CHRISTOPHER closeup PODCASTS
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.
Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt - Like a lot of people, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt grew up thinking that forgiveness required the actions of two people: 1) the person who hurt you apologizing for what he or she did – and 2) you, who would grant that person forgiveness. But what Katherine came to realize as she got older – and especially during the writing of her New York Times best-selling book “The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories From Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable”.
Paula Faris part 1 - the Emmy Award-winning ABC News anchor and correspondent discusses her new “Journeys of Faith” podcast in which she interviews newsmakers about their spiritual beliefs. She also talks about her personal faith and the way in which a “season of hell” in her life led her to step back from some of her professional responsibilities to focus more on her family.
Paula Faris, Part 2 – the ABC News correspondent and author of “Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling” discusses the emotional and spiritual impact of her father’s recent death and the reason she had the words “BeStill” tattooed on her wrist.
Bonnie Hunt, Part 1– the actress—known for films including “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Jumanji,” and “Return to Me” —discusses her life growing up in a large Catholic family in Chicago, why she pursued a career as a nurse, the devastation she felt after her father’s sudden death at age 50, and why she interpreted an unexpected encounter with a patient she was caring for as a sign from her father in heaven.
Bonnie Hunt, Part 2– the actress, writer and producer recalls her award-winning film “Return to Me,” her friendship with actor Carroll O’Connor who starred in that movie, and the selflessness she learned from her mom Alice, which continues to inspire her.
Peggy Weber - the author and veteran Catholic journalist discusses her book “Enough As You Are: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Appreciating the Gift of You,” the dangers of comparing yourself to others, and the power of small kindnesses in changing a life.
Nikki DeLoach – the Hallmark Channel actress discusses her dedication to the Alzheimer’s Association in light of her father’s diagnosis with dementia, her son’s battle with multiple heart defects, and how her faith is guiding her through difficult times.
Gary Sinise – the acclaimed actor and humanitarian discusses his memoir “Grateful American,” his dedication to helping disabled veterans and first responders, his conversion to the Catholic faith, and the gratitude that motivates his life and charity work.
Colleen Carroll Campbell
Colleen Carroll Campbell – How the Saints (and One Heretic) Taught Colleen Carroll Campbell That God’s Idea of Perfection is Different Than the World’s.
Josh Turner – the country music superstar discusses his first-ever gospel album “I Serve a Savior,” the way he maintains his integrity in the entertainment business, and the ways that faith, family, and fatherhood keep him grounded in life.
Victoria Arlen – the Paralympic gold medalist, former “Dancing with the Stars” competitor, and ESPN personality discusses the illness that left her in a vegetative state for two years beginning at age 11, how she maintained hope during her darkest days, and how prayer and faith moved her toward healing and recovery.
Jen Lilley, Show #1 - the actress known for her work on “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives” discusses her Hallmark Channel romantic comedy “Harvest Love,” why she is deeply devoted to charities that help vulnerable children, why she and her husband recently chose to become foster parents, and how her Christian faith influences her career decisions.
Jen Lilley, Show #2 - the actress and singer discusses her single “King of Hearts,” the way the proceeds helped save the life of a child, how the experience of foster parenting has changed her, and why she was drawn to starring in the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie “Mingle All the Way.”
Monica Gabriel – the Relationships Editor for Verily magazine offers dating advice for singles, reveals the importance of making room for God in relationships, and shares some of the wisest advice she ever got from her mother about love.
Gary Jansen – Gary Jansen was recently struck by the thought of his own mortality. The husband and father of two sons suddenly asked himself, “What if I’m not here next year?”
Jay Fagnano – the founder of the “Thrive in Joy Nick Fagnano Foundation” discusses the lightning strike that killed his son in 2014, the essay he discovered about Nick’s vision of heaven after his death, and the ways in which he’s grown closer to God in the last two years.
Rich Donnelly - the World Series-winning baseball coach (1997 Florida Marlins) reveals the ways in which he strayed from his Catholic faith and family during his career, what brought him back to God, and why his daughter Amy’s statement “the chicken runs at midnight” became a message from heaven after she died of cancer at a young age.
Spencer Christian – the former weatherperson and anchor of “Good Morning America” discusses the gambling addiction that almost ruined his life, the ways in which God helped him to overcome it, and the reasons he grew up an optimistic and hopeful person despite experiencing racism in the Jim Crow-era South of his youth.
Jennifer Nettles – the country music superstar discusses her role as Dolly Parton’s mom in the TV movie “Christmas of Many Colors,” why she thinks the spiritual aspects of the story resonated with millions of viewers, the Christian faith that she herself brings to her life and work, and her efforts to always listen for God’s “still small voice.”