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Beth’s BookCast

Beth’s BookCast

By Beth Jordahl
A podcast for book lovers. People who buy books, even when they have a pile of books they haven’t read yet. People who have multiple books apps on their phones. Those who collect lists of books they want to read. And anyone who has a favorite book that no one else has ever heard of. Whether you read classics, modern novels, lifestyle books, non-fiction, fantasies, mysteries, or even picture books, this podcast is for you. Each week, we will discuss a different book. So make a cup of tea, and join us for Beth’s BookCast!
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About Natalie - Interview with Christine Naman
About Natalie tells one woman’s heartbreaking story, one that is played out in homes across the country, and reveals the rollercoaster of emotions that loving an addict unearths. There is despair and joy; denial and acceptance; rage and tranquility.  Christine’s reflections as she traces her daughter’s life are interspersed with Natalie’s compelling poems that tell the unvarnished truth of her side of this struggle: “I have handcuffs on/And no one can see them/My screams are so loud /Yet no one can hear ‘em”.  By sharing the difficult days of isolation, pain, and humiliation that being the parent of an addict can bring, Naman offers comfort and consolation to others in similar circumstances. Ultimately, About Natalie is a story of loving no matter what, keeping the faith, battling hard, and getting back on the right road. In our conversation, Christine and I talk about addiction, family, her book, mental health, and more. As you listen, remember be kind and gentle because everyone you meet has a battle you know nothing about. Find Christine on her WEBSITE, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK.  Buy her book on AMAZON. 
29:23
October 19, 2021
Orphan Beach - Interview with Laura Thomas
This book has it all! Good friendships, mysteries, suspense, romance, travel, bookstores, exotic locations. I loved getting to chat with author Laura Thomas about writing, writing as a dream and stepping into reality, and more. Listen along and then go check out her book!  A published Christian author, Laura writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul—especially in her romantic suspense, teen fiction, marriage, and children’s books. Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, B.C. as audacious empty-nesters.    Find her books, blog, bio and writer’s coaching at www.laurathomasauthor.com The Orphan Beach details at: https://laurathomasauthor.com/project/the-orphan-beach/ Follow Laura on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lauracthomas/
37:35
October 12, 2021
PHINA - Interview with Kelda Poynot
As a girl, PHINA knew love and affection. For generations, the great spirit bestowed healing powers on her dwindling race. Then, torn by tragedy, PHINA flees her cottage and finds herself, a young woman, serving as a minstrel in the governor's palace. Her hair and eyes mark her as a healer and catch her master's attention. Her differences and abilities attract his heart. Pulled between her beloved cottage and the palace, can love bridge the gap? Will she choose the palace's security or reconcile her calling? In today's interview, I chat with author Kelda Poynot about this book, about life, and about writing!  You can find Kelda at:  Website: keldalaingpoynot.com Facebook: facebook.com/keldapoynotauthor YouTube: Hey, Miss Kelda Instagram: keldap LinkedIn: keldapoynot
51:34
October 5, 2021
Not Without Yesterday - Interview with Rachel Trusty
In Not Without Yesterday, we follow Claire from high school to marriage and career, to big changes and surprises. Today I chat with the author, Rachel Trusty, about how this book allowed her to process life events, how she writes full-time, and the power of her title. Creating characters that reflect actual human thoughts and emotions is Rachel's favorite part of writing. Rachel wrote very little until her senior year of high school when she realized that she could fill a sheet of paper with her own words. When that discovery was made, the pretend and imaginary that lived inside her head could finally come out. Her first book was published in June 2017 when Rachel was only 18 years old. Since then, she has written contemporary and historical young adult fiction. Exploring the world around her, learning about cultures and places, people watching, and taking long drives brings new inspiration to her every day. Find her on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/byracheltrusty/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ByRachelTrusty/ Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHLjn84eIPlihPqxva4__2w
38:30
September 28, 2021
Seeing Value - Interview with Penny Noyes
In this episode, I chat with author Penny Noyes about her book Seeing Value. It's a beautiful book about how powerful our own perspectives, thoughts, and words can be. She shares about the intrinsic value cycle, blessings, and life.  Author Penny Noyes, M.Ed. just released her fourth book Seeing Value A Biblical Perspective on Intrinsic Value on Amazon. Seeing Value is a journey that will lead you out of the desert of self-criticism and negativity into life in abundance. Penny's previously published books include two books about Hezekiah (because one wasn’t enough) and an in-depth Bible Study on the names of God through the lens of women of the Bible called Embracing Change Learning to Trust God through the Women of the Bible.   She also writes for Christianity.com, GracefullyTruthful.com and her blog. Penny is a former compulsive reader who loves sharing truth and wisdom from the Bible in a practical and engaging way.  She is a wife, mom, step-mom and a Mimi to the cutest grandkids ever. Find her on: Instagram @pennynoyes Blog www.pennynoyes.com Facebook @PennyNoyesAuthor
57:19
September 21, 2021
The Path Out of Loneliness - Interview with Dr. Mark Mayfield
Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions. We have lost the art of connection and relationship, and it’s killing us. Dr. Mark Mayfield uses his years as a counselor, his personal experience, and facts to help us better understand loneliness. From understanding, we can start to move forward. In this episode, we talk about the problem of loneliness and how we can all start to move toward connection. Find more bookish content at patreon.com/bethsbookcast  Dr. Mark Mayfield's painful personal experiences have now become accepted and integral parts of his life story. His years of guiding hundreds of people into mental, emotional, and spiritual health have equipped him. His personal life and professional life have set him on a mission to help you accept yourself as you are, then face, understand, and become the best version of yourself. Find Dr. Mayfield at his website: https://drmayfield.com/ Order The Path Out of Loneliness: Amazon Follow him on Instagram: @thedrmayfield
32:50
September 14, 2021
Ann C. Averill - Teacher DropOut
Today, we are chatting about the book, Teacher Dropout. It's a book that is brutally honest about the realities that students and teachers face in some schools. Lack of money, resources, time. The hardships of poverty, abuse, abandonment. This book made me laugh, cry, and feel so many things. In today's conversation, we chatted about school systems, identity, and the power of grace. Ann C. Averill is a retired teacher and the author of Teacher Dropout: Finding Grace in an Unjust School.  She lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband of many years, her cat, and a flock of silly chickens. She enjoys tap dancing, kayaking, ebiking, and long walks with friends. And she adores babysitting for her grandchildren. Blog: anncaverill.com Amazon link for Teacher Dropout: https://www.amazon.com/Teacher-Dropout-Finding-Unjust-School/dp/B08F6X4NCZ/ref  Twitter: AnnCAverill1 Facebook: Ann C. Averill Writer Instagram: anncaverill
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September 7, 2021
She Hears - Interview with Rachael Groll
Join us in this episode as we talk all about ministry, life, and writing. Rachael was such fun to talk to and her book was such a delight to read!  Rachael Groll is a missionary, pastor, and author.  Her latest book, She Hears: Learning to Listen to Jesus comes out June 29 and is available wherever books are sold.  Rachael has a heart for pointing others to Jesus and serves across the globe in the areas of evangelism and discipleship.  You can connect with her at her website, Shehears.org Website: Shehears.org Apple Podcast: She Hears Podcast Instagram: she_hears Facebook: She Hears Email: rachael@shehears.org Download a free sample of She Hears: Learning to Listen to Jesus: Free Sample of She Hears (20% OFF until June 22) Purchase on Amazon: Purchase She Hears on Amazon Children of the Nations: Website
41:03
June 22, 2021
Walking on Water -
Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite books with you. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art by Madeleine L'Engle. It talks about time, the beauty of life, creating, and becoming who you are meant to be. This book is about the idea of what does it mean to be an artist? Any kind of artist: writer, musician, painter, illustrator. I think it goes even beyond that into what does it mean to be a human? Let's walk through these ideas together. I can't wait to share it with you! If you want more bookish content, join me over on my Patreon patreon.com/bethsbookcast
25:52
June 15, 2021
This Beautiful Truth - Interview with Sarah Clarkson
We live in a broken and difficult world. So how do we approach this pain without giving up? How do we understand goodness and beauty amidst brokeness?  These are the questions that Sarah Clarkson has been asking and wrestling with for most of her life. She shares her findings with us in her book, This Beautiful Truth. Which is out today! This book approaches our pain, brokenness, and humanity with kindness and compassion. It also asks us to open our minds and hearts to beauty and goodness. It's such an amazing book that has deeply impacted me. I am so glad to share this interview with you! Sarah is a kindred spirit and a beautiful soul. Listen along as we talk about motherhood, writing, and the books we love.  Don't forget to go buy Sarah's book, This Beautiful Truth, TODAY! It's available wherever you love to buy books.  You can find Sarah at her website: sarahclarkson.com Or on Instagram: @sarahwanders If you love books, join me on my patreon for more bookish goodness: patreon.com/bethsbookcast
52:28
June 8, 2021
The Narnia Code - Interview with Author Dr. Michael Ward
There has always been something special about The Chronicles of Narnia. It's captured the imaginations of generations and inspired joy for many of us. But what if there was even more to the story than meets the eye? That's what we are talking about in this episode! I am joined by Dr. Michael Ward, author of The Narnia Code, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. We talk about the secret atmosphere and clues that Lewis left in Narnia, and how it can help show us more of who God is.  This was such a fun episode to record! Michael knows so much about Lewis, as he studied his writing for his PhD. He even spent a few years living in Lewis' house, the Kilns. His PhD was published as Planet Narnia, and it became a BBC documentary, The Narnia Code.  To find about more about Michael, visit his website and you can find his new book, After Humanity, here. To support this podcast and to join the community, head to our patreon. 
01:01:33
May 25, 2021
I Wish I Could Take Away Your Pain - Interview with Author, Brenda Seefeldt Amodea
We have all been there. Your friend is going through something really hard, something heartbreaking. But you have absolutely no idea what to say or do. Brenda's book is there to help! She speaks from experience, having gone through her own heartbreak. She has watched friends handle her pain well, and not so well. She wants to help all of us become compassionate friends. Listen along as we geek out about the human brain, chat about the beauty in pain, and talk about what to do if your friend is in pain.  Click on the links to find Brenda on her website, on Instagram, or on Facebook.   On her website, you will find her book available for purchase. It also comes with a card ready to send to your friend! You can also find Brenda's church on their website.
39:28
May 18, 2021
Interview with Peyton H. Roberts - Author of Beneath the Seams
Today is a very special day for Beneath the Seams... it's launch day! I am so excited to be a part of the launch of this book. Peyton tells a beautiful story about the truth behind fast fashion. She takes us on a journey across the world and helps to open our eyes and hearts to trying a new way of buying clothes. We chat about her book, the inspiration behind this book, as well as the writing life and launching process. In this episode, we talk about these resources: International Promise Foundation Purpose Boutique Remake Brand Directory Find Peyton at her website.  Purchase her book, Beneath the Seams at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or call your favorite local bookstore and ask them to order it in for you. For more bookish content and to support this podcast, head to our Patreon. 
43:05
May 11, 2021
Interview with Jodie Cooper - Author of Glory
Jodie Cooper is from New Zealand and she wrote a beautiful children's book, Glory. It's about a little family of Galahs, or pink and grey cockatoos. This sweet story is a great way to introduce your kids to big concepts, like God's Glory. Join our conversation today as we chat about her book, kids' questions "why? why? why?", writing and publishing, and the ministry that has come from this book. You can find Jodie at her website (https://good-news-in-the-gum-trees-1.jimdosite.com/) On Instagram or Facebook @goodnewsinthegumtrees  To support Open Doors, head to their website (https://www.opendoorsusa.org/) For more bookish content, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
36:50
May 4, 2021
Jane Eyre, Enneagram, & Identity with Ariel Curry from One Little Library
Ariel Curry, from One Little Library, loves Jane Eyre! I happen to love Jane Eyre too (See previous episode from Season 1 here: Jane Eyre Episode)! So she and I decided to chat about all the things we LOVE about Jane Eyre. We cover Enneagram types of characters, Jane's place in the world, power and equality, and what the original manuscript of Jane Eyre looks like. You really don't want to miss this episode! You can find Ariel at her website: http://onelittlelibrary.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/one_little_library/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/arielkcurry For more bookish content, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
57:31
April 27, 2021
Interview with Molly LaCroix - Author of Restoring Relationships
This is one of those episodes that I think I will come back and listen to again and again.  Compassion, grace, forgiveness, and love are all staples of the Christian faith. So why do Christians have such a hard time offering those things? How can we grow in this area? Listen as I talk with Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Molly LaCroix about her book Restoring Relationships. We talk about internal family systems, mental health, living with love, as well as, writing and publishing. This is a good one friends! To connect with Molly LaCroix, LMFT, head to her website: https://mollylacroix.com/ or follow her on instagram @mollylacroixlmft To support this podcast, and for more bookish content, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
49:05
April 20, 2021
Interview with Cindy Yorks - Author of The Vault Door
In this episode, I interview author Cindy Yorks. We talk about her devotional series; The Side Door, The Trap Door, and The Vault Door. We discuss how God is with us and beside us when we need help. We look at how journalism helped her write these books and the ministry that has resulted out of her writing. We also talk about her writing and publishing process.  Find Cindy at: cindyyorks.com/ On Instagram @cindy_lafavre_yorks/ and Facebook @cindylafavre.yorks  For more of Beth's BookCast, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
38:54
April 13, 2021
Interview with Elisa Preston - Author of At the Corner of Summer & Harvest
Welcome to Season 2 of Beth's BookCast! I am so excited today to be sharing my interview with Elisa Preston, author of At the Corner of Summer & Harvest. We talked about writing as a way to process your experiences, dancing, military life, family, and even the publishing process. I can't wait for you to listen!  Find Elisa at elisapreston.com and on Instagram @elisapreston. You can also listen to her podcast, Praise Through It, anywhere you listen to podcasts.  If you love books and want more book talk, book info, book swag, please consider supporting me at patreon.com/bethsbookcast  Thanks for listening readers!
34:21
April 6, 2021
17. Final Episode of Season 1
In today's episode, Beth talks about things she has learned from this first season, the hopes for the second, and the overall dream for this podcast. All of this is interspersed with some of our favorite quotes from previous episodes. Thank you all for joining in on this wonderful journey of Season 1! We can't wait for Season 2, launching in April 2021. If you want to follow along, make sure you are following on Instagram @bethsbookcast. Or join the Patreon at patreon.com/bethsbookcast. Thank you so much for joining us for today's episode!  
16:05
January 26, 2021
16. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Join Beth as she looks at the book, Persuasion by Jane Austen. It is a great picture of how to pursue your own life. If you would like to support this podcast, or learn more about the books, or get even more great content from Beth, then join the Patreon for only $5/month at https://www.patreon.com/bethsbookcast
14:34
January 20, 2021
15. Are you anxious? Me too.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. 5 out of 5.  Join Beth today as she rambles on about this book, the worth of an individual, how we are all idiots, and why you need to read this book. No spoilers! Trigger warning: There are themes of suicide, depression, anxiety. If you need to skip this episode, please feel free. If you would like to support this podcast, please head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast. Happy Reading!
18:35
January 12, 2021
14. Interview with Amanda Winstead, author of The Fate of the Fallen
Today, Beth is joined by author, A. E. Winstead. Her first novel, The Fate of the Fallen came out last year. It is a wonderful story following two storylines, American teenagers and fallen angels. What do the two stories have to do with each other? You'll have to read to find out! Listen to today's episode to hear about what inspired this story, and more. To support this podcast and for more reading resources and a bonus episode with A.E. Winstead about writing and self-publishing, join the patreon page www.patreon.com/bethsbookcast Find A. E. Winstead on Instagram @aewinsteadbooks. Head to Amazon or her website https://www.aewinstead.com/ to purchase your copy of The Fate of the Fallen. 
21:45
January 5, 2021
13. A Christmas Carol
Today, I am talking about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Join me as we look at the unique characters and character growth that make this book a classic. For more information or to support Beth's BookCast, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast.
17:40
December 15, 2020
12. Interview with Lorraine Tosiello - Author of Only Gossip Prospers
This week, Beth talks with author, Lorraine Tosiello about her book, Only Gossip Prospers. Lorraine read Alcott’s Little Women in the first grade—and re-read it again and again throughout most of her childhood.  Rereading Little Women in later adulthood rekindled her Alcott enthusiasm, and years of happy study resulted in her first novel, Only Gossip Prospers. She lives with her husband in midtown Manhattan and at the New Jersey shore. In this conversation, Lorraine and Beth discuss the book, Louisa's life, and the impact of Little Women.  You can find Lorraine on Instagram (@ltosiello_author) and Facebook (facebook.com/ltosiello). She is currently co-writing a book about Louisa May Alcott and Emily Dickinson, set to release in 2022. If you enjoyed this conversation and would like to hear more about Louisa's life and this novel, there is a bonus episode available only for Patrons at patreon.com/bethsbookcast. 
24:04
December 8, 2020
11. Enjoying your life, advice from Hannah Coulter
In this episode, Beth talks about the book Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. This book has so much goodness in it! Listen as Beth talks about living more slowly and intentionally, and taking time to enjoy the life you get to live. For more resources and bonus episodes, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast. 
19:03
November 10, 2020
10. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
In this episode, Beth talks about C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She discusses the importance of integrity and how hope can be found in books like this one. If you are looking for fun facts about this book, some more reading inspiration, or want to support Beth as she makes this podcast, check out patreon.com/bethsbookcast. 
15:24
November 3, 2020
9. What can Jane Eyre teach us in 2020?
Today, Beth is talking about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. A gothic romance from the 1800s with mystery, adventure, and true love. What's not to like? If you are looking for even more reading resources and inspiration, head to https://www.patreon.com/bethsbookcast. 
20:53
October 27, 2020
8. Do you need to leave? Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller
In this episode, Beth talks about Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller. She looks at the importance of leaving, as well as, why we must reframe our circumstances to make the most out of our days. For more information and to support Beth, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast. 
16:34
October 20, 2020
7. Why I don't like Peter Pan anymore
Today, Beth is talking about Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie and why the book hasn't aged well, but the magic lasts. For more resources or information, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
17:31
October 13, 2020
6. The Way of Kings and Worth
Today, Beth is joined by her husband, Peter, cohost of the podcast Praying for Superpowers. They are talking about The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and the questions of morality and human worth. To listen to more about The Stormlight Archive, look for Peter’s new podcast coming soon. For more resources or information, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
16:09
October 6, 2020
5. Mere Christianity and Logical Faith
In this episode, Beth talks about the book Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis and how faith is not easily explained. For more resources and bonuses, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
18:30
September 29, 2020
4. Anne of Green Gables and Imagination
In this episode, Beth talks about the book Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery and how children can be trusted and imagination can give us grace in our lives. For more resources and bonuses, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
16:05
September 22, 2020
3. Little Women and Purpose
In this episode, Beth talks about the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and the way purpose can be found in work, family, love, and small joys.  For more resources and bonuses, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
20:58
September 15, 2020
2. Present, Over Perfect and Living Your Life Intentionally
Today, Beth talks about how the book Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist invites all of us to pause and look around at our lives and make intentional changes. For more resources and bonuses, head to patreon.com/bethsbookcast
17:35
September 8, 2020
1. Pride & Prejudice & Happy Endings
In the very first episode of Beth’s BookCast, Beth is talking about Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. She looks at the characters and what makes a perfect Austen ending. For more information and resources join the patreon at patreon.com/bethsbookcast
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September 1, 2020
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August 19, 2020