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By Faith with Christine Hoover

In whatever we’re doing—working, parenting, serving, suffering—it can be difficult sometimes to see through the fog of the circumstances of life and to know with confidence that God is there, that He’s working in us, and that He’s working through us. How do we live this life by faith? In "By Faith," author and blogger Christine Hoover asks this big picture question by getting into the details and daily lives of her guests: men and women who are walking forward by faith.

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Kelly Needham on Healthy (and Unhealthy) Friendship

Christine sits down with Kelly Needham to discuss how we define friendship and why that matters so much. Kelly not only gives warning signs that we have an unhealthy understanding of friendship, but she offers a biblical perspective and practical ways we can practice biblical friendship. LINKS FROM THE SHOW Kelly's Desiring God Articles True Friends Are Hard to Find // A New Kind of Couple: When Best Friends Become Romantic // More Than BFFs: When Friendship Goes too Far Connect with Kelly Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Order Your Copy of Messy Beautiful Friendship Paperback // Audiobook // Ebook Download your free Messy Beautiful Friendship group discussion guide Learn how you can support Christine's work Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // Spotify

43mins

4 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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Rachel Welcher on Unwanted Divorce and the Promises of God.

Rachel Welcher shares with Christine about her first marriage ending in divorce, what she'd want the Church to know about divorce, and what promises of God have carried her through her darkest hours. Links from the Show Rachel's book of poetry, Blue Tarp // Rachel's TGC articles Order Your Copy of Christine's Newest Book, Searching For Spring  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Download the Discussion Guide for Searching for Spring Learn how you can support Christine's work Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play Connect with Rachel Blog // Instagram // Twitter Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books

47mins

15 May 2018

Rank #2

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Jen Wilkin on Mistakes We Make in Friendship

Jen Wilkin joins Christine on By Faith to share how friendship has been hard for her, how we must all be intentional in our relationships, and how she often sees women hindering their own friendships from growing deeper.LINKS FROM THE SHOWGenesis Study // In His Image // Jen's other books and Bible studies // Jen's free Bible studiesConnect with JenWebsite // Twitter // InstagramConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Order Your Copy of Messy Beautiful FriendshipPaperback // Audiobook // EbookDownload your free Messy Beautiful Friendship group discussion guideLearn how you can support Christine's work on PatreonSubscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // Spotify

33mins

23 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Sara Hagerty on Discouragement in Parenting

Christine talks with author Sara Hagerty about infertility, how infertility taught her to turn toward God rather than away, and how those lessons are helping her now take the long view in parenting her six children. Links from the show Sara's blog: Sarahagerty.net // Every Thing Bitter is Sweet // Unseen Preorder Searching For Spring  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Redeem Searching For Spring Preorder Gifts Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play Connect with Sara Blog // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

40mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #4

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Andrea Burke on What Repentance Looks Like After Committing Adultery

Christine talks with Andrea Burke, who shares her story of faith that began with a distorted understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. As she puts it, her inside didn’t match her outside. Eventually, she fell head long into an extramarital affair with a married man. Despite the loving persistence of her family, friends, and her church, she refused to listen and eventually married this man. In our conversation, Andrea shares what broke her, what helped her finally understand God’s grace, how church discipline worked in her life, and what repentance has looked like. She also answers the question we often wonder about, “How do I forgive myself for what I’ve done?” LINKS FROM THE SHOWAndrea and Lore Wilbert's Good Enough Podcast // Colossians 2: 20-23 Sign up for Christine's monthly newsletterSponsorsFind out more about the new book, Repeat the Sounding Joy, at thegoodbook.com. Find out more about Labor With Hope by Gloria Furman at crossway.org/ByFaith2.Connect with AndreaWebsite // Instagram // PodcastConnect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyLeave a Review of By Faith on iTunesMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

59mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Six Anchoring Truths for Ministry

Welcome to a special mini-season designed specifically for women in ministry! In today's episode, I share some foundational truths that have challenged, convicted, settled, and sustained me in my own ministry. They’ve become truths I repeat back to myself and often share with other women in ministry. May they help and encourage you! LINKS FROM THE SHOW Answer This Episode's Closing Question on Instagram Christine's Ministry-Related Books The Church Planting Wife // Partners in Ministry // Partners in Planting Articles Related to Today's Episode Confidence in Your Calling Pastor's Wife, Don't Just Give to the Church God Sees You The Gift of Being Limited What To Do When You're Doing It All Learn how you can support Christine's work Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // Spotify Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books

42mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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Ana Hoeksema on Infidelity

Christine talks with her longtime friend Ana Hoeksema about the day when Ana's husband confessed his unfaithfulness in their marriage. Listen as Ana tells Christine about the process of forgiveness and redemption she and her husband have experienced in the years since. Links from the show: Covenant Eyes Preorder Searching For Spring: Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Redeem Searching For Spring Preorder GiftsSubscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast: iTunes // Stitcher // Google PlayConnect with Christine: Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

41mins

20 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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Shaun Groves on Battling Depression

Christine talks with musician and speaker Shaun Groves about his work fighting poverty and his personal battle with debilitating depression. Listen as he shares how he fights cynicism and how he's come to see the gift in depression. Links from the show Compassion International // Shaun's music // See our prom picture Order Your Copy of Searching For Spring  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play Connect with Shaun Website // Twitter // Instagram Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

55mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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Becket Cook: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption

Christine talks with Becket Cook, author of the new book, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption. Becket lives in Los Angeles and has worked in Hollywood and in the fashion industry as a set designer for many years. In and out of same sex relationships during that time, he finally reached a point at a party during Paris Fashion Week about 10 years ago where he realized that he felt completely empty. He began searching for the meaning of life, but really God was searching for him. Becket shares his story in today's episode.LINKS FROM THE SHOWBecket's book, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption // Romans 7 // The Madness of Crowds // Hebrews 11Preorder Christine's new book, With All Your HeartSign up for Christine's monthly newsletterConnect with Becket Website // Facebook // Youtube // Twitter // Instagram Connect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyLeave a Review of By Faith on iTunesMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

55mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Lore Ferguson Wilbert on Loneliness and Friendship

Christine asks writer Lore Wilbert about the effects of moving and transition on relationships. Lore shares what she's bad at in friendship, how she purposes to be honest when someone asks her how she's doing, how getting married changed her friendships, why making couple friends is so difficult, and how God hasn't ever wasted loneliness in her life.LINKS FROM THE SHOWLore's Website // My conversation with Lore on SinglenessConnect with LoreWebsite // Twitter // InstagramConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Order Your Copy of Messy Beautiful FriendshipPaperback // Audiobook // EbookDownload your free Messy Beautiful Friendship group discussion guideLearn how you can support Christine's work on PatreonSubscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // Spotify

36mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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Jamee Brick on Alcohol Dependence

Jamee Brick shares with Christine about the moment she realized she had a problem with alcohol, how God has acted in her life since she confessed and repented of her dependence upon alcohol, and how friendship and community has been an important component in her growth. Links from the show Celebrate Recovery Order Your Copy of Christine's New Book, Searching For Spring  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Download the Discussion Guide for Searching for Spring Learn how you can support Christine's work Register for the Enjoy the Word online conference. Christine's speaking! Submit a question for the upcoming "Ask Me Anything" episode Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books

38mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Amie Patrick on How an Unhealthy Pace and Emotional Life in Church Planting Led to Implosion

Christine talks with Amie Patrick, wife of Darrin and mom of four. Darrin and Amie planted The Journey in St. Louis in 2002 and the church exploded in growth almost immediately. Darrin and Amie set off on a frenetic pace, which you’ll hear about in our conversation today. However, In 2016, Amie’s world fell apart when her husband was confronted about an emotional affair and the elders of the church fired Darrin from his role as Lead Pastor. Amie shares in our conversation today about what happened, what patterns she’d warn us all about, and why the lack of emotional health was such a key component of not only their life’s implosion but how their increasing emotional health has been so important in their current rebuilding.LINKS FROM THE SHOWAmie's TGC Body Image Talk // Seacoast Church // The Journey Church // The Church Planting Wife book // Strong and Weak by Andy Crouch // Crosspoint Ministry // The Relational Soul book // James 1Preorder Christine's new book, With All Your HeartShelve Christine's new book on GoodreadsSign up for Christine's monthly newsletterConnect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyLeave a Review of By Faith on iTunesMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

48mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Trillia Newbell on Fears that Hold Us Back

Christine chats with author and speaker Trillia Newbell about fears that keep us from stepping out and using our gifts to serve: fear of failure, fear of drawing attention to ourselves, and the fear of what others will think. Trillia offers both big gospel truths and practical, everyday ways we can respond when we sense fear rising up within.  LINKS FROM THE SHOWThe ERLC // Trillia's Bible study on Romans 8, If God is For Us // Trillia's book, Fear and Faith // The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness // Proverbs 29:25 // 1 Peter 3:6 // Just Do SomethingSubmit a question for the Ask Me Anything episode with Christine and KyleThank you to The Good Book Company for sponsoring today's episode! Find Lauren Chandler's children's book, Goodbye to Goodbyes, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook.com. Visit thegoodbook.com for more information.Connect with Trillia Website // Twitter // Facebook // InstagramConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

39mins

14 May 2019

Rank #13

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Bonus Episode: Let Me Share With You What I've Learned About Friendship

Listen to the first three chapters of Christine's book, Messy Beautiful Friendship, for free!Purchase the full audiobook from this episode's generous sponsor, Christian Audio, for only $9.99 from January 1-8, 2019.

40mins

1 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Christine & Kyle Hoover on Beauty in Pain

Christine's husband Kyle turns the tables on her and asks her about what it means to "search for spring," why she wrote her new book, what her own winter seasons have been in her life, and how she is learning to walk forward by faith. Links from the show N.D. Wilson's Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl // Frederick Buechner's books // Sensing Jesus // Christine's go-to verses are Hebrews 6:10, Hebrews 12, and 1 Corinthians 15:58 Order Your Copy of Searching For Spring  Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Target // Christianbook.com // Books-a-Million // Baker Books Register for the Enjoy the Word Conference Subscribe to the "By Faith" Podcast iTunes // Stitcher // Google Play Connect with Christine Blog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

51mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Russell Moore on Endurance and Perseverance in Service

Christine talks with Dr. Russell Moore about what the gift of prophecy is, how we see it in the church today, and how we can endure in our service to others when we're discouraged, weary, or facing criticism. LINKS FROM THE SHOWEthics and Religious Liberty Commission // The Storm Tossed Family // The Dip by Seth Godin // Dr. Moore's other booksThank you to The Good Book Company for sponsoring today's episode! Find Melissa Kruger's new book, 5 Things to Pray For Your Kids, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook.com. Visit thegoodbook.com for more information.Connect with Dr. MooreTwitter // Instagram // Website // FacebookConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

1hr 1min

26 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Jared Wilson on Knowing Our Gifts and Serving in the Spirit's Power

Christine chats with author Jared Wilson about what spiritual gifts are, how we should think about them, and why the church is so important in helping us know how we're gifted. Jared shares how we can avoid a self-focus when it comes to how God's created us to serve him and how we can know if we're serving in the Spirit's strength rather than our own. In addition, Jared and Christine talk about when Jared left the pastorate, how he knew it was time to make a change, and how times of transition can often reveal the idolatry we place in our identity.LINKS FROM THE SHOWMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary // Jared's new book, The Gospel-Driven Church // The Imperfect Disciple // The Pastor's Justification // Spiritual Gifts passages: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4 Thank you to Baker Books for sponsoring today's episode! Find Scott Kedersha's new book, Ready or Knot? on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook.com. Visit ScottKedersha.com/Ready for more information.Connect with JaredTwitter // Instagram // FacebookConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Learn how you can help make By Faith!Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

46mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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Lauren Weir on Serving Like Jesus

Christine talks with writer and counselor Lauren Weir about how true greatness means being a servant. Lauren shares how we can cultivate a servant's heart in imitation of Jesus, how service is an expression of affection for him, and how she finds renewal when her service becomes dry. LINKS FROM THE SHOWWords Worth Noting // Psalm 33 // SEBTS // Cru // 1 Corinthians 13 // Luke 18 // Isaiah 30 // Philippians 2 // Matthew 23Submit a question for the Ask Me Anything episode with Christine and KyleThank you to Baker Books for sponsoring today's episode! Find Scott Kedersha's new book, Ready or Knot?, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christianbook.com. Visit scottkedersha.com/ready for more information.Connect with LaurenWebsite // InstagramConnect with ChristineBlog // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

42mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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Sarah Mae on Forgiving When the Wound is Still Open

Christine talks with author Sarah Mae about her complicated upbringing, specifically about her relationship with her alcoholic mother. Many people ask Sarah how she knew whether or not she should stay in a relationship with her mom, how she got her own emotional junk together so she could stop unhealthy patterns and behaviors, and how she got to a place where the sadness and pain of her relationship with her mom no longer consumed her. Sarah addresses these difficult topics and shares about her new raw, truth-filled book called The Complicated Heart: Loving Even When It Hurts.Please note: this episode is not suitable for children's listening ears.LINKS FROM THE SHOWSarah's new book, The Complicated Heart // Core Lies // The Navigators Ministry // Young Life // Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend // Forgiven and Set Free // Psalm 40:3Sign up for Christine's monthly newsletterSponsorsFind out more about the new book, His Testimonies, My Heritage, at thegoodbook.com. Find out more about the new edition of Women in the Word by Jen Wilkin at crossway.org/ByFaith1,Connect with SarahSarah's books // Website // Instagram // TwitterConnect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Subscribe to the "By Faith" PodcastiTunes // Stitcher // Google Play // SpotifyLeave a Review of By Faith on iTunesMusic for By Faith created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith created by Reed Harmon

1hr 9mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Heather Creekmore on Body Image and Fighting Sinful Comparison

Christine talks with Heather Creekmore, author of "Compared to Who?" and the host of a podcast also called Compared to Who? Heather shares how she first began struggling with her body image and how she spent decades chasing that elusive number on the scale. She then shares what God showed her that changed everything in her life and specifically in her thought processes. Heather talks about how comparison and self-obsession were at the heart of her issues and how she still intentionally fights comparison today.LINKS FROM THE SHOWHeather's "Nailed It" episode // Heather's book, Compared to Who? // 1 Corinthians 4 // Heather's podcast, Compared to Who? EPISODE SPONSORS Find out more about the new book, The Garden, The Curtain, and The Cross, by Carl Laferton.Find out more about the new book, Eat, Sleep, Save the World by Jamie Sumner.CHRISTINE'S NEW BOOK Preorder Christine's new book, With All Your Heart. Reserve tickets to Christine's book launch on March 2 in Charlottesville! CONNECTConnect with HeatherWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Youtube Connect with ChristineWebsite // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter // Books Sign up for Christine's monthly newsletter By Faith is produced by Jesse WerzingerMusic for By Faith was created by The Silver PagesArtwork for By Faith was created by Reed Harmon

49mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #20