One Heart at a Time: The In­spir­ing Jour­ney of the Most Lis­tened-to Woman on the Ra­dio

Delilah

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Rosetta Books (OC­TO­BER) Hard­cover $26.99 (248pp) 978-0-7953-5034-4

Delilah, the most lis­tened-to woman on the ra­dio, shares her truths in her pithy and self-re­flec­tive mem­oir, One Heart at a Time, trans­lat­ing the wis­dom drawn from her more than forty years on the air into an in­spi­ra­tional, deeply per­sonal work that is like a balm for the aching heart.

Delilah—who dis­penses three-minute snip­pets of ad­vice to call­ers—admits that she some­times strug­gles to fol­low her own ad­vice, in­clud­ing “slow down and love some­one.” That’s harder than it sounds in a cul­ture that feels in­creas­ingly dis­con­nected, lonely, and fright­en­ing. “So how do we change the world?” Delilah asks. “The an­swer: one heart at a time.”

The mem­oir is stud­ded with sparkling mantras and in­sights. Delilah searches for mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions and re­la­tion­ships through­out; it is a life­long quest. At its core, her book is a spir­i­tual guide that fo­cuses on liv­ing in har­mony with God’s will, even when life is hard. Delilah’s ac­counts of work­ing one-on-one with refugees in Ghana are es­pe­cially mov­ing.

Rather than brag about all she’s ac­com­plished, Delilah fo­cuses on the mes­sage of spir­i­tual growth: all things are pos­si­ble when your heart’s in the right place. The book’s many sto­ries of re­birth and re­vival in­clude the loss of two of her sons—one to sui­cide, and one to com­pli­ca­tions re­lated to sickle cell ane­mia. Delilah’s coura­geous voice comes through clearly, here and else­where.

From her time vis­it­ing refugee camps to her long, syn­di­cated ca­reer, Delilah’s story is com­pelling and beau­ti­fully told. Hers is a unique per­spec­tive on what makes peo­ple tick and the joys of a life ded­i­cated to ser­vice to God.

Warm, per­son­able, and in­ti­mate, One Heart at a Time is a won­der­ful per­sonal story of find­ing faith, even when there doesn’t seem to be much to be­lieve in. CLAIRE FOS­TER

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