Rev. James interviews Baptist Preacher and stand-up Comic Rev. Susan Sparks.“I was a funny little kid who wanted to be a preacher . . . and the world and the church tried to beat it out of me. So my whole life story has been reclaiming it and fighting back. And that’s really everybody’s life story. You have this little glimmer of who you are truly in your heart and the world tries to take it away. You fight back or you don’t or you find a happy medium.” -Rev. Susan SparksTo find out more about Rev. Susan Sparks visit her website at: http://susansparks.com/Please consider supporting the show by becoming a patron at patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GodWantsYoutoLaugh
Ep. 11 Rev. Susan Susan Sparks Shares her approach to riding Safely.
Reverend Sparks has been riding a Harley for years and is a former trial attorney and is a stand-up comedian and is a Senior Pastor at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. Susan has authored two books about spirituality and stand up comedy and she's been featured on Oprah, in the New York Times and on ABC, CNN, and CBS. She's also presided over the annual blessing of the Motorcycles in New York and worked with Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta. Talk about a broad and diverse background! Listen to Rev. Sparks share her approach to safe riding and finding peace on her Harley!
'Susan Sparks', Pastor of The Madison Ave Baptist Church in NYC Virtual Easter Morning Sermon? “Stop In The Name of Love”
The Debbie Nigro Show
Susan Sparks... is the motorcycle riding Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She will be live streaming her sermon on Sunday at 11am EST. Susan, an ex-lawyer, turned standup comedian and Baptist Minister, is America's only female comedian with a pulpit. She's also an author, cancer survivor, and nationally known speaker, blogger, preacher, and media commentator. Featured in O Magazine, New York Times, on CBS, CNN and ABC, Susan is also a nationally known motivational speaker with clients such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the World Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society and the Chautauqua Institution. Susan's new book Miracle on 31st Street will be out soon. You Can Tune In Easter Sunday To Susan Live Stream Sermon From Madison Avenue Baptist Church in NYC #EasterMessage #StopInTheNameOfLove #BrianHolland #SusanSparks #HDH #MadisonAveBaptistChurchNYC With Warmth, Debbie Nigro 914-469-7598 DebbieNigro.com Facebook: The Debbie Nigro Show Instagram: @therealdebbienigro Twiter: @DebbieNigro LinkedIn: Debbie Nigro
About the Author
Susan Sparks is a SODA, a Survivor Of Domestic Abuse; and a classic example of the fact that
domestic violence and abuse is not limited by neighborhood or financial standing. She has
formed the SODA Fund, a charity dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Susan is here today to tell a piece of her story and provide our listeners with a few tips for dealing
with domestic violence and abuse; because home should be a safe place for everyone.
Susan now counsels others to help them get out of dangerous situations. But for two decades,
Susan was a reporter and later a high-powered executive, and a mom; and at home, a
continuous victim of domestic abuse, who just thought that she was in a bad relationship. Six
years ago, Susan gathered the courage to break free from her abusive situation, sustaining both
physical injury and emotional scars that will last a lifetime.
About the Book
SPARKS IN LOVE is a survivor’s story that takes you behind closed doors and shows what
happens when you fall in love with the wrong person and ignore the warning signs.
Highlighting the signs of domestic abuse with stories from her own life, Sparks takes the
reader on a journey designed to expose both the subtle and overt aspects of abuse.
A cautionary tale to those entering relationships, as well as reassurance to those still
enmeshed in abusive relationships, the message is clear: there are safe ways out and life
after abuse. Each victim has the right to become a SODA™, a Survivor Of Domestic Abuse.
Eminently readable, poignant and informative, compelling and horrifying, SPARKS IN LOVE
is an inspirational telling of one woman’s story that becomes everywoman’s story; because
one in four women who become victims of domestic abuse. Sparks In Love is available at
Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
A trial lawyer, a pastor, and and a comedian walk into a bar…. That may sound like a great set up for a joke but it’s what actually happens when our guest, Susan Sparks, goes out on Saturday night ALL AT ONCE! She’s been (or is) all of those things all wrapped up into one FABULOUS, FUNNY, AND FORTHCOMING person (okay, the last was just me needing another “F” word that wouldn’t make my mother blush). Sit back and enjoy this interview with a person that is out there making a difference one laugh at a time! More on Susan (in her own words)...Hi y’all, I’m Susan Sparks—a trial lawyer turned preacher, comedian, speaker, author, and Harley-riding cowboy boot addict. I help people regain their grit and reclaim their joy. We all know life has curves.Things we never expect.Things that throw us into the wind or down to the ground. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve lived through a divorce, survived cancer, lost both parents, traveled solo around the world for two years and left a ten-year law practice to create a career as an ordained minister and a standup comedian. I know a bit about curves. Here’s what I’ve learned: Bends in the road are inevitable. But they are also where life takes flight. They are the places where we have the opportunity to face down our fears, accelerate through and become something more. After significant gambles and spectacular falls, I’ve learned to lean into the curves. Now thousands take inspiration and hope from the laughter and wisdom I lead with. Join me every week as I share The Shiny Side Up – my weekly journal pages where you’ll get infectious inspiration that will lift you up, make you smile and leave you stronger! Sign Up for The Shiny Side Up Want to take a walk on the wilder side? Tune in to my motorcycle YouTube broadcast: “Rev It Up!” where you’ll to lean into the curves and live full power. You can also connect with me live stream through my sermons via Madison Avenue Baptist Church, and live in person via my keynotes, comedy shows and workshops. Hey, we’re all on the same road. Why not face the curves and accelerate out together!You can get EVEN MORE on Susan on her website: www.susansparks.com
Morning Moments With Maia; Rev. Susan Sparks on Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
Morning Moments With Maia
Maia Aziz P.S.W., C.L.Y.L., writes and speaks on living a life of love and laughter. President-Elect of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, Maia is joined each week on Morning Moments With Maia...Conversations of Love and Laughter by an eclectic lineup of guests who live their lives with love and laughter and work to help others do the same.www.withloveandlaughter.ca Currently, the Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City,Susan is also a professional comedian. She tours nationally with Rabbi Bob Alper and Muslim Comedian Azhar Usman in the Laugh in Peace Tour and has been featured in O Magazine, the New York Times, on CBS, CNN and ABC. A blogger for Good Morning America, Huffington Post, Psychology Today and Day 1, Susan's book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor was named one of the best spiritual books of 2010. Today, in recognition of the new year, Susan joins Maia for a conversation about fresh starts and new beginnings.www.susansparks.com