Dr. Deb Waterbury is an author, speaker, and the host of the popular radio show, “Doing Life with Dr. Deb,” where she does interviews/talks about a myriad of tough issues that Christians face in the world every day. She recently released a book, The Lies That Bind, detailing aspects of her life when she was a troubled Christian, and also how Jesus led her back into the light; in The Lies That Bind, Deb explains her truth in a way that she hopes will set many captives free from the lies and self-doubt which hold them back from victory in Jesus Christ. Dr. Deb took some time to talk about bits of her journey back into the arms of Jesus, as well as her work and radio show. Take a look!
Miranda ~ Hello Deb! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself that we don’t already know.
Deb: I love to run, sing, and do just about anything that has to do with an adrenaline rush. I’ve been bungee jumping, sky diving, zip lining, and para-sailing; the next thing I really want to tackle is hand gliding (but my husband is putting is foot down on that one.😉) Jeff and I have visited and/or lived in 27 countries, and we love to travel. However, I have yet to visit the Holy Land, and I want to go very badly. Prayerfully, we will be going with a group of pastors here in Tucson in 2020.
Miranda ~ When did you first give your life to Jesus?
Deb: When I was 11 years old.
Miranda ~ After the mistake of your past, what led you to realize that you needed to recommit your life to Jesus? Describe the experience.
Deb: I had come to the end of myself, literally. I was finished and exhausted with running a race that was actually a treadmill going nowhere. I had spent years trying to figure out how to be “happy”, and I was quite literally miserable. I finally saw that I had made myself that way. And the most beautiful thing was that, God was standing right there next to that treadmill, gently beckoning me to get off. No condemnation. No anger. Just love and sorrow over the choices I had made, and a willingness to take me right where I was. To put it simply, I thought I had lost everything; but in an instant, I realized I had actually come home.
Miranda ~ You now host a show on Christian radio called, “Doing Life with Deb”. While it is clear that you delve into the tough and difficult issues of life, what would you categorically say is your mission/vision for this show? What do you primarily hope it will accomplish in the lives of many?
Deb: My mission for “Doing Life with Dr. Deb” is really twofold. First and foremost, I want to be “the voice for the Christian community,” which is the tagline for the show. I interview authors and ministry leaders who can serve Christians in the community in ways the community might not be aware; and then I want to be that voice for my listeners when they might not feel they have one. Secondly, I teach and share the Gospel so that my listeners can hear and ask questions pertaining to their walks with Christ in a practical everyday fashion in ways that pertain to their everyday lives.
My prayer has been, from the very beginning, that, “Doing Life with Dr. Deb” will be a show for everybody; that is, for the “everyday Christian”—stay-at-home moms, working parents, single fathers and mothers, pastors, teachers—from every walk of life who simply want to have a voice in their community. I want it to be the place where no one feels like they don’t belong or can’t be represented.
Miranda ~ You recently released a book, The Lies that Bind, detailing your affair, which is pretty courageous and humbling at the same time. What do you hope to achieve with this book that you haven’t already with the radio show?
Deb: The book really focuses in on five specific lies that I believe Satan traps us in, so that we don’t live in the truth of who we are as the bride of Christ. The book then reveals the opposing five truths of who we actually are from Scripture. Whereas the radio show speaks of those same things on occasion, the show is much broader, covering a myriad of topics on a weekly basis, intermingling many different guests and interviews along the way.
Miranda ~ What advice do you have for a child of God (or anyone else for that matter) who feels trapped in fear and in a lie that they’ve been living and appears impossible for them to get out of?
Deb: You are not alone, so DO NOT believe the lie that you are! Bring those lies into the light of the truth of Scripture. The enemy cannot maintain his charade in the light of God’s Word, so we must seek to expose every single one of those lies in our lives. Understanding who we are in Christ translates into breaking the chains of isolation that bind us.
THIS or THAT (The Fun Qs!)
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Gym or Outdoor? Gym
Sneakers or Boots? Sneakers
Running or Walking? Running
Cereal or Fruit? Fruit
Movies or Books? Books
TV or Magazine? TV
Summer or Spring? Spring
Rain or Snow? Rain
Blazer or Leather Jacket? Leather Jacket
About Dr. Deb Waterbury
Dr. Deborah Waterbury is the founder of Love Everlasting Ministries, and has authored nine books. Her ministry founded the Reap What You Sew tailoring school in Malawi, Africa, which exists to teach destitute women in the world’s poorest country to learn a trade and start their own businesses. She hosts a radio show called “Doing Life with Dr. Deb” which airs Monday through Friday on two stations in Tucson and Sierra Vista, Arizona. Dr. Waterbury holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and acquired her Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Expository Studies from Pillsbury Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons. For more information, visit www.debwaterbury.com.