This is an encore airing of TMZ's conversation from 2012 with Don Lough, Word of Life's Executive Director as he shares about the mission of reaching young people with the only message that can change their lives.

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Author Laura Ingalls Wilder once said – No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.”  

From her years growing up in Alaska, AnnaLee Conti dreamed a dream… to be an author.  Yet over two score year passed unil that dream came to fruition.  But it was her Grandmother, in AnnaLee’s teen years, that inspired her to be a story teller.  

AnnaLee Conti, author of the Alaskan Waters trilogy, is Tom's special guest for this month's podcast.  Five generations of ministers and almost two decades in Alaska gave her a great backdrop to fulfilling her dream, writing fiction.  You are never too old and AnnaLee’s story will be proof to you of that.  

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Foster parenting is not for the faint of heart and is much different from adoption. Family Life CEO Dennis Rainey, has said, “The church ought to be at the front of the line . . . emptying the foster care system in every state."  

Kathy and Michael Smith are doing their part as foster parents.  Kathy is learning that a true foster parent doesn’t try to take the place of the birth parents.  Only with God’s compassion, you learn to love both child and parent and the results have been profound.  “Are You My Mother?” is the National Foster Care Month episode of Heart 2 Heart, the podcast, with TMZ's special guest, friend and the Sound of Life's Acting Chairman of the Board, Kathy Smith.  Kathy shares the joys and the heart-ache of being a foster parent and encourages you to make a difference as a foster parent by sharing some practical "how-to's".

 

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Life can be lonely and difficult. It is compounded when a family is faced with autism.  April is National Autism Month and to honor families with autism, Tom Michaels Zahradnik spoke with Ellie and Steve Fella about their journey with autism and how they had to overcome denial.  Ellie and Steve Fella are parents of two daughters one who has autism.  Through it they are learning to trust in God and have realized that Samathna and Alex are both made in the image of God and a gift from Him.

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With the Academy Awards past and so much in our culture that focuses on Fame and recognition, what about the people you never hear about but are making a life changing impact on others.  Paul Grimsland is one of those.  Over 25 years ago he went to the Philippines and his life has never been the same since.  “One small step…” – the March edition of Heart 2 Heart the podcast with TMZ's guest, Paul Grimsland, co-founder of Hope 4 Change International and our very own Production Director here at the Sound of Life.  God will use anyone when they simply obey.  

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There are two things that make for a successful marriage… Hard work and the grace of God.  On this month of looooove, TMZ and his best friend and wife of 27 years, Cathleen, talk about what they've learned about real love. This Valentine’s edition of Heart 2 Heart is their story of struggles, laughs and God.  

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How about starting the New Year with prayer and fasting?  Getting hungry for God could be what you need to bring Real Change into your life.  Gregg Johnson, Senior Pastor of The Mission Church and President of Global Leadership Training, is TMZ's special guest as they talk about the 21 Days of Hunger. (This conversation originally aired on January 2012)

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Christmas is a time of joy, family, and food!  So there is no better choice for the Christmas edition of Heart to Heart than to have Joe Hunter

For over 20 years, Joe Hunter has been getting listeners going every weekday morning as host of Cup a Joe Morning Show here on the Sound of Life.  But what gets Joe going the morning?  Joe Hunter, The Sound of Life’s Program Director joins TMZ for a candid chat about life growing up in North Carolina and moving north.  

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John Wesley said - "God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it." 
It was through prayer and the choice to obey God at His word that the Flach family began the journey of adoption.  Sandra Flach, co-founder of Justice for Orphans is TMZ's special guest on this National Adoption Month addition of Heart to Heart – the podcast.  

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Madaline Defeo is a wife and Mom who never expected to hear the word cancer in her life.  But when the diagnosis came what followed was a journey through a deep valley lead by God Himself who continually reminded her that He alone is her place of shelter in the trial.  During breast cancer awareness month, hear Madeline’s story of how the God of the Bible made Himself known as she battled breast cancer. 

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