Tune in to Writer's Voices for our post-Mothers' Day interviews with two of Leafwood Publishers fine authors. First up, at 1 pm, we have trial lawyer Susan Dimickele on air to discuss her new book "Working Women of the Bible: Timeless Mentors for Modern Women." Susan is also the author of "Chasing Superwoman: A Working Mom's Adventures in Life and Faith." This is a very timely subject, given all of the controversy that has been ignited by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's recent book about working women, "Lean In." With chapters like "Ruth: Embracing Plan C" and "Jezebel: The Ultimate Power Trip," Dimickele show that strong working women have been around a very long time. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the often-overlooked women of the Bible who defied cultural norms and held positions of power and influence.
At 1:30 we will turn to "The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby's First Year." Co-author Jessica Wolstenhom will be our guest. "The Baby Companion" is Jessica's follow-up to her 2011 book "The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood." This book takes us month by month through baby's first year, with information about infant development, baby care, and mommy care too! Jessica's two coauthors are Dr. Andrea Johnston, pediatrician, and Dr. Heather Rupe, OB/GYN.
Not too long after she met her husband Ralph, author Marcy Luikart (formerly Woolf) helped him fulfill a lifelong dream of building a raft and floating down the Mississippi River.
Inspired by that journey, the former Fairfielder, now living in Santa Barbara, wrote "River Braids," the story of a former midwesterner who returns to his roots along the Mississippi River and discovers the real history behind the family story of his grandfather Joe on the 1904 Olympic rowing team. The tale weaves back and forth between the modern day and the St. Louis Worlds' Fair and Olympics of 1904.
This is Marcy's second appearance on Writers' Voices. As one of our first guests, in 2006 Marcy discussed her success with getting stories published in literary magazines. "River Braids" is her first published novel.
Join Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices this week for an English teacher's dream as we welcome Kevin Smokler, author of "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School." Just released from Prometheus books, "Practical Classics" covers a lot of ground, from Shakespeare to "Huckleberry Finn," with stops along the way for "The Bell Jar," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and oh so much more.
And yes, Caroline was a high school Engilsh teacher (here at FHS).
Kevin Smokler has been called "a publishing visionary" by the Huffington Post. His writing on the arts has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, and he was a recent guest on NPR's "Talk of the Nation."
Caroline and Monica welcome Nancy Kennedy, editor of the "Miracles and Moments of Grace" series back to Writers' Voices this week for an inspiring hour of stories from Moms.
Nancy's previous books include two others in the Miracles and Moments of Grace series - "Inspiring stories from Military Chaplains" and Caroline's favorite, "Inspiring Stories from Doctors" as well as a book of weight loss success stories "How We Did It."
If you are a Mom, have a Mom, or know a Mom - you will surely enjoy this interview.
If you're intrigued by new ideas; excited by in-depth conversation on consciousness; or inspired by visionary speakers who are thinking and doing outside the box -sometimes far outside - then the upcoming (April 20) conference hosted by MUM, "Our Conscious Future" has probably caught your interest.
This Friday on Writers's Voices, join Monica and Caroline as they invite conference speaker, best-selling author, Discovery Health TV medical host and NIH medical researcher Dr. Pamela Peeke to discuss the neuruological basis of food addiction. Dr. Peeke's most recent book, "The Hunger Fix" provides a three stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction.
Dr. Peeke has also written columns and editorials for O, Prevention, Fitness and More magazines and is a regular health news commentator for national and cable networks.
Allen Cobb returns to Writers' Voices this week to tell Monica and Caroline about his latest publishing venture - "The Rules for the game of life" - A novel, in which secrets are revealed.
According to Allen, "t's a little comical, a little cosmic, and hopefully a fun read. As many of you know, I've been collecting a strange set of "rules" — with tongue firmly in cheek — and I finally succumbed to repeated requests to "make them into a book." It quickly turned into an unexpected little novel, one which pretty much wrote itself. (Which is probably a Good Thing.)"
Allen is also a poet, a sound artist, and a publisher so no doubt this will be a far-ranging conversation on Writers' Voices!
Imagine devoting a year of your life to a single interest, determined to learn everything there is to know about it. And writing a book about it while you're at it. A very funny book. A New York Times bestseller even. Imagine that even before the year is up and the book is finished, your project is optioned as a movie. And you'd be played by Ben Stiller maybe, or Jim Carey, or Steve Carrell. Not a bad way to spend a year!
A.J. Jacobs, author of "The Year of Living Bibilically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" and "Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Pefection" (do you sense a theme here?) will join Monica and Carline this week on Writers' Voices. Jacobs is an editor at large of Esquire magazine and a frequent contributor to other national magazine and NPR's Weekend Edition. He will be speaking March 14, 2013 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant Iowa at 7 pm. (check iwc.edu for details). Hear about some of the funniest things that happened while he was trying to follow the rules in the Bible as literally as possible, and how seriously he took the command to be fruitful and multiply. Jacobs speaks candidly about why the book is not offensive to believers even though it has a humorous perspective.
Conscious creation has been a hot topic for everyone from Oprah to Larry King and in movies like What The Bleep?! and The Secret. On this week's Writers' Voices will be discussing conscious creation and the movies. Monica Hadley and guest co-host Bruce Miller, of The Filmoshophers, will be talking with Brent Marchant, author of "Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies". Using a wide variety of films, such as Vertigo, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Sophie's Choice and more, as examples, Brent explains conscious creation, it's many concepts and the difficulties that arise in becoming conscious creators.
Brent Marchant, a student of metaphysics and a long-time movie lover, has a B.A. in magazine journalism and is a regular contributor to Belief.net, Vivid Life Radio, Divine Revolution,Sethnet Journal and Reality Change magazines. He currently lives in Chicago.
Don't miss this entertaining and empowering interview!
It's cold and snowy outside, so cuddle up by the fireplace and let a little Love warm your heart this post-Valentine's season. Paul Stokstad, writer, tennis pro, webmaster, marketing director and poet is here to talk love and tattoos with Writers' Voices host Monica Hadley (Caroline will be staying indoors herself this week due to the snowstorm). Butterfuly Tattoo is Paul's third published book, and somewhat of a deprature from "How To Be Your Own Best Tennis Pro" and "How to Start Your Own Improv Comedy Group."