The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

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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.


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Ep 72 - Tara Leigh Cobble: Navigating Change, Overcoming Intimidation, and Why Your Talent Doesn’t Always = Your Calling
00:29:10

Imagine having the world sing your praises, celebrate your talent and anticipate your next big thing – all while deep inside down knowing just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you’re being called to it. That’s the real life tension this week’s guest found themself in. Their unique journey from singer/songwriter to speaker/teacher comes with a powerful reminder that life is full of surprises. 

Paula sits down in this episode with Tara Leigh Cobble, speaker, author and the host of a daily podcast called The Bible Recap - which just happens to be one of the most successful podcasts in its category, with over 150M downloads (NBD!). Paula and Tara Leigh discuss the bravery behind letting one door close to honor the stirring for something behind another. Hear the humble beginnings of her globally popular podcast, why she says most of us are reading the Bible all wrong and how she’s helping people jump back into the Scriptures AND actually love reading them too… in just 8 minutes a day!

Find all of Tara Leigh’s work at TaraLeighCobble.com

Learn more about The Bible Recap.com

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***Win an autographed copy of The Bible Recap - deluxe edition and stay up to date on what’s going on in Paula’s life by signing up for Paula’s personal newsletter at PaulaFarisOfficial.com 

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Jun 28, 2022
EP 71 - Jo Saxton: Lessons in Failure, Beating Burnout and Why Spa Days Don’t Fix Everything
00:35:20

Ever felt called to something BIG and go for it, only to discover that “sure thing” didn’t quite work out – like, at all? This week’s guest has been there, done that and came out on the other side of “utter failure” only to discover something truly powerful: the wreckage of our lives holds great purpose. 

Jo Saxton is a speaker, author, podcast host, leadership coach – and a beloved contributor for CARRY Media. She’s dedicated her career to growing leadership teams around the world and empowering others to find their purpose – both in their leadership and their personal lives. Paula and Jo discuss how failure has shaped Jo’s current calling and career, why she says our calling is different than a blueprint, and the B word: Burnout. This episode will coach you up on why so many of us have it and how the answer to fixing it lies in lowering our expectations. 

Find all of Jo’s work at JoSaxton.com

Learn more about Jo’s leadership intensive, Ezer Collective  

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Jun 21, 2022
EP 70 - Jeannie Cunnion: Letting Go of Your Plans, Carrying One Another and Waffle House
00:37:57

This week’s episode comes with an extra heaping of heart and humor because Paula is sitting down with her “soul sister from another mister” – celebrated author and speaker Jeannie Cunnion. Jeannie is also a wife, mother to five boys and former social worker.

Jeannie traces her journey from adoption social worker – a job she absolutely LOVED – to something that she says made NO sense at all – becoming a writer. Learn how she heard the call, found alignment and stepped into the middle of an “only God” story. As Jeannie tells Paula, “I couldn’t have forced this to happen on my best day.” Paula and Jeannie also discuss how important it is to have people who can carry you – and your family – through different seasons of life. They open up about what that’s looked like for their own friendship, including how they’ve been able to say hard things, trust each other’s wisdom and love each other well. These two also have a shared affinity for Waffle House and old time Pentecostal church songs… so you best believe there will be some singing on the episode!

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Order Jeannie’s latest book, “Don’t Miss Out: Daring to Believe Life Is Better with the Holy Spirit” 

Check out Jeannie’s other books:

Parenting the Wholehearted Child: Captivating Your Child's Heart with God's Extravagant Grace”   

Mom Set Free: Find Relief from the Pressure to Get It All Right” 

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Learn more about Paula’s company CARRY Media and sign up for CARRY ALL, an essential weekly newsletter for the working mom that drops every Sunday!   

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Connect with Paula & share what you are feeling called to in this season of your life: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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Jun 14, 2022
EP 69 - Bianca Juarez Olthoff: Overcoming the Odds, Ignoring the Labels and Stepparenting with Hope
00:36:19

Have you ever had big plans for your life only to find out that God had other ones? This week’s guest knows that space of confusion-turned-calling well and what it’s like to have a holy nudge that just. won’t. quit! Bianca Juarez Olthoff is a popular speaker, teacher, preacher, church-planter and author. She’s also a wife, proud stepmom and a brand new member of the Access More family (Yay!), with her podcast, We’re Going There

This week Paula sits down with Bianca for a candid conversation about how she overcame the odds of childhood illiteracy, ignored the labels of growing up in the LA ghetto, and exchanged her best laid plans for God’s ultimate call on her life, which also included becoming a stepmom (You don’t want to miss what she’s learned from the Bible about being a stepparent. It’s so good!). 

If you’re looking to step outside the expectations of others, find fulfillment despite things not going your way, or just feel rooted in the midst of a chaotic season of life… this episode and the wisdom Bianca is dropping marks the spot! 

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Learn more about Bianca’s ministry, In the Name of Love 

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Connect with Paula & share what you are feeling called to in this season of your life: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 

Sign up for Paula’s new and improved newsletter to get a message from her every two weeks. 

Order Paula’s Book - “Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling” 

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Jun 07, 2022
EP 68 - Zachary Levi: Accepting Yourself, Healing Your Wounds and Finding Your Faith
00:28:17

Sometimes finding your calling and healing your wounds are two sides of the same coin. This week Paula sits down with actor Zachary Levi for a conversation at the intersection of calling and courage. 

You know Zachary from his recent roles playing onscreen champions like Kurt Warner in “American Underdog” and the DC superhero, “Shazam!” At just 4-years-old, he was bit by the acting bug when he knew he loved making people laugh. But underneath that instinctual desire to preform, Zachary would go on to struggle with unresolved childhood trauma – a path of pain would lead him to rock bottom and land him in a treatment center. 

Zachary opens up about his journey through depression to purpose – and his debut book, “Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others.” Hear how self-acceptance helped him drown out the voices in his head that told him he’d never be enough. Find out what he calls his deepest desire and why it led him to write the book. And don’t miss the most beautiful story about how a special angel helped him find his faith again. 

Check out Zachary’s book, “Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others” 

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Connect with Paula & share what you are feeling called to in this season of your life: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 

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May 31, 2022
EP 67 - Scott Harrison: Finding Redemption, Starting Over and The Keys To Calling
00:36:22

Does this season of life have you craving freedom from your past? If you’ve been longing to find the way back to your calling with greater faith, meaning or service, this week’s episode might be the perfect place to start. Paula sits down with Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity: Water for an intimate conversation about his experience as a modern-day prodigal son. 

By the world’s standards, Scott had it all as one of the top nightclub promoters in NYC. But then – amidst an endless cycle of drugs, booze and models – he tells Paula how experiencing “numbness,” both spiritually and physically, brought him back to what he was craving most - a life marked by purpose and kindness. Paula and Scott discuss outrunning your past, forgiving yourself and best practices for making big pivots in pursuit of your calling. Also, hear all about his ongoing mission to bring clean water to underserved communities around the world – and how streaming services like Spotify are inspiring him to disrupt the future of charitable giving. 

Learn more about Charity: Water  

Check out Scott’s book, “Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

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Learn more about Paula’s new company CARRY Media and sign up for CARRY™ ALL, an essential weekly newsletter for the working mom that drops every Sunday!   

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May 24, 2022
EP 66 - DeVon Franklin: Staying True to Your Convictions, Accepting What You Can't Reconcile and Honoring Your Spiritual Teachers
00:33:28

What happens if at first glance your convictions don’t align – at all – with the industry you’ve been called to? If you’re this week’s guest, you boldly stand firm, follow God’s lead and find out it’s not only possible to survive, but thrive… all while keeping the Sabbath! This week Paula is talking to award-winning film and TV producer, New York Times best-selling author and someone Oprah calls “a different kind of spiritual teacher for our times” – DeVon Franklin. 

With over two successful decades in Hollywood under his belt and plenty of “God nods” along the way, hear what DeVon calls his biggest ongoing struggle and how he combats it daily. He opens up to Paula about the early loss of his dad. Hear why it led him to find belonging in the industry and how he’s learned to embrace acceptance in the absence of reconciliation. And, with the release of his dynamic new Audible book, “It Takes A Woman”, DeVon tells Paula why he felt called to pay tribute to the spiritual leaders in his life – his beloved mom and aunts – and how their "village of love" shaped him into the man he is today.

Check out DeVon’s new Audible book: "It Takes A Woman"

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Learn more about DeVon’s latest work at devonfranklin.com

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May 17, 2022
EP 65 - Shauna Niequist: Embracing the Unknown, Healing from Hurt, and Staying Curious
00:34:40

If you’re in a season of chaos, change or loss, this week’s episode is a must-listen. Shauna Niequist is here and she’s offering up a spark of hope and an extra dose of courage for anyone needing a reminder that even when everything seems lost – peace and goodness are still possible. And who of us couldn’t use that reminder right now? 

Shauna is the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine, Savor and Present Over Perfect. Her trademark writing is honest, gentle and loving, and her latest book, “I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet”, is no exception. 

In this episode Paula and Shauna unpack the heart of the book, which was written during a season of major upheaval for Shauna. They discuss what happened when four years ago Shauna’s life in suburban Chicago was flipped upside down, leading her family of four to move to New York City. In making a midlife move and leaving behind the life she had always imagined, Shauna recalls being forced to learn how to “stop romanticizing what was and start embracing what is.” Hear why they made the move, why she says she now realizes it was actually long overdue and how she opened herself up to discover new ways of living when the old ways stopped working.

Shauna says one of the hardest changes she was faced with in moving was leaving the church she had always been a part of. She opens up to Paula about the painful process that involved forgiving and apologizing and offers up her empathy and wisdom for those in strained situations who are lacking closure but continue to seek it. Hear why she says “it’s ok to not understand it all at once” and how she learned to embrace “the long road back to healing.”

Paula and Shauna also discuss how change is simply unavoidable, the importance of taking care of your health in each season and why, through it all, there’s power and magic in simply saying, “I don’t know… I guess I haven’t learned that yet.”

Check out Shauna’s new book: “I Guess I Haven’t Learned That Yet

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May 10, 2022
Ep 64 - Liz Forkin Bohannon: Making Big Pivots, Battling Fear with Creativity and Owning Your Average
00:43:28

Calling all entrepreneurs! This episode has your name written all over it. Paula’s friend and Carry Media advisor, Liz Forkin Bohannon, is here for a straight-talk, wide-ranging and laugh-out-loud conversation about the twists and turns along the road to entrepreneurship. 

In addition to being a sought-after speaker and mom of three, Liz is the cofounder and CEO of Sseko Designs, a socially-conscious fashion brand that provides educational and economic opportunities for women across the globe. But get this - Liz started this brand with zero experience in fashion or entrepreneurism. In fact, in just the season before birthing her business she was a journalist reporting on poverty and conflict in Uganda. Hear how the core tenets of she learned in journalism – staying curious, asking great questions and following the lead – led Liz to the winding and unexpected path of building a business. 

Liz traces her journey from journalist to farmer to social entrepreneur and shares with Paula how “learning fast, failing fast and pivoting” helped her make her way through the dark, early days when there was little success, support or celebration for the company she was building. Liz also tells Paula why she’s a firm believer that we aren’t meant to take ourselves too seriously (Sseko means “laughter” in Lugandan)... a totally refreshing reminder, no matter what stage of business building you’re in. 

If you’re an entrepreneur or even just dream of being one, you know firsthand that fear is often the most loyal companion. Liz opens up to Paula about her ongoing battle with anxiety as a creative thinker who is “always building in the future.” Find out how she leans into her fear by giving herself permission to fail and why she’s so passionate about “owning your average.”

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Check out Liz’s book: “Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact” 

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May 03, 2022
Ep 63 - CALLBACK: Kirsten and Ben Watson: Taking a Breath, Speaking Truth Over Fear and Stepping into Your Authority
00:32:42

In this busy life, it helps when you can find a way to catch your breath amidst the chaos. It helps even more when you have a friend who knows what you’re going through and has your back. This week, that friend is Kristen Watson, who – along with her husband, a first-round NFL draft pick and Super Bowl Champion, Benjamin Watson – are back on the podcast! The Watsons join Paula for an encouraging conversation on the eve of Kirsten’s debut book, “Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who’s Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap)”. It’s all about navigating the stress and fears of life, one simple breath at a time. 

This real, honest book was a labor of love that required Kirsten to reach for her faith out of a place of deep fear and doubt. She tells Paula about the lies she’s heard for years that kept her thinking “never in a million years” would she be called to use her words and become an author one day. Kirsten shares how she found the courage to battle the voices in her head, steward her platform and bring this beautiful book into fruition.

 If you’re in the thick of it all and feeling weary, you will feel seen by this conversation and encouraged by Kirsten, who recalls just a few short years ago struggling to understand how “singing ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ all day” as a mom to seven was fulfilling her big career aspirations. Now looking back, hear Kirsten share how God was quietly transferring her gifts into supporting the day-in-and-day-out of her family and preparing her for the assignments yet to come. 

The Watsons also catch Paula up on their AccessMore podcast, “Why or Why Not with the Watsons,” where they continue to keep it real! You will love their unofficial “Like Policy.” Find out how they continue learning about, challenging, and celebrating each other amidst launching a book and potty training their adorable twin boys.

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Check out Kirsten's new book “Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who’s Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap) "

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Apr 26, 2022
Ep 62 - Ruth Chou Simons & Troy Simons: Untraditional Callings, Role Reversals and Being On Mission
00:35:35

Imagine being parents to six kids - all boys, ages 8 to 20 - and ALL the laundry, cleaning and cooking that goes with it. Now imagine those six boys doing the majority of it all - ALL on their own! Sounds too good to be true, right? But that’s the everyday reality of Paula’s special guests this week, who also are extremely gifted in leading, encouraging and following the call on their lives. Ruth Chou Simons and Troy Simons are joining Paula this week for a personal conversation about what it looks like to be a family who is on mission together, both in the peaks and valleys of life – and honoring one another along the way. 

Ruth is an entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author of Beholding and Becoming (https://ruthchousimons.com/beholding-becoming/) and GraceLaced (https://ruthchousimons.com/gracelaced-book/) . She shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting her daily life with word and paintbrush through an online shop at GraceLaced.com (https://gracelaced.com/) and her Instagram community of more than a hundred thousand. Her work has blossomed into a wildly successful space, making her the breadwinner for their family, while Troy takes the lead on things at home with their boys. However, just a few short seasons ago, those roles were reversed with Ruth juggling pregnancy, nursing and raising their young boys, while Troy worked as a full-time pastor and headmaster at a school he co-founded.  

The Simons open up to Paula about what it was like when Troy was called to back away from his work at the school and how they chose to pivot and make the most of what they’d already been given through Ruth’s artistic giftings that she had been quietly honing in the odd hours of the night. Hear how they’re currently navigating the crossroads of their untraditional callings, the shifting spotlight in their family and getting their boys involved each step of the way. For the moms and dads out there – hear why they say encouraging your kids to realize “the excitement of growing up” is the game changer when it comes to growing their responsibilities. 

Ruth and Troy offer up their life experiences with grace and generosity in this conversation. If you’re feeling like it’s taking a while to feel at home in the role God has for you, let this episode serve as your personal reminder that you’re not alone and encourage you to find what’s still in front of you to be grateful for today. 

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Apr 19, 2022
Ep 61 - Craig Melvin & Lindsay Czarniak: Pressing Pause, Deepening Connection and Finding Peace
00:37:45

It’s undeniable the major toll a global pandemic, racial unrest and political upheaval has taken on us all. Now imagine if it was your job to show up every day and report on these stories to the country – and add in that your partner also works in the same industry. That’s the weighty reality of Paula’s guests this week, and they are diving into a don’t-miss conversation about the elusive work/life balance in our chaotic world and the steadying effect of listening for God’s calling along the way. 

Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak fell in love while working at the same news station in Washington DC. Today Lindsay is a broadcaster for FOX Sports and previously anchored ESPN’s SportsCenter, SportsNation and NASCAR Now. Craig is the current news anchor on NBC’s TODAY Show, a co-host of the 3rd Hour TODAY and contributing anchor for NBC’s Dateline. Up until last month he was also the host of Craig Melvin Reports. Craig and Lindsay open up to Paula about what led Craig to pump the brakes at MSNBC and walk away from his daily show after ten years. He shares what helped him know it was time to go and what he’s learned from his therapist about indirect stress and what it does in our lives – an applicable word for anyone navigating a big decision or seeking more peace. 

Craig and Lindsay have been married for over a decade and along with their deep faith connection, they share two beautiful children. They discuss with Paula the pull they experience as working parents between wanting to provide and wanting to be there for their kids. Hear what they say they had to come to terms with to make peace with their limits and better prioritize their relationships. They also open up about what it looks like to be in the same competitive business with the one you love. Hear how they have managed to avoid rivalry and what helps them cheer each other on through thick and thin. 

This duo’s connection is adorable, and while they still struggle to get their stories straight about their first meeting (as you’ll hear and LOL), they are clear on the fact that their faith is central to what keeps them grounded and grateful. Whether you’re looking to take your next professional step, scale back and take a pause or untangle the stress in your life, let this vulnerable conversation remind you that what you do isn’t who you are and empower you to listen for and follow the peace in your spirit. 

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Apr 12, 2022
BONUS - Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson: The Stars of "Father Stu" on Faith, Calling and Flipping the Script
00:23:56

This week Paula is excited to bring you a bonus edition of “Faith & Calling” featuring two titans of the entertainment industry who beyond their shared calling also happen to be men of deep faith.

Mark Wahlburg and Mel Gibson join Paula for a spirited conversation about their latest project, exclusively in theaters this Easter. “Father Stu” is the real-life story of a bad boy boxer who finds renewed purpose in the calling to become a priest, with Gibson and Wahlberg starring as father and son. Hear why Wahlberg was so moved by the story that he broke the cardinal rule of filmmaking by financing the film with his own money. Find out why this passion project is also paving the way for a new genre of movies. It’s honest, funny and ultimately uplifting – but it’s also gritty and R-rated, intentionally not preaching to the choir like a stereotypical faith-based film and the guys tell Paula why.

Moving to life beyond the screen, both Wahlberg and Gibson share with Paula what their deep faith means to them today – and what each feels called to in this season ahead. And another bonus this week: not only is this a special and extraordinary bonus episode, but for the very first time an episode of “Faith & Calling” is being released in video form too on AccessMore https://www.accessmore.com/pd/The-Paula-Faris-Faith--Calling-Podcast-VIDEO | and Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-paula-faris-faith-calling-podcast-video/id1618348885

Watch the trailer and find tickets to Father Stu here: https://www.fatherstumovie.com/

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Apr 08, 2022
Ep 60 - Carlos & Heather Whittaker: Respecting Big Differences, Breaking Bad Habits and Fighting for Forgiveness
00:32:09

This episode of “Faith & Calling” is coming in hot, as in hot topics! They’re everywhere these days, splintering even the deepest and longest of relationships. But Paula’s guests this week have managed to stay united (even thriving!) in marriage while being divided on politics, parenting and the vaccine. Sounds impossible, right? So what’s their big secret? 

Social media influencer (shout out to the #Instafamilia!), social justice advocate, speaker, and best-selling author Carlos Whittaker and his incredible wife Heather sit down with Paula for a straight-shooting conversation that will leave you encouraged and inspired by what happens when we stop standing on issues and start walking with each other!

The Whittakers have been married for 21 years and together share three teenage children. While they’ve worked in ministry for much of their marriage, they’ve built much of their solid foundation on the backs of trials, crisis and even personal betrayal, including Carlos’ early struggle with porn. After a lot of therapy and inner healing, he uncovered what was at the core of his addiction to artificial intimacy. He shares with Paula a powerful analogy for anyone looking to destroy the roots of a deep-seated habit and embrace true freedom on the other side. 

On the flip side, that season of dishonesty brought Heather face to face with navigating forgiveness. Despite wanting to throw in the towel on their marriage, she tells Paula about the powerful image God gave her of what was actually going on, which led her to pull back and focus on the bigger problem. Hear what she learned in the process about her own deep-seated habits – and her warning for others who may be wishing for a different kind of life than the one they find themself in. 

The Whittakers are the real deal and this episode is packed with real joy and wisdom from two imperfect people who know, trust, and rely on God like their life, marriage and parenting depends on it. If you could use some hope, let this conversation with Heather and Carlos - the self-described “hope dealer” - encourage you to let the Spirit move! 

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Apr 05, 2022
Ep 59 - Mandisa: Navigating Tragedy, Wrestling Doubt, and Finding Light
00:25:25

"Have you ever been in a season of confusion, doubt or pain and felt like God didn’t hold up His end of the bargain? Paula’s guest this week knows that space of heartbreak intimately. 

Grammy Award-winning music artist, season 5 “American Idol” finalist, and fellow AccessMore podcaster https://www.accessmore.com/pd/Out-of-the-Dark-with-Mandisa--Laura-Williams Mandisa joins Paula for an honest and raw conversation about wrestling with God, navigating depression and fighting through the shadows to find God’s light. 

We all know and love Mandisa’s hit song, “Overcomer,” that reached number one on the Billboard Christian Top 20. This song was written about one of her best friends and back-up singers, Kisha, who was battling breast cancer while pregnant. The anthem was personal to Mandisa, as she recalls praying with full confidence that Kisha would beat her illness. 

So when Kisha passed, ultimately unable to overcome, Mandisa’s anger towards God was overwhelming. She recalls entering into a season of deep darkness that had her questioning everything. Was God hearing her? How could this happen? Did He even exist? 

Mandisa shares with Paula how this dark place would lead her to withdraw, wrestle with God and fall into a deep depression, locking herself inside her house for nearly three years.  

But even in the darkness, she would discover that God was at work, calling her into the light. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety or love someone who is, don’t miss the two lifelines that Mandisa says helped her step out of the dark – which also happens to be the title of her new book, available now - Out of the Dark

Mandisa also talks with Paula about the early years of pursuing her calling. Find out how she kept singing in the midst of ordinary jobs, like typing in Sunday school orders at a publishing company, and in the midst of extraordinary fears, like facing Simon Cowell on national TV. Yet another reminder that nothing is wasted when it comes to our faith and calling! 

This personal conversation covers deep topics and is a mix of heart and heavy, so a special note for those with young ears around. 

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Mar 29, 2022
Ep 58 - Emmanuel Acho: Uncomfortable Conversations, Illogical Advice, and Our Endless Horizons
00:33:20

These are wild times we are all living through, ripe with conflict and confusion. No matter the personal circumstances you’re up against, we all could use a safe space to talk about the issues on our heart – a space where shame isn't allowed. 

This week’s “Faith & Calling” guest has a remarkable gift for navigating uncomfortable conversations and has become a groundbreaking change-maker in the process. Paula sits down with Emmanuel Acho, the host of the viral hit video series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” He’s also a former NFL player, current Fox Sports analyst, New York Times best-selling author and even starred as host on The Bachelor’s After The Final Rose.

Emmanuel takes Paula back to the moment he was moved to step into the middle of our nation’s most-heated conversation about race in America. Hear how the combination of seeing a need, turning inward and ignoring what everyone around him called “logic” led him to turn on the camera, pick up the microphone and invite others into a long-overdue uncomfortable conversation. 

Turns out Emmanuel’s first episode of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” would go viral – reaching 25 million views in just five days, catching the attention of big names like Matthew McConoughey and Oprah, who called him up to keep the conversation going. All this success and impact, he tells Paula, is directly linked to his ability to push doubt aside, channel a childlike faith and “act and think illogically.” 

And that just happens to be the message behind his new book, Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits, which hits stores today. Hear Emmauel lay out the vision and calling he felt to write this book with the reminder that our horizons are endless. Find out why he says how we talk to ourselves matters more than we know and why we need to be “dumb enough” to believe in the impossible. And if you’re feeling stuck, Emmanuel tells Paula what he thinks is often standing in the way of our ability to tap into our giftedness - and how you can uncover it, develop it and use it to change the world. 

Two words for this episode: Buckle up! 

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Mar 22, 2022
Ep 57 - Tim and Demi-Leigh Tebow: Finding Love, Losing your Identity and Creating a Life that Counts
00:30:44

He’s a two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner, first-round NFL draft pick and a former professional baseball player. She’s a South African model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2017. While on the surface a professional sports player and a pageant queen may not have a lot in common, it turns out Tim and Demi-Leigh found they share “a whole lot in purpose.” Another thing they have in common? Navigating the high-highs of their big careers and the low-lows of identity loss when the public titles fade away. For Tim, the pain of getting cut from the NFL this past year. For Demi-Leigh, turning over her crown as Miss Universe.

This episode of “Faith & Calling” is especially for anyone finding their way through the loss of a title, the sting of rejection, or the lingering frustration of life not going as planned. Basically all of us at some point. Turn this one up, because Tim and Demi-Leigh have been there too, and their stories - both individually and together - point to the truth that God can use you right where you are with what you have.

That’s also the message behind Tim’s brand new book, “Mission Possible: Go Create a Life that Counts.” Tim breaks down the difference between what he calls our macro purpose and our micro purpose. Hear how knowing both has challenged and changed his best laid plans for the better.

Did we mention yet how adorable these two are together? Having been long-distance for most of their dating life, Tim and Demi-Leigh are experts at meaningful conversations, and this one is no different! Hear how they knew with total confidence that their first date would be each of their last first dates forever and what it was like to say “I do” just months before the world shut down. Plus, Paula finds out how they keep the conversation going and their love flowing today, amidst their very full platforms - and very full house of three dogs!

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Mar 15, 2022
Ep 56 - Kristin Chenoweth: Trusting Your Gut, Leaving Room For God’s Plans and What to Do With Your Love Today
00:31:25

From the choir of an Oklahoma church, all the way to the bright lights of Broadway, this week’s episode will have your soul singing! Paula’s guest is the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth, whom we know and love as the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer whose rendition of “Glinda” put the mega-hit musical “Wicked” on the map.

As a child prodigy, Kristin knew her calling well before she knew how to drive. She tells Paula how her parents, who were both engineers and very into athletics (Read: not theater types) helped their daughter discover and navigate her extreme giftedness at a young age, and why she says choosing a normal childhood in lieu of early stardom was the best path for her. Hear about her big break in New York and the lessons she’s learned about giving up a sure thing for a long shot, all while discovering nothing is wasted in God’s economy.

Kristin’s latest project (out today!) is a whimsical children’s book called “What Will I Do with My Love Today”. As a child of adoption, hear why the message of the book resonates so deeply with her and how she lives it out in her everyday life. Don’t miss the best advice her Auntie G gave her years ago that’s carried her through these turbulent days we’re all living in.

It’s been a banner year for the Broadway icon, who is also planning a wedding with her fiance, musician Josh Bryant. She tells Paula all about their first date at the Waffle House. Learn the beautiful meaning behind her engagement ring and why she says she’s no longer a “runaway bride.” Paula does her best to squeeze out wedding plan details. So did the Waffle House make the shortlist for the venue? Disclaimer: This episode was not sponsored by the Waffle House but maybe it should be… IYKYK!

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Mar 08, 2022
Ep 55 - Tyler Perry: Overcoming Obstacles, Hearing the Voice of God and Dreaming Even Bigger
00:28:58

This week’s episode of “Faith & Calling” has been over a year in the making – and it was well worth the wait. Paula is one-on-one with the one-and-only Tyler Perry!

You know Tyler as one of the most influential men in entertainment today. He’s a living legend with an accomplished career as a writer, actor, producer, director and the owner of Tyler Perry Studios, the largest production facility in the country. 

But what you may not know is that behind the giant success of Tyler’s media empire is one jaw-dropping life story. In this episode, Tyler tells Paula about the highs and lows of a life both scarred by abuse and saved by grace.

Learn the pivotal piece of advice he picked up from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a young person that would heal his pain and reveal his purpose. Hear how his path from broke to billionaire was paved by hearing the audible voice of God and having an enduring faith, which he defines as “getting up to try again.” Get his best advice, as a self-taught creator, for anyone doubting they have the right experience for the calling on their heart. And discover the tried and true Bible verse he turns to when it comes to working for his dreams. Hint: it’s no shortcut. 

From dead ends to dreaming bigger, Tyler is one of the hardest working and most successful storytellers in Hollywood, with dozens of feature films, stage plays, and tv shows credited to his name – including his most famous character, Madea, who is back for “A Madea Homecoming” on NETFLIX! Paula gets the scoop on what the pandemic had to do with everybody’s favorite grandma coming out of retirement, plus what Tyler’s next big project is – and why it’s been 26 years in the making! 

“To whom much is given, much is expected” and Tyler’s life is a testament to what striving to be faithful in all circumstances looks like. If you’re looking for the encouragement to put in the work, challenge the norm, embrace the valleys and keep persevering with whatever lies before you – then consider this special conversation an open floodgate of faith and fortitude from the wildly talented Tyler Perry.

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Mar 01, 2022
Ep 54 - Max Lucado: A Converted Drunk, A Health Scare and A Bold Promise
00:27:36

This week on “Faith & Calling” Paula is talking to one of the kindest, wisest and most influential teachers out there, Max Lucado – who happens to be a best-selling author of over 40 books that have sold more than 120 million copies worldwide! Max is often referred to as “America’s Pastor” (a title he very quickly shrugs off)... and after listening to this week’s thought-provoking and hope-renewing conversation, it’s clear to see how the nickname stuck.

Paula and Max’s friendship goes way back to when Paula was at ABC. The last time they spoke, Max had just received a life-threatening diagnosis that rocked his faith with the weight of the unknown. Max catches Paula up on the amazing turn of events and how “the peace that surpasses all understanding” showed up in the midst of his mess. If you’ve grown discouraged in navigating a painful diagnosis of your own or simply the unknown that lies before you, you’re going to want to listen in to hear the bold declaration prayed over Max that led to his miraculous update.

Paula also asks Max to retrace his steps from the very beginning of both his faith journey and his calling to be a writer. Hear how he made the dramatic shift from drinking a 6-pack nearly every night to finding himself in the front row of his college’s Bible class to writing a feature in his church’s weekly bulletin – a part-time hustle would turn out to be a full-on calling.

Max’s latest book is a rerelease of one of his all-time bestsellers, “3:16 - The Numbers of Hope.” Paula asks Max to break down what led him to revise and update this book based on the Bible’s most famous verse for a new generation of readers. Spoiler: He likens it to dropping a chlorine tablet in the pool of our society (Ok. How good is that analogy? And how needed is that tablet!).

Paula and Max squeeze in time to talk about the big questions throughout this episode. What’s the purpose of it? Why is life so hard? Why do bad things happen to good people? It’s an impossible task to take on the hardest of questions while softening the hardest of hearts, but Pastor Max, with his abiding hope in the Christian faith and God’s Word, shies away from neither.

As Max puts it, our hardships can make us bitter or better. If you’re looking for the path towards better, then let this episode mark the spot.

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Ep 53 - Paula, Her Husband AND Her Mom: Love, Loss and Leaving a Legacy
00:36:19

This week’s episode of “Faith & Calling” is special for SO many reasons. This conversation is dropping on the day after Valentine’s Day and marks the third anniversary of the Heaven homecoming for Paula’s beloved dad. 

With love, loss and legacy being front of mind, Paula invites her adorable mom, Carol, and adoring husband, John, to join her for a memorable heart-to-heart-to-heart.

With Carol’s 53 years of marriage and Paula and John’s shared 21, this episode is packed with 74 years of highs and lows of wedded wisdom – including the pivotal advice Carol received early in her marriage that she would pass on to Paula during a particularly rocky patch. 

To make things fun, Paula gave you, her lovely listeners, an opportunity to ask about anything - and you certainly understood the assignment. From dealing with loss to fun date nights to fears about moving to Paula’s most endearing (and not-so-endearing!) habits. It’s ALL in here, friends!

We promise this episode will give you all the feels, from sentimental to silly. And don’t miss the most beautiful ending in “Faith & Calling” history. Paula’s mom is treating us to a special song on her ukelele - a belated valentine for you! Consider this chat an easy opportunity to widen your heart and your smile and be reminded that you are so, so loved.

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Feb 15, 2022
Ep 52 - Mitch Albom: Life, Loss and "Tuesdays With Morrie"
00:33:29

If you are a loyal listener of “Faith & Calling” then you know we drop new episodes every Tuesday. This Tuesday with Paula is special because she’s talking to "Tuesdays with Morrie" author - Mitch Albom! 

It’s been over 20 years since Mitch wrote about the most impactful life lessons he learned from his beloved former professor, Morrie Schwartz, who was losing his battle with ALS. That book became not just a best-seller, but nourished the hearts of millions, emboldening us to truly live with the real reminder that death is waiting. 

Since then, Mitch has grown to be an internationally-renowned author, whose books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies in 47 languages worldwide. Before the acclaim of his books, Mitch was a nationally-celebrated sports journalist. With that string of success, you might think Mitch was born a writer. But that’s not how his story began. 

Hear how Mitch pursued his early dreams of music (including a piano-playing gig on the island of Crete where he became known as the local Elvis!). Learn how he navigated the crossroads of a stalled dream and an evolving calling into writing. How standing in a supermarket and saying “yes” to someone else’s need led to the beginning of what he calls his greatest reward.

If you find yourself frustrated that not all the lights are turning green for you right now, consider this a red light to stop and listen to someone who’s been there too. As Mitch says, “My whole life has been a series of things that turned out to be the best thing that happened, even though I didn’t want them right away.” 

Mitch and Paula also discuss the power of storytelling, why tragedy is often our best teacher, the inspiration behind his newest book, "The Stranger in the Lifeboat", and his hands-on humanitarian work with the Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage. This is one full episode that will leave both your heart and your head brimming with hope and possibility. 

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Feb 08, 2022
Ep 51 - CeCe Winans: The Power of Belief, Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone and Remembering Whitney Houston
00:34:34

When you’re faced with a challenge, do you know the difference between just praying for it and actually believing for it? If that question makes you pause, then go ahead and press play on this week’s episode of “Faith & Calling” because the answer is here and it’s a game-changer. CeCe Winans, the best selling, most awarded female in Gospel music history, is joining Paula on this week’s episode of “Faith & Calling,” and we’ll go ahead and call it an anointed appointment because CeCe is taking us to church! 

Move the unmovable… Break the unbreakable… God we believe… God we believe for it

These lyrics are from her goosebump-inducing latest worship anthem, Believe For It, and CeCe breaks down the powerful process of praying AND believing for it. She shares how she fights back when doubt comes to mind and opens up about the most recent way she saw God “break the unbreakable” on the very day this conversation was recorded – after years of praying and believing it would come to pass. Goosebumps, again. 

While CeCe’s work has been marked by an outstanding music career, her life is also a testament that God’s calling on your life has no limits. Paula and CeCe retrace her early gospel roots, her life-long reluctance to be in front of people (God has a great sense of humor), and how a word from God – against her plans to sell her house and move to California – led CeCe and her husband, Alvin, to become founding pastors of Nashville Life Church in 2012. 

CeCe also takes a moment with Paula to remember the late Whitney Houston, whom she called both her best friend and her sister, with next month marking 10 years since Whitney’s passing. Hear how their friendship continues to impact and carry CeCe today, how Whitney stood up for Cece, and why CeCe was Whitney's safe place.                                    

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Feb 01, 2022
Ep 50 - Dave Ramsey: Baby Steps, Becoming Generous and Building Wealth
00:31:31

What happens when you have a finance degree but find yourself bankrupt? 

That happened to this week's guest. He wound up studying "God's and grandma's ways" of handling money, got out of debt and journeyed onto a powerful path that would help MILLIONS of people change their financial futures. Talk about falling into your calling!

Paula is joined in this episode of “Faith & Calling” by Dave Ramsey – finance personality, radio show host, best-selling author, and businessman – for a don’t-miss conversation on how losing everything opened up a highway of healing for himself, his family, his community – and now millions of Americans. 

But it didn’t happen overnight. As Dave tells Paula, sometimes you do nine things wrong and one thing right. But day-by-day and with the light shining in, that one right thing can turn into your life’s greatest work. 

Find out why being an Enneagram 8 (read: a challenger!) was a catalyst for writing his latest book, Baby Steps Millionaires – and learn the surprising trait he discovered the majority of millionaires today share. Do you have it, too? 

If you’re looking for hope or just help in building your financial confidence in 2022, Dave has a promising message for you: despite any of your dire past circumstances, ANYONE can build wealth. Whether you need advice on how to get started, how to take your next step, or how to connect with the deeper WHY behind it all, you’ll find it here – along with Dave’s hot take on Crypto and NFTs!

Let’s just say expect a big return from investing your time listening to this week’s straightforward, practical, and lively conversation with the one and only, Dave Ramsey!

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Jan 25, 2022
Ep 49 - Danielle Walker: Health, Hope and The Power of Good Food
00:40:47

Have you ever had a major life change hit you that you’d file under #didntseethatcoming? If you’ve ever found yourself struggling with receiving bad news, you’re going to want to listen in to soak up the wisdom and hope flowing from this week’s guest, Danielle Walker. 

The New York Times bestselling cookbook author, mama, health advocate, wellness expert, and (self-trained!) chef sits down with Paula to talk about finding her way through the darkness of a crushing diagnosis at a young age. Hear how navigating the struggles of her autoimmune disease helped her discover her true calling on the other side. 

Danielle and Paula discuss the ups and the downs of the autoimmune journey, including the dietary changes that ended Danielle’s suffering and the ways she’s helped others with similar issues continue to enjoy good food. Hear about the bright spots that paved her path forward, why our gut health matters more than we think, and how she battles food FOMO today (hint: don’t sleep on her Real Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies!). 

Danielle says it’s not a perfect journey but there’s little excuse not to make it a delicious one. Be encouraged by the steps she offers to begin your own journey of health and actually feel good again. And if you’re feeling alone right now, may this conversation be a lifeline to keep going, as Danielle reminds us that we don’t have to suffer in silence, Friends!

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Jan 18, 2022
Ep 48 - Jonathan Roumie: MTV, Voice Impersonations and The Chosen's Jesus
00:34:06

Can you believe it? This week Paula is talking to Jesus! She’s one-on-one with Jonathan Roumie – the star of The Chosen, the mighty-popular streaming video series on the life of Jesus Christ. Like over 200 million people around the globe, Paula, her kids, and her 81-year-old mother are HUGE fans of Jonathan and The Chosen – and we have a solid feeling you are too! Can we get an Amen?! 

Hear Jonathan retrace the early twists and turns of pursuing his calling, including voiceovers on MTV’s Celebrity Death Match, a literal run-in with Run DMC, and juggling both side jobs and full-on fears of the unknown. 

You’ll be encouraged by how Jonathan pursued his calling in the face of that fear, learn how he navigates spiritual warfare, discover the new projects he’s discerning for the new year – and find out how The Chosen is contributing to a revival across the pond. It’s totally inspiring! 

While we all have watched Jonathan channel Jesus’ personal, tender and funny sides on-screen - he brings a similar personal spirit to this warm and enlightening episode of Paula’s “Faith & Calling” podcast. So just get ready to smile. 

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Jan 11, 2022
Ep 47 - Dennis Quaid: Rehab, dogs and his spiritual journey
00:21:42

He loves dogs, writing music and inspirational movie roles. Possibly, in that order. Dennis Quaid, yep, THE DENNIS QUAID, stops by Paula’s “Faith & Calling” podcast to talk about all those things and more. 

The award winning actor details how he felt called to acting, but why music remains his first love. And the song he wrote for his mom after a stint in rehab, which he says was the beginning of his spiritual rebirth. 

These days, Quaid is starring in movies like “American Underdog” (about Kurt Warner’s improbable Super Bowl story) and “Reagan” (out later this year), which he calls the most challenging movie role of his career. 

When Quaid isn’t busy with movies and music, you can find him hanging with his many animals.

Jan 04, 2022
Ep 46 - Paula’s 21 of 21 Part 3: The Seven Things That Kept Us Going
00:33:07
We've made it to the end of another big year - and we've also made it to Part 3 of Paula's Top 21 of 21! This month Paula and her husband, John Krueger, have been reflecting back on the PEOPLE, PLACES, and THINGS that had all of us talking, caught our attention, and kept us going in 2021. To close out our 3-part series Paula and John are jumping into the seven THINGS that kept us going. 2021 began full of promise that life would return to "normal." And while we might not be *quite* there yet, we did have some - okay, a lot of - fun over the last 12 months. To round out our countdown, our favorite duo is taking a look at the trends, hobbies, and activities that sparked joy, made us smile, and kept us curious! We bet you can't listen to this week's episode without smiling, laughing, and even dancing... and what better way to enter into 2022?!
Dec 21, 2021
Ep 45 - Paula’s 21 of '21 Part 2: The Seven Places That Caught Our Attention
00:31:15

The countdown clock is ticking and it is so good to be with you to wave goodbye to 2021 – together! This was another monumental year. One that was as complex as it was challenging, but it definitely had us searching for connection at every turn. That’s exactly why Paula put her news hat back on – to connect the big dots of the year with her top 21 stories of ‘21. 

Last week was all about the seven PEOPLE who kept us talking. This week Paula and her favorite co-host (and co-parent and very co-operative husband), John, are taking you to the seven PLACES that caught our attention. 

Buckle up because we’re going here, there, and everywhere. From the ongoing fight on the homefront over paid leave to chaos on the front steps of our nation’s capital over voter distrust... From the cooling of America’s longest war to the heated conversations inside school board meetings and courtrooms across the country... From the Billionaire Space Race to the race to stop climate change... Paula and John break down what went down in the most talked-about places of 2021 and take a look at what lies ahead for our families, communities, country, and world.

As mentioned in this episode, here are just a few of the organizations providing vital support in Afghanistan, along with links to learn more about how you can use your voice and donate on behalf of children and families at risk:

World Vision

The International Rescue Committee

UNICEF

Dec 14, 2021
Ep 44 - Paula’s 21 of '21 Part 1: The Seven People who had us Talking
00:37:55

The year-end countdown is here! Before the 2022 ball drops, Paula is putting her news hat back on to take you through the top 21 stories of 2021. Joining her for this conversational look-back is her husband, John Krueger, the everyman with the best announcer voice this side of a gameshow! Paula and John kick off the 3-part series this week with the PEOPLE who kept us talking – and these seven individuals have the Gold medals, Super Bowl rings, and receipts to prove it. From mental health to the health of the nation, from cheering to Britney’s freedom to chants of Let’s Go Brandon – and just why is gluten-free fan Tom Brady talking about bread all of the sudden? The people who made this list gave us plenty of reasons to talk, laugh, argue and even come together! Paula and John discuss what impact they each made in 2021 and what’s ahead for these big names in the new year.

Dec 06, 2021
Ep 43 - Jen Hatmaker: Picking Up the Pieces
00:39:55

New York Times bestselling author, Jen Hatmaker, is opening up about overcoming a year of grief, how she learned to get through it instead of over it, and she shares her advice for making it through the holidays after going through a divorce or losing someone you love. Her marriage suddenly ended at the start of the pandemic after 26 years, and she says it sent her into a deep depression where she experienced an array of health issues for the first time. After some time and the unwavering support from friends and family, Jen started to work on her 15th book, which is a cookbook she partially credits with saving her life (coming out in the fall), and she committed to doing the personal work required to get through the trauma instead of trying to find a way around it. She also talks about the one holiday tradition she refuses to let go and the deal she made with her sons to keep them participating every year.

Enjoy Jen's books at JenHatmaker.com

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Nov 30, 2021
Ep 42 - Amy Robach & Andrew Shue: Navigating Blended Families
00:39:23

ABC News’ Amy Robach, and her 90’s heartthrob actor and husband, Andrew Shue, are currently exploring Antarctica, but before their trip they took sometime to catch up with Paula. The duo talk about their love story, the struggles of becoming a step-parent (something 40% of families across the U.S. are coping with), and their blended family that inspired their new children’s book, “Better Together.” They open about Amy’s breast cancer diagnosis three years after they were married, how it impacted their relationship, and also how it inspired them both to live life more fully. Amy and Andrew also talk about how much therapy has helped them over the years, especially in building trust in one another, saying it’s unlikely they would be where they are today without it.

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Nov 16, 2021
Ep 41 - Dan Harris: Overcoming the Fear of Leaving Comfort
00:38:44

Paula is reuniting with her former Good Morning America co-host, Dan Harris, who recently left ABC News after more than 20 years. He is taking his own leap of faith, pursuing the “Ten Percent Happier” company he co-founded, which focuses on creating a healthier and happier you through meditation. Dan gets candid about the challenges of starting a company and the toll of trying to juggle it all. The two friends reminisce about their days behind the anchor desk, how they both gained the courage to leave behind something they loved to pursue their callings, and how their friendship has grown stronger despite sharing very different outlooks on polarizing subjects. 

Learn more about Dan’s company Ten Percent Happier at TenPercent.com 

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Nov 09, 2021
Ep 40 - Amy Brown: Knowing When to Take a Chance
00:31:53

Amy Brown, an award winning radio co-host, podcaster, and philanthropist, sits down with Paula to talk about her journey to success, identifying the trusted voices to lean on when taking a leap of faith, and overcoming struggles with unique approaches. Amy has been a co-host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show” for the last 15 years, broadcasting internationally to millions of people daily, but before that she had zero experience in the field, a job she enjoyed and a pay raise in her future; and yet she decided to press into her fear and take a chance on a job that excited her. She also opens up about the influence her mom has had on her life and how the #PimpinJoy movement grew from a motivational mantra during her mom’s battle with cancer to a clothing and accessory line that benefits organizations and initiatives in Haiti. The mother of two also shares her journey to adoption after dealing with infertility issues and what she has realized four years later that she hopes other families will keep in mind. She also opens up about her struggles with depression during the pandemic and how she discovered that puzzles held the key to a new slice of happiness.

Learn more about Amy Brown, her podcast, and her company “Espwa” at RadioAmy.com   

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Nov 02, 2021
Ep 39 - Bubba Watson: Handling Life’s Ups and Downs
00:35:16

Professional golfer and two-time Masters Champion, Bubba Watson, shot a 62 at 13-years-old and knew he had a future in the sport, by the time he was nearly 40, he saw 162 on the scale and thought he was dying. In this episode, Bubba gets emotional talking about his story and detailing his struggle with crippling fear, anxiety and stress, something he hasn't been willing to talk about until now, in his new book “Up & Down.“ Bubba shares what it was like opening up to his wife and those in his closest circle about his struggle, and why it is so important for others, especially men, to overcome the stigma associated with talking about their mental health. He credits his wife with many of his successes, both professionally and spiritually, and shares the conversation they had on their first date that set them on their adoption journey. He also reveals how he got his nickname "Bubba," the sport he would have rather played professionally, and addresses the rumor of never having taken a golf lesson.  

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Oct 26, 2021
Ep 38 - Madison Prewett: Basketball, Beliefs, & The Bachelor
00:34:43

"The Bachelors''' Madison Prewett, joins Paula to talk about her experience on the show, her new book "Made for this Moment", and the importance of preparing for who you are and what you value before having to make life altering decisions. Before she found fame as a reality TV star, she was known as a force on the basketball court, winning four state titles, and thought she was going to become a pastor, having just graduated from seminary school, when out of nowhere she was approached by producers of "The Bachelor." Madison admits she struggled with the decision to join the cast but says she ultimately accepted it as her next calling despite pushback from friends and those inside her religious circles. After being criticized for staying true to her convictions during the fantasy suites round, Madison says she eventually found solace knowing it served as an inspiration for other women to stand strong in their own values and not change themselves to be loved and accepted. She also reveals if she really thinks it is possible to fall in love in a short time on TV and her response to being asked if she would come back as the Bachelorette.

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Oct 19, 2021
Ep 37 - CALLBACK: Sadie Robertson Huff on motherhood, mom guilt and bounce back culture
00:23:18

Sadie Robertson Huff is back! She’s opening up about becoming a mother, her unexpected delivery experience, and coming to terms with her mom-guilt. She shares what she really thinks about bounce back culture and why she plans on letting her daughter in on all her imperfections. She also talks about letting go of control when things don’t go as planned and giving yourself permission to feel multiple emotions at once. Sadie, who recently released a new book, “Live on Purpose: 100 Devotions for Letting Go of Fear and Following God,” compares overcoming fear to conquering a mountain, saying there will always be another one to climb.

Listen to Sadie's first time on the podcast

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Oct 12, 2021
Ep 36 - Joel and Moriah Smallbone: Sushi, Dogs, & Ryan Seacrest
00:39:48

Joel Smallbone, from the Christian pop-duo For King & Country, and singer/songwriter, Moriah Smallbone, sit down with Paula for an open and honest conversation about facing difficult moments head on, reconciling feelings of jealousy and competitiveness in marriage, and the pivotal moments that lead them to each other. The couple talks about pursuing their callings in music, saying it was something that chose them more than they chose it. Moriah also opens up about her experience on American Idol, dealing with rejection, and how standing strong in her convictions led to more success than she imagined. They also talk about Joel's Australian accent, first-time celebrity crushes, and the reaction they got after releasing their six-part cinematic podcast series, "BECOMING: us" which dives deeper into their relationship over the last decade.


Enjoy Joel & Moriah's cinematic podcast - BECOMING: us

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Oct 05, 2021
Ep 35 - Amy Grant: Is it a hobby or a calling?
00:27:52

Six-time GRAMMY Award winner, Amy Grant, is taking us back to where her love of music started to become more than just a hobby, and how long it took her to accept it as her calling. She talks about being offered a record deal as a teen and continuing her higher education thinking she would eventually get a "real job." The mother of four, opens up about her recent health scares including a COVID-19 diagnosis and an open heart surgery after discovering she had a congenital heart condition and why she partially has her husband, Vince Gill, to thank for the discovery. The singer, who was recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, also gives fans a glimpse into the new movie, "The Jesus Music," revealing how she and others started a whole new genre of music.

"The Jesus Music" hits theaters October 1st!

For more on Amy Grant visit AmyGrant.com

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Sep 28, 2021
Ep 34 - Priscilla Shirer: Going Beyond Fear in Pursuit of Your Calling
00:41:47

In this week's highly anticipated episode, Priscilla Shirer is joining Paula to talk about her unexpected journey to discovering her calling, and how she worked through the crippling fear that once stood in her way and made her question the path she was on. The dynamic teacher and motivational speaker once dreamed of becoming a TV news anchor and while in that pursuit, changed course to pursue her true calling in ministry. The mother of three, also talks about the important lessons she wants her boys to carry with them into adulthood, the difficult conversations she has had to have with them about growing up as young African American boys, and what we can all do better as we join hands in friendship and diverse faith. The burgeoning film star explains how she was convinced to take on new opportunities on the big screen and why she has said no to 98% of the opportunities that have followed. Priscilla is also a bestselling author; her and her family are releasing a new book, Divine Disruption, which is dedicated to her late mother and hits bookshelves on November 9th.

Learn more about Priscilla and GoingBeyond.com

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Sep 21, 2021
Ep 33 - The Three P’s: Prayer, Positive Thinking, & Prozac
00:35:51

This week’s special episode is shining a light on teachers and caretakers, as Paula’s mom and sister, Carol and Mary, share their very personal experience four months after Carol’s stroke. In the blink of an eye, Mary went from teaching children in the pandemic to becoming a full time caregiver and teacher to her 81-year-old mother who was relearning how to read, write, and tell time at an elementary school level. They share the highs and lows of their experience and dive deeper into the ways they have been there for each other throughout the years especially through Mary’s battle with depression and severe postpartum. They also talk about overcoming crippling fear and anxiety that resurfaced during the pandemic by using the three P’s: Prayer, Positive thinking, and Prozac.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, here are some helpful resources: 

    Eisenberg Family Depression Center

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)

    Crisis Text Line: Text ‘HOME’ to 741-741 to connect with a counselor

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Sep 14, 2021
Ep 32 - Benjamin and Kirsten Watson: Big Families & Figuring Out What’s Next
00:38:29

Benjamin and Kirsten Watson sit down with Paula for a fun conversation about parenting their seven children, sharing the spotlight with your spouse, and discovering new callings outside of the identity your career creates. They talk about the good and bad times they have shared during their 16 years of marriage and working through unexpected difficulties like resentment. Benjamin also talks about the process of redefining himself outside of the NFL after recently retiring and turning 40 at the same time.

Find out more about the Watson family and Kirsten’s new book, The Watson Seven.

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Sep 07, 2021
Ep 31 - Ginger Zee: A Way Out of the Storm
00:36:10

Ginger Zee’s calling doesn’t just stop at the atmosphere, it reaches far and beyond the television screen and into the minds of millions. ABC’s Chief Meteorologist is joining Paula for a very special episode on de-stigmatizing mental health issues. Ginger gets incredibly candid about her own battle with depression, the hard work it has taken to rebuild and restrengthen her mental health, and the value of starting everyday with gratitude and intention. She also shares an emotional story about her second chance and how it brought an unexpected partner into her life who has helped her pursue her new calling. The busy mom of two talks about the pitfalls of parenthood, being a successful working mom, and how the pandemic helped her reprioritize her outlook on life. She also shares her passion for science and the work she has done to get more young women interested in STEM careers.

Pre-Order Ginger’s latest book: “A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm

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Aug 31, 2021
Ep 30 - Jennie Allen: The Risks Worth Taking
00:37:10

Jennie Allen joins Paula for a very fun and enlightening conversation about taking the right risks, following the path of most resistance, pursuing a calling that takes you beyond your comfort zone, and knowing when to go for it. Jennie talks about her journey to becoming a writer and the risks she and others took in creating “IF:Gathering,” which brings women together all over the world. She recalls the time she found herself alone on the bathroom floor and why this moment changed everything for her, and set her on a new path towards a calling she never saw coming. She also talks about the impact adoption has had on her and her family, and the struggle of redefining yourself outside of motherhood. The New York Times bestselling author also chats about the study behind her book, “Get Out of Your Head,” which dives deeper into the power of mind-mapping and taking back control of your thoughts.

Learn more about the Enneagram Scale at EnneagramInstitute.com

More about Jennie Allen at JennieAllen.com

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Aug 24, 2021
Ep 29 - Dr. Gary Chapman: Finding Your Love Language
00:28:17

In this very special episode, Paula is going under the microscope with the help of Dr. Gary Chapman and her three children as they explore how loved they feel, and what their mom and dad could do to make them feel more loved. Dr. Chapman’s best-selling book, “The Five Love Languages,” was written 30 years ago and established there are five ways we give and receive love: Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time, Acts of Service, and Receiving Gifts. During the episode he guides Paula and her kids through an exercise to identify their primary and secondary love languages, and the outcome to one of them, truly surprised her. Dr. Chapman also reveals the three ways parents can identify their children’s love languages as early as 4-years-old. He also gives listeners a sneak peak into his new book that is about the be published. 


Discover your love language with Dr. Chapman’s quiz and find out how to attend a Marriage Seminar at 5LoveLanguages.com

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Aug 17, 2021
Ep 28 - Hillary Scott: Free me from Fear
00:32:17

Lady A’s Hillary Scott is back on the road and touring again after more than year. She’s taking a break from her busy schedule to chat with Paula about her struggles with crippling and sometimes paralyzing fear, and why it only got worse as she was preparing to return to the stage after more than a year of not performing. The GRAMMY-award winning artist opens up about how she knew at a young age that music was her calling, how she persevered in the face of rejection as doors kept closing, and how things could have been much different for the band had all the pieces not fallen into place. The mother of three also talks about what it’s like being away from her kids while she’s on tour, and embracing non-traditional roles alongside her husband of nearly a decade.

Find Lady A on tour at ladyamusic.com and listen to “What A Song Can Do

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Aug 10, 2021
Ep 27 - John Cooper: Rocked by your Calling
00:35:58

John Cooper, sits down with Paula to talk about his challenging path in pursuing his calling despite the lack of support from loved ones, the importance of staying true to who you are, and the commitment to sacrifice that is required along the way. He opens up about his relationship with his mother, how she helped shape his faith, why she didn’t want him to pursue his musical calling, and for the first time, shares what she said on her deathbed that he’s had to reconcile. The lead singer, bassist, and co-founder of Skillet, also talks about the crossroads he has faced in the pursuit of success and how his commitment to what made the band stand out, helped them to become one of the best selling rock bands of the 21st Century.

John Cooper's book: "Awake and Alive to Truth" at JohnLCooper.com

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Aug 03, 2021
Ep 26 - Trey Kennedy: Unconventional Path to Find Your Calling
00:29:11

Trey Kennedy sits down with Paula to talk about his unconventional path to success and building a life he says he never could have imagined. The popular influencer talks about what it was like pursuing a career that didn’t exist when he first started finding success in making popular online videos, and shares what his friends and family thought about him not using his finance degree. He also talks about marrying someone who is your polar opposite, the two weddings they had during the pandemic, and the one video she refuses to watch. Trey also opens up about why he thinks young people are misunderstood and the importance of sometimes shirking the expectations of others.

» Trey Kennedy’s “Are You for Real Tour”

 https://treykennedy.com/tour/

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Jul 28, 2021
Ep 25 - Savannah Guthrie: Think Big for Yourself
00:37:30

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
00:24:54

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
00:28:52

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!

QUOTES:

“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
00:31:26

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
00:31:22

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
00:58:48
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
00:36:43
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?
00:33:38

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
00:38:04

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
00:29:47

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
00:34:24

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
00:37:28

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

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May 11, 2021
Ep 14 - Sara Haines: Living Without Regrets
00:41:42
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
00:42:10
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
00:44:18

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
00:35:38

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
00:36:09

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
00:37:02
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
00:41:41

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
00:39:42

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
00:48:07

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
00:17:43

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
00:31:18

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
00:31:59

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
00:33:06

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
00:39:10

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
00:02:29

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