Keener: Craig is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a doctoral degree in New Testament Studies and the Origins of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of several commentaries on books of the New Testament.
About Médine Moussounga Keener: Médine holds a PhD from the University of Paris and is the pastoral care coordinator of Formation Ministries at Asbury. Médine and her husband, Craig, work for ethnic reconciliation in the US and Africa.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Suzanne Eller about her book Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads (Bethany House, 2016).
Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:
About the Book: Where you are going is not as important as who you go with.
Imagine that Jesus walks up to you, right now, and asks you to follow him. He doesn't tell you where, and he doesn't tell you what it will entail. He just asks you to come.
Will you say yes?
In her warm, conversational way, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 speaker Suzanne Eller shows how, when you say yes, you take a step away from the uncertainty, the to-do list, the worries and excuses. And you take a step toward the One who promises to delight and surprise, who will transform who you are, how you live, and how you impact the world.
So come. Walk with Jesus. Listen to his words. Step into the harder places of faith--but not alone. Learn who you are, but more so who he is to you.
The road will wind, your feet will get dusty. But you will discover the unexpected beauty of following where he leads. And that is worth everything.
About Suzanne Eller: Suzanne (Suzie) Eller is the ECPA bestselling author of The Mended Heart and a popular blogger. Suzie is with Proverbs 31 Ministries as a writer and speaker, and serves on the P31 International Initiatives team to partner with and reach women across the globe. Her message is to encourage women to live fully and free in their faith and every aspect of their lives. Suzie and her husband, Richard, live in Arkansas.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Kelly Balarie about her new book Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears (Baker Books, 2017).
Here’s what you’ll learn in this interview:
About the Book: We all live with fear. It hangs around, whispering in our ears, reminding us of all we can't do or will never be. But that's not the end of the story. We also have a God who draws close to say, Fear not. I am with you. This Spirit transforms us into fear fighters--women breaking free of trepidation to find bold dedication to God's peace-, purpose-, and joy-filled callings.
With remarkable compassion born from personal experience, Kelly Balarie shows women how to:
Kelly pulls back the curtain of fear so you can find the beautiful woman God created you to be.
About the Author: Kelly Balarie has lived her subject matter. Her faith was built as she battled through an eating disorder, depression, serious health concerns, company failures, family tragedies, job losses, and times without income. Throughout it all, Kelly has looked past the pain to pursue God's always-unfolding plan. Kelly is a featured blogger at Crosswalk.com and iBelieve.com. Her work has been featured on Relevant, (in)courage.me, and Today's Christian Woman. She lives with her husband and two toddlers near the sun-soaked shores of the East Coast.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Dr. Craig Keener about the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2016).
You've heard these Bible stories hundreds of times. But how many behind-the-scenes details have you been missing? Sometimes a little context is all you need to discover just how much is happening in Scripture. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible gives you insight on every page. See the cultural background behind each story—even the ones you know by heart.
About Craig Keener: Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and holds a doctoral degree in New Testament Studies and the Origins of Christianity from Duke University. He is the author of several commentaries on books of the New Testament.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Dr. Sam Serio about his new book Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting (Kregel, 2016).
About the Book: Today's church has sadly failed to minister to men and women deeply affected by porn, abortion, rape, casual sex, a sexless marriage, same-sex attraction, or childhood sexual abuse. Church leaders know these broken people sit in their pews. What they don't know is what to say to them. Those who would speak out directly from the pulpit worry that they will be unwise or insensitive, whatever their intent to the contrary. They may even fear being fired and losing their ministry altogether.
The truth is that seminary curriculums rarely prepare preachers to talk about sex in their sermons. Despite the pervasiveness of sexual wounds in the church, preachers tend to either ignore them and say nothing or abhor them without nuance and condemn. Sam Serio posits a powerful and necessary middle ground: preaching that offers forgiveness, transformation, and restoration.
Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting is a ready-to-use resource written from a preaching perspective. Serio examines the causes and consequences of the seven most difficult sexual issues of today. Moreover, he provides appropriate wording to use in crafting sermons, along with corresponding Scripture texts. He examines how preachers can prepare their churches, their hearts, and their sermons for the topic, and how these can all work together to build a healthier future for their congregations and the wider church body.
About the Author: Dr. Sam Serio writes with more than thirty-five years of experience in preaching and counseling. He has pastored churches, conducted seminars, and currently counsels individuals who daily feel the deep emotional effects of sexual sin or pain. Dr. Serio is founder and president of Healing Sexual Hurt where people from all around the world seek his words of biblical wisdom and warmth in these taboo topics. He has published various articles and is available to speak at churches and conferences. Dr. Serio lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Kristen Sharp, who performs as Libby Liberty all over the USA. We discuss the wonderful children's book Libby Liberty: In Search of Super Citizens and the important work of the Liberty Learning Foundation.
About the Book: Join the journey as the Statue of Liberty steps down from her pedestal to take you on a search for Super Citizens across America.
You’ll meet the President, doctors, veterans, and more as they all point to one shocking conclusion: Our next Super Citizen can be found by taking a good look in the mirror.
Libby introduces us to heroes of character, as well as people of all ages and accomplishments. In doing so, she shows us that the real heart of America lies in our own hearts.
The Libby Liberty™series parallels Liberty Learning Foundation’s unprecedented, real world bus tour that presents Statue of Liberty actresses on elementary school stages to kick off the transformative Super Citizen Program.
This energetic character teaches future generations about civics, character, financial literacy, and our Great American Story through educational theater, songs, videos, and project-based learning.
A portion of Libby Liberty™ book sales helps sustain the movement that is teaching, inspiring, and empowering our Next Great Americans.
Learn more information at www.LibertysLegacy.com.
About Kristen Sharp: Kristen Bowden Sharp is a multi-talented actress / singer / motivational speaker who plays Libby Liberty™ on school stages across the country. At an early age, the Alabama native began dancing and transitioned quickly into musical theatre. After her first production in High School, she moved to New York City to perform professionally.
Sharp traveled the country for many years: starring in three national tours and performing in New York and regional theaters. She settled back home in Birmingham, AL to pursue her college education. While she still works as a professional actress, Kristen puts her time and energy into church and her twins, Samuel and Rosemary.
While she’s had her name in lights and has performed for thousands of people, she still has a dream to reach the unreachable: to make a difference in lives for a greater purpose.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Will Hart about his new book Godrunner: Your Place in God's Big Story (Whitaker House, 2016).
Here's a preview of what we cover in the interview:
About the Book: Will Hart has already lived this book. He’s been running for God since he was a teenager—whether conducting crusades and conferences, ministering on the streets, praying for schoolchildren, preaching to young adults, or disrupting demonic strongholds, Will Hart is “the donkey God rides in on” and his collection of miracle stories keeps growing.
Now he wants to share his remarkable story with the rest of us. Will’s message is straightforward: anyone can be used by God in remarkable ways, if they will only jump out of their comfort zones, dream His best for their lives, and run like the wind with the individualized anointing that His Spirit sends.
In short, if they will only find their place in His big story.
About the Author: Will Hart takes the simplicity of the gospel and power of the Holy Spirit wherever he goes. Whether it is the jungles of Congo, the streets of Thailand, or a conference in the US, he is expectant and confident in the Holy Spirit showing up in power. Will traveled for three years with Randy Clark. Will then moved with his wife, Musy, to Mozambique to minister with Rolland and Heidi Baker. He is now COO of Iris Global.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with Jonathan Bernis, President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International, about his new book A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural: A Revealing Look at Angels, Demons, Miracles, Heaven and Hell (Chosen Books, 2016).
Here are some of the topics we cover in this interview:
About the Book: There is a supernatural world--and it's just as real as our physical one.
Dispelling the confusion, misinformation and doubt so prevalent today, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Bernis takes you on an adventure into the heart of the supernatural realm. He'll transport you beyond what you can see, hear, taste, touch and smell to uncover the biblical truth about things like angels and demons, miracles, heaven and hell, good and evil. And he will answer questions such as:
Above all, you will discover that you are uniquely wired to live a supernatural existence here and now--and that there is a faithful, loving God who longs for you to embrace with confidence His supernatural work in your own life.
About the Author: Jonathan Bernis is a Jewish believer in Jesus who has been active in Messianic Jewish ministry for more than thirty years and who currently serves as president and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI).
JVMI's mission is two-fold: proclaiming the Gospel to the Jew first and also to the nations (Romans 1:16), and equipping the Church--providing education about the Hebraic roots of Christianity, the Church's responsibility to Israel and the Jewish People, and keys to effectively and sensitively sharing Messiah with the Jewish People. Jonathan hosts JVMI's daily television program, Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis, broadcast to over 575 million homes worldwide through local, cable and satellite networks as well as the Internet.
JVMI also conducts humanitarian/medical outreaches to some of the most impoverished Jewish communities on earth, including regular outreaches in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and other points of need around the world. JVMI also ministers through large-scale international festivals of Jewish music and dance.
Jonathan is the author of several books, including A Hope and A Future, A Rabbi Looks at the Afterlife, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days and A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth. Jonathan and his wife, Elisangela, reside in Phoenix, Arizona, with their two daughters.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with popular global speaker and prolific author Leonard Sweet about his new book The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong (Tyndale, 2016).
About the Book: Did Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.
Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.
The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life.
About the Author: Leonard Sweet is a popular global speaker and prolific author, and he holds professorships at George Fox University, Drew University, and Tabor College. His daily social media postings have made him one of the most influential Christians in the US and around the world. Leonard is also the premier writer and owner of the fast-growing, innovative preaching resource preachthestory.com and has published more than 1,500 sermons.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with international speaker and spoken word poet David Bowden about his wonderful new book When God Isn't There: Why God Is Farther than You Think but Closer than You Dare Imagine (Thomas Nelson, 2016).
About the Book: Why does God feel so far away? Why is my worship so empty? Has God left me?
David Bowden knows these questions firsthand, having wrestled for years with God’s apparent absence and studying what the Bible says about it. In this new book, Bowden tackles the subject head-on, finding the key to understanding it in the Bible’s depiction of a God who is infinitely far from us, free to move where he wants, but who chooses to come near in the person of Jesus.
A resource of encouragement for those who struggle with feeling God’s absence and a wake-up call to those who take God’s presence for granted, When God Isn’t There will forever change your understanding of why God sometimes seems to vanish and how he can be found again.
About the Author: David Bowden is an international speaker and performer known best for his craft of spoken word poetry. He has performed his poems all around the world for hundreds of thousands of people, and his videos have attracted millions of views online. David and his wife, Meagan, live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with inspirational speaker, comedian, and renowned presidential impersonator John Morgan about his helpful new book War on Fear: What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?.
About the Book: Imagine the possibilities of a life without fear! What will you do? Where will you go? How will your life change as you go from living with fear to thriving full of courage? Rise up to cower no longer and embrace the adventure you were created for.
War on Fear equips you step by step and weapon by weapon to defeat fear. Author John Morgan shares his struggles with fear and how he decided to get angry and fight back. With guidance, laughter and courage Morgan invites you to join him in the battle.
Make the decision today to win the war on fear.
About the Author: John Morgan was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He and, his wife of 29 years, Kathy, still reside in sunny Orlando with their four sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three exciting grandkids. He is known for his comedic performances as presidential impersonator of President George W. Bush.
Discovered at a "Bush For President" rally in 2000, Morgan went from selling appliances to performing at the President's Inaugural. By 2007, John was bringing his big- time comedic impersonation to arenas all across America, appearing live before tens of thousands on Sean Hannity's "Freedom Concerts" and before hundreds of thousands on "The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular," where he amazed audiences with his guitar playing and singing.
John's inspiring journey is chronicled in his first book My Life as a Bush…and My Heart for Imitating Jesus, with forward by Governor Mike Huckabee, filled with laugh-out-loud stories, audacious encounters, and spiritual insights.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I sit down with Scott Sauls to explore some of the ideas found in his spectacular new book Befriend: Create Belonging in an Age of Judgment, Isolation, and Fear (Tyndale House Publishers, 2016).
About the Book: Is real friendship too risky?
We live in a world where real friendship is hard to find. Suspicious of others and insecure about ourselves, we retreat into the safety of our small, self-made worlds. Now more than ever, it’s easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences don’t mirror our own. Safe among like-minded peers and digital “friends,” we really don’t have to engage with those who can challenge and enhance our limited perspectives. Tragically, even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.
Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship. Scott Sauls, pastor and teacher, invites you to see the breadth of Christ’s love in this book, BeFriend. Join Scott on this journey through twenty-one meditations to inspire actively pursuing God’s love through expanding your circle of friends.
Scott has met too many people whose first impulse is to fence off their lives with relational barriers that only end up starving their own souls.
Yes, it’s true: Real friendship is costly. Love does make us vulnerable. But without risk, our lives will remain impoverished.
Join Scott in BeFriend as he summons you toward diverse friendship that can enrich your life and, in the process, reveal a better version of yourself.
About the Author: In March 2012, Scott began serving as the Senior Minister of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, Scott was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. He has also planted churches in Kansas City and St. Louis, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students.
Formative experiences have included being an athlete, living in a global city, and suffering through a season of anxiety and depression. Influential voices in Scott’s life include Tim Keller, CS Lewis, Leslie Newbigin, Soong Chan Rah, Jonathan Edwards, Johnny Cash, Joni Eareckson Tada, Miroslav Volf, Paul Tripp, Ann Voskamp, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marva Dawn, and NT Wright. In his free time you might find Scott relaxing with people or a book, strumming his Gibson J-45, hiking, eating Edley’s BBQ, enjoying live music, or cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and North Carolina Tar Heels.
Scott has authored two books: Jesus Outside the Lines and Befriend.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Sommer Floyd returns to the show today to share about her new album Ray of Light.
About Sommer Floyd: Emerging recording artist SommerFloyd has unveiled her highly anticipated debut CD, Ray of Light. The new CD, which was produced by Multi-Dove Award winner Steven V. Taylor (Michael W. Smith, Matt Redman, Veggie Tales) and recorded at the legendary Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, released to retail Friday, November 11, 2016, through SommerFloyd Music.
A joyful amalgamation of sparkling Pop/Rock, New Country and Contemporary Worship, Floyd's inaugural release has drawn comparisons to artists like Kari Jobe, Mia Fieldes, Laura Story and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry. Fan favorites include the celebratory "Children of God," the fun and encouraging Pop-Country anthem, "Drop and Run," and the gently meandering confessional ballad, "I Need You."
Floyd allows her natural effervescence to shine through on the exuberant "Ray of Light," a song she says was inspired by a lazy summer afternoon spent in the company of her young daughter, Heidi. "We were sitting outside looking up at the sun," she recalls. "I realized, that's how we are supposed to be as believers. We were meant to shine as a ray of light, to illuminate the dark places."
Floyd's love of the great outdoors served as inspiration for a number of other songs on the project, including the upbeat anthem, "Let It Rain," the gently rocking, "Lighthouse," and the slow-burning "Live Like Jesus." She unveils her vulnerable heart in the lovely, yet achingly poignant, "Stronger," a song she wrote for a friend battling leukemia. "I had just gotten off the phone with her husband," she muses.
"She had gone to the emergency room, thinking it was just allergies. I cried out to God, wondering why bad things happen to good people. I still don't have the answers to that question, but I know that the love of God is sufficient for all our needs. And when life gets harder, God makes us stronger. He has destined us to overcome, even when it doesn't look like it from the world's perspective."
Her peace-evoking Contemporary Worship hymn, "How You Love Me," could easily become a staple in church services across the country with its lovely chorus: "You are worthy, worthy/ I fall down at Your feet crying holy, holy/ Your love is all I need and Your beauty takes my breath away from me."
Speaking of hymns that are church staples, Floyd delivers her own unique take on the beloved classic, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," which is the only song on the project that she didn't write. "The words to this hymn are so powerful that I wanted to include it on the album," she explains.
If you look up "All American Girl" in the dictionary, chances are the definition will be accompanied by a picture of Sommer Floyd. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Floyd was an honor roll student, gifted athlete, beauty queen, and genuinely nice person. Voted "Class Favorite" and "Most Talented" by her high school classmates, Floyd was the quintessential cheerleader, earning four individual high school All American designations and three All Star Team National Championships. Attending college on a cheerleading scholarship, Floyd was designated a college All American as a freshman, an almost unheard of accomplishment. She ran on the varsity track team, played tennis, showed livestock, participated in rodeos and earned her Deep Sea Diving certification.
And she sings. And writes songs.
While Sommer certainly has all the credentials for The All American Girl, she is also 100 percent human. She is the first to admit she has made her share of mistakes. Those poor choices produced a deep level of brokenness, which compelled Sommer to dig deep into God's faithfulness, and reconnect with the God of her youth. The more connected the young woman became with God, the more songs began to flow from her pen.
"Putting my brokenness on paper helped to get me through the hard times," Sommer says, "and the lyrics started to turn into worship."
Her experience of brokenness and restoration resonated strongly throughout her community, opening doors for her to share her music and lead worship at churches and charity events throughout the Texas Hill Country, where she lives with her daughter, Heidi.
Sommer's fetching vocals, ear-pleasing melodies and spiritually mature lyrics caught the ear of her producer, Steven V. Taylor, and she soon found herself in Franklin, Tennessee with some of Nashville's finest musicians, recording her debut CD at the legendary Dark Horse Studios.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today my special guest is Terri Roberts. She shares about “the happening,” how a mother comes to terms with an experience like this, the amazing power of forgiveness, and the unexpected spheres of ministry God has opened to her over the past decade.
About the Book: After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?
On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.
But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.
About Terri Roberts: Terri Roberts travels the United States and the world speaking about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, forgiveness, and hope. She has been interviewed by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Terri is a mother of four sons and a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
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Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! Today Dr. Timothy Dailey returns to the show to discuss his new book Apocalypse Rising: Chaos in the Middle East, the Fall of the West, and Other Signs of the End Times.
About the Book: In the Middle East, one Christian is killed every five minutes. In the West, riots and moral relativism are corroding the hearts of nations. Across the globe, evil is ruling through violence, genocide, cruelty and destruction.
Does this reign of wickedness mean the end times are upon us?
Jesus warned His disciples that "fearful events" would cause unprecedented devastation at the end of days. In this provocative, page-turning work, bestselling author Dr. Timothy Dailey warns that the end is closer than we think. After decades of researching biblical prophecy, Dr. Dailey connects the dots between history, archaeological findings, firsthand accounts and Scripture, revealing compelling evidence that current events could be the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, including:
Yet under the shadow of the apocalypse, there is hope that the ultimate calamity can be averted through spiritual revival and a return to biblical faith. It's time for us to read the real signs and take a stand.
About Timothy Dailey: Dr. Timothy Dailey is a Christian scholar and bestselling author whose books have sold more than 300,000 copies. He holds an M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. Dr. Dailey has senior-level research and writing experience with major Christian ministries, including working in the public policy arena in Washington, D.C., as well as writing and editing commentaries for a nationally syndicated radio program. He has taught on the college level both at home and abroad, and his writings draw upon insights gained through a decade of overseas cross-cultural ministry. Dr. Dailey and his wife, Rebekka, have five children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Art Ayris, CEO of Kingstone Comics about The Kingstone Bible, one of the largest graphic novels ever created.
About The Kingstone Bible: The Kingstone Bible Trilogy is the most complete graphic adaptation of the Bible ever done. It covers all 66 books of the Bible, is over 2000 pages and is comprised of over 10,000 art panels.
About Art Ayris: Art Ayris is the founder, creative director and CEO of Kingstone Comics, the world’s largest producer of Christian comics and graphic novels. Kingstone Comics is a division of Kingstone, a central-Florida based entertainment company producing inspirational, historical and adventure media including graphic novels, comics, films, animation, books and screen plays of biblical content, biographies, historical fiction, action-adventure and science fiction. After years of searching for engaging resources to connect youth and children to the Bible, Ayris founded Kingstone in 2005 with the vision to provide exciting and engaging comics, graphic novels, animation, films and cutting-edge entertainment to unite the Scriptures with the hearts of children, teens and adults.
In addition to his work with Kingstone, Ayris also serves as the Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Florida, recognized worldwide for its innovative community outreach programs including residential drug rehabilitation centers, crisis pregnancy center, feeding center, family homeless shelter, occupational counseling and placement, health clinic and a foster care facility. Art and his wife, Kelly, live in central Florida, the headquarters for Kingstone.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode Brian Blount and I discuss his book From the Sanctuary to the Streets: Insights and Adventures in Power Evangelism and his documentary film Kingdom Encounters: Taking Love and Power to the Streets.
About the Book: From the Sanctuary to the Streets is a practical guide written to propel the reader into a lifestyle marked by intimacy with God and power evangelism. Through teaching and personal stories, the authors share with humor and honesty their own efforts to embrace the empowering activity of the Holy Spirit. As the authors state, "We are not called to be spiritual recluses or trail blazing burnouts. Rather, we are called to be friends of God who live a life of intimacy and impact as we simply do life with God in a naturally supernatural way."
About the Film: Kingdom Encounters is a training documentary that will encourage you to live a lifestyle of power evangelism. Join Brian Blount on this journey into the streets where you will see people healed and touched by the love and power of a good God. From fast food drive-thru windows to supermarkets to planned outreaches, you will discover that the kingdom of God is truly at hand no matter what or where. As Brian says, our job is simply to look, listen, and respond to Jesus' activity around us as we obey His commission in Matthew 10:7-8, "as you go."
About Brian Blount: Brian Blount and his wife, Jeanine, have spent the last fifteen years equipping and training individuals, teams, and churches in healing, prophetic ministry, and power evangelism throughout Europe and the United States. He is a husband and the father of six children, the youngest three of which are triplets. He is a business owner of a graphics design company called Web Vision Graphics. He and his family currently live in Oklahoma City.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Kenneth Ching about his new book Shattered Prayers: The Testing of a Father’s Faith (Kirkdale Press, 2016).
About the Book: Kenneth Ching lived a comfortable life--with a great job, a big house, and an easy faith. He went to church and believed in God's goodness. But when his son is born with a serious and rare genetic condition, his life is thrown into terrifying chaos.
In this honest and raw memoir, Ching brings to life his experience of letting go while learning to truly trust the Savior he claims to know. Ching doesn't shy away from asking the hard questions: Why does God answer some prayers but not others? How does prayer work? Is God even listening?
Shattered Prayers is ultimately a story about recognizing God's presence and faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. And how one man thought God ruined his life by giving his son a terrible disease, but eventually realized God was actually fighting to save his faith and his son's life.
About the Author: Kenneth Ching is an attorney in Reno, Nevada. He has worked as a journalist and law professor and held positions at organizations such as World Vision and Regent University.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Danielle Hart and Kylie Laine about their new children's book Kylie Meets Cooley.
About the Book: Kylie is saddened upon moving way, way away from the only home she’s ever known. Her first evening on the farm, the sweet girl bravely ventures out and meets Cooley Cow.
Together the pair discover they have something in common that makes them both special. What begins with a wink, then shooting stars, becomes a wonderful new friendship, built on glowing hearts! Moooooooooooooooo!
Full of rhythm and rhyme, Kylie Meets Cooley communicates to children to be brave, to conquer fear, to look inside their own hearts to find what makes them special, to look inside the hearts of others to help them see they are special, and to positively encourage family and friends.
About the Authors: Danielle Hart and Kylie Laine are a dynamic mother-daughter team with roots in Alabama! They hold a special place in their hearts for California.
Kylie is a happy third grader who enjoys reading, writing, and art and science projects. She is a dedicated ballerina and a soccer player who dreams of one day becoming a paleontologist and fashion designer, all while owning a bakery. She is the current reigning Petite Miss Alabama Cotton Queen and Mini Miss Rhododendron. Kylie is an A Honor Roll student who serves as a library leader and ambassador for her school. She is a wonderful big sister to her little brothers!
Danielle is a communications expert specializing in writing, photography, public relations, and marketing. She has been published on local and national levels. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgia Southern University and studied graduate-level courses in technical communication from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She serves on the March of Dimes North Alabama Executive Leadership Team and on the American Advertising Federation - North Alabama Board. Danielle is proud mommy to Kylie and Kolton! Connect with Danielle and Kylie:
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode Bruce Ashford returns to discuss the current state of American politics and help us answer the question of how Christians should cast their vote in the 2016 presidential election.
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About Today's Guest: Bruce Riley Ashford is Provost / Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. He is a Fellow in Theology at the St. George's Center for Biblical and Public Theology (Ontario, Canada) and a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
He is the co-author of One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015), the author of Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015), and the editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011). His forthcoming books are I Am Going: To the Nations and In the Streets (B&H, Summer 2017), The Problem with American Politics (Fall 2017), The Doctrine of Creation (IVP, Spring 2017), and For the King: One Story, One Gospel, One Mission (Baker, Fall 2017).
He has appeared on the Eric Metaxas Show, the Pat Williams Show, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Janet Mefferd Today, Chris Fabry Live!, and other nationally syndicated shows. His writing has been featured by Fox News, First Things Magazine, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Canon & Culture, and other national outlets.
His research interests include theology and culture, public theology, theology of mission, theological method, and contemporary theology. He is married to Lauren, with whom he has two daughters (Riley Noelle, Anna Katherine) and a son (John Paul Kuyper). He is an elder at The Summit Church (Raleigh-Durham, NC).
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Jean Watson about new album WONDER.
About the Album: "The music on WONDER is the most authentically 'me' music I have ever recorded," Watson says. "I believe the music is quite accessible to both the faith-based and general markets, and the opportunity to partner with Naxos to get the music into the hands of music lovers is huge."
"Naxos has great reach into the world music marketplace, so for the first time, my music has the possibility to be offered to audiences beyond the Christian market," she continues. "How amazing to think that people may listen to this music because they love the sound and be drawn closer to God in the process!"
WONDER represents something of a defining moment for the classically-trained singer/songwriter and instrumentalist, who is a fan favorite in the UK. She is especially popular in Ireland, where she has long hosted a daily inspirational radio show which can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland. So, her affinity for Celtic sound comes as no surprise.
Producer Billy Smiley, who has worked with Watson on her last two projects, suggested highlighting her Celtic-flavored songs and ethereal violin performances on the new CD and moving toward a more world music sound. In doing so, Watson discovered a glorious opportunity to simply be herself, both artistically and spiritually.
Sporting a world music sound that falls lithely between the ethereal, yearning Celtic sound of Maire Brennan and the graceful, poetic lyricism of Enya, Watson deftly tightwalks a line that stretches between ancient themes of grace and mercy, and is anchored by contemporary declarations of worship and adoration. There are exuberant expressions of praise ("Blessed Be Your Name"), hymns of hope ("I Can Hear Your Voice"), psalms of yearning ("Restless"), songs of surrender to the perfect will of the Father ("It Is Well"), and testimonies to the mercy and grace of God ("Everything Can Change," "Amazing Grace").
Whether invested in ardent celebration or lost in pensive worship, there is a humble honesty that runs through each song, that binds them together and points both listener and singer toward the throne of God. WONDER has an otherworldly, ethereal, moving quality which penetrates the heart and transports the listener into an attitude of worship.
In keeping with the world music direction of WONDER, Watson has enlisted the services of a number of musicians from around the globe, including South African John Ellis of Tree63 and former Newsboys drummer Peter Furler from Australia. Steve Hindalong from The Choir provides percussion, and as a special treat, Christian music legend Michael W. Smith appears as a guest accompanist as Watson performs Smith's hit, "I Can Hear Your Voice."
"I am so grateful for this opportunity for my music to reach a wider audience," says Watson. "I can't wait to see what God will do with WONDER!"
About Jean Watson: Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Jean Watson delved into the Christian recording world in 2003. During a time of great brokenness in Jean’s life, her landlord accidentally heard her sing and donated money to make her first CD! She gave the CD away to anyone who would listen and soon was singing and speaking in churches, coffeehouses, homeless shelters, and prisons, sharing the story of how God was transforming her life.
Since that time, Jean’s voice and testimony of God's grace and healing have touched thousands of lives around the world. She has recorded seven albums to date including her latest CD, Steady My Gaze featuring Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley, guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy, and John Ellis of ‘Tree63’.
Jean’s musical style is eclectic and features an abundance of celtic-infused violin and Watson’s signature haunting vocals. She has been honored four times as the Best Female Praise and Worship Artist USA by the UK Christian Music Alliance. Watson can be heard worldwide on UCB Radio Ireland where she hosts a daily inspirational radio show. Watson has appeared on The 700 Club, TBN's Praise The Lord, Cornerstone Television Network's flagship show, Real Life, LeSea TV's The Harvest Show, CTN's Bridges and many more media outlets across the globe.
Though her ministry is now international, Jean is still passionate about bringing hope to the hopeless through words and music. Having performed in majestic cathedrals and grand concert halls, her favorite venues are still homeless shelters and prisons. When she is not traveling, Jean enjoys playing violin in the Kalamazoo Symphony, spending time with her family, and riding her horse, Rosie.
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Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Alex Early about his new book The New Believer's Guide to the Christian Life: What Will Change, What Won’t, and Why It Matters (Bethany House, 2016).
About the Book: You're a Christian. Now what?
As a new believer, you may have questions about what to expect. You wonder how to please God, or what will happen if you mess up. But being a Christian isn't about what you do. It's about who you are: a child of God. And God loves his children unconditionally. Through his overwhelming love, he changes us from the inside out.
In this book, Alex Early gives a realistic depiction of the Christian life. He reveals what it means to find your identity in Christ and how to pray with honesty and transparency. Discover the secrets to living as a child of your heavenly Father.
Includes end-of-chapter questions to reflect upon or discuss with others and a glossary of Christian terms.
About the Author: Alex Early is the author of The Reckless Love of God and serves Redemption Church in Seattle, Washington, where he focuses on preaching and theology. He has completed two master's degrees and is a current doctoral candidate. Alex has been heavily involved in training church leaders both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a sought-after speaker and lives with his wife, Jana, and their two children in Seattle.
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