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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Linville M. Meadows

Today’s special guest shares highlights of his journey from addiction to sobriety. Sit back, relax and eavesdrop on an enlightening and positively delightful conversation.

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Without further ado, here’s today’s featured podcast presentation.


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Special Guest Interview with Dr. Linville M. Meadows!


I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

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Linville M. Meadows


Wednesday January 13, 2021


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Dr. Meadows is an Honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and studied at Duke University. He later held faculty positions at both institutions. He was recognized internationally for his work in cancer research, receiving both grants and awards; he authored numerous scientific articles. He was designated a Clinical Investigator of the National Cancer Institute.

His recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol began May 7, 1997. Since then, he has counseled a large number of addicts and alcoholics striving to get clean and sober. His observations and study over the last 20+ years form the basis for A SPIRITUAL PATHWAY TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION, A PHYSICIAN’S JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY.

He and his wife live on a hobby farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  In the barnyard you will find 2 sheep, 3 alpacas, 1 donkey, and numerous birds including turkeys, ducks, geese, and bunch of chickens.  An organic garden sits nearby.  He is an avid photographer and plays bluegrass guitar.

Lin’s latest book is entitled A Spiritual Pathway to Recovery from Addiction, A Physician’s Journal of Discovery


A MEMOIR BASED ON THE REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES OF A CANCER DOCTOR addicted to drugs and alcohol and how he found his way back.  His inspiring and gripping story takes you deep into the dark world of addicted physicians.  He shares the techniques and principles they used to recover.  Here you will find hope and healing. A step-by-step guide for understanding and treating substance abuse.  Even if you’ve relapsed or failed other programs, here you will find the help you need.


You will find answers to these questions.

Am I an alcoholic? Am I an addict?

How did I get this disease? Can it be cured?

Will I ever be able to drink socially again?

How can I get over this insane craving?

How can spiritual principles help me?

What is a Higher Power, and why do I need one?


The disease concept of addiction

Overcoming the uncontrollable craving

Finding the openness, honesty, and willingness to change

Dealing with past mistakes and removing character defects

Exchanging my old addictive ways of thinking for healthier ones

Finding spiritual principles I can live by

Living without fear or worry

Finding happiness within myself


The reader who wants to know if his drinking is out of control. The reader who knows he is in trouble and wants to change. The old-timer who wants to learn more about his disease. And the practitioner who treats these people.

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Character Interview with Asher Brooks revised

Hello everyone,

Today I’m here with Shelly and Becca’s old Boss from A Journey of Faith, Asher Brooks. As you will discover, Asher is a very mean, verry self-centered, character. If he doesn’t get his way, he wants to get revenge. Now, I’ll let him tell you a little about himself.

Ann. Hello Asher, How are you today?

Asher. I ain’t in the best of moods right now, and this chat is making me angrier by the minute.

Ann. Well, I hear that you are very angry with Becca and Shelly quitting on you. Why is that?

Asher. You should know the answer to that by now.

Ann. What about Diana Peabody, She left the firm, because she was losing her sight. Don’t you care about her health?

Asher. Nobody leaves my department, no matter what the reason. You get hired in my department, you work for me until I say you can quit?

Ann Was Diana’s accident a real accident, or did you have something to do with it?

Asher. I ain’t done nothin’ to harm that girl. All I did was help Ted Morris clean the rocks. How was I to know that she’d want to climb those stepping stones? It like

Ann. Do you believe in God?

Asher. I ain’t got time to talk about anyone’s beliefs in God or anything else, I got to get to work. (Starts to leave then turns around and flops back down into his chair.) Well, okay, I take that back. I am starting to have more faith in God, than I used to, but I’ll let the readers find out more about that.

Ann. Lord help him.

Asher. What did I tell you? I ain’t saying any more about my faith in God. I got to go find out who in tar nation is messing up those rocks. (storms from the room.)

Well, now you see what a cantankerous man Asher can be at times, but as we saw, his mood changed right quick when he thought about what the Lord has done for him.Let’s just pray that the person responsible for the mishaps, is caught before someone gets hurt. 

On another note, 

Becca has finally faced her fears, but I’ll let you read the book to find out how. In order for you to read A Journey of Faith, I need your help to get it published, by voting for it at

This interview has been revised and added to a little booklet of character interviews that I have put together for my interested readers. If you’d like to receive this and my book of essays about music, please let me know.


A Journey of Faith, is turning into a Christian suspense novel

Is my inspiration running dry? Not so much, especially last night and this morning. Let’s just say the incident that Becca Martin witnessed was an accident, but someone may have caused the accident to play a dirty trick on the patrons who love to visit Sweet Water Park to go climbing and biking.

Shelly Marcus, Becca’s old roommate pops up in Tensiltown to analyse some pictures Becca’s mom found on Facebook. What does this have to do with Becca facing her fears? Well, I’ll have to get the book published for you to find out. One way you, my dear readers can help me do that is by voting for it at Thanks to those of you who have already voted. Please help me spread the word.

Love and prayers, see you next time.



Interview with Becca’s sister Amanda. from A Journey of Faith

Hello everybody, How are you on this very cold February morning?
Today I am talking with Amanda Martin, Becca’s sister from my novel entitled A Journey of Faith. Amanda is very shy, so she may not have much to say, bot she graciously offered to give me a brief character interview, so here goes.

Ann. Why good Morning Amanda, it’s nice to have you here today.
Amanda. Hey yall.
Ann. I understand that you are a registered nurse, is that right?
Amanda. Yep.
Ann. So will we see you much in A Journey of Faith or in The Chosen path series at all?
Amanda. Well, you won’t see me much until the second book, when I end up being my dad’s nurse. You see, I work in the ER, but Doctor Andrew Martin, (a very distant cosin) decided that he wanted me to nurse my father back to health. Usually, nurses don’t work on patients who are family members, but I guess Daddy was the exception to the rule.
Ann: Ah, I see. Well, to change the subject, do you still go rock climbing?
Amanda. All the time.
Ann. Did you see the incident that scared your sister off the mountain?
Amanda. No, I did not. I tried to get her to finish racing me to the top of the mountain, but when I looked back, Becca just stood frozen in place, for a few moments, then she turned and ran back to the car, as you already know. After that, she was very quiet, like she was hiding in her own little shell.
Ann. Oh, ok. Well, can you tell me more about that day on the rocky slopes at Sweet Water Park?
Amanda. No, I don’t want to get into that, because it would ruin the story. Listen, I’m getting a call, I got to go back to the hospital. I’ll talk to you later. (runs from the room.)

Well, I don’t know what that says about Amanda Martin, but we’ll have to learn a bit more about her in the next installment of The Chosen path series. In the meantime, please help me get A Journey of Faith published by voting for it at Stay tuned for more character interviews in future posts.
For, now, I will say so long, until we meet again.


A follow-up to my prologue

Good morning my fellow readers and bloggers,
I have a few questions for you. After reading my prologue, is there something you want to see in A Journey of faith? Any suggestions that could enhance the story? Should I show more of how Becca feels as she’s taking this journey. Should she have conversations with the people she meets along her way that bring the memory of the woman falling off the rocks to light. What encouragement does she receive from the people she meets along her path? Does she give encouragement to the wonan’s father? How?What do you think happens to make the journey more suspensful? Please comment so I can use these suggestions during the revision process.


reposting my thanks

I want to thank all of you who have liked and who follow my blog. Without my readers, I would be writing my imspirational thoughts, feelings, NaNoWriMo updates, and updates about my upcoming book titled A Journey of Faith for nothing. Please continue to share my blog posts with others, and if you have any thoughts on what you read here, please feel free to leave a comment. All I ask is that you keep it positive, because everything I write if to glorify God, because He is the author and creater, I am jusd one of many of the people He has chosen to tell the stories he has written on our hearts to win souls for Christ. I pray that my writing has been a blessing, and an encouragement to all my readers.
Happy writing, reading, and God bless each and every one of you.
Love and prayers,
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