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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849947197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849947193
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brenda Warner is a speaker, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author. She is the mother of seven children, a registered nurse, and a marine. But most of all, she is a storyteller who candidly shares her struggles in hopes that her life experiences can help other women. Brenda is also vice president of the First Things First Foundation, an organization she co-founded with her husband, NFL player Kurt Warner.


Jennifer Schuchmann is the host of the television program Right Now with Jennifer Schuchmann on WATC-TV Atlanta and the coauthor of One Call Away with Brenda Warner. She holds an MBA from Emory University and has an extensive public speaking background. Jennifer and her husband, David, have been married for over twenty years, and together they have a teenage son, Jordan. You can find her online at

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The thing I really like about this book is that she was real in it.
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Her story provides encouragement for anyone facing life's challenges and shows us that our circustances don't tell us who we are, nor are they a measure of God's love.
Brenda's Warner's story is well written, captivating, and INSPIRING.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By cllane2 on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Brenda Warner, wife of famed football player Kurt Warner, shares her own story, first for her children, but also for the rest of us. Her's is a compelling story of both tragedy and triumph, pain and redemption.
Brenda's own summary tells it the best:
"I am a former marine. I have a nursing degree. I've lived on food stamps, and I've lived on millions of dollars. I have been divorced, and I've been married to the man of my dreams. I've watched my seven children grow and succeed beyond my wildest dreams, I've watched one baby suffer permanent brain damage and blindness and two babies dies before they ever lived.
I am not immune to grief, and every day I miss my parents more than I think is possible. I am not a crier or a whiner, and I would rather control my world than be controlled by it. I've been mostly faithful and trustworthy, yet I've been betrayed and I've certainly had times when I let down those I loved. If you are in my inner circle, I will have your back, and I know some, but not all, I let in will have mine. I love babies with tracheotomies, seniors in hospice, and the homeless who ask nothing from me."
Chapter 39

Just because tragedy may be a phone call away, Brenda helps the reader see that it doesn't mean we stop living. God gives joy and redemption. The book is a quick read. I was surprised how fast I flew the the pages. While not a football fan, warner's story intrigued me so much that I had a hard time putting the book down.

This book comes out Sept 6th

I received this book free from Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of this review.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denise McFarland on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading One Call Away by Brenda Warner, wife of Kurt Warner. I got it in the mail yesterday afternoon, started it last night, stayed up until 3am reading it, and finished it this morning. I literally could not put this book down, it was that good. This book is basically a memoir by Brenda Warner of her life from birth till the present day. She details all of the ups and downs that she has gone through in great personal detail, from growing up on a farm with her parents to living life as a millionaire married to a football star. The one constant in her life has been her unshakable faith.

Before reading this book, I really had no idea who Brenda Warner was, yet this book grabbed me from the very first page. Brenda went from being a child who grew up poor to being married to a philandering husband, to being a single mom on food stamps and welfare, counting every penny, to being rich and married to a wonderful and godly man. Her journey was one that was I could so relate to, having gone through many hard times myself. I found it uplifting and encouraging to read of how she held onto her faith even in the darkest moments of her life.

This story was so very encouraging, and I highly recommend it.

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dustybug on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Brenda Warner, the wife of NFL star Kurt Warner, has recently penned this memoir detailing the trials and tribulations that she has faced in her life before and after she married the well known football player. The book opens with a gripping story of how her oldest son, Zack, through a terrible accident suffered and injury that forever changed his life while he was only an infant. The story is compelling and heart moving here as you read of how Brenda and her first husband Neil deal with this blow to their lives. I felt my heart strings tugging as I envisioned how Brenda must have felt watching helplessly as her son struggled for survival in the hospital and how hard it must have been to try to forge ahead with a child with special needs. I was sucked in to the book.

And then, I read further, and honestly, I lost the interest. This book was presented as a memoir to show how faith in God helped Brenda forge through the muddy waters, but in my very honest opinion, the book seemed to actually be a way for Mrs. Warner to air her dirty laundry and defend the actions that have been scrutinized by the media over the years(none of which I was previously aware of since I know nothing about football except that Hubs likes to watch it). I felt like there was too much time spent trying to justify actions that she knew were wrong (premarital sex for one) with a mention here or there of her praying. It gave the distinct impression that her faith was on the sidelines and seemed to only come into play when she couldn't figure out how to get what she wanted in her own way. About halfway through the book, I was really just plugging along because I had made a commitment to read it and give an honest review.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on August 23, 2011
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Brenda Warner, wife of football legend Kurt Warner, hasn't always led an easy life. From growing up on a farm in Iowa, spending time as a Marine in Japan, have a special needs child to having her first marriage end in divorce, Brenda's life has been filled with more trials than many will face in a lifetime. Brenda also stood by her man as his football career took many twists and turns eventually landing them in Arizona. Written as a memoir, One Call Away, shares Brenda's story; the highs, the lows and everything in between.
I was impressed with how open Brenda was in this book, from sharing her true feelings to telling stories about getting caught in an "intimate act" with Kurt on her parents couch. Some of these stories are definitely not ones I would share with my friends, much less the millions of people who will read this book! It is amazing to see how God has worked in Brenda's life and in her marriage. This book is definitely encouraging and eye-opening about some of the things the Warners have dealt with, I really enjoyed reading it.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
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