10/2/11

Book Review - One Call Away by Brenda Warner

One Call Away is a true Memoir written by Brenda Warner, with Jennifer Schuchmann. Wow, what a life she's had! And what an unshakable faith she has. This book really touched my heart. It was easy to like her in the beginning of the book, as she proudly became a US Marine and as I followed along with her life struggles, I liked her even more. I was able to relate to many of the things she experienced early in her adult life, such as an unfulfilling marriage that ended because of physical and mental abuse, single parenting two children, and living far below the poverty line. She faced other challenges that I cannot even imagine having piled on top of that, such as having a special needs child. There were many times throughout the book where her faith could have faltered, but she steadfastly stood with Jesus and I was amazed at how many people her faith impressed. I believe she led many to Jesus without ever even knowing it. I celebrated as she met the man she wanted to be with and yet understood how hard it was for her to trust. As her relationship with a soon-to-be-pro-football star grew, so did the challenges in her life. It was at this point that our similarities tended to taper off because never in my life have I had the kind of money she now has. At the same time, I see what good she has done for many people and am glad she is in the position to share her wealth. Her life has changed but her scope of challenges has never stopped. Different times of a person's life calls for different strategies for coping and Brenda has shown what is most important to her - a faith in God and a love for her family - and those things should be central to all people regardless of their stance in life. I really enjoyed this book and read it in just a couple of days. I probably should have been impressed with the football player's name, but honestly I don't like to watch football games (much like the author). I give this book five stars!!
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome! I just heard her speak at a conference & she's amazing in person as well!
    Thanks for this review!
    becca

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  2. I agree with the last comment. I heard her as well to one of her conferences and she's indeed a brilliant and amazing speaker. I look forward to hearing more of her advices soon.

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