Featured Guests and Authors

KeepTheFaith's Featured Guests and Authors

Darlene Brock

Hindsight: the ability to understand a situation only after it has happened. Darlene Brock understands this well now that she has raised two daughters while working, traveling, and juggling life. Because she’s worked outside the home her entire adult life, breaking up the role of mom into individual jobs seemed only natural. Then, discovering that each job has seasons made everything more doable. Raising Great Girls will reveal what she learned and provide a simple how-to for every responsibility a mom faces. Each chapter is written in such a way that it will help a mother successfully manage the tasks ahead on her road to raising great girls.

Rachel Marie Martin

Full-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Marie Martin presents a rallying cry to anyone who believes the lie that she is "just a mom."

Over the years, you willingly pour everything you have into your family, but in the process, you lose the essence of who you are. In her characteristic raw and visceral style, Rachel teaches you how to rewrite the pages of your story, follow your passion, and discover the beauty of who you are.

In The Brave Art of Motherhood, Rachel draws on lessons from her own incredible journey--together with insight from conversations with thousands of other women--she encourages moms to break cycles, take off masks, and prevent fear from taking control. She balances her "no excuses" approach with breathing room and grace for those messy moments in life and mothering.

Rachel reminds you there is always a reason to hope, to move forward, and to dare the impossible. You can make changes. You can pursue dreams, find yourself, and live a life of deep happiness and boundless joy. Stop waiting for "someday." Take hold of the moment, and say yes to your dreams.

Tim Tebow

In This Is the Day, sports icon Tim Tebow challenges us to stop putting off until tomorrow what God is calling us to do today. Whether you need to get in shape, change your career, or reach out to someone in need, This Is the Day inspires you to not delay but seek after God’s purposes now.

Through the sharing of personal stories and biblical principles, Tim invites us to leave our comfort zone–even to risk failure–so we can find God’s greatest successes. This Is the Day will help you get unstuck and discover lasting meaning and joy.

Jamie Ivey

What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story. It’s exhausting, this guarding of our stories and struggles. Fear of being found out had caused me to hide—but I wasn’t just covering my flaws, I was unintentionally blocking the beauty of God’s grace. My journey to real freedom began when I quit running from my mess and started trusting Jesus to make something beautiful of it. If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free is that story. It’s stepping out of shame and insecurity into gospel freedom. It’s letting God turn our failures and frailties into testimonies of His faithfulness. I’ve discovered that when we quit hiding, God gets the glory and we are able to fully embrace not only our relationship with Him, but also with one another. Transparency brings freedom, and in every moment, we'll find that God can absolutely be trusted.

Ben Malcolmson

In the true, compelling account of perseverance and hope from Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll's assistant, Walk On: Ben Malcolmson's Unlikely Story of Football, Purpose, and Following an Amazing God, a young journalist walks on to a top-ranked USC football team and, guided by his faith, shares God's love, launching him on an unexpected journey with an amazing outcome.

Had anyone told Ben Malcolmson that he'd someday be a wide receiver on the national champion USC football team--after not playing football since an unfortunate fifth-grade Pop Warner experience--he would have called them crazy. As a reporter for The Daily Trojan, in the spirit of George Plimpton, he participated in walk-on tryouts for the team and was dumbfounded to find himself listed on the roster. His position on the team never amounted to much in a game-time contribution, but Ben felt strongly that his faith was inextricably linked to his purpose. He felt called to anonymously place Bibles in each USC teammate locker on Christmas Eve--to resounding indifference and rejection from his friends. It wasn't until three years later, when his role at USC had led to a role with Coach Pete Carroll at the Seahawks organization, that an old friend connected with Ben and told him that one of the Bibles had captivated the heart of a teammate in the three days before his death.

With a humble spirit dedicated to consistent acts of discipleship, Ben Malcolmson is an authentic voice for the power of simple obedience and trust, for what can happen when a believer allows God to work in a life. Walk On is the result of God using his faithful people to work in the lives of others.

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 book, 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.

Robert Beeson

As parents face the difficult reality of a broken home, a sense of being completely overwhelmed can shut down the perspective they need to find restoration. Parents need to know that they can choose to define this season of their lives, instead of becoming defined by circumstances. They can deliberately look toward God and come to a deeper understanding of His true nature, power, and intimate care. In Going Solo: Hope and Healing for the Single Mom or Dad, former Christian music industry executive, Robert Beeson shares his story of divorce, his seven years as a single father, and his transition to a second marriage and a blended family, he also offers readers some hard-learned lessons and insights on being an effective, empathetic, and empowered single parent, answering crucial questions such as: How do I find peace when everything around me is chaos? How do I manage meeting needs when I have nothing to give? How and where do I begin again? The author addresses the fears and exhaustion of single parenting, while revealing the keys to gaining strength and courage for each day. He also shares how he found his solo relationship with his heavenly Father through his solo parenting season. Readers will learn five helpful habits and practical healing principles they can immediately apply in this season of life.

Sheila Walsh

Your life is hectic! Juggling family time, work, and church equals jam-packed days. You want to spend time in God’s Word, but the busyness of life keeps getting in the way. What if, however, you could take five minutes to invest in making each day matter? In 5 Minutes with Jesus, with her signature honesty, vulnerability, and humor, bestselling author Sheila Walsh helps you find perspective in the midst of your fast-paced life. Every entry features a powerful devotion, a guiding takeaway, and related Scripture that will nourish you, sustain you, and remind you that you are not alone. These five minutes with Jesus just might become the most peaceful and meaningful moments of your day.

Katie Davis Majors

Katie Davis Majors moved to Uganda over a decade ago with no idea that this would be the place that God chose to build her home and her family. Today, she is a wife to Benji and mom to her fourteen favorite people. Katie and her family invest their lives in empowering the people of Uganda with education, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. She is also the founder of Amazima Ministries, an organization that cares for vulnerable children and families in Uganda and the author of The New York Times bestseller Kisses from Katie.

Brant Hansen

In addition to being an author, Brant Hansen is a radio host and an advocate for CURE International.

He’s won multiple “personality of the year” awards for his work on his offbeat and quirky radio show which airs on more than 200 stations. His podcast with his friend and radio producer, Sherri Lynn (“The Brant and Sherri Oddcast”) has been downloaded millions of times.

He leverages his radio platform to advance the work of CURE International, a global ministry of hospitals and programs that offer healing for children with correctable disabilities. He’s traveled extensively throughout the world for CURE and other groups, including multiple trips to CURE’s hospital for women and children in Afghanistan.

Alex Seeley

"My husband and I moved from Melbourne (Australia) to Franklin TN (USA) in April 2012 to follow the call of God.  We had no idea what that would be, but we were willing to step out in faith and see what God would do.  Within a few months, we began to open our home to people who were hungry for an encounter with the presence of God, and before long our basement was full of people every Tuesday night.  By February 2014, there were over a hundred people meeting each week and our church The Belonging Co was birthed." - Alex Seeley

Sara Hagerty

Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the only One who understands the value of the unseen in our lives. When this truth seeps into our souls, we realize that only when we hide ourselves in God can we give ourselves to others in true freedom—and know the joy of a deeper relationship with the God who sees us.

Kyle Idleman

We're saturated with a knowledge of grace. But when Jesus walked here on earth, He lived grace, sharing it through countless stories and real-life examples. In  Grace Is Greater, Kyle Idleman seeks to do the same--to shake us out of our comfort zone with grace and to again be amazed, shocked, and enthralled as we experience Jesus' radical way of living and forgiving. By hearing stories of lives transformed, you'll grasp God's love in a fresh way and find new freedom and joy in your own life.

Lee Strobel

New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel trains his investigative sights on the hot-button issue of whether it’s credible to believe God intervenes supernaturally in people’s lives today.

In his new book, The Case for Miracles, Strobel features the results of exclusive new scientific polling, and first-hand reports, that show miracle accounts are much more common than people think.

Dr. Henry Cloud

"Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life" has been a perennial bestseller since it was originally released 25 years ago. Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have updated and expanded their evergreen relationship advice to help readers create boundaries in today’s digital age. In Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend present a biblical view of boundaries: what they are, what they protect, how they are developed, how they are injured and how to use them. The authors help readers use boundaries appropriately to achieve the relationships and purposes God intends.

Ainsley Earhardt

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Take Heart, My Child and popular FOX & Friends co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt comes "Through Your Eyes: My Child's Gift to Me," a beautiful new picture book celebrating everyday wonders.

“As any parent will tell you, having a child changes your life in so many wonderful ways,” said Earhardt. “But perhaps the most surprising to me has been how it has helped me to slow down and enjoy little moments that I may not have noticed before.”

Erwin McManus

Widely respected speaker and bestselling author Erwin Raphael McManus didn’t realize when he wrote "The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life," that he may be close to the end of his own life. But when McManus was diagnosed with cancer just before making his final edits on the manuscript, his words to others burned even deeper in his soul.

"The Last Arrow" is a bold manifesto for a life of passion, adventure, and hope. As McManus tells through his words and his own life story, everyone is living out their last days—and no one needs to settle for less than all life has to offer.

Candace Payne

The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter.

Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth.

Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same.

Candace Payne talks about the joy of using a child-like approach in relationships and life.

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.

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 explains how listening and being present can begin to change the world.

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.

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:

Leigh Anna 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:

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