Find Your Brave
by Holly Wagner
Holly Wagner has experienced shaky times, including a magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Los Angeles in 1994 that caused devastation in her community. She writes, “Figurative earthquakes can rock our lives with chaos and fear. And the aftershocks can feel just as devastating.” In her book, Find Your Brave, Holly talks about how to find courage during the shaky times, the dark seasons, and the difficult circumstances in life.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book for me were her insights on the apostle Paul’s journey to Rome in Acts 27 as he traveled in a storm-tossed vessel that ship-wrecked of the coast of Malta. Each chapter covers a brief portion of Paul’s trip and experiences and then offers wisdom for our own journeys, such as using support lines to brace ourselves, knowing what to throw overboard, and setting our sights on hope. While I’ve read this biblical account quite a few times, this was the first time I’d read a close study on this portion of Scripture and how we could apply it.
Holly also does something uniquely powerful; she includes a chapter on what happens when you’ve caused your own storm. We tend to think about and talk about the storms of life as circumstances that happen to us. But she’s right: there are times we cause our own storms just as the sailors did in Acts 27 by ignoring Paul’s advice about when to travel. And yet, there is grace and redemption. Even when our own poor choices or lack of discipline causes our troubles, God can restore and heal and bring beauty.
The book also includes a collection of scriptures to speak over your situation and a few discussion questions for personal reflection or mall groups at the back. Every Christian will encounter storms in life, but these lessons from Acts can equip us for the future or help us right now in the tempests we face.
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