Anchor Don Lemon says T.D. Jakes is the person who changed his life.
Anchor Don Lemon says T.D. Jakes is the person who changed his life. (CNN)

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Through the power of his voice and his message, T.D. Jakes pulled CNN's Don Lemon out of a crisis years ago.  

The catch?  

"It might sound strange, maybe even impossible, but the person who changed my life is someone I'd never even met," Lemon says. "... I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't heard his words." 

Now, Lemon says, Jakes is the voice in his head.  

In an interview, Lemon tells Jakes just how valuable the pastor is to the anchor, much to Jakes' surprise.  

"When I got the letter that you could have picked anybody as a hero, as a mentor, I thought it was a joke," Jakes says with wide eyes. "But what I am so grateful for is that I could say anything that made anyone's life better."

Watch the video to see their conversation!

Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she attended Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.

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