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God’s Rollercoaster

Be encouraged by listening to the stories of how everyday people from all walks of life have been shaped by encounters with God. 

Our guests tell their candid stories, sharing the nitty gritty details of real life. 

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In The Beginning

After many years filled with a love of jotting down snippets and stories in journals and diaries, Hazel has one particularly treasured book full of memories of her family as they grew up. Her children’s rule was that each story in the book had to be true and had to be funny; and so the book is aptly named The True Funny Story Book. Now forty years later, reading a story in the book transports Hazel right back to the event, still holding the power to make her laugh. Reflecting on the joy this book brought to herself and to others, The True Funny Story Book became a springboard for the podcast. 

When speaking with God, Hazel answered His question: ‘What do you most enjoy doing?’ She reflected on the joy this book brought to herself and to others. Hazel began to think more about the powerful impact of stories being shared and so The True Funny Story Book became a springboard for the podcast and God’s Rollercoaster was born! 

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About the Podcast

Series 1 of the podcast includes 9 episodes, each about an hour long. Hazel’s guests share their stories about how they have encountered God and how this has affected them. Some episodes also include a song that links with the themes discussed in our guests’ stories.

At the end of each episode is a ‘Reflections’ section, where Hazel and her special guest, Lydia Berry, have an informal chat about the thrills and spills of the guests’ stories.  

Although you will probably never meet the guests on God’s Rollercoaster, we hope that their stories will bring you encouragement and give you a glimpse of God, the lover of our souls who is so in favour of us.  As the stories on the podcast reveal how He is involved in the mundane as well as the major, we can be reassured He is always beside us. 

Meet Your Host

Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our ups and downs make us who we are, but we should hold on to those things and be proud of our journey.

As a teenager in the early 60s, Hazel began exploring her relationship with God. This has been a journey of discovery with highs, lows, dead ends, and the unexpected. In Hazel’s own words: good for a person who is averse to anything “boring”! 

Hazel has loved teaching small children whilst navigating family life with her husband and their four children. She is now blissfully watching her four grandchildren grow up.

The stories Hazel discusses with her guests are a celebration of faith adventures, which are inevitably sprinkled with thrills and spills.

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About the host Hazel Woodward

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Series 1: Episode 1 – God As Our Father

Series 1: Episode 1 – God As Our Father

Show Notes Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our ups and...

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Series 1: Episode 2 – The Power of God

Series 1: Episode 2 – The Power of God

Show Notes   Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our...

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Series 1: Episode 3 – God’s Plan

Series 1: Episode 3 – God’s Plan

Show Notes Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God’s Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our ups and...

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Series 1: Episode 4 – God’s Will

Series 1: Episode 4 – God’s Will

Show Notes Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our ups and...

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Series 1: Episode 5 – Meet Us Where We Are

Series 1: Episode 5 – Meet Us Where We Are

Show Notes Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our ups and...

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Series 1: Episode 6 – The Sovereignty of God

Series 1: Episode 6 – The Sovereignty of God

  Show Notes   Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do...

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Series 1: Episode 7 – God In the Dark Times

Series 1: Episode 7 – God In the Dark Times

  Show Notes   In This Episode: Series 1, Episode 7 - God In the Dark TimesIn today's episode, we hear from Matt and Lydia as they share their walk with God, and how their faith grew and developed with them. Matt tells us about how his love of music was born and...

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Series 1: Episode 8 – A Gift From The Lord

Series 1: Episode 8 – A Gift From The Lord

  Show Notes   In This Episode: Series 1, Episode 8 - A Gift From The Lord Today's episode follows Jill, Claire and Ilona as they share stories of their encounters with God. We hear how our guests talk to God, and the spaces and activities they feel most at...

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Series 1: Episode 9 – Be Still

Series 1: Episode 9 – Be Still

Show Notes   Introduction to God’s Rollercoaster  The God's Rollercoaster podcast is hosted by Hazel Woodward. Hazel lives in Oxfordshire, England. She loves to learn about people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and fostering the belief that not only do our...

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