Fairfax Radio 3-14-2023 8:00AM

Today’s guest is Jeanne Rodriguez,  Author, Women’s Director at Bayside Church in California. Today she discusses her new book, “When Hope Met Hopelessness.” Rodriguez shares her story of tragedy and loss and her journey to discovering a new closeness with the Lord in her new book, “When Hope Met Hopelessness.”  In just twelve short days, Jeanne Rodriguez goes from the overwhelming elation of welcoming her daughter-in-law into the family to the unfathomable heartbreak of learning her son is fighting for his life and her daughter-in-law is dead. By her son’s side, while trying to come to grips with her grief, Jeanne cannot envision ever being happy again. ​Why does she feel so disappointed when the Bible promises hope does not disappoint?

With refreshing candor, Rodriguez acknowledges her inability to understand God’s plan while chronicling her transformation from broken to whole, from sorrow to joy. She says, “I discovered that it’s all right to be angry at God and even to yell at Him, but I also learned that the Lord hears our cries, understands our pain, and loves us deeply,” Rodriguez says. “I wrote my book to encourage others through their grief—talk to God, cry out to Him—and share a beautiful healing story.” Embraced by family, friends, her community, and her church throughout her despair, Rodriguez’s story also illustrates the power of rallying around loved ones in their time of greatest need.

Jeanne Rodriguez has served for over twenty-five years in women’s ministry, including speaking at women’s events and serving as the former women’s director at Bayside Church in Lincoln, California. With a Master of Arts in pastoral care to women from Western Seminary, Jeanne is passionate about helping women know Jesus and experience His love. She is currently the CEO of the Crystal Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded by her son after the death of his wife. She and her husband, Rubén, live in Citrus Heights, California. They are grateful for the blessings of their two sons, Kevin and Victor; daughters-in-law, Katie and Bailey; and grandson, Quinn. For more information, visit Jeanne’s website, Jeannerodriguez.com, or find her on Instagram: @Jeanner7212, Facebook, Jeanne Fitzpatrick Rodriguez.

Michael Davis-Speaker, Coach, Author, and founder of Speaking CPRMichael Davis is our second guest today, and he will discuss his mission as a Certified World Class Speaking Coach, Trainer,  Author, and Lecturer. He discusses his books ‘"THE-Book on Storytelling" by Michael DavisThe Book on Storytelling’ and the Kindle series ‘Sell More With Stories.’ He is a contributing author to three public speaking books and the book ‘Living a Wealthy Life.’ Michael has been featured on podcasts like ‘The Business of Story,’ ‘Speaker Match Radio,’ and ‘Speaking of Wealth.’ He has spoken for many organizations, including General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, and the Cincinnati Human Resource Association. Michael has also been a coach with Cincinnati TEDx since 2015 and is an online Stage Time University faculty member.  He has helped individuals and leaders, managers, and sales professionals communicate with more confidence, impact, and influence. This passion is born from his own difficulties early in his career. Michael can help you or your organization experience the same results his clients have enjoyed.  For more information, visit his website, speakingcpr.com.

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