About the book:
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: HarperOne (April 24, 2012)
My Thoughts: After being approached by Trish Collins with TLC Tours about possible book review opportunities, Debbie Ford’s Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence stood out to me because of my personal battle with fear. Growing up as a shy introvert, fear has been a constant companion it seems. And I have longed for the days that I could be more courageous. From the opening lines of the introduction, I found myself nodding in agreement or answering yes many times to the questions she posed about feeling small, saying I can’t, silencing my own voice or making choices out of fear.
Ford invites readers on a journey to rediscover the “courageous warrior” within as they unlock seven codes which include: divine guidance, surrender, emotional freedom, heartfelt compassion, a loving heart, inspired vision and supreme beauty. After the discussion of each code, the chapter concludes with questions for reflections, courage activator, confidence builder, and courage and confidence bonus activities. For example, one question at the end of the code of silence chapter is, “ What are you not accepting? Make a list of any areas of your life where you’re experiencing some conflict or inner resistance-where you’re refusing to accept things as they actually are.” One courage activator activity asks you to communicate a truth you have been afraid to express to someone without any attachment to whether or not they like it.
As I read through Courage, I jotted down several quotes that spoke to me such as the following quote from pg. 144
When you are not complete with the past, you drag it around with you whenever you go, using it as a reference point for who you are, for what you think, for what you believe, and for the choices you make.
and this from pg. 176
It’s not our job to assess the merit of our vision or judge its importance. It is our job to receive the vision and act upon it.
Throughout the book she shares stories from her own life struggles and that of others she has mentored. While I could relate to much of the book and enjoyed the author’s writing style, the overall undertone of the book seemed a bit new age to me. Perhaps it was the way she referenced “the divine” or spoke of “the universe”. I can’t really pinpoint it but it seemed to rely too much on my own abilities. Much of what is written in these codes can easily correspond to spiritual principles found in the Bible.
About Debbie Ford:
Debbie Ford has been helping people break free from the emotional baggage that holds them hostage and discover self-confidence and authentic self expression. She is the national bestselling author of Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, and the coauthor of The Shadow Effect. She conducts workshops and trainings around the world supporting lifelong personal, spiritual, and emotional education and transformation. She lives in San Diego with her son. More at www.debbieford.com.
Disclosure: Thanks to Trish with TLC Tours for the opportunity to review this book. I was provided a complimentary copy of Courage in exchange for honest review. Find out what others are saying about the book at TLC Tour Hosts.
Have you read Courage or any of Debbie Ford’s other books? If so I’d love to know what you think?