Special Guests

  • Emily Maynard Johnson — Author of I SAID YES: My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption, and True Love
    America’s sweetheart, Emily Maynard, is known by millions for her unprecedented appearances on both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. When her high-profile search for true love led Emily to a dead end, she felt empty and utterly embarrassed. Yet somehow in the wake of her nationally televised failures at romance, Emily discovered strength she never knew she had and a truth she just couldn’t shake. In Emily’s new tell-all, I SAID YES, she candidly reveals her never-before-told-story of life before and after The Bachelorette and the profound new reality she discovered when she forsook fame in favor of serving God. “Heartbroken, embarrassed, and feeling completely unlovable, God found me, picked me back up and showed me His love was all I’ve ever needed all along,” says Emily. “I finally said ‘yes!’ to something much more than a guy’s love. I said ‘yes!’ emphatically to finally resting in the peace and love that can only come from Christ. And that love has dramatically changed my life.” From the heartbreaking and tragic loss of her fiancé, to the events that led her to a psychiatric wing in high school, to her new-found ‘normal life’ with 10-year-old daughter Ricki, husband Tyler Johnson and brand-new baby Jennings, readers will come to know Emily like never before and be inspired to discover the same love she found in the arms of God. “This is a book about God’s love and redemption, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made. Or in my case, failed television engagements! I want the reader to be encouraged to know that there is hope and you can say ‘yes!’ to a life of joy and peace.”

    *Emily Maynard Johnson experienced the tragic and sudden loss of her fiancé, NASCAR driver Ricky Hendrick, when she was eighteen. Days after his death, she discovered she was pregnant with her now ten-year-old daughter, Ricki. Navigating life as a single mom spawned an initial whirlwind of trying to balance finding her identity as an individual and being a parent. Known best for hoping to find love on camera, Emily appeared on season 15 of The Bachelor and season 8 of The Bachelorette. In 2014, Emily found the real deal and married Tyler Johnson. A fashionista at heart, she fulfilled one lifelong dream and created her own jewelry line. Emily lives in Charlotte with her husband Tyler, daughter Ricki, and son Jennings.
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  • Kenneth B. Hertz — Entertainment Attorney
    Ken and his partners specialize in representing talent and new media companies in the sports and entertainment industries. His clients include Will and Jada Smith, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Idris Elba, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Sir Ken Robinson, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears, David Blaine, Shaun White, Jamie Oliver, James Patterson, Lionel Richie, Calvin Harris, Annie Leibovitz and Ariana Grande. Ken is also a principal in memBrain - an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm.memBrain's clients include Hasbro, McDonald's, Intel, MillerCoors, Logitech, and Keds. Ken is a frequent speaker and commentator on the subjects of entertainment, marketing and convergence; is often quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal; has appeared on CNBC's monthly newsmagazine "Business Nation;" has been an instructor at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and an adjunct professor of law at USC. Ken is also the host of TEDxHollywood.

  • Luke Cawley — Author of The Myth Of The Non-Christian: Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians And The Spiritual But Not Religious
    There's no such thing as a non-Christian. Somebody might self-identify as spiritual but not religious. Or they might be a practicing Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. Or they might call themselves an atheist, freethinker or agnostic. But the one thing that people never describe themselves as is a "non-Christian." So Christians who want to "reach non-Christians" need to realize that they're not all the same. Evangelism is not one-size-fits-all. Luke Cawley shows how Christians can contextualize the gospel in different ways to connect with different kinds of people. Here he unpacks the religious identities of three key demographics: the spiritual but not religious, committed atheists and nominal Christians. Each group has particular characteristics and requires specific approaches and practices to make the Christian faith plausible, desirable and tangible to them. Filled with real-life stories of changed lives, this book is a practical and hopeful resource for helping people to encounter God.

    *Luke is a writer and former newspaper columnist, currently working with a non-profit he helped set up. He spends a lot of his time speaking in settings like universities about issues of spirituality, culture and religion. He studied at Oxford University, Wheaton College and Cardiff University.

  • Dr. Jeffrey Rediger — Faculty Member, Harvard Medical School / A Doctor looks at scientific evidence for miracles
    Jeffrey Rediger (MD, MDiv) is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, the Medical Director of McLean SE and Community Affairs at McLean Hospital, and the Chief of Behavioral Medicine at Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center. A licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist, he also has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research with remarkable individuals who have recovered from illnesses considered incurable has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz Shows, among others. He has been nominated for the National Bravewell Leadership Award, and has received numerous awards related to leadership and patient care. According to a recent article he wrote for The Washington Post, “When I went to see ‘Miracles from Heaven,’ I saw more laughter, crying and applause than I’ve ever seen in a movie theater. Clearly, this new movie — the real-life story of a young girl, suffering from an incurable illness, who was inexplicably healed after a nearly fatal accident — touches a chord, at least in the theater in Boston where I saw it. To doctors, events like the story that this girl’s mother (played in the film by Jennifer Garner) recounted in her memoir are impossible to explain. Scientists call them ‘spontaneous remission’ or ‘placebo responses.’ Religious people generally use a different word: ‘miracle.’ I’m trained in both medicine and theology. I’ve been investigating the medical evidence in stories like these since 2003. And I can say unequivocally that much of physical reality, remarkable as it may sound, is created in our minds. I do not believe that we can think ourselves into health. But I do believe that principles of mind and spirit exist that we have not even begun to scientifically map in the West, and that we should be doing so.”

  • Misty Wallace & Keith Blackburn — Authors of Face to Face: Our Story of Crime, Repentance, and Forgiveness
    Eighteen-year-old Keith Blackburn was trying to steal Misty Wright’s car. In the process, he shot her through the head and left her for dead. Keith was apprehended and charged with attempted murder. He denied everything, but was convicted and sentenced to twenty-one years in prison. Misty survived the shooting, but was consumed by fear, hate, and vengeance. Keith turned his life around and was released after nine years behind bars. Eighteen years after the shooting, Misty contacted Keith and forgave him. Keith has earned a Master of Divinity degree, is a Chaplain in the Indiana prison system, and is pastor of a church with an outreach to ex-cons. Misty is Indiana Regional Coordinator of a large restorative justice ministry that works with people who are incarcerated. The two of them have become friends and travel together around the country speaking about their downfall and redemption.

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  • This Week's Recording Artist: Martyn Joseph
    Martyn Joseph’s new album, Sanctuary, is the Welsh singer-songwriter’s twenty first studio release in a prolific career spanning four decades. Martyn reunited with Ben Wisch, the three time Grammy Award-winning producer. Joseph and Wisch recorded the guts of Sanctuary with a stellar cast of musicians, including guitarist Kevin Barry (Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ray LaMontagne), bassist Zev Katz (Jeff Beck, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen) and drummer Ben Whittman (Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash), all providing “added vibe and nuance”. According to Martyn, this album has “history, reflection, social justice, an instrumental piece, songs for mothers and lovers, and a certain promise that has not been around for some time.” Sanctuary affirms his reputation as the Welsh Springsteen, an amazing live performer, renowned craftsman and guitarist whose songs profoundly articulate the human condition, emphasized by a stout social conscience. As Joseph himself explains, “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”

    *Martyn is touring Canada until the end of April. Click Here to find out if he’s performing near you.

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