Christian Book Blurb

Christian Book Blurb

Encouraging you in your discipleship one book at a time as we chat with some amazing Christian authors about their books, their lives, and their faith on this twice-monthly podcast.

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February 14, 2024 35 mins

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In this episode of the Christian Book Blurb podcast, host Matt McChlery interviews Dr. Gary Chapman about the language of love. They discuss the importance of celebrating relationships, the difficulties in relationships, and the role of selfishness in causing problems. Dr. Chapman shares his personal experiences in marriage and how changing his attitude transformed his relationship. They also delve into the concept of love ...

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I had a wonderful discussion with author Russ Ewell about how we can discover God for ourselves, based on his book 'He's Not Who You Think He Is'. We speak about how to build relationship with God as well as how to form a deeper connection with Him. We also discuss his love of music, basketball and his favourite TV show Downton Abbey. Listen now.

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Author Katherine Blessan takes some time out from an Air BnB retreat to chat with me about truth telling and cancel culture - two big topics that are explored in her novel 'T for Tolerance'. We also talk about her love of travelling, how the Holy Spirit communicates with her as well as her involvement with the social enterprise 'Kaleido Arts For Wellbeing'. Listen now.

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Welcome to our 2024 New Year's Special episode! I chat with author and church leader Malcolm Macdonald about his passion for revival and his book 'Saturated with God'. We also speak about the importance of prayer and a return to a dependence upon Jesus for every Christian. He shares his heart for the local church and we hear about his involvement with the New Wine Festival and his love of watching rugby from his armchair. Listen no...

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December 15, 2023 37 mins

We could all use a bit of forgiveness in our lives, as well as learning how to give it away a little better too. In this episode I chat with award-winning author Chris Fabry about his new novel 'Saving Greyson'. We chat about forgiveness and reconciliation as well as Alzheimer's disease, working on talk show radio, rattlesnakes in the back yard and the new Kendrick Brothers movie coming out in 2024. Listen now.

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Anna Hawken shares her heart as well as practical tips on how parents can learn about God and about being His child by observing their children, based on her book 'Being God's Child: A Parents Guide'. We also chat about Christmas season mayhem, how to hear God's voice, the importance of asking questions as well as the Great British Bake Off (also known as The Great British Baking Show in the USA), food and friends. Also, can you he...

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Rachel Yarworth talks about how we can celebrate advent as a family and her new book that she has compiled containing the writing of 25 different Christian authors, 'The Jesse Tree Anthology'. We also chat about home-schooling, seeing dolphins, her love of Cornwall and a precious family advent tradition she has in her own family. Listen now.

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In this episode I chat with acclaimed theologian, author and speaker Amy Orr-Ewing about how Mary, the mother of Jesus, is uniquely placed to tell the nativity story as we discuss her new Advent devotional book 'Mary's Voice'. We discuss advent, the role of women in the church. her love of coffee and art as well as some of her favourite family advent traditions. Listen now.

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This is a fascinating discussion about identity and self-worth that is completely countercultural yet deeply biblical. I chat with Liz Carter about her life and the things she has learnt including that our worth is not defined by how useful we feel centred around her new book 'Valuable'. We also talk about the power of words and her love of the Nintendo Switch game 'The Legend of Zelda'. Listen now. 

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In this episode I chat with Matt Fuller about reclaiming a biblical view of masculinity within our toxic western culture. We discuss why friendships are important, why the church should be addressing the topic of masculinity and how the bible helps us gain a more positive understanding of masculinity. We also chat about the 'Barbie Movie' (Spoiler Alert) as well as Matt's love of paddle boarding. Listen now.

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Doubt is an area we all find difficult from time to time. Can doubt and faith co-exist? Is it bad to doubt, or is it a normal part of the Christian experience? Kat Wordsworth shares very openly in this authentic interview where she discusses these very topics. Based on her personal experiences of faith and doubt, and her book 'Let's Talk About Doubt', she gently unwraps what she believes about this important, yet often silent topic...

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Misreading scripture by placing our own cultural bias and worldviews onto it is very easy to do. By recognising the times when our culture gets in the way of an accurate understanding of The Bible, we can learn to read it better. Listen to this fascinating discussion with author, theologian and scholar E. Randolph Richards and start to open your eyes to what The Bible is really saying. Listen now.

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This episode is jam-packed with golden nuggets on how to live life well. I speak with Cathy Madavan, author of 'Why Less Means More' about how we should define success, our culture's busyness addiction, the importance of prioritising and pressure performance - all from a biblical worldview. We also chat about her love of live music and Christian festivals as well as get an exclusive sneak-peak at the new 2024 Spring Harvest theme b...

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In this episode chat with Sam Hargreaves about rest and worship and about his and his wife, Sara's book 'The Rest is Worship'. We also chat about Star Wars, music and other creative projects he is involved in all finished off with a Christian Book Blurb first - a song. It is well worth a listen.

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In this episode I discuss how to keep your faith in difficult times with author of 'Shetland Mist' Heather Leslie Hammer. We talk about her love of the Shetland Islands, her family history and their links to the islands, the Methodist movement and her love of 'Call The Midwife' TV series. Listen now.

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In this episode I explore creativity and how we can use it to respond to scripture with poet, Drew Jackson. We also discuss poetry as a spiritual practice, his love of New York City and basketball and find out how hip-hop music led to his love of poetry. Drew also reads two of his amazing poems for us on the show. Don't miss this.

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I am a bit start-struck this episode as I speak with Gemma Hunt (a UK children's TV personality and author - CBeebies, Songs of Praise, Alpha Course etc). This episode is packed full of creative prayer tips and retelling of some of the parables from the Bible within a modern context. We chat about mixed-race representation in Christian books as well as Gemma's love of food and the Great British Bake Off TV Show. You've got to liste...

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An honest discussion about some of the big things that make life difficult, yet finding God in the midst of it all. I chat with Catherine Campbell about success and failure, ageing, coping with a bad health diagnosis and how when we may think God has finished with us - he really hasn't at all. We also chat about Call The Midwife and her love of women's ministry. Listen now.

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A compelling discussion with author and visionary Richard Gamble about his book 'Remember: Revealing the eternal power of answered prayer'. We also talk about his project where he and his team are building a national landmark in the centre of the country as a memorial to God's goodness, his love of Leicester City Football Club, sausage rolls and the type of holiday he likes best. You have go to listen to this!

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A frank and honest discussion about singleness in the church and what we can do to navigate it well (as well as what not to say when trying to be helpful). Paula Halliday speaks from personal experience as we discuss her book 'Singled Out: Navigating your season of singleness'. We also chat about dating apps and competitive games nights with her family. Listen now.

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