Aspiring Women Episode Guide

 

Chonda Pierce Joins Aspiring Women

Chonda Pierce Joins Aspiring Women

Funny lady Chonda Pierce joins the hosting team of Aspiring Women for its 10th season on the air! Chonda will perform and she’ll share her own story of finding laughter again after some very dark times. Episode Page

A Mother’s Legacy

A Mother’s Legacy

When Kate Larimore was born, her parents received a devastating medical diagnosis.  Kate had no right brain and half of a left brain. She would never walk or talk.  But when her mother refuses to give up, it changes the course of Kate’s life.  Astonishing the medical community and her parents, she succeeds far beyond anyone’s wildest hopes. Episode Page 

Fairytale Failure

Fairytale Failure

Nancy Sebastian Meyer had always dreamed of marrying her very own prince charming. But her fairytale dream ended when her husband became verbally abusive and turned his back on God. Determined to make her marriage work anyway, Nancy has learned how to live happily in a marriage that has fallen way short of her expectations. Episode Page  

Secrets of a Centerfold

Secrets of a Centerfold

Sexually and physically abused as a child, Susie Krabacher felt unattractive and unloved. In young adulthood, an encounter with a photographer led Susie to become a Playboy centerfold. She thought she had it all, but would soon find out that life at the Playboy mansion wasn’t all fun and games. Episode Page

A Heart for Haiti

A Heart for Haiti

In part 2 of Susie Krabacher’s story, the former Playboy centerfold had left the parties, alcohol, sex and drugs of the Playboy mansion behind and married an Aspen attorney.  But when a documentary reminded her of a promise she had once made to God, she boarded a plane for Haiti and soared to greater heights and a grander vision for her life than she’d ever dreamed.  Episode Page

Choosing Suicide

Choosing Suicide

When a tragic series of events sent 17-year- old Kristen Anderson spiraling into depression, she made an impulsive decision to end her life by lying across railroad tracks as a train rapidly approached.  Three-three freight cars ran over Kristen, but she survived to tell her miraculous story.   Episode Page

Baby, Baby

Baby, Baby

Getting married in their late thirties, Lisa and Wes Disselkoen dreamed of becoming parents.  When fertility treatments failed, they decided to adopt from Guatemala.  See God’s faithfulness in action as this couple rides out a series of heart-stopping twists and turns that adds children to their family in ways they could have never predicted. Episode Page

The Shack

The Shack

When first-time author William Paul Young wrote a story titled “The Shack” for his six children, he never expected it would turn into a national best-seller.  In this episode, he talks about his personal story of pain and healing that led to this publishing phenomenon. Episode Page

When Homosexuality Hits Home

When Homosexuality Hits Home

Angela Yuan’s son Christopher made a startling announcement one spring day.  “I am gay”, he declared. Angela gave him an ultimatum: choose the family or choose the lifestyle.  Distraught when he chose homosexuality, Angela felt she had no reason to live until an encounter with God changed her life and her family’s lives forever.   Episode Page

What’s Your Blend?

What’s Your Blend?

With a high national divorce rate, step-families are quickly becoming the norm.  These blended families come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In this episode of AW, several “steps” share both the challenges and joys that accompany life “in the blender.”   Episode Page

The Sacrifice of Service

The Sacrifice of Service

Marshele Waddell had no idea what her Navy Seal fiancé actually did for the military.  But she was quickly initiated into the life of a military spouse soon after the wedding.  While life and limb are rarely on the line for the families of soldiers, they make many personal sacrifices of their own. And when a soldier suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, the family suffers as well.  Episode Page

Hope's Wish

Hope’s Wish

12-year-old Hope Stout was diagnosed with a rare and rapidly growing bone cancer but she refused to give up on her health or her faith.  When the Make-A-Wish foundation offered her a wish, her response ended up blessing every other terminally ill child in her city.  Episode Page

Finding The Perfect Match

Finding The Perfect Match

Trish Ryan grew up thinking she’d marry and have a family, but after years of looking for a husband, her heart was bruised and broken.  Trying to find the key to what made life and love work, her meandering journey took her from the self-help aisle to relationship experts to new age churches.  Finally, her search for the right man led her to a life-transforming relationship with the right God.  Episode Page

A New Start

A New Start

For Aspiring Women’s 11th season opener, Shirley Rose and Chonda Pierce welcome writer and speaker Valorie Burton to AW as a new co-host.    And speaking of new starts…guest Kim Bensen will share her story of gaining a new life after losing over 200 pounds.   Episode Page

Twists and Turns

Twists and Turns

With over 1000 franchises worldwide, Auntie Anne’s pretzels founder Anne Beiler has experienced first-hand the sweet smell of success.  But Anne has tasted the bitter along with the sweet.  Her 19-month old toddler Angie was killed when her sister unwittingly backed over her with a tractor. In her grief, Anne reached out to her pastor, who abused his spiritual power and began a six-year intimate relationship with Anne that tore her world and her family apart.   Anne talks about the decades-long depression that resulted and about how she eventually found freedom from guilt and shame.  Episode Page

Sit, Stay, Come

Sit, Stay, Come

The bible says “laughter does good like medicine,” and what brings us more laughter than our furry, funny, four-pawed (or sometimes two-clawed friends) friends? Our pets can teach us many lessons about God, about life and about love. If you don’t have a pet already, you’ll want one after watching this merry episode of Aspiring Women!   Episode Page 

Help! I’m Pregnant

Help! I’m Pregnant

An unplanned pregnancy can cause deep turmoil and difficult decisions.  Some women abort, others give their child up for adoption and still others opt to raise their child. The decision is not easy and no matter what choice is made, it results in a life change for the woman. In this Aspiring Women episode, all three options are illustrated through the stories of women who made different decisions regarding their unplanned pregnancies.  Episode Page 

Sex and Addiction

Sex and Addiction

Mike Courtney had the golden touch when it came to leading churches.  Every church Mike pastored soon grew to overflowing.  With a beautiful wife and two precocious young sons, he had the perfect family.  But Doris Courtney knew something about her husband that no one else knew and it was destroying her. Only after Doris finally left her adulterous husband did Mike seek the counseling he needed for sex addiction. Episode Page 

Journeys in the Holyland Part 1

Journeys in the Holyland Part 1

In part one of a series of programs taped in Israel, Aspiring Women hosts Shirley Rose, Chonda Pierce and Valorie Burton discover deep truths about God and women as they tour the Holyland. Also featured is a modern-day Mary Magdalene story of a woman transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Episode Page 

Journeys in the Holyland Part 2

Journeys in the Holyland Part 2

In part two of a series of programs taped in Israel, Shirley, Chonda and Valorie go back in history to discover what life was like for women in Nazareth in the days of Jesus.  And, we’ll see how God continues to use young women like Jesus’ mother Mary to accomplish His purposes in the world today  Episode Page 

Healthy Choices

Healthy Choices

After a lifetime spent battling her weight, Kim Bensen finally committed to a healthy lifestyle which resulted in a 212 pound weight loss.  Kim has managed to keep it off for over five years.  In this episode, Kim shows us the tools we need make healthy eating choices and she shares some of her favorite recipes too! Episode Page 

Once, Twice, Three Times a Baby

Once, Twice, Three Times a Baby

Amy Chaney loved being a wife and mother.  She simply couldn’t imagine life without her three children.  She also wanted to be part of something bigger than herself, to make a real difference in someone’s life, so she decided to become a surrogate. After three years of a rollercoaster ride with many highs and lows, Amy finally became pregnant – with triplets!  All babies survived and now, a once-childless couple has turned into a loving family of five. Episode Page 

Zany, Zan

Zany, Zan

Comedian Zan Aufderheide has lived a Cinderella story. Growing up in a severely dysfunctional home, five year old Zan wrapped her arms around her mother’s legs trying to prevent her from committing suicide. Emotionally closed off after that, Zan floundered personally, professionally and spiritually.  But an encounter with Jesus changed her life and destiny.  And when she discovered her gift for stand-up comedy, it fit her like a glass slipper.  In the blink of an eye, Zan went from struggling comic to opening act for one of the Christian church’s most beloved comedians. Episode Page 

True Beauty

True Beauty

Candy Wood Lindley had strived to live what she thought was the ‘perfect’ life.  At 30, she was married to a successful man, had two healthy children, a beautiful house, membership in a social club and many material blessings.  Then, she was diagnosed with cancer in her face.  She was told she would lose most, if not all of her vision and that she would awake from surgery “severely disfigured.”  Candy’s long journey through multiple surgeries, disfigurement and ultimate triumph has taught her the meaning of true beauty. Episode Page 

The Miracle of Grace

The Miracle of Grace

Shannon Ethridge was just a teenager when a car accident changed her life forever.  But the accident changed many other lives as well because Shannon had hit and killed a missionary wife and mother.  How this woman’s husband responded to the driver who had left him a widower forever altered young Shannon’s future.  Episode Page 

Surviving Hitler

Surviving Hitler

Rena Quint has had six mothers, three names and two birthdates.  Growing up in the middle of WWII, Rena’s Jewish family was murdered by the Nazis. At five, she was sent to the German concentration camp Bergen-Belsen, where she was cared for by various imprisoned “mothers”. At the same time, Rosemarie Reinhard was growing up in Nazi Germany. Nazi soldiers brought Jews to her father’s dental practice and unbeknownst to them, Richard Reinhard would lovingly care for them and feed them in his basement. When the Nazi’s learned of this, his entire family was slated for execution.  Both Rena and Rosemarie survived the murderous Nazis and their lives offer hope and inspiration for all. Episode Page