Thursday, September 8, 2016

Find Your Brave: a book review

Find Your Brave: Courage to Stand Strong When the Waves Crash In

by Holly Wagner

Published by WaterBrook -- an imprint of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House -- on June 21, 2016

This book title caught my eye on Blogging for Books, so I hopped over to Amazon to read the sample using their “Look Inside” feature. Though I wasn’t really in the mood to read another book drawing its meaning from the Bible, I was immediately taken by the author’s humor, like this passage:
"At first I was rather put off by Proverbs 31:15, the verse that challenges us to rise 'while it is yet night.' What? I don’t think so. I sleep while it is yet night."

I expected to see that type of humor throughout — this kind of commentary tends to propel me through books faster — but it was the exception, more than the rule.

Find Your Brave bases its premise on the story of Paul who, having been jailed, appealed for Caeser to hear his case and was put on a ship to Rome — a voyage which was fraught with troubles. The author puts these trials in the context of the trials women sometimes face in life. The ship theme recurs in many chapters, which helps to tie the whole text together, but sometimes feels a little “and there’s the ship thing again.”

There are references to other Bible passages sprinkled throughout. The book reads a bit like a sermon, so possible readers should decide if that is a style they like prior to picking this one up. The language is conversational and should be easy for most readers to follow.

Overall, this was a good book. I think I was in the mood for something a bit different, so the timing for me affected my enjoyment. That being said, I recommend this book for Christian women seeking to strengthen themselves in their daily lives. If you do not believe in Christianity, you’ll want to skip this one as it is a dominant theme.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. Please see my book review and affiliate disclaimer.

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