Do You Have the Courage to Be You by Jenny Williamson: Book Review

Do You Have the Courage to Be You?  Oh. Wow.  Now that is a question.  I think life coach and author, Jenny Williamson, listens to my morning pep talks!  Fear.  Struggling to find my "purpose" in life.  Knowing that I have a purpose....and knowing I was born with a purpose and feeling that I am just not fulfilling it....  I am not even sure what my real purpose is most days! I'm sure it's not carpool, dinner prep, and laundry stain removal.  This was a book written for me (and probably for many of you too)!  I was so excited to read and review Do You Have the Courage to Be You by Jenny Williamson.  What did I think of her book?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Do You Have the Courage to Be You by Jenny Williamson. 
Before time began, you were imagined, planned, and created for a specific and unique purpose. There is something you were created to do, and if you don’t do it, it will never be done. It is urgent that you find the courage to be and do all you were created for. Someone is waiting for you to be you. Have you ever contemplated your particular purpose - the reason you are on this planet? Have you intentionally pursued your true identity and attempted to fulfill your destiny? Do You Have The Courage To Be You? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, but want to answer “Yes,” then life coach, Jenny Williamson, will help you to do just that through the pages of this book.

Do You Have The Courage To Be You? was the provocative question that changed the entire trajectory of Jenny’s life, and became the impetus used to propel her on a journey of discovering her water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny. She prays it will do the same for you. As Jenny neared her fortieth birthday, she felt pitifully ordinary, was mired in mediocrity, and cloaked in comfort. She knew courage would be required for her to leave the known for the unknown.

What does it mean to have the courage to be you? What thought patterns or belief systems keep you from being you? What challenges must be faced? How do you find your unique purpose? Within this powerful book, Jenny answers these questions while transparently sharing her own story. Her journey led her to a vulnerable group of children - children who are being sold for sex - who needed a home and a family.

Purpose is a powerful word.
In 2013, I actually chose "purpose" as my word of the year--rather than setting some same-old/same-old New Year's Resolution list.   I wanted to live with purpose.  I wanted to feel that I HAD a purpose.  I gave up a lot of "myself" to be a stay at home mom and raise our family.  My personal dreams, career goals and ambitions took a back seat to day to day life.  I do serve a "need" in my home.  A "need" to my family.  (Last night, I needed to read Harry Potter with my youngest...I needed to help my middle one with brushing her teeth with her new braces, and I needed to help my husband with a few projects.) I'm still struggling to find my purpose in life.  I can say that my current, immediate "purpose" is that of wife and mother.....but, I know that there is more.  That "more" tugs at me every day.  I feel guilty that it tugs!  I feel guilty when it doesn't!  My purpose in life still eludes me and, while, like Jenny Williamson, I love my life, and I love my family....There is a purpose that I feel that I am not yet meeting.  Why?  I haven't summoned the courage to be me.

I am Seeking The Courage to be Me.  Do You Have the Courage to Be You?

Do You Have the Courage to Be You is an emotional, inspirational, story of faith, strength--and courage.  Jenny Williamson creates quite a book--combining a little self help, a lot of Christian faith--and a lot of personal stories of soul searching and self discovery....and, ultimately, a bit of personal triumph.  The author does not preach to you--but, she is very clear about her faith and her mission to serve God and her personal purpose.  I don't think it is impossible for non-Christians to read this book and be inspired--but, there is certainly a strong element of Faith throughout Williamson's pages.   The author's book touches on her life as she sought to find her personal purpose.  Her writing style and inspirational approach to the issue makes it a book to which so many of us can relate!

Would I recommend Do You Have the Courage to Be You by Jenny Williamson?  If you are feeling stagnant, stuck, lost on your path--or just down on the course of your life--I really think that this book may give you the inspiration to refocus and seek out your life's purpose.   I love the author's writing style--and, if you have not had the opportunity to hear her speak--visit her website.  She is an extremely motivational speaker as well.  She had the courage to move beyond her comfort zone--and find her personal purpose.  While this book is not going to offer you a "step by step" guide to "being you"--it may just give you that encouraging incentive to push yourself a little harder or a little further toward your goals.  Can Jenny Williamson encourage you to have the courage to be you?

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Meet the Author

Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. For her efforts and impact, she has received numerous awards. She resides in Northern California with her family. 

Jenny was recently honored as a top 10 nominee in L'Oreal's Women of Worth campaign. 
Connect with Jenny:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

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