Welcome to Season 1, Episode 6 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I sit down with wanderer, father, and now seminary student to discuss his spiritual journey, finding God in unexpected places, the importance of focusing on men’s spirituality, and the simple but powerful motto that helps him stay oriented.

How do we deal with the questions in our lives when our responsibilities don’t take a time out? For John Brand, the spiritual journey that began so many years ago has led him to pursue these deeper questions by going to seminary. John shares his journey from growing up in a Naval officer’s home, to the inspiration that led to a life changing journey, what helps him stay focused on what matters, and the gifts he brings to men’s spirituality.


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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The challenges of coming out of a Naval officer’s home
  • His life-changing experience in the African jungle
  • What his story has to do with the Prodigal Son
  • The effect his spiritual journey has had on his parenting

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Question: What is it that has allowed you to identify and live out of your passion? Share in the comment section below!

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Explore Additional Resources

In this episode we mentioned the following resources:

Book: Answering the Call: The Doctor Who Made Africa Life: The Remarkable Story of Albert Schweitzer – Ken Gire

Book: Oscar Romero: His Life and Writing – Marie Dennis


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