THIS WEEKS CELEBRITY CO-HOST: Madolyn Smith Osborne — Former Hollywood Actress (Co-starred with John Travolta, Joe Pesci, Chevy Chase & Steve Martin)
Kylie Bisutti — Former Victoria Secret Runway Angel, Author of I'm No AngelIn December 2011, 21-year-old Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel Kylie Bisutti, stunned the fashion industry when she chose faith over fame and fortune and made the switch from supermodel to role model. In I’m No Angel, Kylie shares her story—from her early years struggling to make it big in the cut-throat world of modeling, to her “big break” winning the Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel competition, to the moment she realized that she could no longer reconcile her career with her Christian beliefs. Along the way, Kylie talks about her personal struggles with inadequacy, low self-esteem, and her near-constant quest for approval in a world where you can never be thin enough, pretty enough, or sexy enough.
The Inimitable Mr. Bennett — Singer, Poet, Punkster, Lyrical Mutineer, Ukelele Virtuoso!He's back! If Bob Dylan & Tom Waits had a baby, then gave it to Leonard Cohen to raise – you'd have this guy! Having just returned from a Nashville recording session, Mr. Bennett has agreed to leave his trailer at an undisclosed location deep in the bush somewhere in Northern Ontario, and return to the city to share his latest offerings of cynical wisdom and sociological observations. Mr. Bennett has spent the better part of his half century wandering and performing, including 18 years in the UK. He has supported acts like The Fall, Ron Sexsmith, Jonathan Richman, and has played a lingerie shop, The London Palladium, Camden Town and an Alabama house party for Satanists. When he wasn’t performing, he was fueling buses, test driving cars, selling cheese, being a butcher, a barista, barman, and a roadie for several rock bands including Bloc Party … “they were great, Wembley Stadium was a big show but I met Eddie Izzard in the loo and that was better”.
Dr. Les Parrott — Bestselling Author of The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You CloserResearch says the average couple argues as much as 312 times a year, making conflict a universal element of all relationships, happy or not. But what matters most is how you fight, not whether you fight. According to veteran marriage counselors Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, the quality of your quarreling determines the closeness of your relationship. Best known for their classic book Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, #1 New York Times best-selling authors Les and Leslie teach couples to fight well in The Good Fight: How Conflict Can Bring You Closer. They reveal new and time-tested tips and tools to help readers fight in a way that enriches their relationships, rather than tearing them down. Using their C.O.R.E. (cooperation, ownership, respect, empathy) acronym to look at the elements of a good fight, the Parrotts show readers how to leverage their personal fight types and find peace when the tug-of-war begins. Les is a psychologist and Leslie is a marriage and family therapist at SPU. The Parrotts are authors of Real Relationships, Crazy Good Sex, L.O.V.E., Your Time-Starved Marriage, Love Talk and the award– winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. The Parrotts have been featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN and The View, and in USA Today and the New York Times.
Dr. Timothy R. Jennings — Author Of The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your LifeCan your understanding of who God is physically affect your brain? In his latest book, The God-Shaped Brain, noted psychiatrist and author Timothy R. Jennings breaks down how our understanding of the nature of God can affect us physically and spiritually. “Over the years I have treated thousands of patients who struggle with fear, insecurity and relationship problems that have as a contributing factor, if not primary cause, a distorted God construct,” says Jennings. “As brain science has advanced, the neurobiological connections validated my observations that faulty God constructs are unhealthy.” Throughout The God-Shaped Brain, Jennings addresses the research findings that show our thoughts and beliefs affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. This research has indicated that our mind and body are connected, and that when our understanding of God is not one of love and trust, unhealthy patterns of self-defeating behaviors and toxic relationships can develop. Anything beyond the knowledge that God embodies love, according to Jennings, is a false construct and can be harmful to our physical, spiritual and mental well-being. But there is hope: our brains can adapt, change and rewire with redeemed thinking that frees us from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Dr. Joanne Benham Rennick — Assistant Professor at Wilfred Laurier UniversityDr. Rennick specializes in a few subjects we thought you'd find interesting: Globalization; Social justice; Recognition and diversity; Institutions and organizations; Canadian military; Religious violence; Religion and Development. A few questions we want to ask Dr. Rennick: Was Canada ever a “Christian country”? Is it now? Should new immigrants leave their cultural/religious ideologies back where they came from, especially if they conflict with the Canadian lifestyle? Has globalization and the influx of “other religions” made Canada a more dangerous place to live? Has religion around the world, been more of a hindrance than a help? And even today, does it cause more problems than it's worth?
Dee — “Dissecting Christian Trends”“This blog exists to explore various trends within the Christian faith. Along the way, we have discovered that many people have been the victims of legitimate spiritual abuse at the hands of pastors and churches. Some have experienced rejection because they do not march lock step with the current 'thing du jour.'” TWW even has a Glossary Of Terms, which include:
Calvinista: These are Calvinists gone wild. They are self-important, self-assured, and absolutely convinced that they know what the Bible says on every subject. They also believe anyone who doesn't agree with them is utterly wrong. They spend lots of time running around to conferences, getting together with other guys (women have no place in this discussion) who also agree with them 100%. In fact, they spend more time speaking at conferences than pastoring their churches.
Redneck Theology: These are the guys who confuse patriotism with Christianity and are convinced that even major religions are "cults". They call each other by their first names with brother inserted (e.g. Brother Bob). They come up with new Biblical mandates such as "God wants us to have a quiverfull." "Jesus created nonalcoholic wine." "It is heresy to believe the world is older than 6000 years".
The Counsel of ManyThis week on the Counsel Of Many: If you were given an 87% chance of getting breast cancer would you do what Angelina Jolie did – get a double mastectomy?
Joining us to discuss this is the author of Breast Cancer: The Notebook, Julia Chiapetta (www.breastcancer-thenotebook.com/religion) and Theresa Quick, who was diagnosed with the same BRCA 1 gene that Angelina has and who also chose to have a double mastectomy. Feel free to call in and join the discussion.
God & StuffJoin Drew & Tim The Tool as they catch up on current events and the week's happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults – Oh My!
Abe Levy - Religion Reporter at the San Antonio Express-News