Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick

Michael John Cusick

Conversations that cultivate freedom, flourishing, and wholeness of heart through Jesus-shaped spirituality. If you would like further information about Michael and Restoring the Soul, visit restoringthesoul.com

  • 40 minutes 8 seconds
    Episode 312 - Jim Smith, "The Journey of Surrender and Transformation, Part 1"

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    Welcome to another episode of "Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick." In today's conversation, Michael and Jim Smith dive deep into the complex and ongoing journey of surrender and spiritual growth. Michael opens up about his own experience with the painful yet rewarding process of counseling, emphasizing that surrender is not a one-time event but a continuous journey. Jim shares his profound moments of surrender and discusses the concept as a transfer of power that can lead to a new way of being.

    Drawing from the insights of William James, they highlight that life's most significant changes often come through slow and subtle conversions rather than dramatic emotional experiences. As they explore the intersection of religion, God's unconditional love, and our personal narratives, they underscore the importance of experiencing and internalizing divine love to truly transform our lives.

    This episode also delves into groundbreaking research conducted by Jim Smith and his colleague, Matt Johnson, uncovering nine "leaps" crucial for deep spiritual growth and Christlikeness. Join us as we explore these pivotal moments, the process of restoring one's soul, and the journey toward becoming secure in God's love.

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    14 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 28 minutes 37 seconds
    Episode 311 - Sam Jolman, "The Sex Talk You Never Got, Part 2"

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    Welcome back to "Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick." In today's episode, Michael dives deep into a conversation with Sam Jolman, author of "The Sex Talk You Never Got: Reclaiming the Heart of Masculine Sexuality." Sam’s groundbreaking book, set to release on June 11, explores the often misunderstood landscape of male sexuality, emphasizing that true sexual healing involves far more than just avoiding lust or overcoming shame. Instead, Sam introduces the concept of reclaiming innocence through awe and kindness, leading to an integrated, holistic experience of our sexuality. 

    Michael and Sam challenge traditional perspectives, shifting the focus from purity as an end goal to embracing our sexuality as a means of drawing closer to God and experiencing life’s profound beauty. They also address the pivotal question: what is the true goal of male sexuality? Join us for this enlightening discussion that promises to reshape how we understand and experience our deepest desires and connections. 

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    7 June 2024, 11:00 am
  • 28 minutes 47 seconds
    Episode 310 - Sam Jolman, "The Sex Talk You Never Got, Part 1"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick. Today, our special guest is Sam Jolman, author of the forthcoming book, "The Sex Talk You Never Got: Reclaiming the Heart of Masculine Sexuality."

    In this episode, Michael and Sam explore the genesis of Jolman's book and the pivotal discussions that underpin men's sexual health and well-being. Learn about the distinctive approach Jolman takes in his writing, offering prescriptive advice and a descriptive, story-rich exploration of masculinity and sexuality. Discover why Jolman believes that understanding male sexuality is crucial, especially in the wake of the Me Too movement, which has left many questioning the inherent goodness of male desire.

    Tune in as we discuss the necessity for open, ongoing conversations about sexuality, the concept of men as lovers, and the true needs behind sexual desires. We'll also touch on the impact of shame and the need for a more nurturing, informed approach to sexual education. Whether you're a man seeking a deeper understanding of your own sexuality or someone wanting to support the men in your life, this episode is packed with insights and compassion.

    Click here for details on Sam's book and to pre-order a copy.

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    31 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 35 minutes 9 seconds
    Episode 309 - Dr. Alison Cook, "Navigating Emotions and Faith"

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    Welcome to "Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick." In today's episode, Michael is joined by Dr. Alison Cook, author of the newly released book, "I Shouldn't Feel This Way." Together, they delve into the complexities of emotions and how we can navigate challenging situations through daily practices. Dr. Cook's book is part of a trilogy that includes "Boundaries for the Soul" and "The Best of You."

    Throughout the episode, you'll hear Dr. Cook explain her practical teaching method of naming, framing, and taking action—essential steps for emotional and spiritual growth. She emphasizes the importance of honesty about our feelings, especially our faith, and tackles the pitfalls of spiritual bypassing. Through personal anecdotes and profound insights, Dr. Cook and Michael explore how small acts of hope and bravery can lead to profound inner transformation.

    Whether you're struggling with feeling conflicted about God, dealing with inner criticism, or seeking to understand the societal implications of emotional reframing, this conversation is full of wisdom and actionable advice. We hope you will discover how you can cultivate clarity, set boundaries, and bravely confront your true emotions on your journey to inner healing.

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    17 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 27 minutes 9 seconds
    Episode 308 - "Barriers to Overcoming Betrayal Trauma"

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    Welcome to another edition of Restoring the Soul. On today's podcast, we tackled the critical topic of betrayal trauma with my bride Julianne. We explored why many women feel stuck in their healing process, diving into relational barriers like ongoing betrayal, gaslighting, and the impact of unresolved past trauma. We discussed the importance of emotional safety and open communication in the journey to recovery. If you or someone you know is experiencing betrayal trauma, this episode is a must-listen for understanding those barriers and finding a path to healing.


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    15 May 2024, 8:00 pm
  • 36 minutes 30 seconds
    Episode 307 - "Experience Authenticity and Connection at the RTS Men's Weekend"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick. Today, Michael is joined by Intensive Clinical Soul Care Specialist Brian Boecker. Together, they explore the profound impact of an upcoming men’s intensive weekend in Monument, Colorado, from September 19th through the 22nd, 2024.

    Throughout this discussion, they unpack the essential need for men to cultivate deep connections and authentic relationships, not just with others but within themselves. Brian shares insights into the weekend designed to foster safety, vulnerability, and authenticity to address the lack of meaningful friendships many men experience. He and Michael also delve into the transformational aftercare program that supports attendees beyond the weekend, emphasizing creating a sustained community through vulnerability and empathy.

    Their conversation extends to the power of storytelling in shaping one's identity and the role of fathers in modeling vulnerability. Michael highlights the flawed "maps" of masculinity often passed down by fathers and the crucial need for new paradigms that embrace openness and connection.

    Prepare to be moved by Ian Morgan Cron’s song "Land of My Fathers," which echoes throughout our discussion, bringing a poignant layer to the stories and experiences shared.

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    6 May 2024, 11:00 am
  • 39 minutes 11 seconds
    Episode 306 - Dr. Rodney Reeves, "The Embodied Faith: Incarnating the Gospel in Everyday Life"

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    Welcome back to another episode of Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick. Today, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Rodney Reeves for a captivating conversation about spirituality, imagination, and the profound teachings from the Gospel of John. In today’s episode, we’ll be delving deep into the passage of a remarkable woman who, unlike the disciples, doesn't need Jesus' direct instruction to do what's right, demonstrating how she naturally embodies the word and draws others to Christ.

    We'll also grapple with the incarnate word—how John's gospel invites us into a present kingdom with eternal life embodied in Jesus. Rodney shares his perspective on the transformative power of storytelling in preaching and studying the Bible, inviting us to imagine the incarnation in our lives.

    Lastly, Michael and Rodney will traverse through the imagery and themes of the Book of Revelation, revealing the critical message that good and God will triumph in the end. Doctor Reeves will draw us into a deeper understanding of this victory through faithful witness and loving sacrifice.


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    26 April 2024, 11:00 am
  • 32 minutes 1 second
    Episode 305 - Alan Kraft, "The Intimate God, Part 2"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick. Joining Michael is Alan Kraft, who will delve into the spiritually nourishing practice of scripture meditation and its power to let the Holy Spirit speak directly to our hearts.

    In today's episode, titled "The Intimate God," Alan unravels his spiritual trifecta — stillness, prayer, and scripture — to cultivate a profound connection with the Father. We'll explore how scripture is a gateway to a relational experience with Jesus, offering insights into his nature and deepening our knowledge of His love.

    We'll also discuss Alan's thought-provoking approach of slowly reading scripture and integrating prayer, inviting reflection, and an open dialogue with Jesus through the pages of the Bible. The concept of "practicing the presence of Jesus" emerges as a transformative method to bring Jesus into the entirety of our experiences, even the difficult emotions, as a path to growth and prayer.

    We touch on the significance of stillness, as echoed in the Psalms and the book of Genesis, carving out space to gaze within and commune with our Creator, and how this practice informs a genuine personal reality.

    Finally, we'll touch upon Sabbath, emphasizing it as a treasured time of self-care ordained by God, an invitation to rest in gratitude rather than an obligation.

    HELPFUL RESOURCES:
    Christ Community Church in Greeley, CO
    The Intimate God: A Practical Guide to Experiencing the God Who Delights in You


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    19 April 2024, 11:00 am
  • 35 minutes 34 seconds
    Episode 304 - Alan Kraft, "The Intimate God, Part 1"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul. Alan Kraft is joining Michael on today's podcast. Alan has served as lead pastor of Christ Community Church since 1990. He is passionate about teaching, writing, and prayer to help people experience Jesus in transformative ways. He holds an MDiv degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

    Alan and his wife Raylene live in Greeley, Colorado, and love hanging out with their ever-growing family. He enjoys playing golf, drinking sweet tea, watching British crime dramas with his wife, and doing ministry with the amazing staff at Christ Community. 

    In this episode, "The Intimate God," we're exploring the transformative power of experiencing God's love and the practical ways this can reshape our lives and our congregations. We'll tackle some challenging issues facing the body of Christ, such as the gap between knowing God and genuinely experiencing His love. Alan will offer insights from his journey and his newest book, "The Intimate God," which offers a practical guide for encountering the God who delights in us.


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    12 April 2024, 11:00 am
  • 28 minutes 40 seconds
    Episode 303 - Michael and Julianne Cusick, "Unpacking Forgiveness"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul with your host, Michael John Cusick. Forgiveness is a term often uttered with ease but practiced with considerable difficulty. What does forgiveness truly entail? Does it inherently mean reconciliation or forgetting?

    Joined by Julianne in the studio, they tackle heavyweight questions together. What happens when forgiveness feels incomplete? How might unresolved trauma complicate the process? And how do you navigate forgiveness in the aftermath of deep wounds and betrayal?

    Julianne brings to light the intricate journey of forgiving, reminding us that it is a layered and intertwined path, often requiring us to revisit and release it repeatedly. Prepare to be moved by authentic stories, gain practical insight, and perhaps confront the unforgiveness lurking within your soul. Because here, we believe in restoration and the power that comes from an honest, in-depth conversation about the pains and possibilities of forgiving. 

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    5 April 2024, 11:00 am
  • 40 minutes 52 seconds
    Episode 302 - Michael and Julianne Cusick, "Unraveling Layers of Trauma"

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    Welcome to another episode of Restoring the Soul. Today, Michael and Julianne delve into the complex tapestry of trauma, unwinding the threads that bind us to our past experiences. Many regard trauma as stemming from life-shattering events, but today’s discussion unfolds its layers, revealing that trauma can emerge from the wounds of both presence and absence. Whether it's through neglect or the absence of nurturing, the imprints of trauma take many forms.

    Understanding trauma not as what's wrong with you but what happened to you, we'll explore its symptoms, ranging from physiological responses and relational challenges to mood disturbances, sleep issues, and beyond. It's often hard to identify trauma when there are no symptoms, but it can lurk in the system, precipitating unforeseen issues in our lives.

    With transformational insight, this episode affirms that real healing is possible.

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    29 March 2024, 11:00 am
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