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The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

Ep 34 - Priscilla Shirer: Going Beyond Fear in Pursuit of Your Calling

9/21/2021 00:41:47
Ep 34 - Priscilla Shirer: Going Beyond Fear in Pursuit of Your Calling
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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Ep 33 - The Three P's: Prayer, Positive Thinking, & Prozac

9/14/2021 00:35:51
Ep 33 - The Three P's: Prayer, Positive Thinking, & Prozac
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

Listen to Carol's first time on the podcast here.

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Ep 32 - Benjamin and Kirsten Watson: Big Families & Figuring Out What's Next

9/7/2021 00:38:29
Ep 32 - Benjamin and Kirsten Watson: Big Families & Figuring Out What's Next
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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Ep 31 - Ginger Zee: A Way Out of the Storm

8/31/2021 00:36:10
Ep 31 - Ginger Zee: A Way Out of the Storm
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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Ep 30 - Jennie Allen: The Risks Worth Taking

8/24/2021 00:37:10
Ep 30 - Jennie Allen: The Risks Worth Taking
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.

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More about Jennie Allen at JennieAllen.com

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The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

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.