Today’s episode with Natalie Boonstra Lilly is such an empowering conversation. Natalie shares her heart behind her latest book Insecure: My Story. She opens up about her deformity, and how it impacted her childhood and self-esteem.

Heather and Natalie also discuss knowingwhen you are supposed to share your story, waiting on God to open doors, and the importance of finding safe spaces when sharing intimate experiences publicly for the first time.

Heather also adds a tool to your toolkit with the suggestion of adding Manychat to your platform.

Guest Bio

At ten years old, Natalie Lilly was diagnosed with the extremely rare Madelung’s deformity and has grappled with insecurities throughout her life. But she knows God says she is fearfully and wonderfully made and strives to help others find the freedom she’s found in who Jesus says she is. Natalie is a master’s student, author, public speaker, and pastor’s wife. She is the author of Insecure: My Story.

Host Bio

Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is the author of eight books, including I’ll See You Tomorrow and It’s Not Your Turn. Reach out to Heather on X, the app formerly known as Twitter at @HeatherTDay and on Instagram @heatherthompsonday. Receive Heather’s weekly inspirational email every Friday at 7pm EST; sign up at

“Viral Jesus” is a production of Christianity Today
Executive Producer: Matt Stevens
Host: Heather Thompson Day
Producer: Loren Joseph
Associate Producer: McKenzie Hill
Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
Audio Engineer: Loren Joseph