Next Century Publishing
Published April 7, 2015
Hardcover, 256 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
I love reading about women who are change makers. These women are empowering, selfless and brave. In 2013 I read However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy about the incredible story of Molly Melching, founder of Tostan. In 2014, I read Who Knows Tomorrow, the memoir of Lisa Lovatt-Smith who founded OAfrica. This past week I read Do You Have the Courage to be You? by Jenny Williamson, founder of Courage Worldwide, an organization that builds homes and restores lives for victims of sex trafficking.
Right from the start of the book I can see Jenny is one of those positive women who inspires others. She writes the book in the first person and I liked her voice and candid narrative immediately. Jenny believes God has called her to her water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny and she devotes her book to showing the reader how that can happen to them.
So in many ways this is a self-help book in finding your calling in life as a Christian. If you are not a Christian, you may have a hard time relating to this book, as it is written for Christians in mind. This book is also part memoir and I enjoyed these sections the most, and hoped there was more on how Jenny came to found Courage Worldwide. Toward the very end of the book Jenny goes into more details about how she came to establish homes for these girls, but I wanted to know more.
Jenny makes it clear that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and I believe this to be so true. We all have so much we can give and sometimes all we need is the push to take that courageous stand to do it. Some of the horrific things that are happening in this world can make us feel helpless, but even a small act of kindness can bring about great change. I admire people who get out of their comfort zone, rely on their Creator, and selflessly help others. Jenny is one of those people.
I believe this book is written specifically for an audience who is looking for a purpose in life. I can appreciate that Jenny wants to empower young women and her kindness and self-sacrificing spirit is large. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Courage Worldwide.
Note: This book is rated G,
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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.
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