Review: Point of View

Kathy Hillman reviews "Point of View" by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom

By Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Waterbrook)

College softball team captain, shoe designer, Survivor survivor, The View non-survivor, Fox & Friends broadcaster, NFL football wife, mom and author Elisabeth Hasselbeck tells her story in Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom.

The outspoken Christian honestly shares her life, including her successes and failures, tragedies and triumphs, and what she learned along the way. Candace Cameron Bure, who later took Hasselbeck’s seat on The View, pens a poignant foreword.

Hasselbeck sprinkles the book with personal stories beginning in elementary school when her teacher realizes the 4th grader simply cannot see the blackboard. For years, she had memorized the eye charts as students ahead of her passed their exams. Glasses made the girl see differently, more clearly, as have other events that she lists in “Paper-Bag Lessons.”

Hasselbeck compares her time on Survivor to Isaiah 42:16 and offers insights into what she came to realize as God’s gift of time and change. Her winnings allowed her the freedom to pay off college loans and move forward in uncertainty for herself and Boston College sweetheart and soon-to-be husband, NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

Mentoring by Barbara Walters, highs and lows as a religious voice for 10 years on The View, and a stint on Fox & Friends follow. During the rigorous television schedule, Hasselbeck had three children and considered herself a full-time mom even when employed outside the home.

Hasselbeck fills the pages with engaging anecdotes, practical advice, and lessons from God’s word. Honest and inspiring, Point of View really does offer a “fresh look at work, faith and freedom,” and the author readily relates to women of all ages and stages in life and those who love them.

Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president

Baptist General Convention of Texas


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