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Hi Everyone!

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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Welcome to this week's episode!

Before we get started, have you been following these morons in Brazil? I keep seeing pictures of them throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at the police in the streets. This is being done because the World Cup is there. What? Could that really be the reason? YES! These are the same idiots that eventually come to America, utilize our education system, attend University, all the while maintaining their heritage and bad mouthing America and it's institutions. These are the very same people that claim to be lovers of life but at the same time would never in a million years attempt to see you for who you really are because of your felony conviction. So, given that, I've decided to do the same to them. Screw you Brazillian. Go get a wax! Go back to your "heritage". How does it feel to be judged like that? You know what? I'm guessing you're too ignorant to care.

OK - back to what really matters. 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.
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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.
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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
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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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Hi yall!

My guest this week calls in from London, England to discuss one possible methodology for changing your life for the better. 

His book, How to Change Your Life: One Day at a Time is a great read for an ex-offender looking for some ideas on how to start over. His approach is effective and utilizes goal setting as an outline for success. During our discussion, we get a good idea of how to set goals and why this can be effective.

Join me for our interview as I really feel there are, at the very least, morsels of information you can use to help facilitate and continue your successful return home.

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


My guest this week, calling in from Australia, is Nick Theophilou. Nick has been providing counseling for 30 years and has written a book that really caught my attention. The title of his book is Ten Stories About What Men Are Doing Right. Frankly, I didn't know we were doing much right when it comes to relationships but apparently we are!

Nick has some great insight through his many years of counseling people and his ideas are especially important to ex-offenders who have, as a general rule, unique challenges when it comes to relationships. 

Join me this week for my interview and discussion with Nick Theophilou

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Welcome!


It's primary season around where I live and before we get into this week's show and guest, I wanted to share a thought or two. First, I don't know why this is but I find that most people assume that a convicted felon is either apathetic toward the democratic process and the current issues driving campaigns or a convicted felon is somehow anti-American. Their assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.

While it's true that some convicted felons do not regain their right to vote after discharge, most do. Here in Texas I was eligible to start voting again as soon as my sentence discharged. Former felons like to exercise their right to vote and my guess would be they do so with more vigor and frequency than those Americans that have never lost that right. 

Just because I went to prison that doesn't mean I don't love my country and the processes that keep it free and safe. I fly the American flag at my house and I am proud to do so. I also vote. Anytime there is a bond election or a local election, I am there and I am proud to have a small voice and to participate in the process. 

Let no one assume that that a felony conviction disassociates an American from their love of country or rights and responsibilities in the process.

O.K. - Got that off my chest. My guest this week is Jana Flaig. Jana has worn many hats in life. She has worked as a television reporter in major markets, is a comedian, and has authored books. She has a unique perspective on on how to fight the fears we may face in life and to how to use that strength to negotiate difficult circumstances. Please join me for my discussion with Jana Flaig. ( click her name to learn more about her )

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