Featured Guests and Authors

KeepTheFaith's Featured Guests and Authors

REBEKAH LYONS

Rebekah Lyons is the author of "You Are Free." She is a mother of three, wife of one, and dog walker of two living in Nashville. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses. Finding joy in raising a special needs child—she invites everyone to embrace the unique calling God has for each of us. Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.

Freedom is for everyone who wants it—the lost, the wounded, and those weary from all of the striving. It’s for those who gave up trying years ago. It’s for those angry and hurt, brilliant and burnt by the Christian song and dance. You are the church, the people of God. You were meant to be free.

ALLISON ALLEN

With fascinating personal stories and sharp insight into human nature, former actor Allison Allen calls you to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime—being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics might say. She gives you permission to talk about, rather than around, the things you feel, freeing you to step out of the shadows and into the light of God’s true calling.

Allison's new book "Shine" is available now by clicking HERE

CRAIG GROESCHEL

As the Senior Pastor of Life.Church, Craig Groeschel provides teaching, leadership, and guidance for the church as a whole. Following a vision God gave him for a different kind of church, he and a handful of people launched Life.Church in 1996.

He speaks frequently at conferences, has written several books including his latest release, Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life. In this inspiring guidebook, Craig Groeschel shows how the choices that are in your power, if aligned with biblical principles, will lead to a life you’ve never imagined.

Craig Groeschel and how one decision led him to meet his wife Amy while attending college.

DEVON FRANKLIN

DeVon Franklin is an award-winning Film & TV producer, best-selling author, internationally-known preacher and motivational speaker. In his book "The Wait," DeVon and his wife Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting rather than rushing can be the key for finding the person you are meant to be with. Filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, along with practical advice on how waiting for everything can transform your entire life by giving you greater patience, joy, peace, healing, faith, and love.

DR. MEG MEEKER

Meg Meeker, M.D., has spent more than thirty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. A popular speaker and bestselling author of several books. Dr. Meeker has spoken nationally on parenting issues, including personal appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and television programs.  Her new book "Hero," is for married dads, divorced dads, widowed dads, and stepdads. Whatever your situation in life, the fact that you are a father doesn’t change; and the fact that your children need you doesn’t change. If you want what is best for your children—if you want what is best for you—you should strive to be a hero father. In this book, I hope to show you how and why.

BETH MOORE


Bestselling book and Bible study author Beth Moore is a dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She is a dedicated wife, and mother of two adult daughters and three delightful grandchildren. Beth lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. Beth is one of the best-known women in the evangelical Christian arena. "The Undoing of Saint Silvanus" is her first work of fiction.

DAVE BURCHETT

Dave Burchett started his career as a disc jockey in Ohio, and later moved into sports broadcasting. An Emmy Award-winning television sports director, he has directed events ranging from baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan’s sixth no-hit game to the Summer Olympics. The author of Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace, When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, Bring ’Em Back Alive and a blogger on Crosswalk.com, Burchett writes honestly and authentically out of his personal experience. 

In his new book "Waking Up Slowly," Dave Burchett’s personal challenge is to live “in the moment” and find the everyday joys he misses in disconnected busyness.

Dave Burchett shares how misplacing his phone made him realize that he needs to
connect with others.

ESTHER FLEECE

Esther Fleece’s success and influence as a millennial leader have come not only courtesy of professional acumen, but personal experience. It is through the tragedies and triumphs of her own life – some of which she has shared as a highly sought-after international speaker – that she has established authority and authenticity with people from all walks of life.

She shares those experiences in greater depth than ever before in her first book, "No More Faking Fine," in the hope that readers will apply the events and learnings of her life to their own disappointments and injuries, resulting in new hope, healing and health.

EARNEST BYNER

Earnest Byner was raised by his grandmother, a teacher who gave him the extraordinary example of teaching. It is this gift that has been ingrained in Byner to always go “above and beyond” to be more than a player and more than a coach to teach and help others. He believes his teachings are simple, God to man, and man to man with a genuine care for the guys. He artfully applies his grandmother’s teachings to listen, hear, watch, and do, and has done this as a player and a coach with a lot of passion. Earnest Byner has shown to be a class act as a coach and a player throughout his lifetime. He will go down in history as one of the best running backs and coaches in the NFL. 

His new book "Everybody Fumbles" is an inspirational journey that goes beyond the story we know of a Great football player, it is a soul searching account of overcoming obstacles, a journey of turning negatives into positives and being a better person.

ANNIE F. DOWNS

In Looking for Lovely, Annie F. Downs shares personal stories, biblical truth, and examples of how others have courageously walked the path God paved for their lives by remembering all God had done, loving what was right in front of them, and seeing God in the everyday—whether that be nature, friends, or the face they see in the mirror.

Intensely personal, yet incredibly powerful, Looking for Lovely will spark transformative conversations and life changing patterns. No matter who you are and what path God has you on, we all need to remember the lovely, fight to finish, and find beautiful in our every day!

DR. MICHELE BORBA

Best-selling author Dr. Michele Borba appears regularly in national print and on radio and television as a go-to expert regarding child and teen issues. She is an educational psychologist and expert in bullying, character development, child behavior and empathy.

In "UnSelfie" Dr. Borba pinpoints the forces causing the empathy crisis and shares a revolutionary, researched-based, 9-step plan for reversing it. The 9-step program helps parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood and explains why developing a healthy sense of empathy is a key predictor of which kids will thrive and succeed in the future. 

Dr. Borba explains what she has learned with KeepTheFaith, right here:

CHRISTINE CAINE

Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident, and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused, and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free.

In "Unashamed," Christine Caine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life. 

Christine tells us why she wrote the book, here: 

CHRISTA BLACK GIFFORD

A natural-born performer, Christa Black Gifford’s life embodies the entirety of the modern artist. Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, powerful speaker, mesmerizing entertainer, and popular blog-author, Christa has traveled the world and shared the stage with renowned artists from the Jonas Brothers and Michael W. Smith to Jordin Sparks and Israel Houghton.

In "Heart Made Whole," Christa Black Gifford shares her own stories of loss, betrayal, and personal tragedy, chronicling clear steps to redemption to help those in pain invite the true Healer into the tangled mess of their broken hearts. Gifford reminds readers that pain is not their enemy, however, unhealed pain can become their greatest foe if it’s not taken to Jesus.

Christa Black Gifford shares how she overcame fear right here:

REBECCA HAGELIN

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of "30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family." Rebecca Hagelin knows how overwhelming it is to raise kids in today’s morally toxic environment. In this practical guidebook, she helps you fight to protect your children’s innocence, their childhood, their character and their future. It’s a battle worth fighting. And it’s a battle you can win.

Rebecca has served as vice president of The Heritage Foundation and is currently the owner of several small businesses. She serves on the Board of Directors for Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, as well as several other boards.

Rebecca Hagelin shares how to protect your children here:

JENNIFER ROTHSCHILD

Jennifer Rothschild is an author and speaker who has written 11 books, including bestsellers "Lessons I Learned in the Dark" and "Self Talk, Soul Talk" and Bible studies such as "Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything." She's been featured on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, and The Learning Channel and is a featured speaker at Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences. She is the founder of Fresh Grounded Faith events and womensministry.net.  Jennifer became blind at age 15 and now helps others live beyond limits.

Her new book "Invisible" is about an unlikely couple, an unusual courtship, a beautiful wedding, and an illicit affair. Despite this situation, the marriage did not fail. It flourished. It's a beautiful illustration of the story of God and Israel.

Jennifer talks about how if we can trust in God, we can be confident in ourselves:

SUZANNE NILES AND WENDY SIMPSON LITTLE

Women have a unique, God-given capacity to connect and to love. But are we exercising that gift? As Christ followers, are we growing? Are we seeing answers to our prayers? Do we approach the throne of God alone with the requests that turn our lives inside out? Or are we being the body of Christ, sacrificing for and supporting each other? If you can’t say yes to these questions, a “Fast Friend” could be the answer.

"Fast Friends" written by Suzanne Niles and Wendy Simpson Little looks into the lives and experience of two women God brought together to walk through life as friends and prayer partners. It chronicles their failures and successes, their shared and varied experiences, and the faithfulness of God when they chose to move towards Him. Find your Fast Friend and learn how you can partner in prayer and fasting to experience life-changing spiritual growth, amazing answers to prayer, and intimacy with one another that bears eternal fruit.


Suzanne Niles and Wendy Simpson Little share the true value of their friendship, right here:

JAY AND KATHERINE WOLF

On April 21, 2008, Katherine Wolf suffered a massive Brainstem Stroke.  She was 26 years-old and her six-month-old baby James slept in the next room. After undergoing an emergency sixteen-hour brain surgery, she was not expected to live or recover. By God's miraculous grace and with the help of her husband Jay, Katherine relearned to speak, swallow, walk, and care for her son. An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, six years later, she and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope with this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.

Jay and Katherine Wolf talk about their tragic story that led to healing, right here:

JEFFERSON BETHKE

Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that "Christians have the greatest story ever told but we aren't telling it." In his new book, "It's Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die," Bethke tells that story anew, presenting God's truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it is - a grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together.

Jefferson Bethke shares his wisdom here:

KENT & AMBER BRANTLY

Just months after Dr. Kent Brantly arrived in Liberia with his wife, Amber, and their two children, the Ebola virus erupted in West Africa. Kent and his colleagues began to fight one of the most horrifying, incurable diseases on earth, only to see patient after patient die. Then, after six weeks of intense battle to help others survive, Kent woke up one July morning with a fever. Three days later, his diagnosis was confirmed: Ebola. Kent knew his life was at stake. He also knew Amber, family members, and friends were praying desperately. What he didn’t know was that his case would make international headlines as he was evacuated to Atlanta, becoming the first person with Ebola ever treated in the United States. He didn’t know he would be the center of a media firestorm of debate, questions, and fears. And he didn’t know that his faith would inspire people around the world to trust in a faithful God. "Called for Life" tells the riveting inside story of Kent and Amber’s call to serve their neighbors, as well as Kent’s fight for life with Ebola and Amber’s’ struggle to support him from half-a-world away. Most significantly, "Called for Life" reminds us of the risk, the honor, and the joy to be known when God and others are served without reservation. 


Kent & Amber Brantly talk about Kent's fight to survive Ebola here:

LEIGH ANNE TUOHY

Leigh Anne Tuohy is the matriarch of the Tuohy family made famous in Michael Lewis bestselling novel "The Blind Side." The book was later made into a blockbuster movie, with Sandra Bullock portraying Tuohy, that earned over $300 million and became the top-grossing opening weekend sports movie in history. Today, Mrs. Tuohy is the founder and owner of Flair I, an interior design firm. As a founding member of Grace Evangelical Church, Mrs. Tuohy is also active in numerous community and faith-based organizations. She is also a renowned motivational speaker having appeared on CNN, Katie, Fox and Friends, Good Morning America, 20/20, The Today Show, Dr. Drew, Sean Hannity, Huffington Post Live, and Huckabee, to name a few.  

Her new book "Turn Around" is a five-day-per-week devotional that uses scripture as a springboard to reconsider what it means to give sacrificially, generously, and immediately many times, without having to leave your own community. We encounter opportunities to give every single day; what may seem like a small gesture to us may make a world of difference in someone else's life. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy shares how we can make love contagious right here:  

GRETCHEN CARLSON

Gretchen Carlson is an award-winning journalist and host of her own television program, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.  Gretchen Carlson shares her inspiring story and offers important takeaways for women (and men) about what it means to strive for and find success in the real world.  In "Getting Real," Carlson emerges as a living example of a woman not afraid to chase her dreams and embrace life fully.

Gretchen gets real and shares her life lessons here:

LISA HARPER

Lisa Harper has been lauded as a gifted communicator, whose writing and speaking overflows with colorful pop culture references that connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. Her style combines sound scriptural exposition with easy-to-relate to anecdotes and comedic wit.  Her vocational resume includes six years as the director of Focus on the Family’s national women’s ministry where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences, followed by six years as the women’s ministry director at a large church in Nashville.

In her new book, "The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God Brings to a Wounded World," Lisa Harper unveils a similarly extravagant, unexpected surprise, declaring that happiness is a gift from God that we can unashamedly enjoy.

Lisa shares how her adopted daughter has changed her life here:  

ERIC METAXAS

Eric Metaxas is an author, speaker, and TV host. His newest book is "MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life."  Eric is best known for two biographies, "Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery" about William Wilberforce and "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He has also written humor, children's books, and scripts for "VeggieTales."

Eric Metaxas shares his thoughts with KeepTheFaith about God's unconditional love for us right here:

STORMIE OMARTIAN

Stormie Omartian is a bestselling author who personally connects with readers by sharing experiences and lessons that beautifully illustrate how God changes lives when we learn to trust in Him, seek His will, and follow His lead no matter what the circumstances.

Stormie Omartian tells KeepTheFaith about how prayer gave hope to her marriage and her kids:

KAREN KINGSBURY

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times Bestselling novelist with more than 25 million books in print. She is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller as her last dozen novels have hit top spot on national bestseller lists. Several of Karen’s books are in production as theatrical and Hallmark original movies.

Listen to Karen's story about how music can heal the heart here:

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ANNIE LOBERT

Through Lobert’s harrowing account in the clutches of the sex trafficking industry and the miraculous deliverance she experienced in the arms of Jesus, readers of her new book "Fallen" will be encouraged knowing this: No matter how far you have fallen, God loves you and wants to save you from the depths of any pain, trauma, addiction, or abuse. And He longs to give you a new life. Today, Annie is redeemed. Healed. Free.

Annie tells KeepTheFaith about how she struggled with forgiveness here:

MARGARET FEINBERG

A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including "The Organic God," "The Sacred Echo," "Scouting the Divine," and "Wonderstruck" and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more.

Margaret shares what inspired her new book "Fight Back With Joy" here on KeepTheFaith:

MOUNTAIN MAN

Duck Dynasty star Tim Guraedy is best known to the show’s millions of hard-core fans as “Mountain Man,” the slow-talking air-conditioning repairman/radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertson's, the Louisiana family that made a fortune from its best-selling duck calls, and around which the show is based. “Mountain Man” is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.

Mountain Man shares what let him to God here on KeepTheFaith:

SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES

Scottie Nell Hughes is the news director, spokeswoman and chief contributor for the Tea Party News Network.  Roar -The New Conservative Woman Speak Out by Scottie Nell Hughes is in bookstores and is available on-line!

Listen to Scottie share about fear, freedom and purpose on KeepTheFaith:

JOHN TURNIPSEED

John Turnipseed is a former gang leader, pimp and drug dealer, who spent his childhood battling demons brought on by a volatile, abusive father.

In a 20-year journey, John Turnipseed has transformed into a community leader, pastor and speaker. His story powerfully demonstrates how faith, hope, and forgiveness backed up by persevering mentors and role models are essential for real and relevant transformation. 

John Turnipseed talks about how he turned his life around on KeepTheFaith:

MICKEY ROBINSON

Ever since Mickey was given a second chance at life, he has been an internationally recognized public speaker. His message of encouragement and hope has continued to change lives and inspire people of all ages.

Mickey Robinson tells KeepTheFaith about the struggles with his dad, here:

PETER ROSENBERGER

Author/speaker/radio host Peter W. Rosenberger has emerged as a powerful voice on the topic of caregivers.  Peter has stepped onto stages and the airwaves as a leading authority and thought leader who is extending the helping hand of experience to today's (and tomorrow's) caregivers, while helping re-frame the discussion of how to help caregivers stay healthy and strong.

Peter Rosenberger shares inspiring hope for when life doesn't make sense here on KeepTheFaith:

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