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

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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Sarah Gowans: Lessons from a Bike Crash, Kidney Disease, and Divorce

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Sarah Gowans: Lessons from a Bike Crash, Kidney Disease, and Divorce Bio Sometimes people have periods of their life that seem to follow the saying,“when it rains, it pours.” Sarah Gowans had 3 years (2009-2012) where things seemed to go from bad to worse. First, she was hit by a car while riding her bike,…

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Cindy Cloninger: 5 Lessons & 14 Tips Learned from the Death of a Spouse

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5 Lessons & 14 Tips Learned from the Death of a Spouse About Cindy 6 children who have issues ranging from cataracts, lyme disease, epilepsy, and MTHFR gene mutation (which means they don’t process folic acid). She is the biological mother of 5 and they adopted their youngest from China. She was also a foster…

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Alissa McClure: Lessons from a Broken Home, Infertility and Preemies

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Alissa McClure

About Alissa McClure Raised in poverty in a broken home Became a teacher Children’s book author Blogger Married her best friend Struggled with infertility Gave birth to preemie twins and almost lost them Summer of 2018 released her first book for adults called, “Joy On! Ten Ways to Add More Joy to Your Life” Lessons from…

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Jerald Simon: Falling off a Cliff, Job Loss, and Possible Death of a Spouse

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Jerald Simon

Wisdom and Lessons from Jerald Simon About Jerald Simon Husband to Zanny, and a father to his wonderful children. Founder of Music Motivation® Composer of 10 Music Albums, 4 EP’s and dozens of piano books Author of 4 motivation and self-help books (see links below) Music mentor and piano teacher He loves music, teaching, speaking, performing,…

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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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