[01/20/15 - 10:07 AM]
All-New Season of Two-Time Emmy Award-Winning Series "Super Soul Sunday" Premieres Sunday, February 8 at 11 A.M. ET/PT on OWN
Immediately following, look for "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod," in which filmmaker Jonas Elrod uncovers heart-wrenching, real-life stories of extraordinary spiritual breakthroughs.

[via press release from OWN]


'Super Soul Sunday' Episodes Feature Paralympian Amy Purdy, Pastor Rob Bell, Father Richard Rohr, Sister Joan Chittister, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Bestselling Author Michael Pollan

All-New Series 'In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod' Premieres Immediately Following at 12 p.m. Featuring 'Wake Up' Filmmaker Jonas Elrod and the Extraordinary Spiritual Journeys of Alanis Morissette, Vince Young, Maysoon Zayid and Dr. Mary Neal

Los Angeles - The season premiere of two-time Emmy award-winning daytime series "Super Soul Sunday," featuring Oprah's inspirational interviews with today's top thinkers, visionaries and spiritual leaders returns with all-new episodes on Sunday, February 8 at 11 a.m. PT/ET on OWN. Immediately following at 12 p.m., an all-new series "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod" premieres on OWN, featuring "Wake Up" filmmaker Jonas Elrod as he uncovers heart-wrenching, real-life stories of extraordinary spiritual breakthroughs.

The new season of "Super Soul Sunday" features thought-provoking, in-depth interviews with contemporary theologian Father Richard Rohr (2/8); Pastor Rob Bell & wife Kristen Bell (2/15); Paralympic Bronze Medalist and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy (2/22); Roman Catholic Nun Sister Joan Chittister (3/1); mindfulness expert Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and bestselling author Michael Pollan.

"In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod" features an intimate, honest look at the breakdown, breakthrough and healing process of a spiritual transformation, featuring people whose lives will be changed forever, including: "To Heaven and Back" author and orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Mary Neal who lived to share her near-death experience (2/8); "Stranger Here" author Jen Larsen who reveals a brutally honest struggle with body image after her 200 pound weight loss (2/15); Amanda Lindgren, a survivor of the 2012 Colorado movie theater massacre, whose boyfriend tragically lost his life that fatal night by heroically saving hers (2/22); former NFL quarterback Vince Young who grapples with his life purpose after ending his professional sports career (3/1); "Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction" author Ester Nicholson who lifted herself up from a crippling drug addiction to become a 25 years sober motivational speaker (3/8); flight attendant Karen Perry who is saddled with insurmountable grief after losing her three children in a plane crash (3/15), TED Talk speaker and comedian Maysoon Zayid who opens up about living with Cerebral Palsy (3/22); and award-winning singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette who at the height of her career withdrew from the public eye to renew her true sense of self (3/29).

Sunday, February 8

Super Soul Sunday - Oprah & Author Richard Rohr: The Search For Our True Self 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET/PT Oprah sits down with contemporary theologian and author Father Richard Rohr about how we can reconnect to our true self by overcoming the many ways in which our ego blocks our path. A Franciscan priest for more than forty years and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Richard has firsthand understanding of how silence and meditation, deeper spiritual intuitions and the inherent experience of love can lead to transformational discoveries within oneself.

In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod: Mary Neal. To Heaven and Back 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET/PT Mary, an accomplished orthopaedic spine surgeon, had a near-death experience and lived to tell her story of hope and purpose. She is forever changed after a kayaking incident when she drowned and came back to life. A woman of fact and science, Mary reports receiving surprising messages, about the future, while she was unconscious, that she wasn't able to share until years later, chronicled her memoir, "To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story." When filmmaker Jonas Elrod visits her at home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, he gains deeper understanding of Mary's journey, as he chronicles her deep shift, which she says began with redefining life by new terms, balancing science, and spirituality.

Sunday, February 15

Super Soul Sunday - Oprah with Rob and Kristen Bell: How to Transform Your Relationships 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET/PT Oprah sits down with Pastor Rob Bell, one of America's most influential and progressive spiritual leaders, along with his wife Kristen, who explore a new way of understanding marriage in their compelling recent book "The Zimzum of Love." Using their own relationship as an example, Rob and Kristen share insights gleaned from over twenty years of their own ups and downs, joys and struggles, and share their keys to building a healthy and lasting relationship. In 1999, at just 28 years old, Rob founded one of the fastest-growing churches in America, Mars Hill Bible Church, where he pastored until 2011, and he was named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2011. Most recently, Rob hosted the OWN primetime special, " The Rob Bell Show" and was a featured speaker/tour "trailblazer" on "Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend," Oprah Winfrey's multi-city arena tour that traveled throughout the U.S. in the fall of 2014.

In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod: Jen Larsen. Body Image from the Inside Out 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET/PT Jen battled with obesity her whole life, but when she shed almost 200 pounds through weight loss surgery, still could not overcome feelings of inadequacy, fear, isolation and anxiety. Jen tried therapy, but she could not shake the feeling of being a foreigner in her own body. Half her regular size, she found that the weight loss was not the only cure, but that she had to work on healing from the inside first. When filmmaker Jonas Elrod visits Jen in Salt Lake City, Utah, he gains deeper understanding of her journey, as he chronicles her deep shift, which she says begins with healing her whole body, mind and spirit.

Sunday, February 22

Super Soul Sunday - Oprah & Paralympian Amy Purdy: How to Create a New Vision for Your Life 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET/PT Oprah is joined by Paralympic Bronze Medalist snowboarder and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy for an inspiring conversation about rising above your circumstances, living with spiritual courage and the power of visualizing your dreams. After losing her legs at age 19 as a result of bacterial meningitis, Amy has led an adulthood of extraordinary accomplishments, representing the power of inner strength as she continues to overcome obstacles and live as a role model for those who have faced challenges in their lives. In the conversation, Oprah and Amy also discuss the importance of positive energy, recognizing love and how it shows up in your life, as well as her new memoir "On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life." Most recently, Amy was part of Oprah's multi-city arena tour that traveled throughout the U.S. in the fall of 2014, where Amy honored local women who are making positive changes in their communities and inspiring others to do the same.

In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod: Amanda Lindgren. Love Never Dies 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET/PT Amanda Lindgren survived a horrific mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theatre in 2012. Tragically, her boyfriend passed away that night when he heroically jumped in front of her, taking a bullet himself, to save her life. She lives today with an immeasurable loss. Amanda's breakdown was filled with paralyzing grief that prevented her from moving forward, beyond the emotional pain. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod follows her deep shift that begins with taking control of her life again by honoring the love she lost and releasing some of the anguish of that traumatic event. Jonas helps Amanda learn the difference between moving on and moving forward that enables her to always carry her love, Alex, with her in her heart as a positive force. She shares her story to be an inspiration to others who have experienced loss.

Sunday, March 1

Super Soul Sunday - Oprah and Sister Joan Chittister: A Life of Passion, Purpose, and Joy 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET/PT Oprah speaks with Sister Joan Chittister, a Roman Catholic nun and author of over 50 books, for a discussion about new ways of looking at God, the vital force that women represent in the church and in society, and the divinity of merging spirituality and science. Sister Joan is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality - especially for women all over the world, and has been one of America's visionary spiritual voices for more than thirty years.

In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod: Vince Young. Fathers and Sons 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET/PT NFL quarterback Vince Young was a superstar with a promising career. Football was everything, but depression and financial ruin sidelined him and he retired in June 2014. As a college football star, Vince was faced with a choice - finish school, or join the NFL. Knowing how much the money would help out his family, he chose the latter, but he flamed out after just a couple of good seasons. Not even 30 years old yet, he has to come to the realization that he might not play again. Losing his identity as an athlete hit him hard. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod visits him in Texas as he follows his deep shift, which begins with going back to school and discovering a future that's bright with or without a career in professional sports.

About "Super Soul Sunday"

"Super Soul Sunday" is the multi-award winning daytime series that delivers a timely thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with two Daytime Emmy(R) awards, "Super Soul Sunday" features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today's world. The series is produced by Harpo Studios and executive producers are Tara Montgomery and Andrea Wishom.

About "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod"

Filmmaker Jonas Elrod says we are all on a spiritual path, whether we know it or not. Years ago, he experienced his own breakdown - and breakthrough. It turned his world upside down and made him see everything in a different light. Now, he is setting out to uncover other people's experiences of extraordinary deep shifts when their lives were changed forever. "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod" features an intimate, in-depth look at real-life stories of love, loss and redemption, from the breakdown to breakthrough and transformation. The series is co-produced by Harpo Studios and TBG Studios, executive produced by Jonas Elrod, Chad Ostrom, Jon Sinclair and Jill Barancik.

  [january 2015]  


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