Saturday, December 28, 2019

Jane "Goldie" Winn

I had a fun interview with Goldie Winn the other day.   She just published a book, "Rainbows in the Night, a Story of Redemption," and it will inspire and encourage you!

Jane is a talented, musician with a beautiful voice, who also plays a mean sax. She is a deeply caring and fiercely loyal, life coach and counselor. Yet what will strike you most about her is her unquenchable joy. It will come as a shock to you that years ago she was a completely different person- deeply-troubled, persistently self-centered and profoundly depressed. 

In her book Rainbow in the Night, she unveils the secret to her joy. She unravels the mystery of how the Lord gently but firmly lifted her up and out of that place of darkness and into the multi-colored rainbow of his love.

Enjoy fabulous music too, of course!


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Henry Wright Interview from 2010

Shalom!  As a tribute to the recently departed Henry Wright I thought I would re-air this interview from 2010.

Henry W. Wright was the president and founder of Be in Health Global. He was exposed to the power of spiritual healing at an early age when his mother was miraculously cured of terminal cancer and a fatal tumor that was wrapped around her jugular vein. Wright was committed to the belief that human problems are fundamentally spiritual, with associated physical and psychological manifestations. With his pre-med background and insights into the medical as well as the spiritual aspects of disease, he brought a fresh perspective to the process of ministering to the sick. 

He authored two books, A More Excellent Way and Exposing the Spiritual Roots of Disease. He also has presented seminars worldwide and across broad denominational lines for a number of years and was a frequent guest on many well-known television and radio programs. Wright was also the pastor of Hope of the Generations Church in Thomaston, Georgia.

Enjoy some wonderful Chanukah music as well!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Marty Brounstein Interview

Marty Brounstein is the author of "Two Among the Righteous Few," a story of courage and miraculous provision during the Holocaust.

He is the humble messenger for a Righteous Christian couple from the Netherlands named Frans and Mien Wijnakker, whose heroic rescue efforts saved the lives of over two dozen Jews. Their courage and compassion provide a positive and moving story amidst the horrific tragedy known as the Holocaust, with lessons for our lives today.

Marty also has a meaningful personal connection to this story, which he reveals in the interview.

Here is a bit more about him:

With the high amount of political discord and the growing acts of hate and violence in our country today, messages that reinforce such positive values as care, respect, and unity resonate strongly with people. These are messages that provide hope rather than despair, so relevant for today. They are what storyteller Marty Brounstein has been delivering with his book, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, and his speaking tour with it now into its 9th year with over 720 events so far.

This book has not always been Marty's main work. For 25 years, he led the consulting firm The Practical Solutions Group, serving a wide variety of clients on issues of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Through this work, he wrote eight books related to business management, from contributing author to sole author, including Communicating Effectively For Dummies, Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies and Managing Teams for Dummies.

But his 9th book is quite different and special. It has put Marty in the interfaith business, as he has a story of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. This book takes Marty back to his early career as an educator, when he was teaching history including the Holocaust. This true and remarkable story has a meaningful personal connection as well, which Marty reveals in his engaging storytelling presentations.

Marty has been on quite an unexpected journey of delivering storytelling presentations to a wide variety of audiences and facilitating book discussions in school classrooms.  He has started his 9th year of this journey, 710 events with more coming.  The events have occurred throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, his home base, and 15 other cities, with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, and Boston among them.  The engagements have been in such places as religious institutions, service organizations, personal homes, bookstores, many schools, universities, libraries, and history and Holocaust museums. Furthermore, on this journey Marty continues to study and tell stories about others in the Holocaust involved in resistance and rescue, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. He does so in presentations titled Heroes of the Holocaust.

Marty's keynote presentation and workshop titled The Courage and Compassion to Do the Right Thing: A Lesson in Making a Positive Difference continues to grow and has been well-received at professional conferences and workplaces.

One highlight of the journey was presenting at the invitation of the Dutch Consulate General of San Francisco in March 2014.  He has also been a keynote speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day events in Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, and New York and coming up in Reno, NV in April 2020.

Marty was recently recognized with The Jefferson Award presented by the organization Multiplying Good. They recognize individuals who perform acts of public service and good for America. This honor came about through the nomination by a great supporter of Marty on his journey, Jodie Russi.  Jodie was the first teacher to bring Marty into a classroom for a book discussion with her students on this special story.

In baseball lingo, Marty is batting .1000 in terms of positive responses audiences have shown; many admiringly commenting it would make a great feature film!  So the journey to share this special story continues.

Great music too.   Enjoy!   And never forget!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Shirley Lawrenson Interview

Have you ever known someone Jewish who wants to make Aliyah and go to Israel?   Shirley and I had a wonderful discussion about Operation Exodus and how they help make that happen!   Plus you'll enjoy great music from Jonathan Settel, Aaron Shust, Joshua Aaron, Baht Rivka Whitten, and Lamb.  

Shirley was born and raised in South Africa although now she serves as the NYC Aliyah Director for Operation Exodus USA. She has a long history of serving having been with Ebenezer Operation Exodus for 25 years. Shirley spent 10 years in the Ukraine leading chartered ships to assist Jewish People to go home to Eretz Israel. During that. time she participated in 123 Sailings from Odessa, Ukraine to Haifa, Israel – from 1995 until 2004. She then spent 10 years living in Jerusalem.  Where in 2006 she opened an office in Jerusalem. Her goal was to assist with the Klitah (Absorption of all Olim who make Aliyah). In 2016, she moved to NYC where they opened an Office in Brooklyn to assist Jewish People who need their help from the USA to make Aliyah.