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Encouragement for You

Don Hawkins
Encouragement for You is a weekly podcast designed to give you Christ-centered encouragement to help you face life’s most challenging problems. Each episode features Don Hawkins talking with individuals who can address the specific encouragement needed for relationship challenges, mental health issues like depression and anxiety, achieving financial stability, and much more.
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When You're at the End of Your Rope
May 31, 2023 - 22 min
Ever feel like you’re at the end of your rope and don’t know where to turn? The late Dr. Frank Minirth was not only a board certified psychiatrist, he was a gifted christian encourager. He and host Don Hawkins talk about what to do when you feel like you’re at the end of your rope You may be one of those individuals who simply doesn’t have time or take the time for a vacation, but according to Dr. Greg Smalley of Focus on the Family vacations are important. That’s the topic he and host Don Hawkins will discuss next.See for privacy information.
PTSD and Substance Abuse
May 24, 2023 - 22 min
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has become increasingly common in a world filled with violence, stress, and disasters.  The late Dr. Frank Minirth was an authority on the subject and his discussion with host Don Hawkins is up next. From his own experience, the late Tony Dyer became an authority on overcoming substance abuse.  He provided curriculum for a number of substance abuse treatment centers. He joined host Don Hawkins to talk about how anyone can overcome substance abuse in their life. See for privacy information.
Mastering Your Work
May 17, 2023 - 21 min
For many people work is the most difficult part of their lives. Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-a talks with host Don Hawkins about mastering your work What to do when you're at the end of your rope? Christian life coach Todd Nivens discusses this with host Don HawkinsSee for privacy information.
How to Go the Distance for Christ
May 10, 2023 - 24 min
Many people start off well in life, but fail to go the distance for the Lord. Encouragement for you host Don Hawkins and Dr. David Shibley, who founded a worldwide ministry called Global Advance, both have decades of service to the Lord. In a recent radio broadcast the two of them discuss the importance of going the distance in service to Christ.See for privacy information.
How to Cultivate Stronger Relationships
May 8, 2023 - 25 min
Often when people are first married life is absolutely thrilling, but after pressures mount and children arrive it can seem a couple has entered a marital rut. Dr. Greg Smalley is the vice president of family relationships for Focus on the Family and his wife Erin is a licensed therapist.  The two of them join host Don Hawkins with a practical solution to this problem   Are you a person who finds it hard to make friends?  the Bible has a lot to say on the subject and Dr. Gary Oliver who is an author and licensed Christian therapist shares practical insights with host Don Hawkins on the challenges of cultivating friendships. See for privacy information.
Encouragement for the Exhausted
April 26, 2023 - 26 min
As America turns further from Christian values how aggressive should we be in sharing the gospel? Pastor and author Dr. Erwin Lutzer joins host Don Hawkins to discuss his book, No Reason to Hide.   Exhaustion. Most people have faced this a time or two in their lives.  Christian counselor Todd Nevins joins host Don Hawkins to bring encouragement to those who are feeling too tired to go on.See for privacy information.
Never Give Up!
April 19, 2023 - 19 min
Discouragement is extremely common today and Christians are certainly not exempt. In our first segment the late Dr. Frank Minirth, from his years of practice as a Christian psychiatrist, offers three reasons to never give up.   I don’t have to tell you that for many of us these have been extremely difficult days. Christian counselor Brad Fairchild offers encouragement and hope as he talks with host Don Hawkins about learning to rely on The Lord.See for privacy information.
Becoming a Leader and How to Better Manage your Money
April 12, 2023 - 23 min
During his years as chairman, president, and CEO of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy was often invited to speak on the subject of leadership in the workplace. In this episode of Encouragement for You, he discusses the subject with host Don Hawkins For many years Bettye Banks served as vice president for education of Consumer Credit Counseling Service. In this segment, Bettye and host Don Hawkins discuss strategies for money management.See for privacy information.
Easter and Evangelism
April 5, 2023 - 23 min
Each week on the Encouragement for You podcast we listen to interviews typically conducted by host Don Hawkins. This week however, the tables turn. Encouragement for You producer Elizabeth Andrade interviews Don Hawkins about the meaning of Easter, Evangelism, and his recent trip to India.See for privacy information.
A Multifaceted Look at Cancer
March 29, 2023 - 22 min
Cancer is our topic for this episode of Encouragement for You. Don Hawkins’ first guest is nationally respected physician, author, and conference speaker Dr. Walt Larimore. During the second segment Mike Shaw, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Pelham Alabama and cancer survivor joins host Don Hawkins. They begin by discussing the seven waring signs of cancerSee for privacy information.
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Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Don Hawkins, the host and executive producer of the live Saturday evening call-in program Encouragement Live, serves as President/CEO of Encouragement Communications.

Don is a veteran of Christian live call-in programs. He was the original Host and Executive Producer of the Minirth-Meier Clinic, a pioneering broadcast combining Christian counseling in a live call-in setting. He also served 8 years as co-host and producer of the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, and hosted his own live weekday call-in program Life Perspectives for over 20 years.

Don has authored or co-authored over 20 books, including Never Give Up, Master Discipleship Today, How to Beat Burnout, Leadership Under Fire and Friends in Deed.
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