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March 21, 2019 10:58 AM PDT

DETOX & REJUVENATE with Susan Smith Jones, PhD

Leading holistic health educator and author Susan Smith Jones, PhD, reveals her favorite methods to detoxify and rejuvenate the body – and WHY it’s so necessary. For over 35 years, Dr. Susan has been teaching people worldwide about the importance of year-round detoxification to keep the body healed, healthy, youthful and energetic. She even custom-designs programs for many of her clients and leads workshops around the world on this topic.

March 21, 2019 09:27 AM PDT

Our guest is Dean McFalls, an educator, author, and former Catholic priest who’s now the proud father of Gabriel, his five-year old son. You may recall our interview with Dean about Delivered on Christmas, his anthology covering two decades of adventures during the Cold War.

As an activist, citizen diplomat and missionary, then a dedicated, high-profile priest for 18 years, Dean has served in dozens of countries and has been committed to defending human rights and dignity in a wide variety of ways.

Today, as a married man he’ll tell us why he believes that the time has come for the Roman Catholic Church to allow some priests, in some circumstances, to be married.

March 21, 2019 09:22 AM PDT

New Heart, New Life by Chriseline Beaubrun
Chriseline Beaubrun was fifty-seven years old when she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. A widowed mother of two, Chris has just completed her master’s degree in nursing, and she felt that she had the skills to deal with life’s challenges. But her biggest challenge hit her like a blow to the stomach when her cardiologist delivered the official diagnosis.

Congestive heart failure? How could that be? As a nurse, Chris had worked hard all her adult life and had taken care of her body. But there was no denying the cold, hard medical facts. As Chris’s symptoms worsened despite medications and a defibrillator implanted in her chest, as she reached the point at which she was unable to take a single shallow breath without intense pain, her options for long-term survival were pared down to one: a heart transplant. This was her last, best chance, and because she was determined to survive, she agreed to interview for the position of organ recipient.

She got the job and was added to the transplant list, and now Chris tells her story of the many ups and downs facing heart transplant patients—the anxiety of waiting for a heart that might never come, months of hospitalization as her condition worsened, and finally the call that a heart was on the way and the surgery itself. Afterward came the satisfaction of taking her first deep breath in more than a year and leaving the hospital to live her brand new life. Throughout the long process of recovery, Chris experienced both successes and setbacks. But her new heart remained strong, as did the support of her family, friends, and colleagues.

Chris hopes that her book will inform and inspire organ transplant recipients and their families.

March 21, 2019 09:18 AM PDT

UNLIKELY by Wynsome Peters

It’s not spectacular, it's a run of the mill some would even call it Mayberry but that’s a good description. The city is enlarging and with it starts the beginning of the breaking apart of the everyone knows everyone harmony. This one small city has fought to remain the same

Slowly as the earth turns, this city is being swept away into living life in an unharmonious way. New buildings, mostly banks are being built for the homes where the newcomers are coming; although they are on the outskirts.

One new arrival is the new school system, no longer are they going to buck the system and have 6th grade remain elementary.

The kids go with the flow, while the parents can see a hint of the conformity and being puppeteered.

One norm that no one wants to discuss is one vacant solitary building that looks eyeless. It’s the only reminder and remainder of what used to be.

Two main characters Hiccup and Pontmus happen to be traveling past the “used to be” when movement catches one of their eyes.

It’s from that one shadow that the sleuthing begins. One boy is going to uncover whatever is going on; while the other rather have the police handle it.

Why he is so determined to find out can be unearthed by checking out his family. Being the middle child has neither the perks of being the leader or being the spoiled. The dad has a job that places a demand to find things out that once was thought impossible

This gene of discovering has lain dormant in him since where he lives is so tame but things are about to go from normal to un.

The personality that wins out causes more sleuthing which uncovers very little until happenstance collides with reality.

One of the new families to move in, breaching the solitude of the city has a child who is so oddly articulate, it’s cool.

He becomes an unknowing accomplice in whatever is going on.

Sleuth boy gets his chance to really find out what is happening when he takes over a temporary job offered. Right now, all he has is his assumptions and imagination.

He is not trying to get caught; in fact, he doesn’t believe he will. He is so caught up that he doesn’t see the signs that show that the table has been turned and he is no longer the only spy.

Capture is imminent, but not only does he get ensnared, his friend, who had a moment of bravery is also entrapped.

Now what can they do?

These people are adults, bigger, stronger smarter. Hiccup notices that the smart gene may have passed on them. While he tries to play on that notion, his friend fades into despair.

Still leading, the way only trussed up Hiccup’s brain is swirling with ideas on escape. Each one does not produce the wanted effect.

Will they ever be found?

This author writes her debut novel under a sobriquet. Some facts are that her real name can be pronounced in every country. She writes with a passion of telling an Unlikely story with funny parts if you have the type of humor to appreciate it. Holding a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, writing has always held a torch. This book shows the light at the end.

March 21, 2019 09:13 AM PDT


In this heart-warming and insightful memoir, a Catholic man shares his faith-filled gay journey. Hounded by God: A Gay Man’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, Love, and Relationship is a moving account of one man and his struggle to reconcile his faith and his sexuality.

Joseph Michael Gentilini recognizes the role of faith in his life, which provides meaning to his personal identity. He also believes his faith does not conflict with his intimate needs and desires.

Through his memoir, Gentilini calls on readers to understand how Catholic homosexuals manage their conflicting religious and sexual identities. Hounded by God offers readers a deeper look into gay spirituality through the extraordinary life of the author.


Joseph Gentilini and his spouse, Leo Radel, were both born in Columbus Ohio; Joe in 1948 and Leo in 1950. Ironically, they both attended the same Catholic elementary school, although they did not know each other then. Joseph always wanted to be in a career that involved helping others. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1970 from the Ohio Dominican College (now University) in social welfare.

Beginning his career as an employee of the State of Ohio, he worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, helping persons with severe disabilities to become more independent with the goal of competitive employment. He obtained his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1974 in counseling and guidance. Joseph worked for another four years and then took an educational leave of absence for two years to complete his doctoral coursework in community counseling at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He returned to work for the state and completed his dissertation at night, finally graduating in 1982 with his PhD.

Joseph is an Ohio Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. In 2003, Joseph retired from state employment and Leo from the United States Postal Service.

Leo was married for twelve years and has three children, all now adults. Joseph and Leo enjoy and love them and their five grandchildren.

Joseph and Leo, who met in 1981 at their parish, maintain their Catholic spirituality and are active members of DignityUSA.

March 21, 2019 09:07 AM PDT

Falling to Peaces by Carol Coussons De Reyes
Falling To Peaces: Rerelease Edition is meant to engage the reader in the power of story. Story is at the heart of our humanity and the reason our culture moves forward. Carol shares a first-hand account of what it is like to have a mental health condition that includes depression, bipolar disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. This author shares experience with trauma, including childhood sexual abuse and human trafficking. She is honest and real about her journey.

Reading this book may just leave you screaming for Lithium. Taking us viscerally into her mammoth fears, great energy, deep sadness, and often indignant spirit, Carol Coussons de Reyes chronicles her personal journey with bipolar disorder.

While other memoirs have given us an intellectual understanding of mental illness, Carol guides us, without mercy, through her life as it hits its strongest intensities. The spiral begins as we see through the eyes and heart of a woman who fears she is being poisoned and gassed, tailed by the FBI, watched by the Army, and associated with a CIA assassin.

Although Carol seeks treatment, and is involuntarily hospitalized several times, she shines a light on the inhumane treatment she receives and the community's approach to mental illness. In doing so, she helps begin to erase the stigmas and discrimination in today's society and create hope.

New chapters include information and story around suicide prevention and her amazing journey with her beautiful and bright son. By sharing her story, Carol allows us to see that her recovery was by no means linear, but was achieved on her own terms. Falling to Peaces is ultimately about triumph as Carol not only finds her own sense of peace but joins with national leaders that create innovative roads to wellness and start her own non-profit, Mission Zero, aimed at reducing suicide to zero in Georgia's children.

Carol Coussons de Reyes is a certified peer supporter and specialist in the State of Georgia. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in psychology. Carol has worked as a peer, consumer researcher, university adjunct faculty, and staff psychologists. Most notably, she was the Director of Consumer Relations and Recovery for the State of Georgia in the Department of Mental Health. Later, she served as the Director of Consumer Affairs for the State of Nebraska.
Currently, she works for the Georgia Crisis and Access Line as a peer support services administrator. She is also the President of Mission Zero, when is a new non-profit working to reduce suicide to zero in Georgia. She is a member of the National Survivor Network of Human Trafficking Survivors and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network in Georgia. She has directed several short educational films on recovery and peers support and written wellness curriculum. Frequently, she speaks at conferences leading workshops on different topics, like Healing Trauma through Art, the Contagion of Hope, or Relational Health. Annually, Mission Zero leads a fun summer camp to hone the story of hope in kids.

Carol's son Gabriel is a Taekwondo enthusiast, Harry Potter fan, gamer, and public speaker himself.

March 21, 2019 09:02 AM PDT

Mechanics of Spanish by Robert Kapernick and Thelma Witt Gonzalez
This work is an analysis of the structure of the Spanish language.

The Appendix presents words and word groups that are used in the Spanish language.
The Mechanics of Spanish then illustrates how these words are used to form sentences.

Examples begin with basic sentences and then continue by adding new elements to demonstrate more advanced sentence constructions.

About the Author
Robert Kapernick was responsible for system engineering at a major government laboratory before retiring. System engineering is a discipline that uses top-down functional analyses to define system interfaces.

Robert studied Spanish in Mexico and Guatemala, and then applied the discipline of system engineering to the Spanish language. This book is a result of that analysis.

Thelma Witt González was educated in Mexico where she worked as a reporter and an editor in a major newspaper in Guadalajara.

She was a professor and a director at the University Autónoma of Guadalajara before coming to this country, where she is licensed to teach Spanish at the secondary level.

Thelma ensured consistency of the Spanish examples used in the book with current practice in Latin America.

March 21, 2019 08:58 AM PDT

Stopping America's Violence Epidemic: How the Church Can Save America by Jim Gardner PH.D

There is an epidemic of violence in our country today and every time another mass shooting occurs, the media and politicians erupt into another volatile debate over the causes and the solution. Stopping America's Violence Epidemic provides an analysis of the underlying causes of this violence, as well as a solution to it. Based upon his forty years of experience as a mental health professional author Jim Gardner, Ph.D. argues that the basic underlying cause of violence is anger, which is often aggravated by painful feelings of grief. He cites research to show that mental health professionals do not know how to help people overcome feelings of grief or anger, and he presents a highly effective faith-based way for resolving feelings of anger and grief that he has used for the last seventeen years.

The government, politicians, and the media will never be able to stop the violence epidemic in our country, but with this faith-based solution the Christian church can. When churches learn how to help people effectively overcome their anger and grief and begin teaching this in their church and communities, it will lead to radical changes in them and in our society. The Christian church must lead the way to show the world how to use this powerful prayer-based way to release its anger and forgive, and how to resolve its grief in order to stop the violence epidemic.

Jim Gardner, Ph.D. has been a mental health professional for over forty years, and has worked with violent individuals in mental health centers, substance abuse programs, prisons, and in private practice. After using traditional counseling approaches for twenty-five years he found that they were ineffective in helping client overcome feelings of grief, anger, and shame. Then he learned a simple, powerful way to help them resolve these feelings through prayer. For seventeen years he has witnessed hundreds of people be set free from anger, grief, shame, addiction and depression using this faith-based approach. In Stopping America's Violence Epidemic, Dr. Gardner hopes to equip churches to teach their communities how to be set free from the underlying emotions of anger and grief that lead to violence.

March 21, 2019 08:54 AM PDT

Angel Virus: A Novella Trilogy by Joshua Squire
Up until the day the Angel Virus appeared, people of the world thought they knew the meaning of true terror. After all, they'd seen thousands of years of war, starvation, illness, and other forms of tragedy. Yet, the emergence of the Angel Virus brought about a deeper level of sorrow and a fiercer degree of trauma than any living person had dreamed existed. On the day the Virus came, all over the world, children suddenly began to die. The virus inflicted great grief on humanity, but humanity would not have time to mourn. A war between good and evil was soon to heat up. The Angel Virus is only the beginning of a battle that carries much more than earthly implications. This is a divine confrontation in a world buckled by despair, where the laughter of children has been silenced forever.


March 20, 2019 08:14 AM PDT

Atlanta. 1979. Twenty-Nine African-American Children Are
Kidnapped and Murdered. The Case is Never Solved.

“The Atlanta Child Murders” on
Investigation Discovery Revisits an
Emotional Chapter of National History

Ric Speaks with Popular Atlanta Radio Personality Frank Ski
Who Interviewed the Only Suspect. Hear His
Personal Theories on the Case

The Atlanta Child Murders
Saturday, March 23,
at 10pm, 9pm CT,
only on
Investigation Discovery

In 1979, Atlanta is turning towards an era of peaceful prosperity following the wounds of segregation and the Civil Rights Movement conflict -- but the city is jolted when two 14-year-old boys go missing and their remains are found a few days later, with one boy shot and the other strangled. The incident begins a horrifying 23 months with a total of 29 African-American children being stolen from their families and killed. Multiple suspicions lead nowhere and decades later, no person has been tried for these murders.

In 1981 police narrow their sights on 23-year-old Wayne Williams, a black man suspected of killing two adults in the Atlanta area. After the longest trial in Georgia’s history, Williams was convicted of the adult murders and sentenced to two consecutive life terms but he was never tried for the murders of the children. The public jumped to place him as the culprit, but was he a scapegoat? Investigation Discovery’s new three-hour special The Atlanta Child Murdersexplores whether Wayne Williams was truly responsible for these crimes or if something far more sinister was at play in the heart of the South.

Often called “the Voice of Atlanta,” radio host Frank Ski is featured prominently in The Atlanta Child Murders. During his imprisonment, Wayne Williams reached out to Frank to be interviewed – and the interview that followed sparked controversy throughout Atlanta among those who thought Wayne was responsible for the crimes and others who questioned his guilt. Frank can discuss his experience interviewing Wayne Williams and his personal theories on the Atlanta Child Murders.
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