Coffee Talk Topic: A Light So Lovely

This episode’s coffee talk topic illuminates a light so lovely it begs us to identify and know it’s source. Encouraging us to amplify it through our God-given gifts. Even in the face of life’s challenges such as breast cancer, or chasing the next best thing that never comes.

We’re joined by two guests who exemplify this light in the face of life’s pain, who share powerful testimonies sure to encourage us through the source of light for every life circumstance, Jesus Christ.

Featured Guest 1: Hannah Brencher

First up is Hannah Brencher, a writer, TED speaker, and online educator with a heart for building leaders. Hannah was named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and founded The World Needs More Love Letters. A global community which has grown to over 20,000 individuals across six continents. Hannah shares about her new book, Come Matter Here, about which she says

“if you are tired of running away from your life or tired of running ragged toward the next thing you think will make you feel complete, Come Matter Here will help you do whatever it takes to show up for the life God has for you.”

Host Brandee Nielsen says “it was a special light that shined the life of Hannah Brencher onto Christian Coffee Talk, while also getting the privilege to receive from her as a keynote speaker at my home church’s women’s conference coming up in February 2019, which was a complete surprise that I’m looking so forward to!”

Featured Guest 2: Sarah Arthur

Encouraging us to amplify His light through our God-given gifts, couldn’t be better exemplified than through a woman fighting breast cancer and carrying on God’s mission for her life while undergoing Chemotherapy. When we witness such courage and grace, we witness the power of Christ in the faithful.

Sarah Arthur is an incredibly brave and inspiring woman of God who joined us for this interview while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, to share the incredible message in her new book, A Light So Lovely, which is a biography of the life of Madeleine L’engle.

“She would say I’m not a Christian writer; I am a writer who is a Christian. Madeline wanted to assert that God can use the giftedness of anybody for His glory.

Even if a person doesn’t know Jesus, God is generous with the giving of His gifts. Madeline believed that the Holy Spirit was calling people to Christ through the process of making Art.

Madeline said that we draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe or by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are. But by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their heart to know the source of it. “

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of numerous devotionals and other resources on the intersection of faith. A graduate of Wheaton College and Duke University Divinity School, she speaks on imagination in spiritual formation.


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