Season 1, Episode 1 (36 minutes)

Episode Description

Who are those family members that you just do not know well, if at all? Who are those distant relatives that you are related to, but they are still strangers and mysteries to you? In this episode, author Robert Chao Romero wants to introduce you to Latino and Latina Christians, who do not often feel like welcome and wanted family members in the body of Christ, and share how his book Brown Church gave them the feeling of belonging. You’ll also hear Robert’s story of reaching the height of professional accomplishment—and still having challenges with landing a book contract. And you’ll get goosebumps when you hear the way in which God brought Robert to IVP, not knowing there was a spiritual connection going back for generations that he unexpectedly discovered on a visit to IVP headquarters in 2016.

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About the Hosts

Maila Kim

Maila Kim, Co-Host

Maila is a marketing manager at IVP; she holds a B.A. in English Language & Literature and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Christian Formation & Ministry with a concentration in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. She enjoys photography, growing and caring for her plants, and listening to podcasts such as This American Life, Invisibilia, and Unlocking Us. Follow Maila on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Ed Gilbreath

Ed Gilbreath, Co-Host

Formerly an editor at IVP, Ed is currently an executive leader at Christianity Today; he earned his bachelor’s in communication arts from Judson University and a master’s in philosophy of history from Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the author of two IVP books: Reconciliation Blues and Birmingham Revolution. Ed loves listening to an eclectic mix of music, reading narrative nonfiction books on American history and pop culture, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts such as NPR’s How I Built This, The Daily, Pass the Mic, and CT’s Quick to Listen. Follow Ed on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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