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I use laughter as a coping strategy for life’s messes and this podcast to externally process everything going on in my mind, from books to the zombie apocalypse. Each episode I invite a friend to join me and we discuss hot topics, relationships, faith, trends, books, movies, and the latest developments on important things like Netflix and Twitter. I ask them how they lighten up and how they’re sharing the light in their communities. My goal is for you to feel like you’re sitting in the room ...
 
ThinkOrphan, the podcast for orphan excellence, helping you navigate the global orphan crisis with experts from around the world.
 
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Today for the finale to our series, Lighten Up about Illness, I'm talking with Alia Joy. You may remember her from episode 99, and now I'm happy to share that her new book, Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack, is available now. Today we talk about her bipolar disorder, how it's impacted her life and her kids, and the unpredictabil ...…
 
We are in the middle of our series "Lighten Up about Illness" and today I'm talking with Lauren Gaskill, author of Into the Deep: Diving into a Life of Courageous Faith, and host of the podcast She Found Joy. Lauren has hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which affects her collagen, joints, and muscles. We chat about her road to finding a ...…
 
We're in the middle of our series, lighten up about illness, and today I'm talking with my friend Lesley Miller. Lesley and I met through Coffee+Crumbs, she's an incredible writer, and she's currently going through what she calls her second cancer year. Her husband Jonathan had cancer, and now her son Owen was diagnosed last October and has bee ...…
 
Today I'm talking with Niki Hardy, author of the new book Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart. Niki is a cancer survivor and she shares how her diagnosis affected her, how she handled telling her kids, parenting with cancer, and how humor helped her and her kids get through her cancer treatments. Also, uh, Niki had rectal canc ...…
 
Check check, is this thing on? Well hi there. I guess I'm back from hiatus and ready for more podcastery, so I thought I'd start with something super fun and light...illness? I know, illness is not historically a light topic, but we do learn coping tactics for getting through. How do we not descend into hopelessness when we're battling health p ...…
 
In Episode 138, you will hear from Phil and Dr. Rick talking about their thoughts on this past season and a few more things that we know you’ll want to hear. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 137, you will hear from Matt Parker, Executive Director of Kids Alive International. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 137, you will hear from Marisa Stam, Executive Director for Selamta Family Project. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 135, you will hear from Corbey Dukes, Guatemala Field Director at Kids Alive International. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 134, you will hear from Jenn Hook, Founder and Executive Director of Replanted, and author of a new book of the same name. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 133, you will hear from Andy Cook, President and CEO of Promise 686. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 132, you will hear from Bruce Kendrick, Director of Outreach at Watermark Christian Church. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 131, you will hear from Randy Daniels, Vice President at Buckner Children and Family Services. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 130, you will hear from Juan Porto, Director of Back2Back’s ministry in Monterrey, Mexico. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 129, you will hear from Aixa de Lopez, pastor and speaker, and David McCormick, Director of ACH in Guatemala. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 128, you will hear from Rob Martin, Director of the First Fruit Institute. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 127, you will hear from Dr. Caroline Leaf, neuroscientist, author of numerous books, and global speaker. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
In Episode 126, you will hear from Phil and his Season 6 Co-Host, talking about the themes and lessons they learned in Season 5 and what’s to come in Season 6. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
[ This episode is a recast from November 12, 2017 ] In Episode 70, you will hear from Paul David Tripp, Pastor, Author, and Speaker. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
I'm celebrating my 100th episode! ONE HUNDRED. This reminds me of the 100th day of school shenanigans when our kids have to bring in 100 items and dress up like 100-year-old people. It's basically, "Let's work in another stupid spirit day." I will not make you do homework to observe this 100th episode milestone, although if you want to celebrat ...…
 
[ This episode is a recast from August 2, 2016 ] In today’s episode, we get to hear from Andy Lehman, the President of LifeSong for Orphans (http://www.lifesongfororphans.org) which is an organization that helps mobilize the church to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com…
 
[ This episode is a recast from June 21, 2016 ] In episode 123, we hear from John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project, as well as an author and speaker. We talk about the effects of fatherlessness on our society and the influence of mentoring on the lives of children. He is a powerful advocate for the fatherless and redeeming their story ...…
 
Today I'm talking with Alia Joy, author of Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack. We start out trading colonoscopy stories. Anytime I can exchange poop stories with someone I'm pretty much in heaven. You know. After that, we chat about how we need to lighten up about grammar, then Alia shares about living with bipolar disorder, how ...…
 
[ This episode is a recast from June 7, 2017 ] In today’s episode, we get to hear from Mick Pease, the founder of Substitute Families for Abandoned Children (http://www.sfac.org.uk/index.php), which is based in Leeds, England, and works worldwide promoting de-institutionalization and assisting in family based initiatives. For full show notes, p ...…
 
Today I'm soooo excited for you to get to know Shannan Martin. Shannan is one of my faves. She's wise and fun and I just love the way she's living her life. She's got a new book out, The Ministry of Ordinary Places, and we talk about what led her to move from her dream farmhouse in the country to a life in the city. She shares about adopting fo ...…
 
[ This episode is a recast from August 16, 2016 ] In Episode 121, you will hear from Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, and Executive Editor of Christianity Today. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today, Sarah Bragg and I are talking about failure on our monthly crossover episode. We pick all the super fun topics. But first, we give kind of an update about our weird fears, she with her extreme fear of a certain violent woodland animal and me with my terror of airborne mating plants. It's a whole thing. Anyway, then we chat about epic cel ...…
 
[ This episode is a recast from October 18, 2016 ] In Episode 120, Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, pastor, and adoptive father. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Hey and welcome to episode 96 of Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. AND Alex Dale. Because today my husband is joining me to talk about our new book, Infreakinfertility: How to Survive When Getting Pregnant Gets Hard, which is available today! This book has been a dream of mine for many, many years and today I can say, it’s here! Please visit the Am ...…
 
[ This episode is a recast from April 25, 2017 ] In Episode 119, you will hear from Kent Annan, author of Slow Kingdom Coming and Co-Director of Haiti Partners. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with Tricia Goyer, author of several million books and mother of several billion kids, about her new book, Calming Angry Kids. Um, you guys, does anybody else have some kids who get a little ragey from time to time or maybe a lot? I mean, don't raise your hand, but I will quietly fist bump you without naming names. Tricia has ...…
 
In Episode 118, you will hear from Jason Johnson, Author of Everyone Can Do Something, Reframing Foster Care, and All In Orphan Care, and Director of Church Ministry Initiatives for CAFO. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with author and host of the Say Something Show, Kay Wyma. We chat about that time she freaked out the Secret Service, which was probably a little nerve-wracking in the moment but hilarious now. Then we talk about her book, Not the Boss of Us. Do you ever face overwhelming pressures and expectations or do you find yourself tryi ...…
 
In Episode 117 you will hear from Brandon Stiver, Author, Advocate, and Director of Kingdom Families in Tanzania. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with Rachel Linden, author of the new novel Becoming the Talbot Sisters. She tells the riveting and hilarious tale of her unexpected encounter with a cycling onesie, and then we shift gears, haha, cycling pun totally intended, and talk about moving to Budapest and working with victims of trafficking. We chat about writing Beco ...…
 
In Episode 116, Phil talks to Beth Woods, Executive Director of Hope’s Promise. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
It's time yet again for our monthly crossover episode with my good friend Sarah Bragg of Surviving Sarah. This month we're shooting the breeze about fashion. Because no one knows fashion like a couple of middle-aged moms living in the suburbs of Atlanta. We share our personal fashion and makeup rules, fashion trends we'd like to see die a fiery ...…
 
In Episode 115 you will hear from Mike Berry, author, speaker, and host of the Honestly Adoption Podcast. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with Kimberly Stuart, writer of romance and author of the new book, Heart Land. Kimberly is incredibly fun and very patient with me as I ask ridiculous questions about romantic things, cite Fabio on the covers of the books at the grocery store checkout, and unpack my hangups with romance, both as a genre and in my sadly pragma ...…
 
In Episode 114, Phil talks with Ryan North, adoptive and foster parent and Empowered to Connect contributor. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com.By www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with author Sarah Clarkson, the daughter of Sally Clarkson, who we had on the show last year. Sarah's great and we hear the story of how she moved to London, went to Oxford, and met her Dutch husband. Then we chat about her new book, Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life. Sarah sha ...…
 
In episode 113, Phil talks with Sara Beth Fentress, Founder of 127 Worldwide. For full show notes, please www.thinkorphan.com
 
Hey welcome to episode 89 of Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. Today I'm talking with Patrice Gopo, author of All the Colors We Will See. We chat about the importance of storytelling and talking about race and immigration. Patrice has a unique and important perspective and her story is captivating. Her parents are from Jamaica, she grew up in Alask ...…
 
In episode 111 you will hear from Steve Gillis, Founder and Executive Director of Patch our Planet. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today is our monthly crossover episode with Sarah Bragg of Surviving Sarah. You guys know the drill. Two podcasters, one topic, and we have a ton of fun doing it. You can listen to one half of our conversation here, and then check out the other half over on Surviving Sarah. Today is our very angry episode. So much anger. I know it's called Ligh ...…
 
In Episode 111, Dr. Karen speaks with Megan Parker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Co-Founder of Abide Family Center in Uganda. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Today I'm talking with Liz Ditty, a spiritual director and teacher at Westgate Church in Silicon Valley and the author of God's Many Voices. We start out laughing about the embarrassing side of meal trains, and then we chat about hearing from God. Have you ever heard from God? Is it a big booming voice in the sky? Does everyone hear God the sam ...…
 
In Episode 110 you will hear a conversation between Brian Fisher, co-founder and President of Human Coalition, and Kira Schlesinger, Episcopalian Priest and author of Pro-Choice and Christian. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.comBy www.thinkorphan.com.
 
Hey, welcome to episode 86 of Lighten Up with Melanie Dale. Today I'm talking with Rachelle Dekker. You may recognize that last name, because her dad is the author Ted Dekker, and we talk about what's it like to be the daughter of an author. But Rachelle is also an incredible author herself and we talk about her latest supernatural suspense nov ...…
 
In Episode 109 you will hear two separate interviews. First, Phil talks with Brian Fisher, co-founder and President of Human Coalition. In the second half of our show Phil talks with Kira Schlesinger, Episcopalian Priest and author of Pro-Choice and Christian. For full show notes, please visit www.thinkorphan.com.…
 
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