Candace Cameron Bure: On Her Christian Faith and Her Own 'Full House'
Candace Cameron Bure grew up playing big sister DJ Tanner to two TV little sisters on Full House. She also big-sistered countless girls like me, who spent their '90s childhoods glued to the television during ABC's TGIF Friday night lineup.
At 37, Candace is all grown up now, back in the spotlight with a series of Hallmark movies and a new book, Balancing It All. Mother of three kids (between ages 12 and 15) and wife to retired hockey pro Val Bure, Candace blends mom-talk with a bit of women's ministry through her blog, TV appearances, and speaking events.
Like her brother, child-actor-turned-evangelist Kirk Cameron, she's outspoken about her faith. In the throes of doing publicity for her book, Candace was pelted by news outlets for her complementarian approach to marriage.
I recently talked with Candace about balancing her family and her resurging career, being a Christian in Hollywood, and of course, what we always wanted to know about Full House. I'm only human.
So, you recently released your new book, Balancing It All. Why did you decide you wanted to write a book on balance?
I think it's so relative to how we live life today. We're all crazy-busy in this world of technology, and I think that each generation puts more and more on our plates. Whether you're single or married, you have children or you don't, no matter where you are in life, we all feel the pressure to do a lot and then try to figure out how to balance it.
What is the hardest part of balance for you?
Each season of life really brings its own unique challenges. I chose to come back to work at an age that would be more conducive to allowing me to be away more while my kids are in school. Working while my kids are in school hasn't been the hardest part of balance.
It's about knowing what's important to you in life—everybody's life is unique, and you can't base your life on someone else's, so you can't write a ten-step guide to balance. It's about prioritizing what's most important and then knowing and keeping in line with those priorities. When push comes to shove and something has to fall, and maybe fall for a season, maybe fall for a day, you'll know what things need to go and what things must be done.
While promoting your book, you recently got a lot of heat for taking on a more complementation view of marriage.
Yeah, I did an interview with Huffington Post for my book.... They got to the chapter on marriage, and I wrote in there that I tend to take a more submissive role, and let my husband take the lead. They thought that was quite controversial, to which I giggled, and explained my point of view.
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