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Win Today with Christopher Cook

Self-help and life hacks help, but they will not turn the key to total life transformation that lasts. And creating a plan for sustainable transformation is what “Win Today” is all about. Each week on the podcast, we'll engage in thought-provoking conversations with world-renowned leaders, bestselling authors, and experts-in-field who will help you design your roadmap to wholeness from the inside out, so you will live at your best in your relationships, in your mental and emotional health, and in your personal and spiritual growth.

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328: [Formed.] Ruth Haley Barton on Silence and Solitude, Ordering Your True Desires, Why Sabbath Isn't a Day Off, and Why There Are No Emergencies with God

In today's conversation, Ruth Haley Barton is here to talk about silence and solitude, ordering your true desires, why the sabbath isn't simply a "day off," and why there are no emergencies with God. Ruth Haley Barton is the founder of the Transforming Center, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve. A sought-after teacher, retreat leader, and trained spiritual director, Ruth is the author of numerous books and articles on spiritual life. I hope you've enjoyed the spiritual formation series thus far. If you've missed an episode, go back and listen to episode 326 with Richard Foster and episode 327 with Jamie Winship. We've spent time talking about why we need to slow down, why humility is the preeminent virtue in life, why transformation requires surrender, and so much more. And as I said last week, if you want a visual recap of the series, follow me on Instagram @00ChrisCook. Every week, I post a visual carousel of key thoughts and quotes from each guest. Partner Spotlight: But first, before we head into today's featured conversation, today's episode is brought to you by LMNT. LMNT is an electrolyte drink mix with everything you need and nothing you don’t. It is the perfect combination of sodium, magnesium, and potassium, three things we all need for optimal health. So, I'd love for you to try it, too. Go to DrinkLMNT.com/WINTODAY to get a free sample pack with your purchase. Try it totally risk-free. They’ll give you your money back if you don't like the product, no questions asked. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Ruth, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 327: [Formed.] Jamie Winship on Why Spiritual Formation is a Filter, Why Transformation Requires Surrender, and The Questions God Asks 326: [Formed.] Richard Foster on Time-Tested Principles of Spiritual Formation, Why We Need to Slow Down, The Enemies of Noise and Hurry, and Why Humility is the Preeminent Virtue, and His 40-Year Friendship with Dallas Willard ++++++ Episode Links: Ruth's Website | Get Ruth's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

59mins

8 Feb 2023

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327: [Formed.] Jamie Winship on Why Spiritual Formation is a Filter, Why Transformation Requires Surrender, and Why Formation Is Not a Hobby

This week is week two of our "Formed" series. In today's conversation, Jamie Winship is back for a fresh discussion about why spiritual formation is a filter, why transformation requires our surrender, and the questions God asks us in our journeys to formation. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Richard, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 279: Jon Tyson on Dismantling “Project Self” and How to Transform a Generation 282: Jamie Winship on Getting Unstuck, The Lie of Being Alone, Radical Individualism, and Why Pain is Good ++++++ Episode Links: Jamie's Website | Instagram | Facebook | Get Jamie's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

1hr 10mins

1 Feb 2023

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326: [Formed.] Richard Foster on Time-Tested Principles of Spiritual Formation, Why We Need to Slow Down, The Enemies of Noise and Hurry, and Why Humility is the Preeminent Virtue, and His 40-Year Friendship with Dallas Willard

In today's conversation, we're stepping into our month-long series on spiritual formation. And joining us today is Richard Foster, author of the iconic book, Celebration of Discipline. We'll be talking with Richard and his colleague, Brenda Quinn, about his time-tested principles for spiritual formation, why we need to slow down in life, how to mitigate noise and hurry, and why humility is the preeminent virtue. I really hope you'll stay locked in for this entire series, because next week, Jamie Winship is back, followed by Ruth Haley Barton, Anthony Skinner, John Bevere, Chris Hodges, and more. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Richard, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 279: Jon Tyson on Dismantling “Project Self” and How to Transform a Generation 282: Jamie Winship on Getting Unstuck, The Lie of Being Alone, Radical Individualism, and Why Pain is Good ++++++ Episode Links: Richard's Website | Buy "Celebration of Discipline" on Amazon! | Buy Richard's newest book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

1hr 16mins

25 Jan 2023

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The "Formed." Series Starts THIS WEEK!

I’m really excited to tell you about a brand-new series coming to the podcast this week and running through the entire month of February. It’s called “Formed,” in which every episode will be focused on spiritual formation. Joining us for “Formed”: Richard Foster Jamie Winship Ruth Haley Barton John Bevere Anthony Skinner Chris Hodges …and more. Transformation is the singular focus of my work and my passion for you. Transformation in your spirit, soul, and body. Transformation that beats self-help all day long. So here’s what I want you to do: if you don’t yet follow the podcast, do so right now, wherever you listen to your podcasts. And then, share this trailer with one person right now. Just one person who you believe will be encouraged, challenged, and equipped by this new series to live a life marked by transformation and wholeness. I’m excited about what’s ahead here on Win Today, and I look forward to being with you this week as we begin a brand-new podcast series called "Formed" with a true hero, Richard Foster. I'll talk to you soon.

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23 Jan 2023

Rank #4

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325: Dr. Gabriella Kellerman on Why Resilience is Not a Quick Fix, Cognitive Agility, Anti-Fragility, The Power of Daydreaming, and Developing Post-Traumatic Growth

Today's conversation discusses why resilience is not a quick fix, how to develop cognitive agility, and anti-fragility, the power of daydreaming, and how to grow after trauma. Joining us is Dr. Gabriella Kellerman, our guest, who has served as chief product officer and chief innovation officer at BetterUp, founding CEO of LifeLink, and an advisor to healthcare, coaching, and behavior change technology companies. Trained in psychiatry and fMRI research, she holds an MD with honors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University. Her work has been published and featured in The Atlantic Online, Harvard Business Review, Inc., Forbes, and many more. Suffice it to say, her expertise in today's conversation is sure to add value to you. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Gabriella, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 319: Dr. Alison Cook on The Cocktail of Codependency, Learning Surrender, and the Dysfunction of Spiritual Bypassing 320: Dr. Casey Halpern on Understanding the Roots of OCD and Compulsive Behaviors and How They Relate to Anxiety and Trauma ++++++ Episode Links: Gabriella's Website | Twitter | Buy Gabriella's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

54mins

20 Jan 2023

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324: Katherine Morgan Schafler on What Perfectionism Really Is, Emotional Illiteracy, and How to Leverage Perfectionism for Your Good

This week, we're talking about perfectionism, losing control, emotional illiteracy, and what Wall Street, Google, and children have in common. Joining us is Katherine Morgan Schafler, a psychotherapist based in New York City, who regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, Forbes, ELLE, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, Bloomberg Businessweek, and In Style. Additionally, she was the on-site therapist at Google. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Katherine, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 319: Dr. Alison Cook on The Cocktail of Codependency, Learning Surrender, and the Dysfunction of Spiritual Bypassing 260: Self-Defeating Behavior, Living a Lie, and the Path to Inner Peace (feat. John Mark Comer) ++++++ Episode Links: Katherine's Website | Instagram | Buy Katherine's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

1hr 19mins

18 Jan 2023

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323: Eric Johnson on Walking through an Emotional Breakdown, The Danger of Avoiding Emotions, and Wrestling with the Deep Issues of the Soul

Eric Johnson joins us this week to talk about how he walked through his emotional breakdown in 2018. He'll also share about the danger of avoiding our emotions, and how to wrestle with the deep issues of the soul. Currently, Eric and his wife, Candace, are the senior leaders of Studio in Greenville, South Carolina, and previously, they served as the senior pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California. I believe Eric's wisdom will challenge and encourage you in your own walk today. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Eric, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 318: Tyler Staton on Where Prayer Becomes Real and Reviving Prayer in a Culture Where Everyone’s Just “Spiritual” 260: Self-Defeating Behavior, Living a Lie, and the Path to Inner Peace (feat. John Mark Comer) ++++++ Episode Links: Eric's Website | Instagram | Facebook Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift with your purchase here! Save 25% on the Abide Sleep and Pray Meditation app. Text WIN to 22433 ******

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11 Jan 2023

Rank #7

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322: Chris Palmer on Spiritual Formation, Trusting God in Mystery, Heresy Hunters, False Narratives, Why Word and Spirit Matters for Growth, and How to Study the Scriptures Effectively

This week, Chris Palmer, a New Testament Scholar who specializes in Greek studies, joins us to talk about spiritual formation, trusting God in mystery, why the marriage of Word and Spirit is so vital, and how to study the Scriptures effectively. I wanted to begin the new year by aiming our hearts toward spiritual growth, and I trust our conversation today will do that. Also of note, starting January 25 and continuing through February on the podcast, we're doing a series called "Formed," which is all on spiritual formation, featuring Richard Foster, Ruth Haley Barton, Jamie Winship, John Bevere, and more. Partner Spotlight: LMNT is an electrolyte drink mix with everything you need and nothing you don’t. It is the perfect combination of sodium, magnesium, and potassium, three things we all need for optimal health. So, I'd love for you to try it, too. Go to DrinkLMNT.com/WINTODAY to get a free gift with your purchase. Try it totally risk-free. If you don’t like it, they’ll give you your money back, no questions asked. Dive Deeper: If you enjoy this episode with Chris, I'm sure you'll also enjoy the following: 318: Tyler Staton on Where Prayer Becomes Real and Reviving Prayer in a Culture Where Everyone’s Just “Spiritual” 260: Self-Defeating Behavior, Living a Lie, and the Path to Inner Peace (feat. John Mark Comer) ++++++ Episode Links: Chris's Website | Instagram | Twitter | Buy Chris's newest book, on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partner: Get LMNT and a free gift here! ******

57mins

4 Jan 2023

Rank #8

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HOLIDAY ENCORE: Dharius Daniels on Emotional Intelligence, Living Outside Your Identity, and the Misguided Pursuit of "Your Best Self"

This week, author and pastor Dharius Daniels is here to talk about emotional intelligence and the misguided pursuit of "your best self." Dharius has been poking a box called “You do you. Be true to yourself. Speak your truth. Become your best self.” But as we look at culture that is embracing that message, despair, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation is rampant. We'll unpack the disconnect with Dharius today, along with a discussion about identity and significance. Dharius says, “God will not honor the direction of our lives when we are living outside of our unique identity.” In other words, God will not bless who we pretend to be. That's coming up in today's featured conversation. If you enjoy this episode with Dharius, I'm sure you'll also enjoy: 299: John Eldredge on Getting Underneath Burnout, Powerlessness, and How to Build Resilience 298: Jamie Winship on How Live Fearless in Your True Identity Episode Links: Dharius's Website | Instagram | Facebook | Buy Dharius's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the brand-new "Win the Week" email newsletter here. **** This week's show partners: Get LMNT and a free gift here! ******

1hr 8mins

28 Dec 2022

Rank #9

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HOLIDAY ENCORE: Jamie Winship on How Live Fearlessly in Your True Identity

This week on the podcast, our favorite guest (actually, our most popular guest of all time), Jamie Winship is back to talk about how to live fearlessly in your true identity. Of all the conversations we've had with Jamie, this one is the cornerstone. One of the main messages I want you to extrapolate from the conversation is understanding why we so easily lean toward behavior modification instead of heart transformation. If you enjoy this episode with Jamie, I'm sure you'll also enjoy: 221: The Soul of Shame and What Shame Does to You (feat. Curt Thompson, M.D.) 215: Why Future-Tripping is Depressing and Why Transformation Destroys Self-Improvement (feat. Paul Young, author of “The Shack”) Episode Links: Jamie's Website | Instagram | Facebook | Get Jamie's new book on Amazon! Subscribe to #WinTodayShow on YouTube. Join the conversation wherever hashtags are welcome using #WinTodayShow. Get the brand-new "Win the Week" email newsletter here. Connect with The Art of Leadership Network of podcasts here.

1hr 1min

21 Dec 2022

Rank #10