Terryl and Fiona Givens Interview – Episode 2.43

Terryl Givens holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and the author of several books. His writing has been praised by the new York Times as “provocative reading” and includes the most recent title, When Souls Had Wings, a history of the idea of pre-mortal life in Western Thought.

Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degree’s in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including the Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living.

Terryl and Fiona are the grandparents of five, and parents of six.

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Nancy Phippen Browne Interview – Episode 2.29


Nancy Phippen Browne is a retired journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter and editor for various newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Church News. Her writing background also took her into the field of public relations and marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, served a full-time mission to Colorado, and has actively served in ward and stake callings throughout her life. Help Thou Mine Unbelief is her first book, but she is also a freelance writer, with articles appearing in a variety of publications, including the Ensign and This People magazine. Browne and her husband, Raymond Browne, reside in St. George, Utah. Between them, they have seven children and 20 grandchildren.


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Teresa Hirst Interview – Episode 2.11

Teresa Hirst grew up in the Midwest with an imagination and creativity straight from the stories she poured through in her childhood. She put away her Harriet the Spy persona to attend Brigham Young University, where she studied journalism and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications, allowing her to engage in some legitimate people watching.

Today, she observes and tells insightful stories, both real and imaginary, that characterize our emotional experience with life. Teresa lives in Minnesota where enjoys time to cook in the kitchen with her family, sentimental movies, Sunday afternoon walks and great conversations.

To purchase Teresa’s book, Twelve Stones to Remember Him, click here.

Michael Ash Interview – Episode 2.7

Michael R. Ash was born in Rockledge, Florida but currently lives in Utah.

Michael R. Ash is a veteran staff member of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a former weekly columnist for the Mormon Times and has presented several papers at LDS-related symposiums. Ash is the author of  Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, as well as, Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony In the Face of Criticism and Doubt. Ash has written more than 100 articles defending the faith which have been published by FAIR, FARMS, Sunstone, Dialogue, and on several LDS websites.

To purchase a copy of Michael R. Ash’s book’s, click here.

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David Barker Interview – Episode 160

For more than 40 years David Barker has had a passionate interest in trying to reconcile the conflicts between science and religion. Being one who loves the truths found in each, he has devoted extensive amounts of time researching and finding some of the problems causing the conflicts. As a retired bank examiner and CPA, he takes a questioning approach to some of the conflicting dogmas, and looks to find plausible possibilities for reconciliation. David is the author of Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts, and lives in Bountiful, Utah.

Click here to purchase a copy of David Barker’s book, Science and Religion: Reconciling the Conflicts

Nick Galieti Interview on Mormon Discussion Podcast – Episode 150.2

Nick Galieti, producer and host of The Good Word Podcast was interviewed as part of a cross-promotional effort with Bill Reel of the Mormon Discussion Podcast. This episode of our podcast is kind of a part 2 of our interview with Bill Reel. This episode is a rebroadcast of his podcast and in his format.

The Mormon Discussion podcast features interviews and content for those that are navigating a faith crisis. As an author of Tree of Sacrament, a producer and director of multiple documentaries, Nick Galieti was also interviewed to talk about his various projects as well as his upcoming book, The Exaltation Equation.

Please visit Mormondiscussion.podbean.com to listen to episodes of Mormon Discussion.

Bill Reel Interview – Episode 150

Welcome to our 50th episode of The Good Word podcast. We are going change our format slightly to mark the occasion. In a cross promotion of sorts, I will be appearing as a guest on the Mormon Discussion Podcast hosted and produced by OUR guest for this episode, Bill Reel.

Bill Reel was first converted and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 17. Later Bill served as a bishop in Ohio after navigating a faith crisis following his baptism. Bill started the Mormon Discussion podcast to assist others who ran into doubts about their faith. The mormon discussion podcast can be found at http://mormondiscussion.podbean.com