Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live BOLD and FREE
Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Why I picked up this book:
This book was gifted to me by one of my writing buddies and a featured guest on “A Sista’s Journey” blog, author Nicole Unice. Nicole is a counselor, Bible teacher, and Gordon-Conwell grad! I am often on the lookout for quality materials to share with women, so I was happy to receive and review this one.
Who Should Read Brave Enough:
I found Brave Enough quite refreshing. It’s the kind of book that you want to sit down and discuss with good friends over coffee or during a fun meal. It challenges us to confront our fears, flaws, and failures without being overly demanding, condemning, or simplistic. I recommend this book for consideration for women’s ministry, book clubs, personal reflection, or just hanging out in the living room.
I am coming off a spring and summer season that was filled with travels, speaking engagements, training seminars, leadership opportunities, and writing. I am slowly getting back on the saddle now, and can hardly wait to share what I have been learning.
For now, I wanted to invite you to participate in an online and interactive discussion next week. The LeadHer organization has organized a fabulous group of women who will engage the topic of “Ethnicity and the Church.” I will be joining Christie Love, Founder and Executive Director of LeadHer, along with Dr. Halee Gray Scott, Ericka Jackson, Tara Beth Leach, and Gail Dudley.
LeadHer has a deep passion to join the Church in challenging believers to become intentional about their impact and ability to change the world and spread the Word, while challenging women to see their influence and intentionally live to impact the world around them. You can find out more about LeadHer through their official website.
You can join this discussion next Thursday, August 27 from 7:00-8:00 pm CDT/8:00-9:00 pm EST via Google Hangout. Log in to participate here. I look forward to having you join us!
I attended the Missio Alliance National Conference, where men and women gathered to consider what it means to be #TrulyHuman. Author Carolyn Custis James introduced the book to that audience and shared her continued hope and vision for men and women living as a blessed alliance of image bearers in the kingdom of God.
Who Should Read Malestrom:
Carolyn typically writes for a female audience, yet this book in particular is an important consideration for men and specifically for male leaders in the church.
What’s In Store for You:
When addressing the dangers of patriarchy and the issues of violence in the world, Carolyn does a cultural and social analysis. From the start, it is helpful for the reader to have a clear definition regarding maelstrom: “The malestrom is the particular ways in which the fall impacts the male of the human species—causing a man to lose himself, his identity and purpose as a man, and above all to lose sight of God’s original vision for his sons.”
In the forward, Dr. Frank James wrote, “The maelstrom produces schizophrenic males.” The author continues, “The malestrom is one of the Enemy’s single most ingenious and successful strategies.”