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Hi Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. I sure enjoyed Mine!

I've got a really cool show today. My guest, James Muller, is the first man in United States history to be extridited to a another country to stand trial for a crime in which a guilty verdict would result in execution. He was found guilty and scheduled for execution in Thailand.  

Iv'e never seen such an ominous series of circumstances and resulting adversity. In our interview James explains how he dealt with his situation and I am confident there are nuggets of advice that we can use help us with the adversity we encounter while reintegrating.

James Muller's book about his experiences, I Cannot Fail,  is is somehting you are going to want to get! 

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?

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TIME FOR A BREAK!

Hi Yall!

The Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers is taking a short break. We will be back In December with a slew of new episodes designed for anyone serious about getting their incarceration behind them and re-establishing themselves as a positive, integral member of society. 

 

In the meantime, take advantage of our past episodes and be sure to share what you learn with others!

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Hello!

This week I take a look at: 1. sentencing  2. how to handle someone expressing hate towards you because of your situation. I normally don't like to examine issues that go backwards from where we are in this experience but I do have some very very strong opinions about this and for some reason, this is the day I express myself. Also this week, I take a look at what to do if someone is pointing their ignorance toward you because of your conviction.

I'm not a lawyer. This isn't intended to be legal advice. I'm sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on these two issues. If you want to comment, disagree, or agree, send me a note so we can discuss it. I'm always open to hearing other's point of view.

If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hey Everyone!

You ever heard someone say he or she has"it"? "It" being this seemingly intangible something that is positive and desirable and seems to drip from that person's ....aura for lack of a better term. I think you know what I'm referring to. Wouldn't it be great to have that "it" as we work through getting ourselves acclimated and assimilated after incarceration?

My guest this week has a grip on what "it" actually is and how we can work toward getting "it". Todd Thomas is applying his knowledge to athletes as he helps them to reach maximum performance levels but he has discovered the these same principles work wonders when applied to everyone's life!

Check out my interview with Todd and afterwards, check out a free preview of Todd's book.

Remember, if God is for you, who can be against you?  
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Welcome to this week's podcast! 

Got anger issues? Who doesn't? 
My guest this week, Reneau Peurifoy, is well versed in anxiety issues, emotions, and uncontrolled anger issues. Uncontrolled anger is at the root of many behaviors that result in incarceration. If you or a family member is returning home from an incarceration that was the result of uncontrolled anger, this interview is definitely for you.
Renaue was in private practice for over 20 years as a marriage and family therapist that specialized in anxiety disorder issues. His latest book,  Anger, Taming The Beast, is in its second printing and has sold over 200,000 copies. I got the feeling in our interview that Renaue has a genuine, heart felt desire to help people figure out nondestructive ways to appropriately experience and express anger.
I enjoyed my conversation with Renaue and I'm positive you will too!
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hello Everyone!

I hope your summer is going great!

It has taken me 54 years to reach the following realization: " I am in control of my happiness!" I hope it hasn't taken you as long as it has taken me to realize this simple truth. Despite the difficulties associated with re-entry, each individual has the ability to react to those difficulties in any way they wish. The thoughts we have prior to our reaction dictate our general mood and happiness. The better our mood and the greater our happiness - the better we are able to generally cope. Happiness is important to our well being!

My guest this week, Maura Sweeney, has written a series of books entitled, The Art Of Happiness. Each book deals with a specific area like our comfort zones, our judgement, and our ability to influence others. Maura has some great ideas on how our thought life can positively impact these important areas. Join me for my discussion with Maura Sweeney on this week's show. Click the link to find out more about Maura.

If God is for you, who can be against you? 
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Summer Break!

Hey Everyone!

Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers is on Summer break and will return on August 12 with new guest and more ideas to help you have and maintain a successful reintegration.  

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Hello !

It's always cool to hear a good success story. My guest this week, Trish Macenulty, uses fiction to bring her true life incarceration stories to an appreciative readership. Join me for my interview with Trish as we talk about incarceration, life after incarceration, and her particularly incredible journey.

Check out all her books: CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON TRISH

If God is for you, who can be against you?
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Hello Every One!

I've learned over the past few years that there may very well be a large percentage of ex-offenders that have un-diagnosed ADHD. I have no way of knowing how accurate that assertion may be but it certainly wouldn't surprise me if it was indeed true. For that reason I welcome my guest this week, Melissa Hood. 

Melissa Hood has written her life's story in a book called, Memoirs of an ADHD Mind. Her story is interesting in that her childhood, teen years, and beyond, mirrors the life story of many of us......up to a point. She was a able to tackle and overcome ADHD and lives the successful, meaningful life that many many of us are working toward and are close to achieving.

I really feel like stories of overcoming adversity such as Melissa's have within them at the very least a morsel of something we can use to better ourselves. Check out my interview with Melissa Hood!!

If God is for you, can be against you? 
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Welcome!

I like the idea of of examining the rationality in my life. Isn't doing that...rational? My guest this week, John Vespacian, has examined our rationality in great detail over a series of books ( ten by my count) that deal with the application of rationality in our lives. Vespacian draws on history and philosophy to find some applicable methodologies that can be used to insert a higher dose of rationality in our daily lives. Vespacian has a message that is right on target for anyone that struggles with defeating the impulsive behaviors that come from emotional response. Impulsive behaviors are indeed the reason for many behaviors that have landed people in prison. Obviously some emotional responses are good - I'm referring to bad impulsiveness. So, join me for my interview with John Vespacian as he calls in from the Netherlands on this week's edition of Journey of Hope With Rodney Mathers.
If God is for you, who can be against you?
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