The Formation of Our Stories with Jo Saxton (A Sojourner’s Truth podcast)

Here is a summary of our first podcast interview with Jo Saxton! Subscribe today:

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We will be publishing new podcasts on Thursdays, and they’re going to syndicate on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube.

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Welcome to A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture! I’m your host Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One where the theme is: Our Stories:

 

Natasha: Hello Beautiful People!

 

I am thrilled to welcome my first guest to A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast. Leader, pastor, and author Jo Saxton. How are you my dear friend? Thank you so much for joining us.

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JO SAXTON: Thank you so much for having me. That’s such a gracious introduction.

 

Natasha: It’s wonderful to have you. What I love, especially about the people I’m inviting to the table up throughout this season, is our willingness to share our stories, and I have invited people  that have directly or indirectly impacted my life. Jo stands out as a leader, influencer, and mobilizer of women.

 

Jo’s short biography: Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo brings a multi-cultural and international perspective to leadership. She has served on staff in multiple churches in the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, Jo co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. She is also the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that creates intensives and experiences to invest in women who lead. Jo’s most recent book is called, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For.

Jo and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis with their two daughters. She loves Starbucks, running, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books, and Target. She really, really loves Target!

 

This season of the podcast, we are talking about our stories, and to guide our conversation, I’m using the outline of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. We will talk about the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

 

Jo is here to talk today about the formation of our stories because what happens in our formative years really has an impact on who we become, how we grow into adulthood, what we do, how we see ourselves and how others view us. As a matter of setting the stage for our conversation, I want to read an excerpt from the book.

 

The Negro is the child of two cultures—Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negros seek to embrace only one side of their natures.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Special Announcement: A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast!

Friends,

 

In honor of the release of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World, I have launched A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture!

 

The introduction episode is up, and I’m announcing my first guest on tomorrow!

 

Here’s a transcript of my introduction episode which you can listen to live now!

 

Subscribe to the podcast:  iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and SoundCloud.

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Welcome to a Sojourners Truth podcast, conversations for changing culture. I’m your host, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One, where the theme is: Our Stories.

 

Hello, Beautiful People!

 

I cannot believe that this is the first podcast of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast!

 

I have been wanting to do this for a long time and I am excited to share it with you. This is the place where we’re going to have conversations about our changing culture.

 

I’m Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and when I’m personally asked, I like to introduce myself as a black girl from Orangeburg South Carolina. Professionally, I am a writer. In this point, I’ve published one book, Mentor for Life and its accompanying leadership training manual; and a Bible study, Hope for Us on the Nicene Creed.

 

I speak professionally across the country and sometimes internationally. I’m a consultant often helping people and organizations with leadership, mentoring, and diversity training, specifically concerning cultural awareness.

 

I also have a nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. in the state of North Carolina where I currently reside. I will be sharing more about that later in the series, but today in this introductory episode, I want to share my heart and passion for the podcast.

 

I’m sharing why I’m doing it, what you can expect to get out of it, and all the fun we are going to have! I love people! I’m a relational person. I love people watching. I like to understand how people think, and why we think and do the things that we do.

 

My desire for this podcast is that we have honest conversations and learn how to listen well. I want us to ask good questions in those conversations so we can all grow and become better together.

 

I’m also using this season of the podcast to introduce and walk you through my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. It is the most intimate and the most intimidating thing that I’ve ever written, and quite honestly, I didn’t want to write it but God kept bringing me back to the contents of the book, and the message he wanted to communicate through it.

 

So, this is my story. It is my truth. It is the way we will center our conversation and the focus for this season’s podcast.

 

There is power in bringing our untold stories to light. The freedom to speak about the reality of suffering and death results in a freedom from denial.

Richard A. Horley

 

READ ALONG: Natasha reads excerpts from the book’s introduction ending with the words, “The first person each of us must learn to lead is ourselves. So this is me, inviting you to answer the questions, to speak the truth, to lead well, and to become strong and courageous.”

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So that is my invitation to you as you read the book, and hopefully as we have conversations on the podcast this season. This podcast will follow the passion and the desired alignment of the book by offering an invitation to share, by encouraging us to celebrate how God is shaping us through our stories, and that’s why I decided to name the theme for season one: Our Stories.

 

As I share my story, and as I share the story of Moses and the exodus narrative, I’m inviting people to the table to share their stories. By sharing our stories, we will all grow and we will all be changed.

 

I have some special guests joining me this season—some of them you may know and some of them will be new to you, but they are quite personal to my story and experience—and I’m excited to introduce you to them in this series.

 

Our discussions will follow the outline of the book: considering the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

 

So I invite you to join us this season. We will be publishing the podcast on Thursdays, and they’re going to syndicate on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube. I’m also going to post a summary transcript of each podcast on my blog as our “Coffee Talk” on Thursdays.

 

I invite you to comment and join the conversation using the #ASojournersTruth hashtag as my guests may want to continue the conversation with you as well. I want to thank my publisher, InterVarsity Press, for partnering with me in this effort of writing the book, understanding the importance of the contents of the book, and also the importance of my voice and the message that God wanted to communicate through my voice. I thank them for encouraging all of us to #ReadWomen and elevate the voices of people of color.

 

You can pre-order A Sojourner’s Truth right now! The book officially releases on October 9, 2018! It will be available everywhere books are sold. I want to always encourage you to support your local bookstores because I don’t want to live in a world where we cannot visit bookstores.

 

Together, I promise you that we’re going to share our stories, we’re going to speak the truth, we’re going to encourage each other to live free and courageously!

 

I think we’re gonna laugh a lot, and I hope we also have a lot of fun!

 

You can also connect with me through my website at www.NatashaSRobinson.com.  You can follow me on: Facebook (Don’t miss the news – “Like” and click “Following” to “See First”), Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will leave you with this quote from the book: “The first person each of us must learn to lead is ourselves.”

 

Until next time, “Tell the truth people!”

Wisdom for Finding a Mentor

I am cooking up a lot of projects behind the scenes! One of them is the SheGrows Conference.

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The purpose of the SheGrows conference is to inspire women across generations to enter into mentoring relationships and invest in the next generation. I’m joined on the platform by the conference’s visionary, author and speaker, Laurie Polich Short, and speaker and advocate, Brooklyn Lindsey.   This is a conference series that is coming to city near you! We are heading to St. Louis this weekend, and appreciate your prayers. In the meantime, please visit the SheGrows Conference website to see how we can be of service to your church or community.

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Today, I’m sharing my first piece “Wisdom for Finding a Mentor” from Propel Sophia.

For me, mentoring started when I walked out the gate of my college campus and knocked on her door. That’s when Mary welcomed me into her heart and her home. She taught me how to love Jesus, study his Word, and walk in the Way. Then she prepared me to do the same for others. As a small group leader, Marine Corps officer, seminary lecturer, consultant, and parent, I have entered into many mentoring relationships over the years. I have been blessed by those who committed to mentoring me, and have, in turn, mentored others at various stages of their life or leadership journey. As someone who has written and coached extensively on mentoring, the question I’m most often asked is, “How do I find a mentor?”

This question meets a basic need and that’s why we need to ask. We all need companionship and wise spiritual counsel on this journey called life. From the beginning, God said it was not good for humans to be alone. The presence of mentors in our lives meets critical emotional, physical, and spiritual needs. The primary way we connect with mentors is by asking—either we ask someone to mentor us or they ask to become our mentor.

Asking may be difficult, but it is part of God’s pattern for us. When the disciples wanted to know how to pray, they asked Jesus (Luke 11:1). Jesus taught and modeled for his disciples the importance of asking the Father to meet our needs.

Asking can be complicated, too: When James was writing a letter to the early Christians, he warned them that sometimes they don’t get what they ask for because they ask with the wrong motives (James 4:3).

Continue reading at Propel Sophia.