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"To read Sandra Ford Walston's book is to celebrate the brilliance of contemporary women whose lives were transformed by embracing the virtue of courage. Her profound research indicates that every woman has been endowed with this virtue and shows us how to invoke it and manifest it more fully in our own lives."
–Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

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Why Women and Courage?
I wrote this book to help women understand what courage really is, why society rarely recognizes women as courageous, and why such recognition is vital to knowing ourselves. Discovering courage awakens an ancient feminine energy that every woman should utilize. Reading this book and working through the three-step process (see Chapter Six) can be a major step in integrating courage into your life.

Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman challenges women to expand their self-perceptions and adopt courage as one aspect of a complete self. When a woman recognizes her conditioned responses--when she ceases to be a product of the past and calls upon the aid and comfort of courage--she will tap a reservoir of energy. Then, and only then, can courage serve as the catalyst for transforming obstacles into opportunities.

In this book you will read stories of real women who share their intimate experiences in manifesting courage. The women interviewed come from diverse backgrounds, and there is no correlation between courage and age, ethnic background, or education (see Research and Survey Results on pages 47-48).

The years of interviews yielded the Source Wheel (see page 72), which depicts twelve Behaviors of Courage. Specific action techniques can be used to integrate courage and enjoy the benefits of doing so. A special section called Books Recommended by the Courageous Women has been prepared as an additional resource for your journey.

By fusing courage with their innate energy, all women can enhance their ability to act from their hearts. When confronted with a choice, you can consciously call on courage as a guiding force. And by understanding how other women have used this forgotten virtue, you can gather energy to meet challenging experiences, expand your perceptions, and enrich your life.

Every Woman
All women have had debilitating experiences that compel self-examination and reinvention. Many emotional, physical, and psychological crises are common to women cross-culturally: fear, loss, illness, abuse, betrayal, and low self-esteem. Yet the courage to face and conquer these obstacles is available to every woman.

Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman is a powerful tool for discovering a new force, acknowledging an existing one, or recovering a lost one. Allow its images to open your mind to a more spirited and joyful way of living. Then take what you need from its passages to fill your heart and spirit. It is for every woman. And every woman is you. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (April 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,832,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Giusti on November 15, 2006
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This book celebrates the everyday courage in woman.

It shares several inspirational stories on how woman have had to use courage in their daily lives, from overcoming loss, starting a new job, raising a child, or fighting an illness.
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This book will change any life for the better! It is an "eye opener" and a resource for taking strong and respected steps for speaking for and to any compelling issue in one's life; both on a professional and personal level. It is also a terrific resource to use for professional development sessions of any kind!

Pat Taylor
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By mae on March 25, 2012
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This book had a profound and lasting impact on me and how I approach situations and challenges in my life. I carry within me the messages in this book every day. Every woman should read, no matter what time of their life.
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Most of us don't realize that courage is one of the 4 cardinal virtues of Classical times. Ms. Walston reminds us why this virtue is so important by demonstrating that courage is about acting from the "heart and spirit." Our modern understanding of courage as acts of bravery or heroism has hidden the deeper meaning of courage and serves as a "glass ceiling" when it comes to women recognizing their courage and taking courageous action.

As Ms. Walston points out, the most empowering step that a man or woman can take is to recognize his or her unique brand of "heart and spirit" courage. Having tapped into the power of innate everyday courage, anyone can reap the rewards of a more joyous, fulfilling life.

Especially recommended during tough times.
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This beautifully and heart-fully conceived and written book finally expands our traditional notion of courage. Women have been historically excluded from the most understood definitions of courage -- sadly, most often by themselves! Yes, we remember Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks and . . . well, I had to stop there for a moment because that's where the history books usually stop. How are we training young girls to think of themselves through history? Where will they fit if courage continues to mean going chest to chest in the face of danger?

Sandra Walston's extensive research, over many years and with a great sampling of women, tells us that women have bought into the notions of courage as physical valor and she refutes the easy characterization to plunge us into self-knowledge -- and self-action to better our lives.

What about that woman down the street who leaves an abusive relationship? That single mother who is raising four kids while tending to an ailing mother but makes the decision to leave a job to go back to school for the greater possibilities of a brighter future? Or the whistle-blowing lower-level employee who risks severe repercussions as she alerts others to corruption or other malfeasance where she works? And YOU? How do you define yourself? Is courage one of your top three self-defining adjectives? Probably not, according to Sandra's research. But it could be! It takes a different perspective and achievable actions that Sandra shares in this breakthrough book that should be on every woman's bookshelf.

Filled with excellent tips, powerful revelations and many examples of the courage within us all that is just waiting to be tapped, I choose to give this book as gifts on every occasion, and to use it in my teaching. I eagerly look forward to more from this talented thinker.
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Sandra's beautiful book invited me to personally redefine courage. At the start of the book, while I easily attributed other lovely terms, I did not define myself as courageous. The reader is invited to select 9 words that describes her from a large word bank of terms. Well, let's just say that not too far into the book, I realized that I am pretty darn courageous after all. As a result of reading this book I began consciously breathing "courage" into my children-focusing most especially on my daughters. I started using the word "courageous" when I spoke to my kids, so they could begin to get a broader view of what the term really means and how opportunities present DAILY to show courage.

Moreover, this title with its inspiring personal accounts from the author and real life examples of other women show how courage must be a part of who we are in order to really "seize life" and live fully. While I am usually one to push through fear to step toward my goals, this title gave me tools to continue with this way of being. No longer will courage have to be the "forgotten virtue" with the likes of Ms. Walston's work because we can learn how to recognize ways everyday, to bring it on!

Fear keep people so very small. While many debate the true opposite of fear (love, faith, courage)...perhaps we can all agree that courage has a place in working through fear to really make contributions, find joy and purpose in life. And if Author Emile Zola is right, and we did come to "live out loud," than Sandra Ford Walston's book is a tool to help each of us find a new way to turn up the volume.

Rena M. Reese
Founder, Soul Salon International
Author of The Soul Salon
The Little Book of Pink
Streaking for the Soul
among other titles
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