Hi, my name is Tamara, and I'm the host of Stories of Hope in Hard Times

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted, alone, discouraged or anxious about problems or challenges in life?

Are you looking for ideas or solutions to your problems?

Welcome to Stories of Hope in Hard Times—the podcast where I interview people that have been through dark times and find out how they got through with God’s help.

We will also discuss the lessons learned and tips they can share for people experiencing their own life detours.

Tamara K. Anderson

Andrea Sorensen: What God Taught Me Through the Addiction of Loved Ones

Andrea Sorensen

Andrea has been able to thrive despite growing up in a home with an alcoholic father and a mother addicted to opioids. Find out what lessons she learned along her bumpy road and how she overcame a victim’s mentality. Andrea’s Bio Andrea was raise in Utah and California. She grew up with an alcoholic as…

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Megan Kroff – Clinging to Faith Through Health Challenges

Megan Kroff

Megan Kroff shares how she kept her faith having a child with a heart problem and Prader-Willi Syndrome as well as her personal struggles with anxiety and bipolar disorder. Megan’s Bio Megan was born and raised in St. George, Utah but has also lived in Texas. She met and married the love of her life,…

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Shanna Johnson: How Writing Letters Helped Heal my Grief

Shanna Johnson

Shanna Johnson: How Writing Letters Helped Heal my Grief Shanna’s Bio Wife and mother to 9 children, two of which have been adopted. Shanna has had 7 miscarriages and one stillborn baby. Today we are going to talk about miscarriages, having a full term stillborn baby and grief. Shanna’s Story Shanna was 38 weeks along…

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Claudia Bretzing: Lessons, Tips and Advice from Cancer


Claudia Bretzing: Lessons, Tips and Advice from Cancer Claudia Bretzing is a wife, mother of six, grandmother of 17. She is an accomplished violinist and a retired elementary school teacher. Claudia was inducted into Hall of Heroes at Nathan Hale Elementary. She was also the winner of “Stories of Strength” on ABC 15. She is…

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Judy Cromar: Asking God the Right Questions

Judy Cromar

Judy Cromar: Asking God the Right Questions Judy’s Bio Judy grew up in Samoa, Germany, and Oregon. She has since lived in Iowa, Utah, and California. Judy’s first husband, Dennis was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was 25 years old and died soon thereafter, when their only son was only 8 months…

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Rebecca Christians: Healing and Fulfilling a Vow to God

Rebecca Christians

Rebecca Christians: Healing and Fulfilling a Vow to God Rebecca’s Bio Rebecca has lived in Milwaukee, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, Arizona and Arkansas. She has worked doing many things from gas station attendant to hospital work. She went to nursing school and was a paraprofessional in an autism classroom, which is where I met her when…

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Jason Hague: Feeling Both Joy and Sorrow with Autism

Jason Hague

Jason Hague: Feeling Both Joy and Sorrow with Autism Jason Hague Bio Jason grew up in the piney woods of East Texas. He is the associate pastor of Christ’s Center Church in Junction City Oregon (near Eugene.) He has served on staff for Youth With A Mission for many years. Jason and his wife have been…

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The Anderson Family: One Family’s Perspective on Autism

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The Anderson Family: One Family’s Perspective on Autism Anderson family Bio Justin (old) according to the kids. Husband to Tamara for 22 and a half years, and father to four amazing children. Jordan, age 21. College student majoring in Elementary Education. One of my typical kids. Nathan, age 20. Mostly non-verbal kiddo on the autism…

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Jamie Middlecamp: The Blessings Of A Down Syndrome Child


Jamie’s Bio Wife and mother of three–her oldest has Down Syndrome Meme to her two treasures Lived most of her live in North West Arkansas Also lived in a small town in North Carolina Worked with children doing home therapy and as an autism specialist Teaches Pre-K at a Mother’s Day Out Loves serving in…

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Brad Neufeld: The American Dream Falls Apart

Brad Neufeld

Brad J. Neufeld: The American Dream Falls Apart Brad’s Bio Brad was born in Bakersfield, California and lived there until he was 13 years old. Moved to a very small town in Alabama where he worked on a 4,000-acre soybean farm. Moved to Utah and supported himself through high school. Married to Charlotte for almost 32…

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My background

I have experienced several periods of hard times in my life with experiences ranging from chronic migraines to having two children on the autism spectrum, surviving a car accident, tornado, and drowning.

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My mission

You might wonder why I produce my show.

I know how important it is to cling to hope in times of trial and want to share with you lessons learned during life's detours.

Remember, God loves you!

What to expect from Stories of Hope in Hard Times

What to expect from your show, and when.

  • Publishes at 4am Eastern every other Wednesday
  • Segments include
    • A Story of Hard Times
    • Lessons Learned
    • Favorite Bible Verse
  • Available in all places where podcasts can be found
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