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Join award winning journalist Paula Faris as she explores what people are called to and why, equipping you to live the life you were meant for!

These real, honest conversations will leave you encouraged, empowered (with takeaways!) and entertained.

Paula will be joined each week by friends--some old, some new--who can talk about purpose, calling, fear, branching out and the risks of pursuing dreams from their own perspective. Guests include: Candace Cameron Bure, ESPN's Maria Taylor, Chris Tomlin, Michael Strahan, Lauren Daigle, Sadie Robertson, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jenna Bush and many more!

Most recently, she spent 9 years at ABC News, during which she was a co-anchor of 'Good Morning America' weekend edition, co-host of 'The View' and host of the 'Journeys Of Faith' podcast. While at the network, Faris reported on everything from politics, news and entertainment to sports and faith, interviewing the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sean Spicer, Joe Biden, Tiger Woods, Reece Witherspoon, to the casts of "Star Wars" and "Avengers".

Faris graduated from Cedarville University ('97). She is a wife, mom, and dedicated follower of Jesus who bases her life and podcast on the foundational principals of Christianity, to love God and love people. She and her husband John reside in South Carolina with their three children.

Episode Date
Ep 25 - Savannah Guthrie: Think Big for Yourself

NBC’s Savannah Guthrie is in Tokyo, Japan covering the 2020 Olympics during a global pandemic, and in this episode she is sharing with Paula her biggest excitement about the games and what will be the hardest adjustment. The “Today” show co-anchor also talks about her journey to success, the ups and downs of following her calling, and balancing the weight of her “mom guilt” with the demands of her high-powered career. She opens up about the first time she walked away from TV journalism to become a lawyer, and why she eventually decided to throw it all away to go back to TV. Savannah also talks about the moment she gave herself the permission to follow her dreams and think big, eliminating the pressure, and finding the courage to make the next right decision. The mother of two shares her perspective on being an older mom, the benefits that come with it, and why she’s excited about turning 50.

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Jul 20, 2021
Ep 24 - Louie Giglio: Avoiding the Comparison

Pastor Louie Giglio sits down with Paula to discuss the importance of knowing your identity, finding your passion, and using both to discover your calling and purpose in life. He talks about avoiding the inevitable comparisons we find ourselves facing in our current society, and why faith and science belong in the same conversation. He also discusses his new book, “Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table”, and shares the secret to identifying when you’re facing your enemy and how to overcome the lies that could prevent you from living your truth.

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Jul 13, 2021
Ep 23 - Dude Perfect’s Cory Cotton: Risk, Failure, & The Cost of Going All in

Cory Cotton, one-fifth of the Dude Perfect team, joins Paula to talk about his unconventional path to success and their new book, “101 Tricks, Tips, and Cool Stuff.” He talks about the viral trick shot video that changed their lives forever, the struggles they faced convincing their loved ones that quitting their conventional jobs to become YouTubers was the right decision, the sacrifices they were forced to make along the way, and the one time he found himself on the edge of quitting and what convinced him to stick with it. Cory also shares some behind the scenes details about some of Dude Perfect’s hardest and most popular tricks, including the time he lost his eyebrows. The episode ends with a special treat of lightning round questions from two little boys who are some of their biggest fans!


“You always learn from your failures.”

“We are living proof that you can have a job out of the ordinary and be successful.”

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Jul 06, 2021
Ep 22 - Michael W. Smith: Life Beyond Your Struggles

Our month of honoring Dad’s wraps up with singer, songwriter, and author Michael W. Smith, who joins Paula and her sister, Diane, for an empowering episode. The GRAMMY Award winning artist opens up about his struggle with addiction, early in his career, including the night he hit rock bottom and nearly died. He talks about the moment he realized, at a young age, that his calling was to pursue a career in music instead of following in the athletic footsteps of his father, who was a Minor League Baseball player. Smith released his 15th book this year titled, “The Way of the Father: Lessons from my Dad, Truths about God” which he dedicated to his late father. He also talks about freedom of forgiveness, the power of a great mentor, and the one song that he will spend the rest of his life singing.

“One day I thought, ‘oh I could try this. I could play with fire and not get burned.’ And that’s where the deception comes in.” 

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Jun 29, 2021
Ep 21 - Tony Dungy: Setbacks, Sacrifice, & Success

Our special Father’s Day month continues with former NFL Coach, sports analyst, and dad to 11 kids, Tony Dungy. He opens up about his journey as a coach, how he knew it was his calling, the time he almost switched paths, and how he eventually knew it was time to walk away from the sidelines for good after nearly 20 years. He talks about the cross roads he faced during his first head coaching opportunity and the one question that cost him the job but would eventually become the same question that helped him land his first head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also talks about the resistance he faced in Tampa Bay and how he overcame the setback of being fired, to eventually become the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. Coach Dungy also shares what it was like coaching one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, Peyton Manning. He and Paula reminisce about their hometown of Jackson, Michigan and the unique connection Paula’s family has to his mother.

“When you’re the boss you have to set the tone and you have to do this, and if you really want to rise to the top, you have to do this, this, and this, and that’s when you have choices to make.”

Tony Dungy’s "All Pro Dad"

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Jun 22, 2021
BONUS - An Evening with The Smallbone Family
In this special episode, the Smallbone family is hosted by Paula Faris and Rebecca St James. Together, Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY) his wife Moriah Smallbone, sister Rebecca and their parents Helen & David share powerful stories of coming to America, trusting the faithfulness of God, and seeing God miraculously provide. They share the things God has taught them about family life and how David and Helen’s faith has led to generational blessing.
Jun 19, 2021
Ep 20 - My Husband John: Different Seasons, Different Callings
Our month of honoring Dads continues with a special episode featuring Paula’s husband, John Krueger. The duo open up about some of the highs and lows they have faced together, especially in their marriage which Paula credits John with saving, and also as imperfect parents trying their best to raise three well-rounded children. John talks about finding his calling and his professional journey from college basketball player to coach, and how those skills translate to his work in managing a commercial real estate firm and as a Dad. He also talks about the differences between men and women in relationships and shares some advice that may help people better understand their partners. John and Paula jokingly say this is the longest one-on-one, uninterrupted conversation they have had with each other in the last decade since becoming parents, but even so, they always try to find time to tend to their relationship which is just as important 21 years later.
Jun 15, 2021
Ep 19 - Jay Williams: Why not you?

This month we're kicking off a series of episodes honoring Dads! First up, ESPN Analyst and former professional basketball player Jay Williams joins Paula to talk about overcoming a devastating motorcycle accident as his career in the NBA was just getting started, and how he eventually shifted his mindset from asking "why me?" to "why not me?". Jay, drafted #2 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft, says he never thought of basketball as his calling in life but it wasn't until he was forced to give it up, that he had to face the truth and redefine himself. The now father of two, opens up about the injuries he endured that were so severe he feared he would never be able to father any children. He also shares how his wife and a very important lesson from Coach Kryzewski, helped him realize what his true purpose is.

"I took the first step by quitting chasing who I was."

Jun 08, 2021
Ep 18 - Christine Caine: Take the Next Step

Author, Human Rights Activist, and international speaker Christine Caine, sits down with Paula to talk about being Greek, her faith, and the passion to pursue a difficult calling without knowing where to start. Christine discusses what it was like growing up Greek Orthodox, her journey as a Christian, learning that she was adopted at the age of 33, and being the first in her family to marry a man who wasn’t Greek. She talks about the shame that surrounded her as a young woman who was the subject of sexual abuse for 12 years and how those difficult experiences have helped her better understand humanity and help others through her nonprofit, A21, which aims to abolish slavery in the 21st century.

“Compassion is never compassion until you cross the street, you roll up your sleeves, and do something with your personal time.”

“Our history doesn’t need to define our destiny.”

Jun 01, 2021
Ep 17 - Sarah Jakes Roberts: Breaking up with your fears and shame

Sarah Jakes Roberts, sits down with Paula to talk about her NYT best-selling book, Woman Evolve: Break Up with Your Fears and Revolutionize Your Life. She shares why she feels called to help others break the cycle of shame and leave their fears behind, plus how to become the best version of yourself. She also opens up about her experience as a teen mom, how the voice inside her head held her back, and how she began embracing her many other identities outside of being a mother. The pastor, who followed in the same foot steps as her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, explains how important it is to have faith not just in the big moments of life, but the small parts as well. She also shares her secret to blending two families with multiple kids involved. Plus, she shares the incredible story behind the cover of her new book.

May 25, 2021
Ep 16 - Annie F Downs: Putting the ‘F’ in Fun

New York Times Best Seller Annie F Downs, joins Paula for a full-on “fun coach session,” focusing on the importance of prioritizing fun in your life and how to rediscover what brings you joy. The “That Sounds Fun” author, talks about her time spent teaching, how she knew it was time to walk away, and her journey to discovering her number one skill set: entertaining people until they learn something. She also talks about the tough lesson that comes with identifying the difference between a dead end and a detour, and accepting that you can’t manifest either. The successful podcaster, who is single and has no children, opens up about trying to find love at 40 and explains why she feels people in relationships can be doing much more to help their single friends. Paula and Annie also talk about the importance of honoring all kinds of moms during the month of May, including those like Annie who serve as a sort-of spiritual mother figure to so many.

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May 18, 2021
Ep 15 - My Mom and Daughter: an interview that almost didn’t happen

In an interview that almost didn't happen, Paula's 81-year-old mother, Carol, and her 13-year-old daughter, Caroline, join her for a very special Mother's Day episode. Little did they know just 24 hours after this recording, Carol would be hospitalized after suffering a major stroke however, she is now on the mend and already back to singing. In the episode, the three generations of women talk about their callings at different stages of life and are reminded just how precious their time together is. Caroline shares her perspective as a teen overcoming the challenges of middle school and learning to stand on her own instead of following the crowd. And Carol opens up about her life after losing her husband of 53 years and what she is hoping to do with the years that remain ahead of her. They reminisce about memories from their past and share how important they are to one another. 

“Motherhood is one of the greatest vocations you can strive for... it’s so underrated.” - Carol



May 11, 2021
Ep 14 - Sara Haines: Living Without Regrets
Sara Haines joins Paula to talk about her unique rise to success that includes hard work, determination, and a chance encounter with a stranger on a train that changed everything. The View co-host talks about those who have helped her overcome her fear of living with regrets and inspired her to go for new opportunities, despite a lack of qualifications on paper and the potential rejection on the other end. The host of ABC’s The Chase, also opens up about her time as an NBC page and the many tears she has cried during interviews that eventually lead to her hiring. Sara also explains how her view of life’s high and low moments has changed since becoming a mother and why going to work makes her feel more present when she is home. "I think regret in life is the heaviest load, failure is not."
May 04, 2021
Ep 13 - Bob Goff: Invitation to Adventure
New York Times Best Seller Bob Goff, sits down with Paula to talk about getting away from the need for approval, embracing all of your capabilities, and giving yourself permission to be bold in your truth. He talks about what drove him to walk away from his very own law firm after 25 years, without consulting his wife, and why he still to this day quits at least one thing every Thursday. He shares his 4:8 exercise and explains how it helps him constantly follow his truth without letting false narratives hold him back. He also encourages people who are trying to follow their dreams, to start small by going to the end of the street before trying to go to the ends of the world. While talking about his work overseas, the self-proclaimed "recovering lawyer", explains why it is crucial that more people start creating agendas to make themselves more available to opportunities as they come. Goff also shares how he avoids comparing himself to others by always racing the track and not those on it. "Instead of living in the middle of comfortable, I want to live on the edge of yikes."
Apr 27, 2021
Ep 12 - Michael Strahan: Permission to Follow A New Calling

From the man in front of the camera to the businessman behind the scenes, Michael Strahan sits down with Paula to talk about building a positive mindset, giving yourself permission to follow a new calling, and not changing the unique things that may one day help you stand out in a crowd. He opens up about still feeling like an imposter at times and why the fear he faces with every new business venture, pales in comparison to the fear he faces being a father. The Good Morning America co-host explains how different jobs have helped shape him as a leader and foster his mentality that what you do, is not what defines you. He also shares the advice that helped him conquer his fears of being pigeon-holed into one role after retiring from the National Football League and why being a professional athlete is still the hardest job he has ever had.

“One thing people do too much is take themselves seriously.”

“Your life is about others, it’s not necessarily about yourself.”

Apr 20, 2021
Ep 11 - Ben Higgins: The Bachelor talks Addiction, Loneliness, and Isolation

Ben Higgins sits down with Paula to talk about overcoming loneliness and isolation by sharing your truth, the relationships that have helped define him, and his dark battle with addiction to painkillers. He shares what ultimately drove him to sign up for ABC’s The Bachelor and why his fiancé will never watch his season of the show. Ben also talks about his commitment to abstinence before marriage and why it has become a topic of contention in their relationship. The self-proclaimed hopeless romantic explains why it was important for him to deconstruct the fairytale view of love and romance in his new book, “Alone in Plain Sight.”

Apr 13, 2021
Ep 10 - Rachel Cruze: Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down

Financial expert, Rachel Cruze, sits down with Paula to talk about the art of slowing down, overcoming emotional and financial fears, and her best selling book, “Know Yourself, Know Your Money.” The mother of three opens up about the moment she realized her professional priorities were shifting away from her illustrious career and towards motherhood. She also talks about what it was like growing up as the daughter of financial guru, Dave Ramsey, and why she never felt pressure to be perfect with money or the need to rebel. She also shares the simple things you can start doing right now to improve your financial outlook.

Apr 06, 2021
Ep 9 - Harry Connick Jr: Love, Loss and Finding Your Calling
Harry Connick, Jr. sits down with Paula to talk about life and loss over the last year, the perspective he gained during the pandemic especially for women, and why he continues to ask himself if what he is doing is good enough. He opens up about what he calls his first cathartic moment with music while single-handedly creating his newest album, "Alone With My Faith." The child prodigy shares the struggles he faced in almost every subject but music, and the one thing that kept him grounded when people first started noticing his exceptional talents. He also opens up about the impact his mother had on his life, what it was like losing her at 13, and why his experience with loss during the pandemic has been so different. Harry talks about being a girl-dad and the love he has for his wife, whom he has been with for more than 30 years. He shares his secrets for maintaining a healthy marriage, how to quickly master music, and the best way to create the perfect piece of smoked-meat.
Mar 30, 2021
Ep 8 - Craig Groeschel: Winning the War Inside Your Mind

Award-winning author, speaker and pastor of Life.Church, Craig Groeschel sits down with Paula, in Edmonton, Oklahoma, to talk about overcoming the loud, opinionated, and often harsh voice inside your head - which is also the focus of his new book, Winning the War in Your Mind. He opens up about his experiences with counseling and his journey to creating healthy work-rhythms, which include setting limitations and admitting when you’re struggling. Before creating Life. Church more than 25 years ago, Groeschel was told he wasn’t cutout to be a pastor, but as he explains: a no isn’t always forever, and it’s who you turn to in the aftermath that matters the most in your journey forward. He also talks about using the truth to create new pathways in your brain in an effort to renew your mind. Craig even shares his secret to discovering gratitude on a daily basis and the importance of your physical health when it comes to winning the battle inside your mind.

“Your life is always moving in the direction of your strongest thoughts.”

“The fastest way to kill something special, is to compare it to something else.”

Mar 23, 2021
Ep 7 - Lauren Daigle: Overcoming Hardship

Lauren Daigle went from a small school with no music program, to one of the most impressive vocalists in the world, and now she’s sitting down with Paula to talk about how she has used the hardships in her life to launch herself to a place of success. The two-time GRAMMY Award winner recalls the moment she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that forced her to live in isolation for more than two years as a teenager. She opens up about the depression she experienced and how music became an outlet during those dark days, eventually giving her the courage to pursue her pipe dream. The former American Idol contestant talks about the doors that opened after being sent home early from the show, and how it lead her to an unlikely opportunity that forever changed her life. She also shares the meaning behind her new single, “Hold On To Me,” and the experience she was going through when it was written. The 29-year-old talks about turning 30 and the one thing she is finally concurring after many years of feeling like she was missing out.

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Mar 16, 2021
Ep 6 - Jenna Bush Hager: Navigating Chapters of Guilt and Gratitude

Jenna Bush Hager joins Paula to talk about the chapters of her life including: motherhood, marriage, her time in front of the camera, and what she wants out of the next 50 years. She opens up about the pressure she feels being a mother and why sometimes it’s helpful to ignore your children. The host of TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, shares the extreme joy and unexpected guilt she felt after finding out she was pregnant with her third child, while also taking on one of the biggest opportunities of her career. She pulls back the curtain on how it feels to be burnt out as a teacher, and how her life during the pandemic forced her to slow down and figure out what makes her feel fulfilled. The former first-daughter also talks about the emotion of watching her parents grow older, and shares memories of her husband asking then-President George W. Bush, for her hand in marriage and their unforgettable first date which included a literal run-in with her secret service.

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Mar 09, 2021
Ep 5 - Kathie Lee Gifford: They All Called Me Crazy

Kathie Lee Gifford sits down with Paula to talk about identifying the need for change and giving yourself the permission to try something new. She opens up about a recent journey with depression and what it was like to lose the will to live a life without joy, and shares how she overcame it. The four time Emmy award winning television host, who is widely known for her time on both “Kathie Lee & Hoda” as well as “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee,” shares the moments she knew it was time to walk away from both shows, despite many calling her crazy, and explains why she wouldn’t call them her dream jobs. Kathie Lee, who recently released a new book titled: It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life , shares the advice she was given as a child that allowed her the freedom to dream bold and never fear mistakes.

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Mar 02, 2021
Ep 4 - Chris Tomlin: Career Crossroads

Singer, songwriter Chris Tomlin sits down with Paula to talk about the unexpected crossroads that changed his life, from facing his fear of giving up on being a doctor and following his passion to become a musician, to becoming a father again at the age of 48. The GRAMMY award winner shares the advice that gave him the courage to press into his fears, and step out in faith, and what he would tell others who are in the same position. He also explains, what he calls, one of the greatest moments in his music career and how it lead to an album born out of friendship: “Chris Tomlin & Friends.”

Listen to his latest single, “God Who Listens” feat. Thomas Rhett

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Feb 23, 2021
Ep 3 - Sadie Robertson Huff: Overcoming Hurt and Finding Love

Sadie Robertson Huff joins Paula to talk about the life-defining moments that helped her discover who she is and what she wants out of life at a young age. The 23-year-old shares what it was like rising to fame as a teen on the reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” and the loneliness she was forced to face after her time on “Dancing With the Stars.” She also talks about the importance of cultivating relationships of value, the need to surround yourself with people who will champion you but won’t be afraid to call you out, but stresses it all begins with defining who you are.

Sadie opens up about what inspired her to find her truth and how she’s using that to inspire other women through her new app, LO Sister App .

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Feb 16, 2021
Ep 2 - Maria Taylor: Sidelining the Fear of Failure

One of ESPN’s most prominent sideline reporters, Maria Taylor, opens up to Paula about her paralyzing fear of failure, imposter syndrome, the selfishness of perfectionism, learning how to extend herself grace, and the big role her mom played in helping her overcome it all. Maria talks about the mistake she made on one of the biggest stages of her profession and how she thought it was going to end her career, but instead became a big motivation in changing her mindset. The collegiate athlete shares the lessons she learned from playing sports, like how to feel confident and comfortable in her own skin and learning to fail fast, and how those lessons can help us all. She reflects on the advice she would give her younger self and how it helps her in making decisions that affect her now.

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Feb 09, 2021
Ep 1 - Candace Cameron Bure: Knowing When to Walk Away

Actress and author Candace Cameron Bure joins Paula to talk about the need for work-life balance, their time on "The View" and how Candace realized it was time to walk away. From her journey as DJ Tanner to stay-at-home mom and back, Candace reveals how she truly found herself in between. She shares the benefits of starting a family young, talks about counter-culture and the new family dynamic, embracing intimacy after 24 years of marriage, and her decision to show the world that side of her on social media. You'll also hear about her new children's book, what's next for the cast of "Fuller House" and what it takes to get a role in one of her Hallmark movies.

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Feb 02, 2021
Ep 0 - Introducing The Paula Faris Podcast

Welcome to the Paula Faris podcast! Every week we'll discuss your calling, purpose, and identity with life giving conversations with some incredible guests like Candace Cameron Bure, Maria Taylor, Chris Tomlin, Michael Strahan, Lauren Daigle, Sadie Robertson , Kathie Lee Gifford and many more! It all kicks off Tuesday, February 2. Subscribe now so you never miss an episode!

Jan 26, 2021