Poema 020 | The Blacksmith’s Daughters on Making Melodies

Today I’m joined by Julida and Sean Alter, who make up one half of ‘The Blacksmith’s Daughters’, a folk/rock band from Minneapolis. The band is comprised of Julida and Sean, and Julida’s sister Anella Platta and her husband Brent. Julida and Anetta are from a family with a long history of being blacksmiths – hence the name ‘The Blacksmith’s Daughters’

Poema 019 | The Sacred Art Of Wrestling

On the show today I do a short reflection on the importance of wrestling with the divine, and how I’ve learned from my own experience that being honest with God, voicing your doubts, questions, frustrations and anger towards God is actually the sign of a healthy relationship with Him

Poema 018 | Identity & Moral Injury with Dr Kate Hendricks Thomas & Dr Karl Hamner

Today I’m joined by by returning guest Dr Kate Hendricks Thomas, and new guest Dr Karl Hamner, to discuss the issues of identity and moral injury. We discuss how to handle transitional periods of our lives, big shifts away from something familiar, which has defined us, into a new season of life – and a new identity

Poema 017 | Putting Ego In The Back Seat

On today’s episode I share some reflections on the most reason season of my life, a book launch, confronting difficult truths – and why I’m taking a short sabbath from writing. I talk about how ego can be a good thing but how when we let it dictate our lives, when we let our ego define our value, we can come to an unhealthy place.

Poema 016 | Sarah Heath on Seeing Your Story Through God’s Eyes

Today my friend Rev Sarah Heath returns to the podcast, to discuss her new book ‘Whats Your Story – Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes’, a book about seeing our lives through the concept of story, using the Biblical story of Joseph as a lens to examine our own stories.

Poema 015 | Wendy H Jones on the Spirituality of Crime Writing & Marketing With Integrity

Today on the podcast I’m joined by my friend Wendy H Jones. Wendy is a hugely successful crime writer, and international speaker. She’s authored the Shona Mackenzie adult crime series which has sold tens of thousands of copies internationally, ‘Power Packed Book Marketing’, a book on how to successfully market your books with integrity, and is on the committee of the Association of Christian Writers.

Poema 014 | Alexander Shaia & The Good Friday Resurrection

Alexander Shaia returns to Poema today to share about the Quadratos journey through the Easter story. He takes us back to an understanding of the story older, and wider than the traditional ‘Holy Week’ we all know and takes us into the story of the Christ and how we can identity with Jesus as He walks His passion.

How Being Vulnerable With Your Art Can Be A Path To Freedom

Dear Fellow Writer,

I know you’re afraid.

I know you’re wondering whether its worth even beginning.

But you’re not alone. I’ve been there. Many others have been too. And you can overcome your anxieties and create the work you were made for.

4 Certain Ways To Find Your Authentic Writing Voice (guest post for Positive Writer)

Today I’m honoured to be guest posting on PositiveWriter.com, a website/blog run by my friend Bryan Hutchinson – it’s an award-winning blog, listed as one of the best top 10 blogs for writing last year. Today I’m sharing a post sharing my own writing journey, and how you can find your authentic writing voice. Below is a little taster.

Poema 013 | Jessica Aguilar-Christy on Yoga & Christian Spirituality

Today I’m joined by my friend Jessica Aguilar-Christy. Jessica is a yoga instructor, and teaches yoga through the lens of Christianity with Soul Stretch Christian Yoga and at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church. Today Jessica shares about the history of yoga, dispels myths many Christians believe about yoga and the truth behind the science and spirituality of yoga.