Episode 85: Holy Troublemaking & Raising Strong-Willed Children with Daneen Akers

July 27, 2020

Show Description

Love and justice will only arise when we unite with those who are different from us. People with diverse backgrounds, faiths, and even beliefs have the power to come together and create something beautiful. However, if we surround ourselves only with those who are identical to us, we will never reach the same heights.

Daneen Akers is a visionary who understands this well. She invited me to be a part of a project that has become one of the things I feel most honored. For this project, she wrote a book for middle schoolers titled Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints. It is a children’s storybook about people from different faiths coming together to work for love and justice in their corners of the world. In this episode, she shares where her idea for this book came from and how she put it all together.

Show Highlights:

  • Daneen’s process for deciding who to feature in her book.
  • The profiles that especially resonated with her.
  • Why it was important to her to use different styles of artists.
  • The definition of troublemaking that was at the forefront of her mind.
  • Advice for parents who are raising strong-willed children.

Links (affiliates included):

Find my Holy Troublemaker profile here:

Casper Ter Kuile’s session about rituals can be found here:

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