On the Live Like It’s True podcast my guests and I look at various stories (narratives) of the Bible, and ask, “What’s surprising here?” and “How does this correct the false narratives of the World?”
Each episode is conversational (not preachy) and will stir your appetite to drink in the stories of the Bible, and live like the overarching Story is true!
Do you want to live like it’s true?
If we haven’t met, I’m Shannon Popkin. Whether from the platform, the page, or the podcast microphone, my hope is that you’ll open your Bible with me, drink in the truth, then live like the story true.
We’re all telling a story with our lives; we’re not all telling the true story. This podcast is designed to help you know the story, share the story, and live the story.
Know the Story
Share the Story
God could have revealed himself in textbook fashion, with lists of his attributes and facts. Instead, he gave us a thick book with lots of stories. Each one is like a velvet pouch, which bundles up certain gems of God’s character for safekeeping. And the stories become more deeply ingrained in our hearts when we rehearse and share them with others.
On Live Like It’s True, we talk often about how to approach the stories of the Bible, and how to give them away!
Live the Story
It’s one thing to know the story; it’s another thing to live like the story is true. This podcast is meant to help shrink the gap between what you say you believe and how you live. As we rehearse the true stories individually, and the overarching story of the Bible, we’ll discover how the one True Story corrects the false narratives of the world.
How long are the episodes?
Between 30 and 45 minutes.
Who is this podcast for?
If you love the Bible, and want to live like it’s true, this podcast is for you! I imagine most listeners will be women, but guys are welcome, too!
When will episodes release?
Wednesday morning, the True Story episode (with guests) will release. Retelling episodes release on Saturday. (Not all episodes have a Retelling Episode.)
What are the aims of this podcast?
My hope is that that you’ll be inspired to better know the Story, share the Story, and live the Story.
How can I listen?
You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, and more. Find the full set of options here. (And please let us know if you see one missing!)
Who are some of your guests?
I’ve been so honored to welcome Nancy Guthrie, Courtney Doctor, Mary Kassian, Erin Davis, Kelly Needham, and more. Each guest is a gifted Bible teacher, and loves the truth of God’s Word!
What makes this podcast unique?
Each episode focuses on an astonishing, true story of the Bible, and what makes it surprising (both then and now). The style is conversational; not preachy but not shallow, either. Our quest is to treasure up the stories, and live like they’re true.
What’s the theme for season four?
Fall of ’22, we’re looking at the True Story of The Beginning. We’ll take several months to explore parts of our Origin Story, found in Genesis 1-3. After that, I’ll be taking a break to work on my next two books.
Season 4: True Story of the Beginning
Why do the weeds grow and the flowers die? Why is there cancer, and divorce, and death? And why, even when my life is so full, do I feel so empty? The answers to these questions are found, not in some lengthy discourse, but in a relatively short...
Welcome back to another series of Live Like It's True! Here in season 4 (and I can't believe we're already at season 4!) we're looking at the True Story of the Beginning. Our origin story. Knowing your origin story matters. Understanding Genesis...
What does it mean to be male or female? What does it mean to image God? And how are these two things related? The answers to these questions are found on the earliest pages of our Bible, tucked into our origin story. I'm so thankful to have my...
Do you ever think of God as stingy? Do you focus on the things that He hasn't given you? The opening scene of Genesis shows us a different view of God. As we see the waters teaming with life and the birds filling the sky and plants popping up...
Are you a perfectionist? Do you run yourself ragged with your work, or your ministry? And have you asked yourself why? I have to admit, this was the episode in this series I was secretly least excited about. Not because of my guest; Lindsay...
What if marriage isn't just about marriage? What if God designed marriage to help us understand something even more important? Mary Kassian joins us to talk through the story of the first man and his wife, found in Genesis 2, and what their...
Have you ever had an intruder? Knowing that someone has entered your space immediately makes you feel violated and on guard, and that's exactly how we're supposed to feel when an intruding serpent shows up in the Garden of Eden. I feel so...
Have you ever tried to hide your sin from God? Have you withdrawn from Him in shame—afraid of his anger over what you've done? Or maybe you've convinced yourself that your sin isn't all that bad. That there's nothing to be ashamed of. The story...
“Shannon and her guests had a way of welcoming me and getting me excited to hear and learn more about the Bible and this Bible story. The insights gained were new and stayed with me and inspired action.”
Shauna Letellier, author and speaker
“Really appreciated the interviewer’s questions and her guests’ insights on various extremely well-known Bible stories. It’s so nice to have a fresh perspective and to take a deeper look at how they apply to our lives. Looking forward to more episodes!”
Reyna Orozco Merez, Blogger, Speaker & Podcaster
“It is very encouraging to me when I listen women who love God and His Word, and share about Jesus in a very clear and captivating way. I have enjoyed Shannon’s great guests and her natural and deep conversations.”
Christine, on Apple Podcasts
“What a fabulous concept to focus on the stories of the Bible and share the truth… You’ll enjoy how Shannon and guest bring these stories of truth to life!”
Cheryl Shumake, author and speaker
“A refreshing, relevant exchange with good friends who love us enough to challenge our thinking with God’s truth, while inviting us to find rest and hope in God’s love. I love Love LOVE the way the content is laid out, that there are definitive take-aways, and the inviting tone of the conversations.”
“I’m excited to listen to more!!! Like the Woman at the well, Jesus wants to have a conversation with me about things in my life that aren’t meant to satisfy my thirst! Wow! I need to live like that’s true!”
“I loved was the conversational style between the speakers- it isn’t a “preaching” podcast, but instead was like listening to two people having a meaningful conversation. Mostly, I loved the way the conversations in each episode eventually steered to the question- how can we live like this story is true? I found it very practical and easy to apply to my personal life. It gave me a fresh perspective on those familiar Bible stories.”
“Inspiring, informative, and engaging. I loved that reading scripture directly from the Bible was included… I love the request to really learn the story so that we can share it with others. These discussions will really stick with me!”
“Mary Demuth pointing out that this discussion with the woman at the well was Jesus’s longest theological discussion was amazing. And it was with a woman! With a past! Do you know what that means to someone like me? I absolutely love your message about what makes us good at sharing the stories of the Bible is our hunger for God. We can feel confident in this! Mary’s suggestion to read the story every day is so good!!!”
ChristysReview on Apple Podcasts
“Gold! After reading Shannon’s book, Comparison Girl, I knew I wanted to hear her podcast. Just like the book, solid gold. What an encouragement from her to live my life every day like what I read in God’s Word is true, and it is!”
“I was hooked within the first few minutes. Shannon and her guest bring fresh perspective to a familiar Bible story. The conversational teaching is gentle in nature. I paused the podcast often and thoughtfully considered my own life in light of this teaching. I am looking forward to more!”
Amy Cantilini, Women's Ministry Director
“I really enjoyed listening. Though the stories were familiar, the insights that Shannon and her guests brought out were refreshing and profound. I came away from their friendly conversation wanting to more fully live in such a way that reflects the realness of the truths in God’s Word.”
Sheryl Hodson, Women's Ministry Director
“The conversational style was fantastic. It made me feel like we were discussing scripture over tea, but still dove deep into the passage and pulled out background and other information that was helpful to think about. I can’t wait to hear more!”
Season 3: The Summer Standout Series
Has God been putting up roadblocks in your path? Has he been making it impossible for you to "proceed with the route" you had in mind for your life? This can be really frustrating—especially when your plans revolved around pleasing God. Maybe...
Do you know anyone who seems like the least likely person to ever turn and follow Jesus? You look at them and think, "There's just no way..." Maybe the person you think of as the least likely Jesus follower is you. Well, today we're looking at a...
Have you had a sense of uncertainty lately? As you look at big, looming problems in the world, have you wondered how it's all going to turn out? And have you been tempted to just stay quiet and passively do nothing—because you're not sure what...
Do you have any signs of an identity crisis? When I did a quick search online (here, here and here) I found lists of symptoms including: Apathy, or searching for more purpose or passion in your life Questioning your goals and relationships...
Have you been following along this summer, on the Live Like it's True podcast? Want to win this bundle of amazing gifts, from our guests? Included are: Pathway to Peace by Ann Swindell. Esther: Seeing Our Invisible God in an Uncertain World by...
What would you do, if God asked you to give Him everything? What if you were already reeling with struggle and loss, and He asked you to sacrificially give what little you have, to Him? That's exactly what we're going to see in this story about...
Season 2: The True Story of Easter
Hey, hey! Welcome back to another season of Live Like It's True! This season, we're discussing the True Story of Easter. Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn't tie everything together for his disciples? Why did Jesus not simply say, "I'm God's...
Are you going through something really painful right now? Are you wondering, "Why, Jesus? Why didn't you intervene?" There are two sisters named Mary and Martha, in our story today, who are asking that very question after the death of their...
When my son, Cade, was a baby, I was putting him in his carseat one day and I accidentally bumped his head as I lowered him in. He looked at me with an expression of shock and said, "Mommy! We don't want to hurt your precious baby!" His...
If you were invited to a special dinner party, where the honored guests gathering around the table are all friends of Jesus who will be participating in a symbolic reenactment of the most important day in the history of the world, would you go?...
When my daughter was little she looked up at a lifeguard sitting on a tall chair and said, "That's the king, isn't it, Daddy?" She didn't quite have everything figured out yet, but even at two or three years old, she knew that great people were...
Have you ever watched someone betray Jesus? Have you felt the pain and shock of watching someone among you—someone who seemed to be a follower of God—turn against Him? This can be confusing and disorienting, but what if it's true that Jesus...
Season 1: The True Stories of Jesus
Welcome to my brand new Bible podcast, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story, and live the story! Listen to the trailer for more: Click here for more ways to listen! (Including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Google Podcasts...
Would you be willing to carry your friend up onto a roof, to get her to Jesus? What if praying for your friend is the equivalent of bringing her—on a stretcher—to Jesus? Where else can I listen to the podcast? Go HERE to find this episode on...
What are you thirsty for? What’s the habit or person or behavior you’ve returned to repeatedly—always dipping your bucket and yet coming up dry? And what difference should it make that Jesus has offered you his living water? Where else can I...
What should you do when you don’t have enough? Maybe you’re stressed out, overwhelmed or burned out, and you just don’t have enough to do what Jesus has assigned to you today. If that’s you, I’m glad you’re joining us for this episode, because...
Do you see the people around you like Jesus does? Or is a certain type of person you might look at with disdain? Who do you see as appalling, or as an annoyance? Today we're looking at the True Story at Simon's Table from Luke 7:36-50, where a...
What fears do you struggle with? What anxieties hold you back? Do you worry about the things you can't control? Things that might hurt you, or the ones you love? We're talking about the True Story of Fear with Kristen Wetherell on Episode 5 of...