For Real with Kimberly Stuart

Kimberly Stuart

For Real with Kimberly Stuart invites listeners to eavesdrop on conversations with folks who live and love well, create beautiful things, teach us a ton, and let us in on what they know. Never one for successful small talk (JUNIOR HIGH WAS A STRUGGLE), Kim asks her guests to get right to it, mining stories of honesty and courage and finding plenty of snort-laughter and tears along the way. They tackle faith and grit and joy and sorrow and leave us with hope and renewed perspective to walk the stretch of road that's ours alone. For more on Kim and her books, visit KimberlyStuart.com read less

Episode 21 - Jeanne Stevens
Nov 1 2022
Episode 21 - Jeanne Stevens
Jeanne Stevens is a fellow Midwest girl! Hooray! I was honored to finally meet her and have her on For Real. Jeanne lives with her family in Chicago, where she co-pastors Soul City Church. You know that I only chat with folks who will be real with us, and let me just say that Jeanne perfectly fits that bill. Her new book, What’s Here Now? How to Stop Rehashing the Past and Rehearsing the Future—And Start Receiving the Present, is like a litmus test for how to really flourish in the right here, right now. I loved the book and loved learning from Jeanne in this conversation. Jeanne Stevens is one of the lead pastors of Soul City Church in Chicago’s dynamic West Loop neighborhood, which she and her husband, Jarrett, started in 2010. Soul City is one of the fastest-growing urban churches in the United States. Jeanne has had the opportunity to lead and speak into the lives of thousands of people across the U.S. and around the world. She is a sought-after speaker, leader, and writer. Her passion to develop people to live boldly & fully gives her a unique voice of hope and challenge. Jeanne is the author of multiple devotionals including the newly released Less is More as well as Everyday Brave, Grit & Grace, and You Are Enough. Her newest book What’s Here Now? is available now. In addition to pastoring Soul City Church, Jeanne finds great joy in being a wife to Jarrett, and a mom to her son, Elijah, and daughter, Gigi. You can find her online at JeanneStevens.com and on Instagram. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.
Episode 20 - Megan Tibbits
Oct 18 2022
Episode 20 - Megan Tibbits
Megan Tibbits brightens every room she enters, and our conversation on today’s ep is no exception. We peeked behind the curtain of what it looks like to have a very unusual job, her upbringing as a member of a Jesus version of the Partridge Family, and how she keeps her heart and mind in a healthy place working in an industry that focuses heavily on followers and platforms and perceived perfection. I’m so excited to have you listen in on my conversation with the girl with the guitar, the harp, the pipes, and the biggest heart. Megan Tibbits is a singer and songwriter of inspirational, Christian music, and a lifelong musical journeywoman. Born and raised in Michigan, not only in a musical family but in a touring family band, Tibbits traveled the country with the group for over ten years, singing on stage by age three, recording harmony vocals by age six, writing songs on guitar by age twelve, and learning piano, harp, oboe, and saxophone along the way. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Tibbits appeared before a national TV audience of ABC’s Rising Star, where she advanced to the top 13. She began making YouTube and Instagram videos that gained the attention of artists such as Alicia Keys, Jonathan McReynolds, Chandler Moore, Tauren Wells, Brandon Lake, and Jennifer Lopez, where she went on to sing and write with McReynolds, and arrange acoustic versions of songs for Lopez to perform on Award Shows and other public performances (i.e. AMA Awards, The 2021 Inauguration, Global Citizen, etc.) In 2020, Tibbits appeared on FOX’s I Can See Your Voice as “The Harpist”. Most recently, Megan toured with New York Times Best Selling Author Bob Goff, appeared on tour, and on the Dove Awards stage singing with Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds, and led worship with artist Brandon Lake at Seacoast Church. Megan resides in LA, writing & recording music, leading worship, touring, and speaking around the country. Find her online at MeganTibbits.com and on Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.
Episode 18 - Mike Foster
May 31 2022
Episode 18 - Mike Foster
I am grateful to have had a bevy of beautiful conversations this year, but my conversations with Mike Foster stand alone. They have changed me, changed the way I understand the world, and changed my relationships. CONVERSATIONS WITH MIKE FOSTER DO THIS, PEOPLE. I can’t wait for you to listen in on what Mike has learned over many years doing his valuable work and, in turn, what he’s able to teach us. Known as the Mr. Rogers of self-development, Mike Foster is a best-selling author, speaker, and executive counselor empowering people to build strong lives by turning their setbacks into superpowers. Mike is a Certified Experiential Specialist recognized by the International Society For Experiential Professionals. He is skilled in utilizing creativity and interactive elements to help people maximize their growth. Like a grace-flavored snow cone on a hot, judgmental day, Mike’s chart-topping and highly acclaimed Fun Therapy podcast and STRONGEST workshop will give you the one-two punch you need to stop making excuses and start living a stronger, better life. Mike is the author of several best-selling books including Freeway and Wonderlife. His wildly popular Five Dates fun-books for couples empowers relationships to build a strategy of togetherness. His new book The 7 Primal Questions: The Real Reason Why You Do Anything and How It Changes Everything will release in the summer of 2022. His work has been featured on Good Morning America, FOXNews and the New York Times. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jennifer and their fluffy dog. You can find him online at MikeFoster.TV and @MikeFoster2000. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.
Episode 13 - Sheila Gregoire
Mar 22 2022
Episode 13 - Sheila Gregoire
On this episode of For Real, we dive into the potential minefields of sex and intimacy, and Sheila Gregoire was the perfect person to help us know better in order to do better. It was an honor to chat with Sheila, a woman who is on the front lines of bringing hope and freedom to some dark spots in the church. For her book The Great Sex Rescue, Sheila interviewed 20,000 Christian women, and her research illuminates both what we are doing well and how we can move toward a more life-enriching, healthy view of sex and relationships. I learned a ton from Sheila and her book, and I can’t wait for you to listen in on our conversation. Sheila Wray Gregoire is the face behind To Love, Honor, and Vacuum, the largest single-blogger marriage blog. A sought-after speaker, she’s also an award-winning author of nine books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex. Sheila has a Masters in Public Administration and Master of Arts in Sociology both from Queen’s University. Sheila built the successful blog, To Love, Honor, and Vacuum, with traffic of one million page views a month. Her email list is 45,000 strong and her social media reach is over 100,000. Her podcast, Bare Marriage, has more than 5,000 downloads each week. She is an award-winning author with seven royalty published books. A sought after speaker, Sheila has spoken at churches and conferences around the globe. She is a frequent contributor at Family Life Canada events. Her latest book, The Great Sex Rescue, was featured in the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, and Washington Post. She has bylines at Religion News Service, Relevant Magazine, and other news sources. Sheila and her husband Keith, a pediatrician, live in Belleville, Ontario. They have two grown daughters and one very adorable grandson who lives down the road. She enjoys hiking, birdwatching, RV camping trips, and board games. And she knits - even in line at the grocery store. Find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.
Episode 11 - John Cotton Richmond
Feb 22 2022
Episode 11 - John Cotton Richmond
Ambassador John Cotton Richmond is a real-life superhero. He combats human trafficking and slavery, he loves his family and friends like a beast, and he does it all with humor and humility. The guy should wear a cape. What an honor to chat with him on this episode! I cannot wait for you to listen in on our hope-filled conversation. Ambassador Richmond’s career has taken him to the front lines in the global battle against human trafficking. As a Partner at Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, he focuses on the intersection between business and human rights. John advises companies on how to keep their supply chains free of forced labor and their workforces free of sex trafficking. Before joining Dentons, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed John, and he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021. Serving in the nation’s highest-ranking position dedicated to human trafficking, John led U.S. foreign policy related to modern slavery and coordinated the U.S. government’s response to the crime. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, John served for over a decade as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted numerous victim-centered labor and sex trafficking cases. He also co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute and lived in India for three years pioneering International Justice Mission’s slavery work. John has received numerous honors and commendations, including being named a “Prosecutor of the Year” and receiving the David Alred Award for exceptional contributions to civil rights. His work caused the former head of the FBI’s human trafficking program to call him “every trafficker’s worst nightmare.” John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and his law degree from Wake Forest University. Ambassador Richmond is a writer and frequent speaker on topics of faith, justice, vocation, and parenting and is a Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute. He lives outside Washington, DC with his “Lovely and Talented” wife and their three robust and remarkable children. Find him on social media @JohnRichmond1. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.
Episode 10 - Jo Saxton
Feb 8 2022
Episode 10 - Jo Saxton
Jo Saxton is a force, and she leverages that force to lift up others. I really tried hard not to fangirl with Jo, and to her credit, she humored my frothing like the pro she is. She coaches us beautifully in this episode, helping us know how to lead well, love fiercely, and be a people who pour oxygen into the dreams of others. I cannot wait for you to listen in on our rich conversation. Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. She has dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering women to find their purpose in their personal lives and in leadership. Born in London to parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Jo credits her family’s unrelenting work ethic and the grace of God for the bold, tenacious approach she takes to sharing her wisdom on identity, influence, and living an authentic life. She is characterized by her effervescent honesty and warm approachability, leaving audiences with practical next steps in areas that are usually a bit ambiguous. In her latest book, Ready to Rise: Own Your Voice, Gather Your Community, Step into Your Influence, Jo tackles the real life issues women face — workplace harassment, sexism, low self esteem, financial woes, power battles, and old wounds — to help move women beyond disempowerment and together to grow their grit. While providing meaningful wisdom from her own journey to leadership, Jo also adds stories of empowered women from the Bible. Readers will be empowering to change their landscape and build new communities where diverse female leadership can flourish. Her previous book, More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, discusses the role of women in church and society. While her book, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For helps readers address their past, accept their identity, and learn how to create a legacy they want. In addition to work as an author, Jo has also spearheaded an initiative aimed to help women grow their leadership skills. Jo lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Chris, and their two daughters. Find her online at JoSaxton.com and @JoSaxton. Visit KimberlyStuart.com/podcast for more from this episode.