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Christopher Closeup encourages people of all ages and from all walks of life to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The weekly half-hour series regularly introduces listeners to individuals - some famous, some not so famous - who are using their gifts, talents, and abilities to create a better world.

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Patti Maguire Armstrong


Patti Maguire Armstrong the author of books like “Amazing Grace for Married Couples” and “Stories for the Homeschool Heart” discusses the blessings she and her husband experienced after adopting two AIDS orphans from Kenya.


 

 

 

 

 

Paige Armstrong 

(Part 1) The singer/songwriter recalls being afflicted with bone cancer at age eleven, how her faith helped sustain her during difficult times, and why she now uses music to encourage kids and teens to find their God-given purpose in life.

 
 
 

Jerry Brewer & Paige Armstrong

Jerry Brewer (Part 1) The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist discusses his book Gloria’s Miracle: A Young Girl, a Deadly Disease and an Enduring Lesson about the Power of Faith
Paige Armstrong (Part 2) – The singer/songwriter discusses the awkwardness she felt because of the scar on her leg left by cancer surgery, and how it taught her about the shallowness of the quest for physical perfection. 

 
 

Audrey Assad 

 
The singer/songwriter discusses her debut album The House You’re Building, the transcendent relationship between art and faith, and the ways in which suffering has deepened her relationship with God.     

 

 

Kate Atwood


The founder of Kate's Club reveals how the death of her mother led her to create an organization that helps kids deal with the loss of a loved one on spiritual and amotional levels.

  

 

Laura Barker & Sarah Hart

Laura Barker - The recent Fordham University grad shares her mission to help underprivileged girls in the South Bronx.
Sarah Hart (Part 2) - The singer/songwriter discusses her dedication to improving interfaith dialouge.   

 

Brooke Barrettsmith


The contemporary Christian singer discusses how a bout with severe panic attacks led her to a stronger embrace of her Christian faith, and how her time on American Idol shaped her music career.   

 

 

Lauren Bauer


Lauren Bauerthe award-winning former softball player discusses the void she felt in her life when she was achieving all kinds of worldly success, and how she realized that void could only be filled by a relationship with God. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Mark Hart & Danielle Bean 

Mark Hart (Part 2) - The author and speaker discusses his work with Life Teen International and reveals proven ways to get young people engaged with their faith. 
Danielle Bean (Part 1) - The co-author of Small Steps for Catholic Moms explores ways to achieve balance between accomplishing daily duties and maintaining an active spiritual life.     

 

Danielle Bean 

 
(Part 2) - The Small Steps for Catholic Moms co-author discusses the blessings and challenges of raising eight kids, and how she and her husband teach their kids to deal with negative influences in modern culture.     

 

 

Maura Byrne & Emilio Estevez


   Maura Byrne, Part 1 – the founder of “Made In His Image” reveals the personal experiences  that led her to create a ministry for teens and young women who are victims of abuse and eating disorders. 

  Emilio Estevez – the writer, director and producer of the Christopher Award-winning movie “The Way” discusses the film’s themes of God, faith and community. 



 

         

 


Debra Byrd & Christine Bentz

Debra Byrd (Part 2) – The vocal coach and arranger for American Idol reveals how her spirituality helps her deal with difficult people.
Christine Bentz (Part 1) – The St. John’s University graduate describes her experience as part of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries Program in Ethiopia

 

Christine Bentz & Lacy Dodd

Christine Bentz (Part 2) – The educator explains why she continues to make volunteering a part of her life.
Lacy Dodd – The Notre Dame alumna reveals the blessings and challenges she faced as a college student experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, and shares her current efforts to help college students in similar situations.

 

Jerry Brewer & Mark Shea

Jerry Brewer (Part 2) The author of Gloria’s Miracle further discusses how covering the struggle of a young girl with cancer led to his own spiritual awakening.    
Mark Shea (Part 1) – The New York Times best-selling author discusses his new book series about Mary, the Mother of Jesus.   

 
 

Jerry Brewer & Paige Armstrong

Jerry Brewer (Part 1) The Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist discusses his book Gloria’s Miracle: A Young Girl, a Deadly Disease and an Enduring Lesson about the Power of Faith
Paige Armstrong (Part 2) – The singer/songwriter discusses the awkwardness she felt because of the scar on her leg left by cancer surgery, and how it taught her about the shallowness of the quest for physical perfection. 

 
 

Debra Byrd

(Part 1)American Idol’s vocal coach reveals why she sees her job as a ministry and how she tries to be a channel of God’s grace to all the contestants.

 
 
 
 

 

Debra Byrd & Christine Bentz

Debra Byrd (Part 2) – The vocal coach and arranger for American Idol reveals how her spirituality helps her deal with difficult people.
Christine Bentz (Part 1) – The St. John’s University graduate describes her experience as part of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries Program in Ethiopia

 

David Archuleta & Tom O'Rourke

David Archuleta – The American Idol runner-up and award-winning recording artist discusses the inspiration behind his Christmas album, his efforts to help the less fortunate and why he thinks the challenges he’s faced have made him a better person.
Tom O'Rourke – The lead instructor of the Christopher Leadership Course shares an original Christmas story he wrote that looks at the Nativity from Joseph’s point-of-view.