When was the last time you spent time in play? Is play important, biblical? If you’re looking for a way through the humdrum of every day, you’ll benefit from our conversation with Courtney Ellis. Courtney was seeing the need for what the Bible calls, “joy”, and she discovered some ways to enter into that “joy” daily. Courtney shares some of those simple ways that we add playfulness into our day and transform our life’s adventure!
How do you support friends and family suffering with anxiety and mental health struggles? Jonathan Seidl has fought through crippling anxiety, OCD, and suicidal thoughts and offers practical advice for those on this journey and those who travel with those who are suffering. Jonathan shares personal stories and points us to how the body of Christ can become a refuge of hope for the anxious.
Courtney Ellis is an author, speaker, and mom of three. Her books include "Uncluttered: Free Your Space, Free Your Schedule, Free Your Soul," "Almost Holy Mama: Life-giving practices for weary parents," and "Happy Now: Let playfulness lift your load and renew your spirit." Ellis serves alongside her husband as a Presbyterian pastor in southern California. Born in the northern woods of Wisconsin, she graduated from Wheaton College, Loyola University of Chicago, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Jonathon M. Seidl is the founder and president of The Veritas Creative, a digital media consulting and content creation firm. For over a decade he has been telling stories. In fact, he’s written over 6,000 of them, first after helping start a top-50 news site, then as the editor-in-chief of the popular non-profit I Am Second, and recently creating and overseeing Kirk Cameron’s media venture, The Courage. Seidl’s passion is to help people with mental health struggles, while also sharing what he’s learned telling stories for—and working with—some of the media’s biggest names and organizations, including Glenn Beck, Kirk Cameron, and Chip and Joanna Gaines. He graduated with a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from The King’s College in New York City and currently resides in Dallas, TX, with his wife and two children. More information about Jon can be found at jonseidl.com.