Come meet my talented friend Rachel Dodge! Rachel and I chat about Southern hospitality and colloquialisms, as well as all things Jane Austen. (Rachel is a Jane Austen expert and prefers the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. I knew there was a good reason why we clicked!) We chat about our earliest story inspirations–Little House, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and Jane Eyre–and how God led Rachel into writing devotionals based on these beautiful classics. Also in this episode… Regency etiquette, time travel, Read More
Sarcasm and Story with S.E. Clancy!
Today, I sit down with my sister from another mister…the multi-talented, multi-genre driven Sarah Bennett! (aka S.E. Clancy) Sarah and I reminisce about the first time we met in a comedy writing class…and boy, did the instructor’s words make us snicker! We chat about how a sarcastic momma survives raising teens, the lack of quality stories for young people, reader expectations, and the power of failure. Sarah shares the authors that first thrilled her heart (Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery) and what it was like Read More
Join me for some quick thoughts on what it means to truly be thankful with special help from one of my heroes…Corrie Ten Boom! Links: www.TaraJohnsonStories.com Twitter: @TaraMinistry Facebook: (5) Tara Johnson | Facebook Instagram: @TaraJohnsonMinistry
Food, Creativity, and Lakeside Retreat with Marci Seither
Welcome to Tara’s favorite episode ever! Today, Tara sits down with mother, grandmother, author, baker, all-around-creative, and drone flyer…the incomparable Marci Seither! The ladies start by talking about recipes and Marci’s love of preservation, which quickly flows into a conversation about hospitality, showing love through meals, and being present in the everyday tasks of raising a family. Marci shares what first inspired her love of stories (her grandparents) and the power of curiosity. The women discuss how families grow by creating in the kitchen together Read More
The Beauty of Family with Robin Pearson
Tara sits down to laugh and chat with her writing friend extraordinaire Robin Pearson! This show is all about family–from homeschooling and watching kids fly away into independence–to walking out faith, especially during the hard times. Robin shares about her transition for ‘doing things for God’ to having a relationship with God, and her earliest influences in Christian fiction (Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers), along with her least favorites (We’re looking at you Moby Dick). She tells Tara about her transformation from writing great books Read More
Worthy to be Loved with Jean Shepard
Today Tara chats with her sweet friend Jean Shepard who is a speaker, pastor’s wife, and first-time author of Worthy to be Loved! The ladies talk about the dangers of comparison, women’s conferences, and what’s it like to feel like you never measure up. They discuss bullying, knowing our worth in Christ, and the enemy’s lies. Also in this episode… Failure, inadequacy, Washington D.C. traffic, losing children, The Grand Ole Opry, and hope for the hurting. Buy Jean’s book here: WORTHY TO BE LOVED: BY Read More
Deconstructing is all the rage these days. You can see it on cooking shows. Deconstructed lemon meringue pie or apple crumb cake. You can see it in political speeches and written texts. You can even find deconstruction when it comes to faith. If you haven’t heard of this latest fad in Christian culture, it’s a focus on untangling beliefs a person has held on to for years to see if it aligns with truth. This can be related to traditions, the way we ‘do’ church, Read More
How to Find Joy in the Uncomfortable with Erica Vetsch
Today, Tara chats with a phenomenal author and woman of God, Erica Vetsch! Erica talks about her passions–history, teaching, and museums–and has discovered the greatest stories of local lore come from small county museums. Tara tells Erica about the Ganster Museum near her town in Hot Springs, Arkansas and Erica shares that St. Paul, Minnesota is the gangster capital of the world. Who knew? Erica talks about her transition from writing stories based in cowboys and westward expansion to Regencies, and how Julie Klassen and Read More
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God Didn’t Call You to be Nice
My family was chatting Bible over dinner one evening and I asked my nine-year-old son if he could remember the Ten Commandments. Nate nodded and put down his fork. “Sure. God is number one. There is no one before Him. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt be nice.” “Whoa.” I felt my eyes bugging out as my fork paused in mid-air. “The Bible doesn’t say to be nice.” “Sure it does,” my teenage daughter piped up. I arched an eyebrow. “Where Read More