Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One Call Away

Brenda Warner has written her memoir, One Call Away. Most of us know who she is by her husband's "work" playing football, but her story is much greater than that.  This book is about her life as wife, mother and all the tragedies that went on her life and how she used her faith to get through it all. Warner tells her story with much detail. She doesn't seem to try to hide anything; she opens the windows to her life and lets everyone look in. It isn't the kind of memoir where the author stops often to reflect on events in order to share life lessons learned. Warner just matter-of-factly tells everything that happened. The theme of the book, introduced in the first chapter, is that all through life one gets sudden phone calls that bring distressing news, that have the power to forever change the course of one's life. Warner tells us, though, that through it all, our God is always only one call away. Brenda Warner encountered hardships and sorrow throughout her life. She married a man who did not work, had her first child brain damaged through an accident, endured the end of this marriage due to her husband's adultery, financially struggled as a single-mother, lost her parents in a tornado, and was overwhelmed with the fame, money, and negative publicity once her husband became an NFL star. I can respect her resilience as a woman and her love for family. Though as a Christian, while mentioning her prayers through these trials, she does not focus on anything in God's Word that gave her hope, strength, comfort, or encouragement. Instead, she constantly talks about how she was a marine, that she was a nurse, and focused on her choices. I never really felt that she pointed to Christ as her source. As a Christian reader, this left me rather discouraged. If you are seeking to know more about Brenda Warner's life, then this is the book for you. If you are seeking good, Christian reading and encouragement, you may want to look elsewhere.
I  received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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