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One Call Away: Answering Life's Challenges with Unshakable Faith

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  309 ratings  ·  70 reviews
What can you do when your well-laid plans fallapart and life takes an unexpected turn?

Brenda Warner is best known as the outspoken wife of NFL superstar and"Dancing with the Stars" alum Kurt Warner. But years earlier, she foundherself living through any woman s nightmare: a healthy baby tragically injuredin the bathtub; a sudden end to a career she loved; betrayal and divo
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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When it came to writing this review, I have been procrastinating. For what this woman has been through, I do not want to be another thorn in her side, but I truly did not like the person that Brenda Warner was putting forth.

By mid-book, I was fed up with her self-involved selfishness. Me, me, me, I, I, I, me, me, me. You have to do everything her way. You had to have her faith, you had to agree with her priorities, and you had to stop everything you were doing to comfort her. Geez, she was rais
Mandy Watson
It would be hard to read Brenda Warner's memoir and not find at least one challenge in her life that you do not identify with. I am amazed at how candidly she writes of her emotions through each event. So often, people who don't understand what you're dealing with look at you like you have two heads when you're honest about how you're feeling. I genuinely appreciate the sheer honesty in this book. While reading, it was as if an old friend was just sharing stories from her life.

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Brenda Warner is a woman who doesn’t know the meaning of “quit”. And it’s a good thing, because she’s had plenty of opportunities in life to give up. As I read One Call Away, I was amazed at Brenda’s determination and persistence when life gave her nothing but lemons.

Her training as a Marine and headstrong DNA, prepared her for the tragedies that life had in store. Her faith in God motivated her to keep fighting life through in spite of insurmountable circumstances. And her love for Kurt Warner
I simply did not want to put this book down. And, it had nothing to do with me being a Rams fan. This book takes you through the tragedies (and yes, there were real tragedies) and the triumphs of Brenda's life. Brenda's life is completely faith based, but never once did I feel like she was pushing her beliefs on me. It simply is who she is and she couldn't tell her story without it. I only knew of the Brenda who is Kurt Warner's wife. This is Brenda, the person, who hit some real lows that many ...more
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Brenda Warner is best known as the outspoken wife of NFL superstar and Dancing with the Stars alum Kurt Warner. But years earlier, she found herself living through any woman’s nightmare: a healthy baby tragically injured in the bathtub; a sudden end to a career she loved; betrayal and divorce; poverty; public humiliation; a deadly natural disaster that destroyed her foundation and shook her to her core. One shattering phone call at a time, Brenda Warner’s life came to resemble
Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 21, 2012 Stephanie Ziegler rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: BookSneeze
Shelves: booksneeze
If we all would write down all the bad stuff that happened in our lives, we would all have books. The only difference is that Brenda is the wife of a former NFL Quarterback. As tough as her life was, I felt she was using the book to make people feel sorry for her so she could mend the relationships she screwed up. The only reason I give it high marks is because I am a sucker for taking a look into other people's lives. Plus, it made me feel my life sucks a little less.

This book is supposed to be
I really didnt know what to expect from this book. I enjoy reading memoirs and this is a memoir. I first saw Brenda W. speaking at a Women's Ministry event. Later I saw her book, I had to read it.

Brenda Warner was married to a NFL superstar and appeared on Dancing with the Stars alum Kurt Warner. But years earlier, she found herself living through that midnight storm: a healthy baby tragically injured in the bathtub; a sudden end to a career she loved; betrayal and divorce; poverty; public humi
Kay Chase oliver
Having heard many negative comments about Brenda while Kurt was in the NFL it was interesting to get to know Brenda through her story. She has matured & seems to have a better handle on her anxiety issues. NFL money has made life much easier for her. Kudos for the book.

Pat Brannon
Brenda Warner initially suffered through much adversity in her life. She has not always been married to a former NFL professional football player. While always looking after her children and trying to scrape together enough money to pay her bills and keep her faith in tact, she solidly stood her ground to be a hardworking, respectable person that held her head high regardless of the situations she faced repeatedly. When Kurt Warner caught her eye, it was years before they would marry and begin t ...more
Jo Rae Jetton
Brenda was born in a close-knit family short on money, but long on love. From an early age she sought to be noticed and loved to dance for her relatives. They applauded her performances, and occasionally even joked she “looked like a stripper.” Although she had no idea what a stripper was, she realized they must attract attention. Later when kids in her church were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, Brenda said, “I want to be a preacher . . . or a stripper.” After her family saw a m ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Lainy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lainy by: Publisher
Small extract of the blurb from Goodreads

The remarkable story of Brenda Warner's resilient faith in the face of the unpredictable, both before and during her marriage to NFL quarterback Kurt Warner.

My Review

Can I just say don't read the blurb as it tells you a lot of spoilers and I have recently stopped reading them when doing these kind of reviews as the spoilers are huge!

This is Brenda's story about her life and how she started out and got to where she is now. From heartbreak, family crisis, d
Jeanie Cullip
Brenda’s life has taken twists and turns that are stranger than fiction. It always seemed as if she was just one phone call away from the next explosive change. Each time her plans fell apart, she had a choice: would she give up, or would she press forward and learn from the unexpected? One Call Away is the inspiring story of a woman who has prevailed through many of the circumstances that discourage women: tragedy, poverty, betrayal, and humiliation. But unlike most women, her life has been on ...more
Wendy Alton

Once you start reading the first chapter of this book, you are hooked. Brenda Warner starts her memoir with the tragic story of her son Zach, and what happened to him when he was merely 4 months old. You are immediately left wondering how and why and what happens next... answers she gives you as the her story continues. However, beyond the explanation of what happens, what is more important are the lessons that she learned, and most importantly, that "God
Tracy Smith
Life can change in an instant or in just "One Call Away."

Brenda Warner shares her life story with us through all it's ups and downs and how she has maintained her faith in the Lord through it all. From growing up on a farm in the heartland with financially struggling parents, to walking the red carpet with her husband, a NFL superstar, and being thrust into the limelight, she has faced many personal tragedies that has made her a very strong and courageous woman. Come follow her journey as she s
I bought this book after hearing Brenda speak at a Women of Faith conference in Philadelphia. I had not heard of her before and honestly didn't know of her husband either. I don't follow football and I must have missed Dancing with the Stars that season. I saw their son, Zack, onstage at Women of Faith and he was the reason I bought the book. I wanted to know more.

At times, I was thinking she is a little whiny and demanding, but she put it all out there...the good, the bad, and the ugly, or shou
I did find Brenda Warner's memoir to be a bit whiny in some parts, part CYA and passive apologies to family members she may have hurt in the past, and rushed at the end, overall I enjoyed the book. She has had some serious heartache to deal with in her life. The book focuses more on her life in the pre-Rams era, so anything Rams and after feels rushed.

However, I *completely* identified with her on page 140, as I have gone through a marital breakdown while pregnant and I felt she expressed my tho
This book was different from the way most Christian books are written. I enjoyed how Brenda overcame all the obstacles throughout her life. I found it refreshing that Warner was not perfect, she made mistakes, and she admits that. Most Christian books are not going to tell you that the author yelled at a fan, or acted angry, even though no Christians are perfect, most books with a Faith background try to tell you how to do things. Brenda Warner says here is what I did, and here is how I changed ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: definetely read
Recommended to Wendy by: No One
Shelves: e-books-i-read
I thought this book sounded interesting so I chose it from BookSneeze to review.

What an amazing journey Brenda has been on and it captivated me throughout. When we see people in the "spotlight", people with a lot of money, we forget sometimes that they may have led a hard life before reaching that point. It is also nice to hear about someone who hasn't forgotten the hard road they tread in life to get to where they are today. Brenda Warner is an inspiration for anyone that reads this book.

It b
I knew some of what this book was about, since I live in the city she graduated from high school, and had followed the career of Kurt Warner, but I really enjoyed reading all the details of her life. I couldn't imagine going through everything that she did. I'm glad everything has finally worked out for her and her family.
Everet Seeley
A must read! Couldn't put it down! A mother of seven children, a registered nurse and a former marine, Brenda Warner shares her incredible lifes journey up to this point through ups and downs, hardships and loss, and more trials and tribulations than most of us can imagine. Her openess, honesty, willingness to bare some of the most intimate details of her life, and her struggles and fears while overcoming many obstacles is amazing and inspiring. Her strength and her unshable faith in the face of ...more
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Title: One Call away: A Memoir Answering life’s challenges with Unshakeable Faith
Author: Brenda Warner Jennifer Schuchmann
Chapters: 39 plus epilogue
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 4 stars
To most people Brenda Warner is Kurt Warner’s wife. But she is so much more than that. She is a former Marine, a nurse, a loving wife and mother; but most importantly a Christian. She wasn’t always the wife of an NFL player. When she first meet
This is a nicely written book by Brenda Warner. She talks about the good times in her life to the bad times. No matter what happens, she get's through it. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Brenda has as been through a lot in her life! She had a special needs child, has been divorced, has been on food stamps, had her parents die, and married an NFL quarterback.

Her story also tells that things don't always turn out how you wanted them. That sometimes you have to deal with something that you did
Such a great story and really well written. Brenda showed so much faith and bravery in some impossible situations. It was really special to get an inside look at her story and her life as an NFL wife.
Dana Arcuri
After volunteering at the Women of Faith conference and hearing Brenda Warner's heart-wrenching story, I wanted to read her memoir, One Call Away: Facing the Unexpected With Resilient Faith. From the first chapter, I could not put the book down! Brenda Warner transparently shares her life-changing events, which began as unexpected calls. As her life unravels right before her eyes, she is forced to choose whether she will crumble in despair or trust God in the midst of darkness.

One Call Away is a

I really really enjoyed this book!! I am not a sports fan, especially football! But I watched Kurt Warner on DWTS and was impressed by his Christian faith and his gentlemanly behaviour. So of course I had to read this book ;) now I don't think Brenda and I would be good friends, she seems to be my opposite in all ways, but I could really 'get' her in this book. She didn't hide anything, she was blunt about her past wrongs and while so many Christians seem to want to bury their mistakes Brenda s
After seeing Brenda speak at a conference, I was deeply moved. A close family member has a disability and knowing her & Zack's story really struck a chord. What an inspiration about thriving despite challenges.

You'll read this book, thinking "oh my gosh, what MORE could happen"...and then you'll be further shocked.

This book pulled me in instantly and supported my belief of getting through the time times with family, friends, and faith.
One Call Away is a fairly honest memoir of Brenda Warner. Her somewhat fairytale story is told conversationally and draws you in immediately. While the book is marketed towards the Christian/religion, I found it to be rather engaging without being overly religious.

Warner managed to maintain an upbeat attitude through it all - from the darkest hours through her fantastical marriage to former NFL star Kurt Warner.
I downloaded this because I thought it sounded reasonably interesting from the blurb on Overdrive. Really, I needed an audiobook to distract me. I am not a football fan and had no idea who Kurt Warner was. I was touched and inspired by Brenda's story of faith and strength. This book is a real page-turner, a story well told, and did not disappoint. I will likely be thinking about this book for some time.
My resolution is to read more on my time, which equals right before bed when I should be sleeping, and to read more of what I WANT to read. Found this browsing the shelf and love it so far. I enjoyed their first book and this is more of Brenda's story.

The beginning was more detailed than her life after marrying Kurt, probably due to having the other book. I would have liked more of the more present stuff.
Stefany Beals
It was fun to hear a story from the perspective of the "quarter back's wife" and gives a glimpse into the reality that like me, they too are human. Also, it broke my heart to read about how her son fell- my friend and I are holding out our personal theory of what really happened there. All in all it's great to read how Brenda has been so in touch with Gods callings and her walk with Him. Great book.
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