Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: One Call Away

One Call Away is Brenda Warner’s story—thus far. She’s only about my age, so I hope and expect she’s still got a long way to go. But she packed quite a bit into that first half of life. One Call Away tells how she went from being a young girl with a pony to cheerleader to Marine to wife to mother of a special needs child. It tells of her divorce and how she rebuilt her life, eventually becoming a nurse, marrying a pro football player and raising seven children, including a set of twins.

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.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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