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April 23, 2019 09:32 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.

April 23, 2019 09:22 AM PDT

100 Years of Deception: A Blueprint for the Destruction of a Nation by Alan R. Adaschik
The citizens of the United States have been played for fools for the past 100 years. Very few of us know what is behind events which have shaped our world. 100 Years of Deception, is one citizen’s attempt to shed light on the truth and inform people about what is behind the events we see happening today. The book starts out by demonstrating that passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, constituted an overthrow of our government. Since then, the conspirators complicit in this tragedy have pulled the strings that make us dance and controlled our Nation’s media to keep us ignorant and compliant. Eventually, these conspirators infiltrated and gained control of the key institutions of our society. Through undue influence and propaganda, they have shaped how Americans think and view the world, which has left us hopelessly brainwashed. This book not only demonstrates that our government has been overthrown, it also provides an accounting of the catastrophic consequences the world has suffered because of these criminal conspirators. It also offers proposals for rectifying our deplorable state of affairs. As Americans we have a responsibility to seek and know the truth. Once accomplished, we will have the tools to put an end to the 100 years of deception which has shaped the world within which we live.

Alan Adaschik was raised in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, he became an engineering student at the University of Michigan in its Naval ROTC program. Subsequently, Al qualified for Navy flight training and received his wings as a jet Fighter Pilot in 1966. After completing his military obligation, he went back to school and earned an MBA in Finance from Long Island University. Al have worked as a Flight Test Conductor for the Grumman Aerospace Corporation, a Financial Analyst for the Singer Company, a Senior Financial Analyst for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, and is a retired Financial Administrator from the City of Fort Lauderdale. In addition to writing 100 Years of Deception, Al is also the author of While We Sleep—A Story of Government Without Law and An Alaskan Adventure—A Travelogue and Environmental Treatise.

April 23, 2019 09:07 AM PDT

New Evidence and Never-Before-Seen Footage Reveal
A New Theory in Oxygen’s Two Night Special Event:

The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell

Ric Talks with Susan’s Mother, Judy Cox, and Investigative Journalist
Stephanie Bauer, about the New Series.

It was one of the most widely reported and puzzling stories, the tragic case of Susan Cox Powell. The young mom that went missing dominated headlines nearly a decade ago. Oxygen goes in-depth on her story in a compelling two night event, airing Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, with The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.

In this ground-breaking four-hour series, the definitive story of Susan’s devastating final years are revealed – unveiling alarming new developments, scandalous never-before-seen videos and rare interviews with family members offering a closer than ever look at one of the most shocking cases in recent memory.

Susan Powell was just 28 years-old when she vanished from her suburban home in West Valley City, Utah in 2009. Upon her disappearance, Susan’s husband Josh Powell gave the police a strange alibi – claiming that after his wife went to bed, he took their sons Charlie, 4, and Braden, 2, on a spontaneous camping trip during a violent, winter blizzard.

More than two years later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable happened: Josh Powell took his own life and that of his two sons. The special follows investigative journalist Stephanie Bauer as she dissects Josh and Susan’s marriage, taking a stark look at the topic of domestic violence and emotional abuse while revealing a complex Powell family dynamic – from the onset of her relationship with Josh, Susan became the object of desire for Josh’s father, Steven Powell. The special unearths boxes of lurid videotapes shot by Steven Powell, vividly divulging an astonishing sexual obsession with his daughter-in-law. Ultimately, The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell unveils a shocking new theory that may explain why Susan disappeared.
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April 23, 2019 09:02 AM PDT

Get Ready for
Games People Play

The Sexy New Series Based on a
Best-Selling Book is Coming to BET! Premiering Tuesday April 23rd at 10pm ET/PT

Ric Talks with Star Jackie Long
(Kevin Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood)
About this Sizzling New Series.

Games People Play is based on the popular book by Angela Burt-Murray, “Games Divas Play.” The new series is a sexy, stylized drama about the L.A. high life, where everyone plays to win. A desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career, and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star all discover that it’s murder trying to stay on top.

The series stars Sarunas J. Jackson as Marcus King, an all-star baller who was able to prepare himself for all aspects of life as a professional athlete, except for one thing -- the women. His inability to resist temptation causes what may be irreparable damage to his marriage to Vanessa. Jackie Long plays Kareem Johnson, Marcus’ best friend and assistant, who is a former college basketball standout once destined for fame and fortune. Frustrated by living on the sidelines, he’s willing to risk everything for a shot at the life that should have been his.

Jackie rose to prominence with a lead role in the hit film ATL. Since then, he has been a fan favorite on multiple BET series including Real Husbands of Hollywoodopposite Kevin Hart, According to Him + Her with Tiffany Haddish, Let’s Stay Together, and the hugely successful BET miniseries The New Edition Story. On the film front, Jackie stars in this year’s Bodied produced by Eminem and also co-starring Charlamagne Tha God. He can also be seen in the dramatic film Never Heard also starring Robin Givens, Romeo Miller and Master P.
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April 18, 2019 11:24 AM PDT

Raising Children to be Vibrantly Healthy
12 Simple Tips that WORK

with Susan Smith Jones, MS, PhD

Raising healthy children can be a very daunting and challenging task in this day and age with so many activities, poor food choices, sitting too long in front of the computer or smart phone, peer pressure from friends and much more. Our guest today, Dr. Susan Smith Jones, has worked with parents and children for decades and will offer her very best tips on how to raise healthy children – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
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April 18, 2019 08:54 AM PDT


Born in 1957, the author experienced several sleep-time visits to other worlds as a child, and witnessed countless alien craft. These visions continue to date, in both wake and sleep states. He studied concert piano starting at age three, but changed his calling to science following his visionary experiences. This book is the culmination of these experiences, shared with the world for the first time. The author spent 40 years studying science, religion, and the Science of Life presented by Dr. Ernest L. Norman, validating his visions starting on July 13, 1973. Author proceeded to confirm his sightings and experiences with other established sources such as George Adamski, and personally met Brothers from other worlds that helped instruct him over the years. This book series is the result of such visionary and confirmation efforts, written in novel form.

April 18, 2019 08:51 AM PDT

by Kristy Kaye

Children raised with awareness and energy enlightenment are amazing individuals. They have a superior comprehension of life, business, and energy even at a young age, and they quickly learn how to create innovative, successful outcomes. They mature early, and their grasp of life and what it offers them is breathtaking. The key to opening the door to illumination in childrearing is to understand your own childhood.

In Raising Children Soul to Soul, Kristy Kaye offers an open-ended invitation to rediscover childhood memories and explore its wisdom. It interprets your first seven years as a vital chapter in this your lifetime. It also explains the spiritual context of how your first cycle from birth to seven years forms the basis for all future programming, including parenting.

Kristy Kaye is an author, spiritual life coach, counselor, writer, and instructor of spiritual courses for beginning to advanced states of consciousness. She has been on this journey for more than thirty years and has been guided to author numerous interactive healing profiles creating paradigm shifts in people’s lives. She has extensive experience in training, writing and presenting courses as a spiritual medium.

April 18, 2019 08:47 AM PDT

Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
By: Dr. Frank L. Douglas

From growing up in poverty to developing drugs that fight diabetes, seizures, and cancer, Dr. Frank L. Douglas has lived a life based on values, hard work, and self-control. Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream is a reflection on the events and people that made him into the man he is.

In 1963, the year of the murder of Medgar Evers, Civil Rights marches, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, twenty-year-old Douglas arrived in the United States. A Fulbright scholar from British Guiana, Douglas studied engineering at Lehigh University, received his Ph.D. and M.D. from Cornell University, and did his Residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins. A curious and motivated young man from a colonial country struggling for independence, Douglas was shocked by the racism he received from white Americans and the cultural prejudice he received from black Americans. Struggling with his faith and identity, Douglas decided to control his own future through grit, hard work, and the road less travelled.

Intimate and honest, incisive and searching, Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream is a memoir of self-determination and blazing your own path in a narrow-minded world.

About the Author

Dr. Frank L. Douglas grew up in British Guiana with his mother and four siblings. His love of education earned him a Fulbright Scholarship and he came to America during the turbulent years of the 1960s. He worked at Ciba Geigy and Aventis, and was involved in pharmaceutical research for drugs that treat tuberculosis, arthritis, diabetes, seizures, cancer, and pulmonary embolism, among others.

Douglas has received the Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development Director of the Year Award in 2001 and 2004; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 2002; the Black History Maker Award in 2007; the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and GQ Magazine Rock Star of Science in 2010; and the Caribbean Heritage Award for Entrepreneurship in 2011

Douglas wrote Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream in honor of all who helped him on his journey.

April 18, 2019 08:43 AM PDT


Where Have You Gone, Billy Mayfair? is a story of adventure and self-discovery set in the time of the Civil War and vigilante violence. Sixteenyear-old Billy Mayfair, kicked out of his home in Illinois by his father, sets out to find a fortune in gold in a remote mining camp in what would become the Montana Territory. While in St. Louis, he loses his money and virginity, gets in a fight and lands in jail. But he manages to save enough working in a Union hospital caring for Civil War casualties to book passage on a steamer headed 2,000 miles north to Fort Benton. Panning for gold and living in the wild hard-drinking town of Bannack, he becomes a friend of the sheriff , who will become known in the official record as the most notorious outlaw in Montana history. There, Billy witnesses the deadliest outbreak of vigilante violence in U.S. history: twenty-one men are hanged in less thana month's time. What makes this story unique is that it gives voice to the victims as well as the victors of this actual event.

About the author
Born in Omaha, NE, grew up in northwest Montana in small town called Polson. Finished college at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Director of Public Affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City. Professor of Writing at City College of New York. Editor of a health magazine called "Healthlink". Free lance writer. Wrote a play based on Albert Camus novel that was presented in Santa Fe, NM. Worked as a Capitol cop in Washington DC as well as other odd jobs.

April 18, 2019 08:39 AM PDT

Advancing in Enlightenment: The Crash Course contains forty-four years of metaphysical study of the most profound channeled teachings from five of America's teachers with the highest integrity. With seven simple chapters, this book combines the wisdom of the ages to master the physical reality that surrounds you to personally improve your life. Spiritual knowledge allows one to manifest the life of one's dreams in balance with inner peace while projecting that peaceful state out to the rest of world.

Gail Marie Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 16, 1955. She lived in Northlake from age 8 until her first marriage at age 18. She began her spiritual journey in 1970 at the age of 14 when her oldest sister Madeline gave her a copy of the book by Jane Roberts, titled The Seth Material, A Seth Book. She continued her study of channeled messages from many sources over four decades until finally collecting them all in her book Advancing in Enlightenment: The Crash Course. She then went on to receive both the basic and advanced certifications in The Universal Law of Attraction from the Global Sciences Foundation. She has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly. She will be part of the 2019 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and her book will be displayed at the fair on April 13-14, 2019. This is her third radio interview.

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