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
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.
What’s in Store for You:
First consider all the things—the ideas, deceptions, misconceptions—that make us feel anything less than brave at all times. Then consider, “What makes a brave enough woman?” Nicole outlines that a brave-enough woman is willing to get in the race, embrace spiritual survival skills, and to love and give grace (by not ignoring the sources of our anger, and by understanding and practicing true forgiveness). A Brave Enough woman doesn’t back away from a fight, knows how to explore her territory, and understands her own limits. What would it mean or look like for you to live brave enough?
Courage is what we do in the face of adversity. “Brave Enough is an invitation to experience life with courage. This book is about opening our eyes to the ways God is calling us to move beyond our fears into boldness. It’s an opportunity to taste the sweetness of grace in new ways, to discover how his love changes how we think, feel, act, and respond in our daily lives.” We all need these reminders. We all need this change.
Brave Enough includes biblical insights, an introduction to some new Greek words (I like that J), Nicole’s encouraging personal stories, as well as the opportunity to “pause” for prayer, personal reflection, exercises, and journaling at the end of each chapter. In this book, there is practical theology and the opportunity to interact with the biblical text and with others who are wrestling through the same challenges. This book is accompanied by a group experience DVD, and you can watch Session 1: Jesus-Courage at the official website.
My “Personal Take-Aways”: My book endorsement
Brave Enough is a call to abandon ourselves—our fears, flaws, and failures—for a called-out life, a life that stands the tests of time and pressures of the crowd. As followers of Christ, we are called out to live bold and free. Christ’s grace makes us brave enough. Nicole offers this gift to the church with a challenge to live graciously and courageously. I also love the prayer prompts, journaling, and exercises available throughout the book, as I have found these foundational disciplines instrumental for mentoring and discipleship.
“Honestly—real honesty—is the first step of growth, and the first step toward grace.” @nicoleunice #BraveEnough
“One of the greatest gifts we give those around us is an accurate sense of our weaknesses.” @nicoleunice #BraveEnough
“But love is worth fighting for.” @nicoleunice #BraveEnough
“Sometimes we need courage to accept grace. And sometimes we need courage to act on it. Most of the time, I need courage for both.” – Nicole Unice
“The difference between people who live free and those who just survive is their understanding of their daily need for God’s grace.” – Nicole Unice
“Grace allows us to access the one place in the universe where our hearts are truly at rest and our souls are truly free: in the presence of our Creator God.” – Nicole Unice
What makes you Brave Enough?
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2015