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We are enjoying our Summer break! 

Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers will be back in July with more great ideas on how to be successful in returning home from incarceration. We have some great guests lined up and hope you will join us for these important episodes!

Stay cool and we will see you in July!

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Wow! This episode was hard to get together. I had tons of techy type issues. The strange thing about it though is when this particular interview was over, I did two more interviews and everything worked just fine. Odd.
This month marks 5 years of bringing Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers to men and women serious about not going back to prison. We have done 143 episodes and hope to do at least as many more. Most importantly however, we hope to do our small part in helping ex-offenders to become and to continue to be productive members of society. 
Check out my interview with Johanna Derbolowski on this week's episode. You can find out more about Johanna and how to get her book here.
Remember, if God is for you who can be against you?
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My guest this week is Ari Priakos. Ari was at one point in his life an investment banker making insane amounts of money and living the "high" life. How quickly it can all come crashing down. It doesn't necessarily have to be the money or the lifestyle that gets flushed down the toilet when we get convicted but It's also obviously the comfort of the circles in which we exist. 
Ari searched for the proper way to change and in his efforts made a series of discoveries that he is sharing with us. His books,The Reference Point, and I Alone,  Mastering Life's Seven Principles, are discussed in our interview and Ari shares some of the insights he has gained from his journey.
Remember, If God is for you, who can be against you!
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Hello Everybody!

First, I'm writing this the day after the riots in Baltimore. Good God there are some idiots in that town. When I look at the morons rioting it reminds of an element that you can't escape when you are incarcerated. It is these ignorant people that live by the rule of the street. It's actually a small majority of the prison population and, for me, was one of the hardest things to deal with while in there. They aspire to be rappers, drug kingpins, and pimps. They come from urban areas that are economically depressed and they have no desire to go back to any place but that environment. They have no desire to better themselves or to change their criminal behaviors. These are the people I see burning down Baltimore. They are ignorant, idiot, morons that are useless to society. Many of them are Bloods, Crypts, Mandingo Warriors, Gorilla Family,  and on and on......
The reason I even mention any of this is because if you are drifting in their direction, you better check yourself right now. The road of this mentality leads to prison and death and no where else. 
Enough of that crap - 
On this week's show Iv'e got a great guest. I'm open to the advice of go-getter type young people and that's the catagoty this week's guest falls into. A junior at Cornell, Nihar Suthar already has a great grip on realty. His book Win No Matter What is the center point of our discussion and I hope you join me for the interview because I think you'll find some excellent tidbits of advice.
Remember, If God is for you, Who can be against you?
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So what's up with all the geniuses out there that insist on running from the police? Do they think they are going to get away? Wow! The ignorance amazes me . As an ex-offender you should know some simple truths about dealing with law enforcement. I feel like I know these truths and I feel like most of you know them as well. However, I feel the need to share them. 
1. Comply with all requests from the police and do so in a courteous way.
2. If you run, you will at a minimum get your ass kicked. Some people even end up dead as has been seen in  the National news lately.  No judge cares or wants to hear why you have 2 black eyes and a busted lip at your preliminary hearing. If you have a warrant you are going to jail so get your head ready for that. DON'T RUN!
That's it! It's that simple!
OK - On to this week's show:
On this week's show we take a look at our spirituality. Are you a spiritual person? If not, should you be? If you are, what is it that we should be seeking?
I chatted on this phone the founder and former Senior pastor of Holy Community Church in Nashville, Cindy Andrews-Looper. Cindy now has a business called, Enlighten Your Soul Now where she seeks to help people on their spiritual journey.
Join me for my discussion with Pastor Cyd on this week's episode.
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hello everyone!

It's Spring Break here at Journey of Hope. We will be back in two weeks with more usefull information and guests. See you then!

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Hello and Welcome!

Many of us rely on our faith to help us through reintegration. If you are an ex-offender that trusts in your faith, you will enjoy my interview with William Jenkins. 
William is a pastor and has done a study on the number 15. The number occurs 42 times in the Bible and William claims it has a great deal of significance. William also believes the number can tell us some things about ourselves in this, the year 2025. 

Join me for my interview with Pastor and author William Jenkins on this week's show. 
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Addiction is hell. It really is. Because of the roll an addiction can play in a successful parole, probation, or reintegration, I feel like I can't do enough of these shows. I'm constantly on the look out for guests that have a good grip the steps necessary to beat an addiction. 
My guest this week, Jean Day, does a fantastic job discussing addiction and her conversation with me is one that ex-offenders and their loved ones can benefit from.
Be sure and check out Jean Day on YouTube, "I Kicked Heroin Without the Help of Methadone." She also has a fan page on Facebook, "Things I've Learned Along the Way".
Remember, If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hi Yall,

I've had people tell me over the years that I should not let anyone take my joy from me. What? I would always think, walk in my shoes buddy! However, I've learned over time that they are right. Why shouldn't I be happy? After all, I paid an extremely high price for what I did and it's time to move forward and live in a more positive way.
My guest this week, Dean Roberts has figured out how to help people live in a positive , more grateful way. Dean's book, I'll Fix My Head Before I'm Dead is his take on how to go about doing this. I think he's dead on!
Join me for my interview with Dean Roberts on this week's edition of the show.
Always remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?
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Welcome to episode 135!

When someone mentions the big green monster are they talking about envy or jealousy? Turns out it's both! Both can be destructive emotions and are certainly worth taking a look at because they can negatively effect your relationships and other aspects of your life if left unchecked. 
My guest this week, Dr. Josh Gressel, zeros in on envy. Josh and I have a great conversation on how envy can be controlled. 
My friends, don't let envy be a problem in your life! Check out my interview with Dr. Josh Gressel. After the interview check out Josh Gressel's book
Remember. if God is for you, who can be against you?
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