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From the host of Fox News @ Night, a deeply personal book about finding purpose and growth amid life's unpredictability. "What a gift this book will be to your soul."--Lysa TerKeurst Whether it's her work today as a reporter and host for Fox News, her years in law school, or the time she spent competing in pageants like Miss America, Shannon Bream has spent her entire adult From the host of Fox News @ Night, a deeply personal book about finding purpose and growth amid life's unpredictability. "What a gift this book will be to your soul."--Lysa TerKeurst Whether it's her work today as a reporter and host for Fox News, her years in law school, or the time she spent competing in pageants like Miss America, Shannon Bream has spent her entire adult life navigating high-pressure environments where perfection is expected and competition is the name of the game. But in this laugh-out-loud book of stories and inspiration, Shannon shares the moments away from the cameras and the halls of government, in which she learned that the values and faith of her blue-collar upbringing could keep her grounded in a world where everyone wants you to be something other than who you are. In Finding the Bright Side, Shannon continues a conversation about authenticity, humility, and trusting in God that she's already begun with her followers on social media. She shares behind-the-scenes stories from Washington, D.C., revelations from her time reporting on the Supreme Court, and lessons learned from the most challenging moments of her life--from the time she was fired from her first job and told, "You're the worst person I've ever seen on TV," to the time she heard "There is no cure." But through all of this, faith (and a little bit of stubbornness!) has helped Shannon to keep hope, find purpose in the pain, and find laughs along the way. Praise for Finding the Bright Side "Integrity. Faith. Diligence. Success. Shannon's book--and life--elevate these cherished values. For anyone hoping to move forward without compromising convictions, this book is a must read."--Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author "In Finding the Bright Side, Shannon reveals that her sunny face and disposition is not just from good genetics. Her success is long in coming and well-deserved. She is sheer joy in a bottle."--Kathie Lee Gifford, bestselling author of The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi


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From the host of Fox News @ Night, a deeply personal book about finding purpose and growth amid life's unpredictability. "What a gift this book will be to your soul."--Lysa TerKeurst Whether it's her work today as a reporter and host for Fox News, her years in law school, or the time she spent competing in pageants like Miss America, Shannon Bream has spent her entire adult From the host of Fox News @ Night, a deeply personal book about finding purpose and growth amid life's unpredictability. "What a gift this book will be to your soul."--Lysa TerKeurst Whether it's her work today as a reporter and host for Fox News, her years in law school, or the time she spent competing in pageants like Miss America, Shannon Bream has spent her entire adult life navigating high-pressure environments where perfection is expected and competition is the name of the game. But in this laugh-out-loud book of stories and inspiration, Shannon shares the moments away from the cameras and the halls of government, in which she learned that the values and faith of her blue-collar upbringing could keep her grounded in a world where everyone wants you to be something other than who you are. In Finding the Bright Side, Shannon continues a conversation about authenticity, humility, and trusting in God that she's already begun with her followers on social media. She shares behind-the-scenes stories from Washington, D.C., revelations from her time reporting on the Supreme Court, and lessons learned from the most challenging moments of her life--from the time she was fired from her first job and told, "You're the worst person I've ever seen on TV," to the time she heard "There is no cure." But through all of this, faith (and a little bit of stubbornness!) has helped Shannon to keep hope, find purpose in the pain, and find laughs along the way. Praise for Finding the Bright Side "Integrity. Faith. Diligence. Success. Shannon's book--and life--elevate these cherished values. For anyone hoping to move forward without compromising convictions, this book is a must read."--Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author "In Finding the Bright Side, Shannon reveals that her sunny face and disposition is not just from good genetics. Her success is long in coming and well-deserved. She is sheer joy in a bottle."--Kathie Lee Gifford, bestselling author of The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi

30 review for Finding the Bright Side: The Art of Chasing What Matters

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Shannon Bream gives us a glimpse into her inspiring life, one based on faith and hard work. She talks about being motivated to study hard and achieve high goals as a student from grade school through college, law school and into adulthood, having a competitive nature. After law school, she worked at a law firm for a short while before working her way in television news where her real interests were. Working with local news on network television for a few locales, she finally got her dream job wo Shannon Bream gives us a glimpse into her inspiring life, one based on faith and hard work. She talks about being motivated to study hard and achieve high goals as a student from grade school through college, law school and into adulthood, having a competitive nature. After law school, she worked at a law firm for a short while before working her way in television news where her real interests were. Working with local news on network television for a few locales, she finally got her dream job working with Fox News, first covering the Supreme Court and now she has her own show. She came to rely on her Heavenly Father when things did not go as planned. Shannon is a great storyteller with a genuineness that shows through with her honesty and candid openness about her struggles, moments of despair, feelings of being different at times in this world we live in today but always with her eye on God, giving Him the glory. We see her lovely personality and high moral character in how she approaches all areas of life. A Florida girl, born and raised, she loves football (FSU) and married a handsome baseball player from Pennsylvania that she met while at Liberty University. Her story is told in a way that has one smiling with her and sad for her at times but with a positive outlook. This is an easy read that flows smoothly and quickly. I received an ARC from Crown Publishing and Convergent Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    A very personal and funny memoir. A quick, engaging and really interesting read. I enjoyed and recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Fantastic, honest and compelling! I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads and I truly believe that getting a copy of this to read early was divine intervention. It really was what I needed to read at this junction in my life. Struggling with some serious health issues myself while trying to figure out what the future will now need to look like has been a heartbreaking challenge to face. Reading Shannon's story and her honesty about her struggles and triumphs is a story everyone can relate to no Fantastic, honest and compelling! I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads and I truly believe that getting a copy of this to read early was divine intervention. It really was what I needed to read at this junction in my life. Struggling with some serious health issues myself while trying to figure out what the future will now need to look like has been a heartbreaking challenge to face. Reading Shannon's story and her honesty about her struggles and triumphs is a story everyone can relate to no matter their background. Her never give up attitude and ability to hold onto her dreams and faith throughout so many difficult stages in her life and career is incredibly inspirational. It makes the rest of us who have faced similar disappointments or situations feel like we are not alone and that there can still be success in the future afterwards. This book is a MUST READ!! Thank you Shannon for sharing your wisdom and perspective with me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky Willey

    I have always loved Shannon Bream's positive attitude while she delivered the news. This book is a selection of stories from her life that show you that she has made the most of difficult situations. Her faith and sense of humor are evident throughout the book. It is an easy, encouraging read. I didn't want to put it down. The only thing I wished was that it was longer. Can't wait for the next one!!!! I have always loved Shannon Bream's positive attitude while she delivered the news. This book is a selection of stories from her life that show you that she has made the most of difficult situations. Her faith and sense of humor are evident throughout the book. It is an easy, encouraging read. I didn't want to put it down. The only thing I wished was that it was longer. Can't wait for the next one!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    This was a very encouraging book with lots of stories from the author’s life. Shannon has a good way of finding God amidst the different joys and sorrows in her life. I highly recommend this book because it was a joy to read. She has a good writing style that’s fun and easy to understand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This book was the typical memoir, there weren't any shocking things that stood out or moments discussed that were extremely interesting. It was an ok read, just not overly exciting. This book was the typical memoir, there weren't any shocking things that stood out or moments discussed that were extremely interesting. It was an ok read, just not overly exciting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jayne

    In today's contentious world, "looking on the bright side" is the only way to go! "Shannon's sunny face and disposition is not just from good genetics. Her success is well-deserved. She is sheer joy in a bottle."--Kathie Lee Gifford Shannon Bream's memoir is a delightful and inspiring read.  Shannon's well-deserved success story can be attributed to her indefatigable work ethic, positive attitude, resilience, and her strong Christian faith.  From beauty pageants (Miss Virginia, Miss USA, Miss Flori In today's contentious world, "looking on the bright side" is the only way to go! "Shannon's sunny face and disposition is not just from good genetics. Her success is well-deserved. She is sheer joy in a bottle."--Kathie Lee Gifford Shannon Bream's memoir is a delightful and inspiring read.  Shannon's well-deserved success story can be attributed to her indefatigable work ethic, positive attitude, resilience, and her strong Christian faith.  From beauty pageants (Miss Virginia, Miss USA, Miss Florida) to law school to a journalism career, Shannon's journey from a "normal" blue color family to the newsroom is anything but typical and is a story that will resonate with all readers. Before listening to this book,  I knew very little about Shannon Bream.   I knew that she was married but I did not know when she was engaged, her 24-year-old-college athlete fiance Sheldon was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  When Sheldon's tumor was surgically removed, he experienced brain swelling that crushed his facial nerves and created severe paralysis.  Needless to say, he was also very depressed.  A month before their wedding date, a miracle had happened and Shannon saw a small movement in Sheldon's face.    Shannon's support of Sheldon during this difficult time is just one of the many examples of her strength of character and her loyalty to loved ones. In addition to sharing her husband's health struggles in this book, Shannon also reveals her own.  Shannon suffers from corneal dystrophy, a condition that causes searing eye pain.  Throughout her 18-month ordeal dealing with chronic pain, Shannon was the consummate professional and went on air with her trademark smile. Many times, she was not even able to see her teleprompter. I listened to the audiobook that was read by Shannon Bream.   I always love it when authors read their own memoirs and Shannon, as usual, hit the narration of this book out of the park.  The audiobook was short (5.5 hours) and I liked that. No wordy tangents, just compelling straight talk. 4.5 Stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Koan

    [Book 44] This book was short and sweet. I was really surprised by all the experiences that Shannon Bream went through. I thought that she really wrote the book in such a way as to thoroughly explain herself without going too long. It felt perfectly paced, designed to be read on the beach in one afternoon(It took me two reading days, but if I had more time I could have done it in one). What shocked me the most is truly how deep Bream's relationship with God is. Most T.V. Personalities claim that [Book 44] This book was short and sweet. I was really surprised by all the experiences that Shannon Bream went through. I thought that she really wrote the book in such a way as to thoroughly explain herself without going too long. It felt perfectly paced, designed to be read on the beach in one afternoon(It took me two reading days, but if I had more time I could have done it in one). What shocked me the most is truly how deep Bream's relationship with God is. Most T.V. Personalities claim that they were raised in church, but they really don't present evidence in their daily lives. But Shannon Bream goes against the culture and makes at least 1 Bible reference in every chapter(sometimes 3 or 4 or 5 Bible references). I also loved how connected she was with Liberty. Not only did she go to Liberty, but she is a fan and supports the college even post graduating. She even was married to her husband by Jerry Falwell(Sr.) himself! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a good change of pace and I really hope that more Christians in media like Bream start to come out of the woodwork. 7.1 out of 10!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Foust

    Shannon Bream is one of my favorite news people. I have new found respect for her as she describes her up bringing and her college years where she competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Virginia and in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Florida and then after graduating from law school her decision to leave the law and go in to the news business. She shows in the book that her beauty that took her to the pageant stage is more than skin deep. She is a beautiful soul. This is lovingly demonstrated Shannon Bream is one of my favorite news people. I have new found respect for her as she describes her up bringing and her college years where she competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss Virginia and in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Florida and then after graduating from law school her decision to leave the law and go in to the news business. She shows in the book that her beauty that took her to the pageant stage is more than skin deep. She is a beautiful soul. This is lovingly demonstrated as she tells about her husband and the circumstances of their marriage. How she ended up at Fox through a chance meeting by her husband with Britt Hume. She tells of her discomfort in her many meetings with Roger Ailes. Very honest and forthright but never mean. Shannon is a Christian and is always open about that and shows how she lives her faith! God bless her!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it inspirational. This books reminds us of how human each of us need God, family and friends to be with is through all of life’s good and difficult times. This read helped me to remember that God and family should be our priorities. The challenges that Shannon has been through can be a lesson to each of us when we go through our own life challenges . I struggle day to day with finding and maintains meaning. This book is a model on how that can be achieved a Thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it inspirational. This books reminds us of how human each of us need God, family and friends to be with is through all of life’s good and difficult times. This read helped me to remember that God and family should be our priorities. The challenges that Shannon has been through can be a lesson to each of us when we go through our own life challenges . I struggle day to day with finding and maintains meaning. This book is a model on how that can be achieved and maintained front and center. I recommend this to anyone going through personal challenges and any stage in their like. Thank you Shannon Breen.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    This book was a fast read and the author's life and how she got to be an anchor at fox news. I want to give her credit for taking a lot of risks in life, from pageants to go to law school to going into the news business to becoming an anchor at a major station. She came through a lot of odds and persevered through it all. I appreciated her honesty to some of the hardships she had overcome in her life and because she is a public figure it is good to show that she is not perfect. I appreciate how sh This book was a fast read and the author's life and how she got to be an anchor at fox news. I want to give her credit for taking a lot of risks in life, from pageants to go to law school to going into the news business to becoming an anchor at a major station. She came through a lot of odds and persevered through it all. I appreciated her honesty to some of the hardships she had overcome in her life and because she is a public figure it is good to show that she is not perfect. I appreciate how she wrote her book and put herself out there so that everyone could see the story of her life so far. Definitely inspiring!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kiera Phillips

    I started and finished this book in a matter of hours. Shannon Bream recalls her life and what led her to become an anchor on Fox News in a humorous, straightforward, and sometimes heartbreakingly honest way. She does not sugarcoat the struggles she faced and the things she has been through at all, but one thing is for certain: only her faith and reliance on God has gotten her through. This book was absolutely wonderful, and I’ve gained a new role model. My only criticism would be that sometimes I started and finished this book in a matter of hours. Shannon Bream recalls her life and what led her to become an anchor on Fox News in a humorous, straightforward, and sometimes heartbreakingly honest way. She does not sugarcoat the struggles she faced and the things she has been through at all, but one thing is for certain: only her faith and reliance on God has gotten her through. This book was absolutely wonderful, and I’ve gained a new role model. My only criticism would be that sometimes the timeline wasn’t in order throughout chapters, but the way she articulated the lessons she learned makes sense.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What a wonderful inspiring read about a woman who worked hard and kept her faith while navigating the Washington DC news beat. She was raised in a normal, blue collar family and became a beauty queen, and a well known face on Fox News. She tells funny stories about her life and some of her stumbles along her life's path but her faith never failed. The book is inspiring, fun and a look at her life that has you thinking of her as a friend. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and h What a wonderful inspiring read about a woman who worked hard and kept her faith while navigating the Washington DC news beat. She was raised in a normal, blue collar family and became a beauty queen, and a well known face on Fox News. She tells funny stories about her life and some of her stumbles along her life's path but her faith never failed. The book is inspiring, fun and a look at her life that has you thinking of her as a friend. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jim D

    This was a very inspirational look at someone whose life is not as rosy as it appears on TV. I have admired Shannon Bream's intelligence and command of the issues for years. I had no idea of the significant health and personal obstacles she endured in her life. She is definitely an example for young men and women alike as they navigate through the minefields of their lives. She is not shy about her faith in God nor about the deep crises she had to overcome. I am glad I read the book and think yo This was a very inspirational look at someone whose life is not as rosy as it appears on TV. I have admired Shannon Bream's intelligence and command of the issues for years. I had no idea of the significant health and personal obstacles she endured in her life. She is definitely an example for young men and women alike as they navigate through the minefields of their lives. She is not shy about her faith in God nor about the deep crises she had to overcome. I am glad I read the book and think you will as well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    I appreciated her faith during times of crisis. She's definitely a "driver" personality and has accomplished many things in her life. Her writing style is just average. The book was easy to read and its message, very clear. "How you view your circumstances and respond to them can shape the entire trajectory of your life. I choose to believe there is purpose in the pain . . ." That insight is very true. I appreciated her faith during times of crisis. She's definitely a "driver" personality and has accomplished many things in her life. Her writing style is just average. The book was easy to read and its message, very clear. "How you view your circumstances and respond to them can shape the entire trajectory of your life. I choose to believe there is purpose in the pain . . ." That insight is very true.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I admire Shannon Bream and wanted to read her memoir. I still admire her and am glad I read her story, but I would not say it was a particularly well-written memoir. The writing seemed quite choppy and disjointed to me, and that meant I was not sure what the point of the book was. I would note that Shannon comes across as a decent and humble human being--which is actually rather difficult to portray when writing one's memoir. I admire Shannon Bream and wanted to read her memoir. I still admire her and am glad I read her story, but I would not say it was a particularly well-written memoir. The writing seemed quite choppy and disjointed to me, and that meant I was not sure what the point of the book was. I would note that Shannon comes across as a decent and humble human being--which is actually rather difficult to portray when writing one's memoir.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eileenjp

    "Finding the Bright Side," was a quick fun read about Shannon Bream's life and exciting career. While her career has been mostly uphill, her personal life has had a number of struggles. Her struggles includes the severe health issues of her husband and the near loss of her own eyesight. It was nice to see how her faith in God has been a major part of her life and her decisions. The book was a inspiring read I would recommend it. "Finding the Bright Side," was a quick fun read about Shannon Bream's life and exciting career. While her career has been mostly uphill, her personal life has had a number of struggles. Her struggles includes the severe health issues of her husband and the near loss of her own eyesight. It was nice to see how her faith in God has been a major part of her life and her decisions. The book was a inspiring read I would recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deanna J Collins

    True Story by Shannon Bream Interesting read on the life of Shannon Bream. Tells about her early life, college and law school, Miss America Contests, marriage, and the start of her career at Fox TV Network. She shares her faith and also tells of difficult times. The book is an easy read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JDJay

    Great Read Clearly, Ms Bream is as smart and hilarious as she is beautiful. She is also of high character and integrity. For this being her first book to have written, she did a mighty fine job. Even if one is not "into the news", this book goes beyond that area. I highly recommend it. Great Read Clearly, Ms Bream is as smart and hilarious as she is beautiful. She is also of high character and integrity. For this being her first book to have written, she did a mighty fine job. Even if one is not "into the news", this book goes beyond that area. I highly recommend it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    An upbeat and personal memoir about her life experiences and learning what matters most in life. The writing was enjoyable because her voice was authentic. This was a goodreads giveaway and the opinion is my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Don

    why did Christ die for you, rules and standards good, disordered life wounded with bandages, pursuits of life great job great education did not yield produce happiness, live in world with supernatural faith, army of saints praying for your joy, Coming Home Network.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Perry

    A good Sunday afternoon read Some of Shannon's story I knew but this book fills in the rest. I am a huge fan. God is good all the time even when we find life difficult he is there for us. A good Sunday afternoon read Some of Shannon's story I knew but this book fills in the rest. I am a huge fan. God is good all the time even when we find life difficult he is there for us.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I am SO happy I picked up this book. Shannon has written a truly positive and uplifting read. I highly recommend Finding the Bright Side. I always thought I'd like Shannon but after reading her book I know I would love her! A beautiful soul. I am SO happy I picked up this book. Shannon has written a truly positive and uplifting read. I highly recommend Finding the Bright Side. I always thought I'd like Shannon but after reading her book I know I would love her! A beautiful soul.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Frank

    Interesting and Upbeat With her quick moving style Shannon shares the joys and challenges of her life. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs to see the bright side of pain, difficulties or disappointment

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Guliuzza

    Positive and uplifting If you want an encouraging story of taking on challenges with grace and poise, this is it! Shannon candidly shares her path to her current place in life through all her twists and turns life is known to hand us.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Renée Fontenot

    A Portrait of Courage Despite failures, pain and sexual abuse, Shannon Bream persisted. Her story is one of encouragement and insistence that any of us can persist to our dreams too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    I can't say I knew who Shannon Bream was before reading her book. I knew she was on Fox News but that's it. I found her book entertaining and interesting. It was not political or controversial. She has worked hard, made good choices, suffered hardship, and been successful by God's grace. I can't say I knew who Shannon Bream was before reading her book. I knew she was on Fox News but that's it. I found her book entertaining and interesting. It was not political or controversial. She has worked hard, made good choices, suffered hardship, and been successful by God's grace.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Mason

    I really enjoyed Shannon's book! Like sitting down with Shannon over coffee and learning more about her journey to date. Her energy, tenacity and honesty are inspiring and refreshing. It was a great conversation! I really enjoyed Shannon's book! Like sitting down with Shannon over coffee and learning more about her journey to date. Her energy, tenacity and honesty are inspiring and refreshing. It was a great conversation!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Shannon has such a positive outlook on life, even though she has been through many trials. I really appreciate her honestly on so many parts of her life. It is a great inspirational book that will make you feel good!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I loved this book which was inspiring and real. It tells the story of what turns out to be an ordinary woman who achieved a lofty position in her chosen field. Her upbringing, faith and the highs and lows of the journey are all shared with the reader making the author relatable and inspiring.

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