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Join best-selling author (and fellow struggler), Joanna Weaver in the Living Room – a podcast for Christian women featuring inspiring interviews with Christian leaders and solo shows shaped to a woman’s heart. All designed to give you practical tools for living, loving, and leading like Jesus. Learn more at bit.ly/tlrpodcast Join the Living Room Facebook Community @JoannaWeaverLivingRoom
 
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“Send me something good today, God, and give me the eyes to see it.” In this heartfelt episode, author and blogger, Ruth Schwenk shares from her latest devotional, Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day. Ruth invites us into her story of real-life struggles and opens the door for us to find God’s perfect pe…
 
“Fighting and flourishing are meant to blend together” In this heartfelt episode, author Jennie Lusko, shares from her new book, The Fight to Flourish: Engaging in the Struggle to Cultivate the Life You Were Born to Live. Jennie serves alongside her husband, Levi, leading Fresh Life Church in Montana, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming, as well as across th…
 
“Bad days don’t make you a bad mom” In this special episode, award-winning author, popular national conference speaker, and former radio cohost, Renee Swope shares from her newest book, A Confident Mom: Simple Ways to Give Your Child What They Need . Renee shares how her pain from her youth inspired her to parent differently with God’s direction an…
 
Daniel Radcliffe and Sandra Bullock talk about The Lost City.Plus Mark reviews Morbius, which features show favourite Jared Leto as Biochemist Michael Morbius; True Things, Harry Wootliff’s drama starring Ruth Wilson as a young woman living on the fringes of society; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with Jim Carrey; animation The Bad Guys, about several reform…
 
“When pushed up against a dead-end wall, the only option is to trust God.” In this special episode, best-selling author and disability advocate, Joni Eareckson Tada celebrates the 45th anniversary edition of her book- Joni: An Unforgettable journey. Joni shares beautiful and intimate details of her journey with God after breaking her neck in a divi…
 
Jake Gyllenhaal & Yahya Abdul Matten II talk about their roles in Michael Bay’s latest, Ambulance about two robbers who steal an ambulance after a heist. Plus Mark reviews Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, which chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman navigating the troubled waters of her love life and struggling to f…
 
Simon Farnaby talks about his new film The Phantom of the Open, about Maurice Flitcroft, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.Mark also reviews Paris 13th District, starring Noémie Merlant in Jacques Audiard’s lat…
 
“As we trust joy we find courage to celebrate.” In this episode, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer, and speaker, Nicole Zasowski shares from her latest book, What If It’s Wonderful?: Release Your Fears, Choose Joy, and Find the Courage to Celebrate. Through seasons of disappointment and despair, Nicole reminds us that staying connected…
 
Director Sean Baker talks about his new film Red Rocket, about a washed-up adult film actor who returns to his small Texas hometown,Mark will also review Feast, about the infamous 2007 HIV incident in the Dutch city of Groningen, Turning Red, the latest animation from Disney, about a 13-year-old girl who turns into a giant red panda whenever she ge…
 
Director Clio Barnard talks about her new film Ali and Ava, which stars Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook as the titular characters. Mark will also review The Batman, which stars Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz as Batman and Catwoman in Matt Reeves’s new story featuring the Bob Kane and Bill Finger-created superhero; documentary Rebel Dread about …
 
“When we are happy in the Lord, everything changes.” In this episode, my dear friend, author, speaker, podcast host, and USA Today bestselling author of over 80 books, Tricia Goyer, shares from her newest book, Heart Happy: Staying Centered in God’s Love During Chaotic Circumstances. Tricia is a homeschooling mom of ten, including seven by adoption…
 
Dave Grohl talks about his role in Studio 666, about Foo Fighters moving into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album.Mark reviews Cyrano, Joe Wright’s adaptation of the play; The Duke, about Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver who steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington f…
 
Dame Helen Mirren talks about her role in The Duke. Mark reviews Dog, The Real Charlie Chaplin, Here Before, jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Act 1), Kimi and Old Henry.Plus Simon and Mark talk through all the films on current release. Send us your sub 20 second instant reaction to any film attached to an email to mayo@bbc.co.uk for our feature ‘Lobby C…
 
“A message of hope for the hopelessly messy“ In this episode, blogger, author, speaker, and decluttering expert, Dana K. White, shares from her newest book, Organizing for the Rest of Us. Keeping up with our homes can feel like an uphill battle through cleaning, organizing, and decluttering. Dana, who was overwhelmed by her own home discovered a re…
 
Andrea Riseborough talks about her role in new drama Here Before.Mark reviews Chuckles Branagh’s Death on the Nile, about Hercule Poirot’s investigation of the murder of a young heiress in Egypt; Marry Me, in which musical superstars who are getting married before a global audience of fans when one of them learns of their fiance’s unfaithfulness; F…
 
Jessica Chastain talks about The Eyes of Tammy Faye, an intimate look at the rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye BakkerMark reviews The Souvenir Part II, about which its writer director Joanna Hogg spoke to Simon last week; Moonfall, about a mysterious force that knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurdling on…
 
“The fairytale has to end for intimacy to begin!” In this episode, clinical psychologist, Dr. Juli Slattery shares about marriage from the newest edition of her book, Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Revisited: Embracing Your Power in Marriage. Many women begin their marriages with great expectations but struggle to know how to build the kind of r…
 
Joanna Hogg talks about her new film The Souvenir Part II. Mark reviews new animation Sing 2, about an anthropomorphic koala called Buster Moon and his friends who must persuade a reclusive rock star lion called Clay Calloway, played by Bono, to join them for the opening of a new show; Pedro Almodóvar directing Penelope Cruz and Rossy De Palma in P…
 
Guillermo del Toro talks about his new film Nightmare Alley, the second film adaptation of the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. It stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Toni Collette. Mark reviews that film along with Sir Ken ‘Chuckles’ Branagh’s new film Belfast, which he discussed with Simon on last week’s show, about a …
 
“Only God can heal the broken-hearted!” In this episode, author and speaker, Sheri Rose Shepherd, shares from her newest book, Beyond the White Picket Fence: What to do When Your Life is Dismantled. In movie script format, Sheri describes her personal story alongside others who have learned to walk beyond betrayal, shame, and devastation. Sheri exp…
 
Sir Kenneth Branagh talks about his new film Belfast. Mark reviews Scream, set twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro; Joel Coen’s adaptation of Sir William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, about a Scottish lord who becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland; Save the Cinem…
 
“The common denominator in all your friendships is YOU!” In this episode, Andi Andrew shares from her newest book, Friendship—It’s Complicated. While friendship is a beautiful God-given gift, it is not always easy. After experiencing the hurt of many disappointing and broken friendships, Andi felt God call her to take ownership of her own heart iss…
 
Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo with their best reviews and interviews from 2021 including their chats with Sigourney Weaver, Emma Stone and Lakeith Stanfield and Mark's reviews of Wild Mountain Thyme, Greenland, Summer of Soul, Godzilla v Kong, Nomadland and No Time to Die. Plus the best dad jokes of the year. Email: mayo@bbc.co.uk Twitter: @wittertai…
 
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss talk about their new film, The Matrix Resurrections, in which we return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. Mark reviews that film along with The Humans, a horror set in a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan; The King’s Man, the prequel to the Kingsman movies starring Ra…
 
"Success found in our own strength still leads to burnout!"In this episode, best-selling author, podcast host and national speaker, Rebekah Lyons, shares from her devotional, A Surrendered Yes: 52 Devotions to Let Go and Live Free. Rebekah experienced a lot of fear and anxiety early on in her life but has since discovered that when she fully surren…
 
Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about her new film The Lost Daughter. Mark reviews that film plus the rest of the week’s new releases The Tender Bar, about a boy growing up on Long Island who seeks out father figures among the patrons at his uncle's bar; Lola and the Sea, about an eighteen-year-old who lives in a foster home; Nine Days, about a reclusive m…
 
Steven Spielberg and Ariana DeBose talk to Simon about West Side Story. Mark reviews that film, along with Don’t Look Up, which stars Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth; Clifford the Big Red Dog, about a big red dog;…
 
"God will meet us in the darkness and give us eyes to see the treasures there!"In this episode, Sarah Clarkson shares her personal story of wresting with God in the midst of mental illness from her book, This Beautiful Truth: How God's Goodness Breaks into Our Darkness. Sarah found herself in the midst of deep personal pain and surrounded by a brok…
 
Riz Ahmed talks to Simon about his role as Malik Khan in Michael Pearce’s Encounter. Mark reviews that film, along with Silent Night, the horror/comedy Keira Knightley came on the show to talk about last week; Mike Mills’s C’Mon C’Mon, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a radio journalist embarking on a cross-country trip with his young nephew; Resident E…
 
Keira Knightley talks to Simon about her role as Nell in Silent Night. Plus reviews of new Disney animation Encanto, about a young Colombian girl who has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers; House of Gucci, which features last week’s guest Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, and tells the story of Patriz…
 
"God never forsakes His people in the wilderness!"In this episode, Lauren Chandler shares powerful truths from her newest Bible Study, With Us in the Wilderness: a Study of the Book of Numbers. We are all prone to walk through wilderness seasons when life is difficult and God feels distant. Lauren reminds us that even when God feels far away, His p…
 
Adam Driver talks about his role as Maurizio Gucci in House of Gucci. Plus reviews of Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, with Benedict Cumberbatch as charismatic rancher Phil Burbank; Ghostbusters Afterlife, about a single mother and her two kids who arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and th…
 
Andrew Garfield talks about his role in Tick, Tick… Boom!, about a promising young theatre composer who on the cusp of his 30th birthday navigates love, friendship and the pressures of life as an artist in New York City.Plus reviews of Clint Eastwood’s neo-Western Cry Macho, about a one-time rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who takes a job to…
 
"There is so much available to you as a child of God every day!"In this episode, Juli Bevere, shares her personal story of learning how to fully live as a child of God. Juli married into ministry when she married the oldest child of John and Lisa Bevere. She partnered with her husband, Addison, and his siblings, in co-founding SonsAndDaughters.tv a…
 
Kristen Stewart talks to Simon about her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which Mark also reviews. Plus we have reviews of Paul Schrader’s The Card COunter, which tells the story of Oscar Isaac’s ex-military interrogator turned gambler haunted by the ghosts of his past; Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, the latest Marvel film about a race of…
 
Chloe Zhao talks about her new film Eternals, Thomasin McKenzie tells us about starring in Edgar Wright’s new film.Plus we have reviews of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone on its 20th Anniversary re-release; Antlers, set in an isolated Oregon town, about a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother who become embroiled with her enigmatic s…
 
"Show your children a life worth imitating!"In this episode, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, shares from her book, Jesus Followers: Real-Life Lessons for Igniting Faith in the Next Generation. Rachel is the granddaughter of Billy Graham, and gives some insights about their upbringing to provide spiritual wisdom and practical advice for raising the next ge…
 
Simon and Mark’s guest is Denis Villeneuve, who talks about his film Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel and starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya. Plus we have reviews of The Boss Baby 2: Family Business, in which the grown Templeton brothers have become and drifted away from each other; The Harder They Fal…
 
Sir Michael Caine talks about his new movie Best Sellers, about a cranky, retired author who reluctantly embarks on a final book tour to help out a young publisher.Plus we have reviews of Halloween Kills, starring Jamie Lee Curtis in the continuing saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode; The Last Duel, Sir Ridley Scott’s film about King Charles VI…
 
"God is still writing your story!"In this episode, Sheila Walsh shares powerful truths from God's Word and her personal journey in her newest book, Holding On When You Want to Let Go: Clinging to Hope When Life Is Falling Apart. Early on in her public ministry, Sheila broke down on national television and felt like her usefulness and worthiness was…
 
Jeymes Samuel and Regina King talk about their new Western, The Harder They Fall. Plus we have reviews of Claudia Llosa’s Fever Dream; animation The Addams Family 2, a sequel to the 2019 animated film, in which The Addams get tangled up in more wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting charact…
 
Ridley Scott and Jodie Comer talk about their new film The Last Duel , about King Charles VI declaring that Knight Jean de Carrouges should settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.Plus we have reviews of Next Door, Daniel Brühl’s film exploring the subject of gentrification and social inequality in Berlin; Freakscene: The St…
 
"It's the little things that make us who we are!" Stress. Anxiety. Constant headaches. Are you suffering from a life of hurry?In this episode, Jennifer Dukes Lee shares from her newest book, Growing Slow: Lessons on Un-Hurrying Your Heart from an Accidental Farm Girl. Running full-force as a news reporter, Jennifer and her husband discovered that t…
 
Mark and Simon’s guest is Michael Gandolfini, who’s talking about his film The Many Saints of Newark, the Sopranos prequel. Plus we have reviews of The Green Knight, David Lowery’s fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, starring Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander; The Alpinist, about the climber Marc-André Leclerc; d…
 
Mark and Simon’s guest is Luke Wilson, who stars in depression-era sports drama 12 Mighty Orphans. Plus we have reviews of Mandibles, about simple-minded friends Jean-Gab and Manu who find a giant fly trapped in the boot of a car, and decide to train it in the hope of making their fortune; Fauci, a glimpse into the life of infectious disease specia…
 
"The journey is the destination!" In this episode, season 18 winner of The Voice, Todd Tilghman, and his beautiful wife, Brooke, share from their book, Every Little Win: How Celebrating Small Victories Can Lead to Big Joy. Like most of us, the Tilghman's have experienced significant lows in their marriage, ministry and personal lives right alongsid…
 
Mark and Simon’s guest is Jennifer Hudson, who talks to us about her role as Aretha Franklin in Respect, which tells the story of the icon’s career from a child singing in her father's church's choir, to her international superstardom.Plus we have reviews of Herself, Phyllida Lloyd’s film about a young mother who escapes her abusive husband and fig…
 
Mark and Simon’s guests are director Phyllida Lloyd and producer Sharon Horgan, who talk about their new film Herself, about a young mother who escapes her abusive husband and fights back against a broken housing system. Mark reviews Leos Carax’s collaboration with Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, Annette; Misha and the Wolves, the story of a woman …
 
"When we change the language, we change a culture!" If you've ever felt limited, discouraged and disappointed by your body, this is for you!In this episode, Jess Connolly shares from her newest book, Breaking Free from Body Shame: Dare to Reclaim What God Has Named Good. The feeling that we are not enough has become prevalent amongst women today, e…
 
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