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Legendary coach and Jesus follower, Tony Dungy on a visit to ESPN asked producer Jason Romano  how he was sharing his faith at the sports network.  That question was a turn around moment for Jason as he recognized for the first time the importance of "Blooming where you are planted"  wherever that might be.  ESPN was fertile ground for him to bloom.  Living his faith in a secular world.   In this episode you'll hear the difficult story of growing up with an alcoholic father,  but also a God guided career story that led to a 17 year Emmy award winning career at ESPN.  Jason shares the details of his rewarding transition from network producer to media director of a powerful podcast and media company that connects sports with faith:  Sports Spectrum.Jason is a two time author.   His first book "Live to Forgive" is a powerful look inside the tough life of growing up with an alcoholic parent  with all of the struggles and challenges.His second book.:   The Uniform of Leadership:  Lessons on True Success from My ESPN LifeYou can find his podcast, wherever you normally get your podcasts and check out about the great work at the website Sports SpectrumYou can hear and see of the Amazing Greats podcasts on our website.
This conversation is jammed with inspiration and wisdom from athlete, broadcaster and Jesus follower, Brock Huard.  In the next few minutes you'll hear about the power of community in the form of small groups of like-minded believers including some of the important ingredients for building powerful connections. Brock shares how he has successfully integrated his faith with the fast paced world of professional sports and broadcasting.  In his crazy busy world at Fox Sports (and more) he prioritizes time with his wife,  family, small group and his work with Compassion International and his faith based podcast "Above and Beyond"  (where faith and sports intersect).  You'll hear Brock's powerful message:   Listen and watch for the leading of the Holy Spirit  and seize the opportunity to walk through the doors that are opened for you. Oh yea.  and the power of the bubble bath.  
He was the first shortstop drafted for the all new Mariners team in 1977...and played for the American League All Star team that year. You'll hear his story about the challenging time in Seattle when he was ready to give it all up.  Craig Reynolds started his love of baseball as a kid, and was drafted right out of high school.He was born into a Christian home and has spent a life time doing his best to live out  his Christian values during his 14 years in major league baseball and then well beyond as a teaching pastor at one of Houston's largest churches.  Pastor Craig shares how he was able to transition from the "plate" to the "pulpit" and how relationships were and are a cornerstone to his spiritual life.   We take a deep dive into the amazing  life of this energized man of God in this episode of AMAZING GREATS.If you enjoyed this conversation or other episodes, please help us grow our podcast by subscribing, sharing and "liking" .Thanks to George Toles for connecting us with Craig.  For more on George's incredible life long mission check out  https://www.hisdeal.orgThanks to Klem Daniels for producing and editing each of our episodes.
She believed she was never going to be a Christian.  Farthest thing from her mind. Gaby Viesca was a highly successful soccer player turned upward mobile  corporate executive for General Electric.  She was on the fast track to success at a very young age.   Being famous and wealthy were her life goals.  She had no time for God. Until it all changed in a moment.  This is her amazing story.   You will hear all of the details of a life completely transformed in this,  episode 37,  of Amazing Greats.  Gaby's persistent mom,  the story of "Ester" and faith the size of a mustard seed lead to her changed life based on her profound 4 word prayer and declaration:                                                                                                                                   "YOUR WILL BE DONE"Enjoy this upbeat and inspirational look into the life of Gaby Viesca and what has led to her love of the Bible and what she calls her "Freelance Ministry".  
Jason Porterfield has dedicated his life to the cause of peace.  After giving up his comfortable suburban lifestyle at an early age to move into some of the darkest slums of the inner city he experienced first hand the most challenging living conditions in the poorest communities.   From Camden New Jersey, to Vancouver Canada's Downtown Eastside and then to Indonesia he lived and shared life  with the most desperate,  homeless, and drug addicted communities.  As a part of his experience, you'll hear the powerful story of the gruesome serial killer Robert Pickton  and how that story  impacted Jason personally and the community where he lived. In this episode you'll learn how Jason's mission  (Through Servants) was one of love and friendship within a population that was not necessarily starving for food, but for companionship.  Community dinners and sharing life through homelessness,  "pre-Hab" and "re-Hab"   became the open door for trust and conversation that would ultimately lead to questions and interest in this man named Jesus.    Porterfield's amazing book "Fight Like Jesus:  How Jesus Waged Peace Throughout Holy Week" focuses on the teachings of the ultimate peacemaker, Jesus Christ, who called on us to not only love our neighbor but to love our enemies as well.  Nothing exemplified that message more  than the amazing events of Holy Week described in Jason's  book like you've probably  never heard it before.  Jason Porterfield tracks each day of that week and focuses on how Jesus used the week of his crucifixion to share his vision of peace in very powerful ways. You'll love this book!!
As we conclude our two part series with entertainment legend Pat Boone, you'll hear how he  took a chance on the pro Basketball team "Oakland Oaks" in the American Basketball league and helped establish the 3 point shot, that changed the game.  Then he'll tell the story about  shocking the entertainment world with his wild adventure into the world of Heavy Metal.  Pat will share his contribution to gospel music and then he'll sing a clip from the  "pop song" that shared the gospel back in 1958.  You'll get a sneak peak at Pat's soon to be released new book, called  "IF" set to be published in September.   At 88 years old he is making waves and helping change lives.   Enjoy his story,  as only he can tell it.Please take a moment to share this episode with a friend and hit like.   As a subscriber you'll be automatically notified when another great testimony is available from a well known actor, author, athlete or musician.  For our complete podcast library, and several other Christian resources visit our website at www.amazinggreats.netThanks to Dan O'Neil for connecting us with Pat Boone.Thanks to Klem Daniels for producing the show each week.Listen to Pat Boone's spin on "Stairway toe Heaven" his "Pop" single from 1958 that may be a forerunner to  Contemporary Christian music before it was a thing..... Order Pat Boones new book "IF" due on September 22nd 2022The Mulligan (Movie) Trailer
Our Amazing Great's podcast comes to you from the Beverly Hills home (since 1960) of Pat Boone.  This conversation with an American entertainment Icon,  launches with the story of two Tennessee boys who captivated millions during the beginning days of rock and roll.  Hear how he and Elvis first met  and became friends at a sock hop in Cleveland.  You'll hear about Pat's many career triumphs as well as  some emotional moments  as  he shares some of the marital challenges in the early years.  It was a pivotal time in his faith journey as Pat reveals the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of he and his family.  If that weren't'll hear about his friendship with Ron and Nancy Reagan and a spectacular moment of prophecy at the Governor's mansion. ...and this is just part one.  Part two of the Pat Boone story will be in our next Amazing Greats podcast.  Please take a moment to share this episode with a friend and hit like.   As a subscriber you'll be automatically notified when another great testimony is available from a well known actor, author, athlete or musician.  For our complete podcast library, and several other Christian resources visit our website at www.amazinggreats.netThe Mulligan (Movie) Trailer to Dan O'Neil for connecting us with Pat Boone.Thanks to Klem Daniels for producing the show each week.
I say this a lot.  But... I'll say it again.  This is one of my favorite conversations.   Meet  legendary major league baseball player, Doug Flynn.   He was team mates with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench,  Ken Griffey and the rest of the Great 8 from the Cincinnati Reds world series winning 1975 and 76 team .  He'll share the excitement of those years, the trauma of baseball trades, the power of a 40 year marriage and the challenges of cancer.  Doug shares the heart breaking story of his sister's disappearance,  his life changing Christian journey with "Professional Athletes Outreach" and how he went from an upbringing in the Baptist church to an awesome relationship with Jesus.   As he says, you can only trick people into believing you're a Christian for so long.  Then it becomes real.  This episode is overflowing with joy, and laughter along with life long lessons learned.  Thanks to my good friend George Toles for the introduction....and to Doug for promising to make even more Amazing Great connections! Find out more about For Athletes Outreach (POA) https://pao.orgYour comments always welcome at AmazingGreatsPodcast@gmail.comor check out our entire series at
What does our guest have in common with Dennis Rodman?  Plus, he'll put to rest the controversy that arose in 2013.  You'll hear those stories and much more.  This guy has  been up close and personal with every NBA legend in the game.  With a whistle and a pair of court shoes, Ed Rush has been up and down the basketball court more times than any of  America's  great players, with 2500 games under his belt.  He was an officiating  mainstay in the NBA for 32 years including several years as the director of officiating.   Ed's had a truly Amazing career and more importantly,  he's a devout follower of Jesus that started in a car ride from Vancouver to Seattle.  It's  all in the next few minutes as we dive deep into the life of Ed Rush. For the video version of this interview: details on Court Club Elite: another video with NBA notable; James Donaldson: Similar amazing stories about the grace of God :  https://www.amazinggreats.netPLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEND ME A VOICE MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST TAKE AWAY FROM THIS AMAZING GREATS EPISODE.
What happens when you reach the height of your career....but somehow you know there is something more?Margo Day was clearly at the top of her game as a Vice President at Microsoft but somehow didn't feel fulfilled.  She knew there was something more for her.She kept praying for what God had for her....but no answer.  As much as she struggled with what was next, nothing seemed to click....until....until....she went on vacation.  That vacation changed everything and the course of her life took a big turn from that point forward.  Now she describes her success and happiness as 1000 times greater than ever before.You'll feel her energy and passion as she tells her story, on this very special episode of AMAZING GREATS. To help support her mission in Kenya you can go to www.mekunoproject.orgOr to reach her great work through World Vision for listening, liking and sharing.   Check out our entirely library of podcasts plus some compelling videos, featured books, the hottest Contemporary Christian Music this week, and other similar podcasts you might like.              WWW.AMAZINGGREATS.NET
They don’t really teach parenting skills in school.   I guess we’re expected to just figure it out through trial and error.  That’s a pretty flawed way, when human lives are in our hands.  Unconditional love for our kids is a great start and a perfect foundation for good parenting, but it’s  not exactly a strategy.  My guest on this episode Jonathan Catherman, has made it his life’s mission to build a toolset for parents to use in raising well prepared kids at every age.  He’ll share some of his awesome insights here.  Plus, he’ll share his optimistic outlook on the current emerging generation, and why he things it will be the next GREAT GENERATION.  Jonathan also shares some great ideas on how parents can help their kids connect with Jesus and build their own relationship with him and not just adopt their parents faith.  This weeks episode is loaded with practical information about successful parenting.  Here are the additional links to connect with Jonathan and his great work. Jonathan Catherman's website ON AMAZON Mentoring Foundation
If you talk to any of the current list of awesome Christian Music Performers, somewhere in the conversation,  John Michael Talbot's name will come up.  In this awesome conversation between Amazing Greats guest host Joe Micheals and John he reveals how his young marriage fell apart as he became a Bible thumping legalistic Christian fanatic.  Then hear how he flipped from an "anti-Catholic" to actually becoming a Franciscan monk who ultimately married a Catholic Nun and lives happily today in a monastic marriage.  You can't make this stuff up!  This man's story is truly amazing. John Michael Talbot's music, too, took some major flips over the years, as he transitioned from  Christian folk rock to a unique sound that was all his own.  Music that his record company said would never sell became massively successful. It's all here on AMAZING GREATS. Take a listen, share with a friend and hit subscribe to be notified when a new episode is available.Here is a complete Discography of all of his musical works: are all of the 26 books written by John Michael Talbot
This episode just oozes with wisdom from one of the most successful players and coaches in football.  You'll hear how the game of football is just a small part of the impact Sherman Smith has on players.   From High school to the NFL his unique slant on what it takes to be  successful is what makes his story so compelling.  As a follower of Jesus he strives to walk the walk and let his actions speak.  As he says. "It's not what I do, or say,  IT'S WHO I AM, that matters most.  You'll hear about the power of the team's  FRIDAY MORNING DEVOTIONALS,   why some players were depressed even shortly after a Super Bowl win, and the incredible miracle story that he shares in the Kendrick Brothers film:  "SHOW ME THE FATHER".   Episode 28 is one of my very favorites as I got to know Sherman TANK.  For the movie Trailer: stream the movie on Amazon Prime for $5.99:
The ripple effect of a fund raising dinner at the home of entertainer Pat Boone continues to make a powerful impact on the world today.  Last year alone 50 million people in 40 different countries were touched by the staff of 5400 team members at MERCY CORP.  The star studded dinner, led to a dinner at the White House and gained the support of Jimmy and Roselyn Carter which gained the notoriety needed to spark the momentum that got the ball rolling.  In this episode of AMAZING GREATS you'll  hear about the ugliness of war,  and the 33 year mission to bring relief to those who were victims. I  talk with the one man who started it all in the late 70's, Dan O'Neill.  He'll share his personal story of faith, and challenges as he grew one of the most powerful relief organizations in the world.  From the birth of his miracle child to the reality of panic attacks and PTSD after spending time in devastated war torn countries.  Real and raw he takes us on his life journey. Dan is a writer who's written dozens of books,  and despite keeping copious notes documenting his story through the years, he has yet to pen a memoir.  It may be on his retirement game plan.  For Contemporary Christian music fans, you'll  love Dan's biography of his good friend and the grandfather of  modern Christian music,  John Michael Talbot.   It's called SIGNATURESYou can check it out on AMAZONThanks for listening, liking and sharing.   Check out our entirely library of podcasts plus some compelling videos, featured books, the hottest Contemporary Christian Music this week, and other similar podcasts you might like.                                                          WWW.AMAZINGGREATS.NETRic Hansen
On this episode of Amazing Greats,  we talk with Wayne Pederson a life long Christian, and career broadcaster.  We'll hear about his early conflict between his faith and his passion and how they ended up merging.   At 16 years old he had an  "AH-HA" Jesus moment that shaped the rest of his life.   Wayne's life work centers around bringing the name of Jesus to remote areas of the world to people who had never been exposed to Christianity including some of the  most religiously repressed countries like Russia, North Korea, Mongolia, Indonesia,  Ukraine, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa.   Not through one time mission trips, but through ongoing live radio broadcasts and live streams.  The work he has dedicated his life to, now reaches millions of people every day with the message of the Gospel.  Wayne currently works with Far East Broadcasting Company and is focusing his life on "Finishing well".  Check out the tree largest organizations that are bringing the Christian Message to millions of people all over the world via radio and streaming.FEBC "Fare East Broadcasting Company"Reach BeyondTWR  Trans World Radio 
David Eubank's daily trust in the guidance and protection of God, while performing heroic and awe-inspiring work in devastating war torn countries will blow you away.   His transition story from  special forces soldier to humanitarian soldier for Jesus will have you smiling at all of the good works that he and his army of volunteers are accomplishing in desolate war torn countries on the other side of the world. David is the founder and driving force behind the "Free Burma Rangers" .  His continuing 28 year mission started in Burma but now has spread to Sudan, Iraq and Syria.  He and a few thousand trained missionaries are the "Hands and feet" of Jesus spreading love to those who most need it.  You'll hear him tell some first hand amazing  stories of challenges, tragedy and successes.   The "Free Burma Rangers" documentary is something you should definitely notch out some time to watch and is available at  or you can find it on YouTube at  The Free Burma Rangers website is And David's Book "Do This For Love" is available on Amazon. I encourage you to jump in and take a listen to this week's episode with the remarkable David Eubank. 
Max Mclean may well be the foremost authority on one of the greatest authors and intellectuals of the past century, C.S. Lewis.  After all, Mclean has spent a big part of his life capturing the essence of  Lewis through stage presentations and now in film.  Max Mclean is the founder and executive director of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts in New York who specialize in artistic performances through a Christian world view. Mclean is the star of the movie, " The Most reluctant convert.  The Untold Story of C. S. Lewis", now available for the first time through stream or DVD.   Whether you are a fan of C.S. Lewis's many works (Chronicles of Narnia and dozens more) or not, this powerful biopic will  reveal the life and genius of one of the worlds great thinkers.  You'll be captivated by his conversion from atheist to theist and ultimately  to one of Christianity's  most vocal apologist.   The theatrical debut of the movie was met with such a large audience that it remained in theaters well beyond its original run. Now, "The Most Reluctant Convert" is available on line at    This movie is likely to become the defining masterpiece that memorializes the amazing life of C.S. Lewis.  In addition to his incredible solo performances on stage and now in film, Max Mclean also makes the word of God come to life as the voice of the "Listener's Bible" (NIV).PS   If you are new to C.S. Lewis I encourage you to read his book' "Mere Christianity".  It is not a light read and you may need to spend some time with it,  but it is truly a work of art. 
With all the smack talk about the current crop of youth:  the hip hop, rap, violent video games, phone addictions and social media....we had a chance to see the other side of that coin.  In this episode of Amazing Greats we talk with 17 year old Isiah Lacombe.   His vision of a better world is backed by an action plan that has made an impact on thousands of people on the other side of the globe.  Is Isaiah an anomaly or is there something going on with this newest generation that is cause for optimism?   Hear how Isiah has teamed with World Vision to make a difference by providing clean water in Rwanda and how that grew into something even bigger including the initial formation of a young peoples initiative called the "Next Gen Network".  I was so encouraged by Isaiah's heart for caring and his diligence in following God's calling, I knew he had to be one of our AMAZING guests.   Listen to his articulate story of giving in this episode of Amazing Greats!Here are the names of all of the Next Gen members who participated in the Health Clinic project in Zambia:  Caleb Chung, Ellie Sytsma, Jared Fontenette, Brooke Smarick, Heather Smarick, Emma Howes, Emma Lee, Jaydn Beppu, Maddy Clawson, Claire Muscat, Haley Lilla, and Jackson Razwick. Lauren Bishop Borgogna is the group coordinated, and Missy Eck and Randy Haacke are World Vision donor reps who volunteer in the group as well. If you would like to find out more about World Vision and how you might be able to help check them out at:
How does a kid in school who can't make any sports team end up being one of the most celebrated athletes in the world?  A three time Olympian, and first high schooler to break the four minute mile (3:59), is here to share his unlikely life journey, that started with a nightly prayer.  You'll hear how "playing church" as a youngster changed forever when he became a "real Christian".     In this episode,  Jim Ryun shares the inspiring details of his AMAZING story and his walk with Jesus.  You'll hear about the ups and downs, the life lessons and the athletic triumphs that the whole world was buzzing about in the 60's and 70s that landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated multiple times as he became know as the "Master of the Mile".  With the guidance of his long time coach Bob Timmons and  the  encouragement and undying support of of wife Anne he made running history and much more.Later he served 5 terms in the US congress, representing the 2nd district of his home state of Kansas and in 2020 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor. His legacy lives on through the hundreds of young runners who have participated in the "Jim Ryun Running camps" that started in 1974 and continue each summer to this day. To learn more about the camp and to register you are interested in more information about the revolutionary LYRIC "digital" hearing aid that changed his life check it out here: you'd like to order a signed copy of his book "Courage to Run"  there are some copies still available by writing to him at: Jim RyunPO Box 15312Washington DC  20003(Please include a check for the book and shipping with your request)Check the Amazing Greats Website Video Resource page to see a classic recap of his story.
Care Tuk has been through more physical challenges than anyone we've known.  But that has not robbed her of her sense of humor, her positive attitude and her special relationship with God.  This is our second opportunity to chat with Care on Episode 22.  You'll hear about her continuing  health challenges that would have brought most of us down.  Along with a  health update,  "Amazing Greats" host Klem Daniels jumps in with a meaty conversation about near death experiences,  the power of her marriage with her care-giving husband,  and her unique relationship with her best friend.....God. Care shares  her amazing ability to keep a positive attitude: finding and focusing on one good thing even on her worst days.  As she says....You can be IN  pain or you can BE a pain.  This episode can't  help but touch you and make you feel grateful for every single day of good health. Her website and bloghttp;//www.caretuk.comHer booksCare has authored her second book, which was just released in October 2021. Read her continuing story in"Don’t Wimp Out! Finding Faith, Courage and Victory in Life’s Daily Battles "Available now on her websiteCare's first book introduces you to this amazing woman and her struggles. It will you amaze you, how upbeat and hopeful she is after all of the things she has been though. Truly an inspiration."Loose Screws and skinned Knees" Available now on her website
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