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The Paula Faris 'Faith & Calling' Podcast

Ep 21 - Tony Dungy: Setbacks, Sacrifice, & Success

6/22/2021 00:31:22
Ep 21 - Tony Dungy: Setbacks, Sacrifice, & Success
Our special Father's Day month continues with former NFL Coach, sports analyst, and dad to 11 kids, Tony Dungy. He opens up about his journey as a coach, how he knew it was his calling, the time he almost switched paths, and how he eventually knew it was time to walk away from the sidelines for good after nearly 20 years. He talks about the cross roads he faced during his first head coaching opportunity and the one question that cost him the job but would eventually become the same question that helped him land his first head coaching position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also talks about the resistance he faced in Tampa Bay and how he overcame the setback of being fired, to eventually become the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. Coach Dungy also shares what it was like coaching one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, Peyton Manning. He and Paula reminisce about their hometown of Jackson, Michigan and the unique connection Paula's family has to his mother.

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

Tony Dungy's "All Pro Dad"

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BONUS - An Evening with The Smallbone Family

6/19/2021 00:58:48
BONUS - An Evening with The Smallbone Family
In this special episode, the Smallbone family is hosted by Paula Faris and Rebecca St James. Together, Joel Smallbone (for KING & COUNTRY) his wife Moriah Smallbone, sister Rebecca and their parents Helen & David share powerful stories of coming to America, trusting the faithfulness of God, and seeing God miraculously provide. They share the things God has taught them about family life and how David and Helen's faith has led to generational blessing.

Ep 20 - My Husband John: Different Seasons, Different Callings

6/15/2021 00:36:43
Ep 20 - My Husband John: Different Seasons, Different Callings
Our month of honoring Dads continues with a special episode featuring Paula's husband, John Krueger. The duo open up about some of the highs and lows they have faced together, especially in their marriage which Paula credits John with saving, and also as imperfect parents trying their best to raise three well-rounded children. John talks about finding his calling and his professional journey from college basketball player to coach, and how those skills translate to his work in managing a commercial real estate firm and as a Dad. He also talks about the differences between men and women in relationships and shares some advice that may help people better understand their partners. John and Paula jokingly say this is the longest one-on-one, uninterrupted conversation they have had with each other in the last decade since becoming parents, but even so, they always try to find time to tend to their relationship which is just as important 21 years later.

Ep 19 - Jay Williams: Why not you?

6/8/2021 00:33:38
Ep 19 - Jay Williams: Why not you?
This month we're kicking off a series of episodes honoring Dads! First up, ESPN Analyst and former professional basketball player Jay Williams joins Paula to talk about overcoming a devastating motorcycle accident as his career in the NBA was just getting started, and how he eventually shifted his mindset from asking "why me?" to "why not me?". Jay, drafted #2 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft, says he never thought of basketball as his calling in life but it wasn't until he was forced to give it up, that he had to face the truth and redefine himself. The now father of two, opens up about the injuries he endured that were so severe he feared he would never be able to father any children. He also shares how his wife and a very important lesson from Coach Kryzewski, helped him realize what his true purpose is.

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

Ep 18 - Christine Caine: Take the Next Step

6/1/2021 00:38:04
Ep 18 - Christine Caine: Take the Next Step
Author, Human Rights Activist, and international speaker Christine Caine, sits down with Paula to talk about being Greek, her faith, and the passion to pursue a difficult calling without knowing where to start. Christine discusses what it was like growing up Greek Orthodox, her journey as a Christian, learning that she was adopted at the age of 33, and being the first in her family to marry a man who wasn't Greek. She talks about the shame that surrounded her as a young woman who was the subject of sexual abuse for 12 years and how those difficult experiences have helped her better understand humanity and help others through her nonprofit, A21, which aims to abolish slavery in the 21st century.

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

"Our history doesn't need to define our destiny."

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.