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Brave Faith: A 31 Day Devotional Journey Paperback – October 19, 2016
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Mary Geisen is a lover of coffee and deep, soul-filled conversations. Several years ago God called her to bravely step out by sharing her journey in written form. She continues to walk toward brave faith in her everyday life and encourages others to do the same.
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““Friendship … is born at the moment when one [wo]man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
Open the cover of Brave Faith by Mary Geisen and begin to ponder with an understanding friend what it means to move toward the courage that leaves “fear, uncertainty, and other stumbling blocks behind.” Read Mary’s personal narrative, and find yourself also yearning to be on the way to a soul-enriching journey down the road and away from your comfort zone.
Dipping her brush into the Scriptural accounts of the lives of brave saints, Mary also consults with well-known authors who have offered their wisdom on the brave life including Holly Barrett, Preston Yancey, Annie Downs, Emily Freeman, Jennie Allen, and Ann Voskamp.
Living brave may mean correcting our misunderstandings of what qualifies as brave. In her own journey, Mary found herself staying put when that was not her plan at all. Caring for her father in the final days of his life, Mary put her dreams on hold and found a contentment that was every bit as inexplicable as the wild courage that enabled her to tackle a mid-life missions trip to Nicaragua.
The brave give thanks by faith, and Mary challenges her readers to stop in their tracks and to give thanks for the gift of their present circumstances — whatever they may be.
Brave living is seasoned liberally with an abundance of well-placed yeses — and circumspect noes — and a clear-eyed awareness that much of life is not ours to control. Living life’s messy stories with grace and strength requires a God-given courage and a living faith that trusts when God says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you . . .” (Jeremiah 29:11).
With daily Scripture reading and an offering of questions that invite the reader to ponder and to journal in reply, Brave Faith opens a soul-lifting conversation and then leaves space for the Holy Spirit to work as the reader steps out in courage — and in surprise, for the journey toward brave is a life-long process with a new vision and a fresh opportunity to experience the wonder around every corner.
This book was provided by the author in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I began Day 1 of this Brave Faith devotional journey smack dab in the middle of one of the most painful times of my life. I would need brave faith to keep me going as uncontrollable circumstances swirled all around me and seemed to grow worse with each passing day. This book showed me that there are many faces of brave. Bravery isn't only for God's giants like Abraham and Joshua but He calls each and every one of us to brave living and with that promises us that He will be with us wherever we go.
Brave can be "just showing up." Brave can be "staying right where you are." "Sometimes a 'yes' is our brave answer, but other times saying 'no' is the bravest thing we can do." Brave often means stepping out and allowing ourselves to "feel uncomfortable."
Whatever type of brave you are called to (a great and exciting call of God on your life or hard life circumstances you don't feel brave enough to endure) this book will give you the assurance that God is with you each step of the way, Daily devotions, Scripture verses, and a place to write down your personal thoughts, will bring you to a place of increased confidence in God's ability to guide you, even in the face of the unknown.
My life circumstances haven't changed since starting this devotional journey but my ability to bravely trust God with the outcome has been reinforced by Mary Geisen's Brave Faith.