The Fascinating Podcast

Fascinating Podcast brings you weekly conversations with the people on the topics you can’t get enough of. Join Kathy Khang, Matt Mikalatos, Clay Morgan and JR. Forasteros for the latest.

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Fascinating Podcast - December 17, 2018

Best Books of the Year

Best Books of the Year

In our final episode of the year, we count down our favorite books we read this year. (So if you're still doing Christmas shopping, we got you covered!) What made our lists? What made yours?

From Series: "The Fascinating Podcast Season 1"

Welcome to the Fascinating Podcast! The StoryMen is no more... we've rebranded and brought on a new co-host!

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Meet the Hosts

Kathy Khang

Kathy Khang is a speaker, journalist, and activist. She has worked in campus ministry for more than twenty years, with expertise in issues of gender, ethnicity, justice, and leadership development. She is a columnist for Sojourners magazine, a writer for Faith & Leadership, and a coauthor of More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith.

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Matt Mikalatos

Matt is the author of a growing menagerie of books including the ever-popular “Sky Lantern.” He lives near Portland, Oregon, where the motto is “Keep Portland Weird.” He loves to write and speak, and though his cats were eaten by coyotes he still has his wife, three daughters, and three brine shrimp living in the house. He loves maple trees, speculative fiction, comic books and most birds. Also hammocks. For the last twenty years Matt’s been on staff with a Christian non-profit dedicated to helping people love God and love each other.

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Clay Morgan

After a decade of teaching college courses in history, political science, and communication in Pittsburgh, Clay moved to Dallas, Texas where at least winters aren’t soul-crushing. He’s been writing professionally for 15 years or so, doing everything from journalism to corporate consulting. He helps people become better communicators at Along the way he published Undead: Revised, Resuscitated & Reborn—a book about zombies, God, and what it means to be alive. He loves his fiancee Jen, hockey, and Oxford commas (unlike JR.).

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JR. Forasteros

JR. lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Amanda. He’s a writer, blogger and pastor (in the Church of the Nazarene). He is the author of Empathy for the Devil, a book about finding ourselves in the Bible’s villains. He also loves Batman, spirited debates and smoking meats. Check out his blog for his sermon podcast. JR. is addicted to podcasting. In addition to the StoryMen, JR. also cohosts In All Things Charity (Wesleyan Feminist Theology), Don’t Split Up! (horror film reviews), Origami Elephants (religion, philosophy and current events), Bible Bites (Sunday School for the 21st Century) and Oh My Wednesday (a review of the TV show American Gods). He also blogs on faith and pop culture right here on

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