Posts by Alison Cook

Episode 80: Navigating Overwhelming Emotions—2 Essential Steps to Bring Calm to the Chaos Within

By Alison Cook | November 30, 2023

What if your emotions aren’t your enemies afterall? What if they actually help? This holiday season, I’m taking you on a deep dive into my proven 5-step method for finding joy and peace by bringing harmony and wholeness to your inner world. Today, we’ll walk through the first 2 steps that are crucial to developing...

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Episode 79: Surviving Trauma & A Path to Forgiveness—Finding God In the Hardest Parts of Your Story With Esau McCaulley

By Alison Cook | November 16, 2023

I was thrilled to have this conversation about a book that’s easily one of my favorites this year. The brilliant author, professor, and public theologian, Esau McCaulley is here to share his personal experience with the many faces of trauma and how he stayed connected to the goodness of God through all of it. Esau’s...

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Episode 78: The Mental Health Benefits of Forgiveness & Thoughts on Grace with Max Lucado

By Alison Cook | November 9, 2023

Today’s episode is packed! First, I walk you through some practical, research-backed thoughts on forgiveness and grace. Then I invite you into a conversation I had with none other than Max Lucado about how God’s forgiveness and grace played out in his own life. Here’s what we cover: 1. The difference between grace & forgiveness...

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Episode 77: The Dark Night of the Soul—Why It Happens & What It Means

By Alison Cook | November 2, 2023

Have you felt far from God? Do you find yourself wondering what in the world God is doing amidst all that is hard? I would argue that a dark night of the soul is a healthy response to pain, brokenness, or suffering. We need to create space for these seasons of wrestling with God-not try...

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Episode 76: When Self-Help Isn’t Enough—Finding the Faith & Strength to Move Forward after Loss & Heartache With Granger Smith

By Alison Cook | October 26, 2023

I read country music singer Granger Smith’s new book in one sitting and cried my way through it. It’s a powerful story of the unspeakable loss of his 3-year old son and what happened in the aftermath as he attempted to cope. Granger tried everything to cope with the trauma, including numbing and every self-help...

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Episode 75: Your Secret Weapon Against Stress & Anxiety—How to Transform Your Mind Through the Power of Prayer

By Alison Cook | October 19, 2023

Prayer is where self-awareness meets God-awareness. I’ve come to cherish it as an intimate, deeply grounding practice. But I haven’t always felt that way. It used to evoke anxiety and activation inside of me as I worked to earn God’s favor. That’s why I love this conversation with Kayla Craig, author of the new book...

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Episode 74: The Neurobiology of Hope and How to Find Hope in Hard Times with Dr. Curt Thompson

By Alison Cook | October 12, 2023

I am so thrilled to have my friend, Dr. Curt Thompson, on the podcast today. I have been deeply transformed by Curt’s work, and in today’s conversation, Curt breathes fresh life into a topic that is too easily tossed around and oversimplified-Hope. We take a deep dive into the intricacies of hope from a neurobiological,...

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Episode 73: True Belonging vs. Groupthink, Cliques, & Trying to Fit In—How to Belong to Others While Staying True To Yourself

By Alison Cook | October 5, 2023

If you’ve ever struggled to feel like you belong, this episode is for you. I’ve struggled with belonging for decades. I couldn’t understand how other people seemed to find large groups of friends. But I’ve figure out how to belong on my own terms. And, paradoxically, I realized-that’s exactly what belonging is. Today’s episode is...

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Episode 72: Resilience—Overcoming Failure, Handling Adversity, and Telling Yourself the Truth

By Alison Cook | September 28, 2023

We all feel defeated by the challenges we face from time to time. I have talked with so many people recently who are facing what feels like impossible mountains to climb. I recorded today’s episode as a result of these conversations-I wanted to encourage you personally as you face what’s hard in front of you....

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Episode 71: All About Therapy—Do I Need a Therapist, How Do I Find One, and What Type of Therapy Works Best?

By Alison Cook | September 21, 2023

Today, we’re talking allll about therapy. I’ve gathered up the big questions people ask and we’re tackling them head-on. Remember, therapy isn’t just for crises-it’s for clarity, growth, and understanding. So if you’re curious about the process or wondered how in the world to get started, this episode is for you. Here’s what we cover:...

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Episode 70: Mastering the Art of Emotional Intelligence—How to Harness the Power of Your Emotions to Improve Your Relationships

By Alison Cook | September 14, 2023

Get ready to level up your emotional intelligence! In this week’s episode, we’re diving deep into the heart of emotional intelligence, revealing why it’s an absolute game-changer. We’ll break it all down: 1. Fascinating research on emotional intelligence 2. 3 powerful strategies for mastering your emotions 3. 5 ways to express your emotions effectively 4....

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Episode 69: Your Future Self—8 Challenges to Resolve As You Become the Person You Were Meant to Be

By Alison Cook | September 7, 2023

We are all creating the future version of ourselves every single day. We’re either moving toward wholeness-or we’re moving toward fragmentation. In this brand-new September series, I’m walking you through the most important steps you can take to cultivate resilience, embrace authenticity, and nurture intimacy. Today’s episode kicks us off with an overview of the...

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