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Hi Everyone,

Overcoming adversity is what this podcast is all about. As ex-offenders, we can always find some advice, suggestion, or hope in other people's success stories. My guest this week, Megan Cryrulewski, is a perfect example of this. Check out my interview with Megan about her journey through adversity and how she came out on the other side of it a success. 
If you are interested in reading more about Megan's story, check out her book,Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me To Let Go and Live Again.

If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (125)

Hello Everybody!

I've heard people use the word "karma" a lot. It's never really occurred to me what the term really entails. My guest this week, Joe Nunziata, has written a book that not only explains the concept of "karma" but explains how to rid the "bad karma" from your life and to access the "good karma". 
I enjoyed interviewing Joe and hearing his ideas on how to make positive things happen in your life. We also spent time during the interview talking about what it is that makes people happy. There is some very good information here for ex-offenders.
If you are interested in reading Joe's book, Karma Buster, click here: Joe's Book
Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hi Everyone!

My gusts this week is Linda Crowder. Linda heads an organization called Focus Forward. She has helped ex-offenders with job search kills and today will speak with her about the intricacies of the job search for ex-offenders. Linda has some great advice and this is a great interview for gathering job search ideas.
Learn more about Linda at: Linda Crowder
Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you? 
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There is probably no other factor greater than addiction when it comes to reasons for incarceration. Getting beyond an addiction is key to successful re-entry. 
My guest this week, Scott Stevens, has written an award winning book called : Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud: Relapse And The Symptoms Of Sobriety 
Scott fills us in on how he came to write the book and, of course, how to get sober and stay sober.
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (122)

 My guest this week is Craig Wiener. Craig is an author and psychologist that just happens to have a great deal of knowledge about ADHD in children. The reason I decided to have Craig on is that this diagnosis is so prolific in children these days that there is a high likelihood of of a parent coming home from incarceration to a young adult or teen with these issues. Craig has an unconventional approach to the problem and I think this show is full of excellent information for ex-offenders finding themselves returning home to parent a child with this diagnosis.

Check out Craig's book: Click Here
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Hi Everyone!

I'm really excited to present to you this week an interview with Christy Monson. Christy is a retired therapist from the Las Vegas area and uses her experience from many years of practice to speak and write. We spoke about her book, Becoming Free, A Womans Guide To Internal Strength.
Christy is the first to admit the topics in the book are just as suited to men as they are to women. Procrastinination patterns, negative energy, an identification of childhood belief systems, and communication skills are all addressed by Christy in her book. We touch on each of these in the interview and the result is some very good information you can begin to use right away.
Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers (120)

Hello again and welcome to this week's episode!

My guest this week is Chris Sprague. Chris is an author and speaker with a specialization in helping people discover "how they are wired." If you do what he's talking about correctly, you have an invaluable insight to the reasons behind behaviors and attitudes - especially the ones you would like to get rid of!. What a great tool to help with starting your life anew! Please join me for my interview with Chris Sprague.
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hi Everyone!

Marsha Barth from Step Into Life Ministries is my very special guest this week. In her capacity as a volunteer, Marsha goes into the jails and teaches the necessary skills needed for a successful re-entry. 
Marsha is also an author and has written a wonderful book about overcoming adversity called The Shattering

Join me for my discussion with Marsha Barth. Take a look at her book by clicking this link: Marsha Barth
As always, remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Welcome.

There are many offenders that return home to a parenting responsibility. The challenges are numerous. As if parenting under "normal" circumstances had no challenges! In my view, those of us who are able to continue in our role as parent upon returning home are blessed and the challenges, though somewhat unique to our situation, are not insurmountable with the right guidance and the proper dose of determination.
My guest this week, Lynn Sandburg, has a good grasp on what it takes to make these relationships work. In her book, Heaven on Earth, Lynn lays out a biblical model for raising children that covers the questions ex-offenders need answers for without actually targeting our demographic. Amazing how that happens! 
Lynn Sandburg, Heaven on Earth
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hi everyone!

I hope you are continuing to experience more success all the time. We all slip. We all have experiences that discourage us from time to time. You are are not alone in this. Here's the key: As long as you don't re-offend, you are O.K.! Keep trying. Never re-offend. if you do those two things, I am totally convinced that eventually, everything will smooth out for you. 
My guest this week, Richard Waldman, has some solid suggestions on how to continue to move forward. Remember, we can always take at least something from one of these interviews. Richard is an author and runs a 10 week re-entry program in California. He knows what he is talking about. 
Always remember, If God is for you, who can be against you?
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