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Love What Matters

“There’s always good that can come from the bad.”

Cohost of the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show and host of Love What Matters Podcast: Amy Brown is a ray of sunshine as she shares vulnerably with us about her life. From her father walking out on her family to her mother dying of cancer: Amy is a shining example of finding blessings in all of life’s experiences.

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  • Her dad leaving was a devastating experience that ultimately transformed her life in a positive way.
  • “There’s always good that can come from the bad.”
  • “My mom was an example of hard work while still making time for me and my sister. Every morning before work, she and her friends gathered at our house and prayed for us. That’s a really cool memory for me.”
  • “Sometimes you have to be patient to see the blessings that will come from a bad experience.”
  • “My mom never spoke ill of my dad. That was so important.”
  • As a radio host, when Amy’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, her audience knew and was interested in the journey.
    • They started #PimpinJoy movement to celebrate how they all live with joy; her mom’s motto was “I’m going to choose joy.”
      • When her mom was diagnosed for the 3rd time, she said: ‘Lord, I won’t pray for you to take it away, use it for good.’
  • Walker Hayes wrote Joy Like Judy. Check out the video here.
  • You can get #PimpingJoy gear here – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Judes or City of Hope.
  • Listen to Amy’s Love What Matters Podcast here.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Interrupted and Seven both by Jen HatMaker. They changed my perspective on life in general. Sometimes as Christians we can get too legalistic on things and be too much about what we are against instead of what we are FOR. Her books helped me dig a little deeper and have my faith interrupted. If you feel like you are just going through the motions, read these books to get a way to love the world better.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. Build a new orphanage in Haiti.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. My computer

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Robin Roberts. I’ve always been inspired by her as a female in broadcasting and her journey with cancer and breaking barriers for black women. My kids are Haitian, they are black, so I want them to have role models like her.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Choose joy. From my mom. I’ve learned the difference between happiness and joy in the last few years and how to choose it. Be joyful but also live in and recognize the hard times so you don’t miss the opportunity to learn and grow from them.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? It’s okay that he dumped you. Don’t let yourself be defined by something else. Work on yourself. Don’t worry about what everyone else wants or needs you to be.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Choose joy. Have hope.


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3 replies on “Live Inspired Podcast: S4 | Ep. 37 Amy Brown”

Just finished your book and was moved to tears a bunch of times. I saw you and your family at mass one day and that made me cry and feel joy. It’s interesting when you can actually see and feel like you know someone without ever meeting them.

Thank you for your message. Your parents book is next on my list.


Pearce (Glennon Kraemer): thanks for posting, for reading my book, for being at Holy Redeemer….and for ‘knowing me.’ It’s an honor to have you part of our community here….and i hope you love my parents’ book (Overwhelming Odds) as much as I do! Stay on fire!!! John