A Radio Host And A Preacher Walk Into A Book...

  • Martin Pistorius — Author Of Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
    Ghost Boy, tells the story of Martin's terrifying misdiagnosis and mysterious return to life. While everyone thought he was in a vegetative state for twelve years, he was fully aware and trapped inside his own body. In January of 1988, at the age of twelve, Martin came home from school complaining of a sore throat. He never went back. An inexplicable illness took over his body, symptom by symptom. First, he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned those around him. Within a year and a half he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Doctors told Martin’s parents their son had an unknown degenerative disease and he was given two years to live. In a matter of months, Martin had gone from a happy, healthy boy to a hollow shell. He was in a virtual coma, and doctors would never find the cause of his condition. Four years later, at the age of 16, Martin started to regain consciousness. But no one knew. He was still trapped in his broken body, and he completely unable to communicate. “Have you ever seen one of those movies in which someone wakes up as a ghost but they don’t know that they’ve died?” he writes. “That’s how it was, as I realized people were looking through and around me. However much I tried to beg and plead, shout and scream, I couldn’t make them notice me.” For an unimaginable twelve years, Martin was fully conscious while trapped inside his unresponsive body, secretly aware of everything happening around him and utterly powerless to communicate it. He recounts how much he wanted to die in those days, how alone and powerless he felt. Martin’s journey back to communication—back to life—was a slow one. He first gained small amounts of body control, such as the ability to squeeze a hand. Even then, medical professionals declared he only had the intelligence of an infant. It was a special nurse named Virna who was convinced that there was something more going on in Martin’s mind, something very alive below the surface. Ghost Boy is Martin’s story, as written – shockingly and triumphantly – by Martin himself.

Special Guests

  • Brian McLaren — Author of We Make the Road By Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation
    Brian's latest book, We Make The Road By Walking, offers 52+ chapters that give an overview of the biblical story and a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith. Each chapter is written to be read aloud in ten to twelve minutes, and is accompanied by a set of Scripture readings, reflection/discussion questions, and liturgical resources - so the book can be useful in a variety of ways for classes, small groups, new faith communities, and churches. And of course, it's an inspiring and formative read for individuals too.
    *Brian D. McLaren's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road, A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and his most recent titles, Naked Spirituality and the ebook The Girl with the Dove Tattoo (June 2012). A former college English teacher and pastor, he is an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980's, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings - across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, evangelism, leadership, global mission, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice. A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, Brian has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American's 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and CNN.com

  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!


  • Trudy Metzger
    Trudy, who grew up Mennonite, suffered severe violence at the hands of her father, and abuse within the the Mennonite community she grew up in. When she finally spoke out, she encountered fierce resistance from those with an agenda to hide abuse, but she was welcomed by many victims. “There wasn’t a day in childhood when I wasn’t fearful. Starting before age ten, I lost all will to live and often wished for death, eventually becoming suicidal. My parents, both Mennonite, also suffered abuse and violence —especially my father—and both passed it on to us. I had to break the cycle; enough was enough.” Trudy is speaking out because there are many still suffering in silence. She wants to let those who are being abused, especially within religious communities, know that they can speak up! Maybe somehow, those who feel trapped could maybe get a hold of her book, Between 2 Gods. Trudy mentors and coaches victims of abuse, and works with churches to tackle this problem. Her organization, Generations Unleashed, helps victims and creates awareness.

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Meanwhile, Back On The Farm...

  • With Grant Marshall (Drew's Dad)
    We're losing a generation. A generation of respect, integrity and honour. A generation who were not afraid of hard work and sacrifice. Drew's father IS that generation. Growing up on the farm taught him more about life than Google. So maybe we should take the time to listen – before that generation is gone

Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Listen in as Drew and his guests crack open a few! Crawling from topic to topic - current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click Here)

    This Week on The Pub Crawl:
    We thought it would be fun for our Dating Game couple (James & Kate) to join us for the Pub Crawl. Who knows, it might either give them some great ice breakers during their chauffeur driven ride to Sassafraz in Yorkville on their FIRST date next week – OR – it might completely ruin everything and make Date Night a living hell!

    *James has just won A FREE 1 year subscription to ChristianMingle AND… after Drew & Tim The Tool help him find the best possible match, we’ll pick up the tab for an exquisite date night out on the town with HOPEFULLY that special someone! James and his date will be chauffeur driven in a black Escalade to one of the GTA’s most exclusive French restaurants – Sassafraz - and then off to discover one of the best views of the city at Panorama Lounge! To find out more about James and to follow his journey on the Dating Game, go to www.drewmarshall.ca/datinggame (If you'd like to be our NEXT Dating Game Contestant - send your contact details, your picture, and as much information about you as possible, including why YOU would make the best choice as our next contestant on THE DATING GAME - to mingle(at)drewmarshall.ca) *Contestants must be over 21 and live in the Greater Toronto Area.


    1/ Ontario's new sex ed curriculum to be taught to our kids has been released – and so have the protests. The last time it was updated was in the 1900's! (Prince wrote a song about it) Most would agree it was time to be updated, considering the changes in our kids' world since then (whether we like it or not). However, there are those that disagree about the age that certain subjects should be discussed. (masturbation, anal & oral sex, sexting, gender identity & same gender attraction) And some would rather have their kids learn this stuff at home. Bottom line – this is a lose, lose situation for any government. What do you think is at the heart of people's concern? If we teach our kids stuff without moral boundaries, they'll do it? How do we determine what age a child should be before teaching them “X”?

    2/ During a legislative debate in the House Of Commons about the new sex ed curriculum this week, Education Minister Liz Sandals punched back at Torie protests by sarcastically suggesting that they might also “want to make the teaching of evolution optional.” Progressive Conservative MPP Rick Nicholls shouted that it's “not a bad idea” to stop teaching evolution in schools. He told reporters later, “For myself, I don’t believe in evolution.” Now people are questioning whether he's fit to be one of our country's leaders. Should someone who doesn't believe in evolution be allowed to hold a position of political leadership?

    3/ Pope Francis recently said that spanking is OK as long as it preserves the dignity of the child and is not done in the face. So we thought we'd ask our Dating Game contestants about this “touchy” subject! (Why? Because Drew thinks this is a great first date conversation!)

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Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith (W.T.F?)
Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's W.T.F. Guest: Manya Brachear Pashman – Religion Reporter For The Chicago Tribune