About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling by Paula Faris

Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True CallingABOUT THE BOOK

Too often we lean into the wrong things and burn out. We buy society's lie that our worth is our work, our value is our vocation, our calling is our career. Confusing what we do with who we are wreaks havoc on our bodies, our souls, and our relationships.

Called Out is a deeply personal book from Paula Faris, the beloved on-air reporter for ABC News and former co-host of The View. She shares her journey through conquering fears that nearly kept her from the high-profile, high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, and then the dangers when that world threatened to consume her. She burned out and faced public humiliation, physical breakdowns, and family struggles. But along the way, she heard God gently calling her out of that dangerous place. As she struggled to find who she was outside of what she did, she discovered her true purpose and true calling. Today, she is the host of ABC's popular podcast Journeys of Faith.

Written with passion and conviction, this book reflects on what it truly means to be called, how to move past the fear holding you back, and how to walk in God's path for you.


I have long been a fan of Paula Faris, the ABC news reporter and former co-host of The View, but after reading this book I have tremendous admiration for Paula Faris, wife, mother, and daughter. This new book offers an inside look of both her personal and professional life and her realization that she needed to adjust her overwhelming work duties. I felt as if she was confiding in me personally about her hectic schedule, her concern about her marriage and her children, and her agony over her father's illness and death. I could almost hear her asking me "How do I step away from my dream jobs and risk losing the credibility and recognition that I've worked so hard to achieve?

I found Faris's willingness to share her life and her journey of faith very inspiring and I believe that Called Out may help others as they consider their own life-changing decisions. I am retired but I found myself wondering about my own calling and this books closing paragraphs certainly gave me 'food for thought'. Faris reminds us that, at the end of our lives, we won't be asked if we were successful or made a lot of money. She suggests that God will ask us a simple question, "Did you know you were loved, and did you use your gifts to spread my love to the world around you?" She wants to say "Yes" and I certainly want to be able to do the same!

I thoroughly enjoyed Called Out and I recommend it to all who like reading memoirs and inspirational books.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. A positive review was not required and I am voluntarily sharing my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Paula Faris is a television correspondent for ABC News and host of the ABC podcast Journeys of Faith. From 2014 to 2018, Faris was co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend. She also was co-host of The View for seasons 19-21. Faris graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in broadcast communications. She lives with her husband and three children in New York.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Warfare Prayers for Women: Securing God's Victory in Your Life by Quin Sherrer

Warfare Prayers for Women: Securing God's Victory in Your LifeABOUT THE BOOK

Satan has a strategy to wreak havoc in our lives by stirring up strife, disrupting relationships, and overwhelming us with fear, anxiety, anger, and insecurity. Although our adversary is relentless, women are particularly equipped to stand confidently in this war through biblically based, intentional prayer--the heart of spiritual warfare.

Written by two veteran prayer warriors and mentors, Warfare Prayers for Women will guide readers to victory in the most challenging areas of life.

The book contains specific prayers for
- facing and overcoming hindrances
- approaching life's milestones
- protecting family members
- shining the gospel light into communities and nations


Have you every needed to talk to God but found yourself unable to voice your thoughts? Has your emotional distress prevented you from knowing how to pray? Warfare Prayers for Women is a wonderful resource filled with over one hundred prayers that will help you in those times and these prayers apply to women of different ages who are in different stages of their life. Each short prayer is paired with a selection of God's Word to add more power to your prayer time and I appreciate that there is one whole chapter at the end of the book devoted to Scriptures for Intercession & Warfare. Today's women need all of the ammunition they can find in dealing with spiritual warfare!

There are often times when I find myself uncertain how to pray and this is a book that I will certainly use over and over because Warfare Prayers for Women is a wonderful way to improve my prayer life and increase my faith. It has an added bonus of being small enough to carry in my purse and its beautiful appearance makes it perfect for gift-giving also!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen Books but was under no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 31 books, exceeding a million copies. She has spoken to audiences in 48 states and 12 nations and on more than 350 radio and TV shows. For several years Quin also served on the Aglow International board of directors. She lives in Florida. Learn more at her Website

Ruthanne Garlock is an author and Bible teacher who, with Quin Sherrer, has co-authored 20 books and written two missions biographies. With a broad background of ministry in 35 nations, she travels and teaches for churches, seminars and women's groups. Ruthanne lives in Texas.

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