Do You Have the Courage to Be You? Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Do You Have the Courage to Be You? 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Discover Your Unique Identity and World-changing Destiny Author: Jenny Williamson Genre: Nonfiction Christian Living: Personal Memoirs/Personal Growth Release Date: September 30, 2023 There is no one else like you.  You are an exceptional work of art.  You are special, unique, and original.  If all this is true, then why do we strive so hard for most of our lives to look and act like everyone else? We spend more time trying to reinvent ourselves than we do getting to know ourselves. It is critical to know you, love you, and value you so that you can be and do all you were created for. Did you know there is somebody on this earth waiting for you to be you? When you are being you . . . the you God created you to be . . . lives will be changed, history will be made, and prayers will be answered. If you don’t dream it, create it, write it, tell it, sing it, or build it, it will never be done. Lives are literally at stake. Part memoir and part self-help book, Do You Have the Courage to Be You? tells the story of Jenny Williamson and how she left her ordinary, comfortable life to start an international nonprofit that creates safe homes for children being sold for sex. Her journey of purpose guides readers to find their unique identity and uncover their passion, calling, and mission for life. What does it mean to have the courage to be you? What thought patterns or belief systems keep you stuck? What will you need to face the challenges? Jenny answers these questions in this revised edition of this powerful book. Reading it might just set you on the path to fulfilling your destiny.  
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About the Author

Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international nonprofit that builds Courage Houses for children recovered from sex trafficking around the world. Jenny is known for her contagious energy, her motivational speeches, and her passion for changing the world. She is an international speaker and courageously is and does all God created her for and absolutely refuses to settle for less. She encourages everyone she meets to do the same. Jenny and her family live in Northern Nevada.    

More from Jenny

I wrote this book because, for most of my life, I believed I was created without talent, gifts, or any special ability to offer this world. Growing up, I was told I was too loud, too bossy, too stubborn . . . and too much! I didn’t believe God had created anything special in me, and I certainly didn’t believe I had a water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny. I so wanted to matter—to make a difference in this world, but I didn’t believe I had anything special to offer . . . until I began reading my Bible—for myself! Though I  was raised in the Bible Belt of the South, went to church five times a week, am a seventh-generation Christian, and have a mother who speaks King James (any question you ask my mother about anything, she will answer you with a Bible Verse), I never had read the entire Bible cover to cover. I didn’t have to. I knew all the stories. They start teaching them in “Sunday School” every year and then repeat them the next. These stories didn’t “wow” me because I knew how they all ended. Abraham does have a son. Joseph does get out of the pit and prison. David does become King. Daniel doesn’t get eaten by lions, and Jesus doesn’t stay in the grave.    However, in my search for meaning and purpose, I picked up my Bible and started reading it from the beginning—word for word. In that search, I found the most astonishing thing: God uses the most ordinary people, often dysfunctional, without great talent, to literally change the world! In that journey of reading, a tiny spark was lit inside of me that turned into a burning flame of desire to be and do all God created me to. It was then I heard the whisper, “Do you have the courage to be you—you I created?” I embarked on the life-changing journey of discovering first who I was and what I was created to do. When I discovered those two things, I wanted to share this truth with everyone who crossed my path! You, too, have been created on purpose for a water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making purpose. Mine led me to help children who were being sold for sex. I wonder where yours will lead you? I pray this book encourages you on that journey!

Interview with the Author

  1. Why do you think the topic of your book is important?

In my experience as a speaker, speaking on the topic of identity and destiny, I have found that the vast majority of individuals I meet do not believe they were created on purpose for a purpose and have no idea who God created them to be! This book not only tells my story of how I started Courage Worldwide and conquered some very deep-seated fears, but it addresses God-given identity issues and much more, hopefully inspiring readers to step out and pursue the calling God has on their lives.

  1. Why do you think this topic is needed?

Each of us has a unique purpose and destiny! Someone may be praying a prayer, waiting on God to do something, and He is waiting on US to be that answer to that prayer. If WE don’t do what we were created to do, then “IT” may never be done, and the world will suffer for it.

  1. What did you learn from writing this book?

I much prefer speaking on a stage to 1,000 people than sitting alone writing.  I love being alone, but my brain runs so fast that it is easier to speak my message than slow down to write it. Thankfully I have the help of my editor to make my written message sound like I want it to.

  1. What is your favorite hymn and why?

I love the song “Just as I Am” because, as a little girl, I walked the aisle of a church many times to that song, giving my life over and over to God.

  1. What is your favorite verse and why?

Romans 4:18–24 tells us:

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Gosh! I love this verse because it is my life verse for what God called me to do. When I substitute my name for Abraham’s name, anytime my circumstances seem insurmountable, I am reminded that God has the power to do what He promised!

“Against all hope, Jenny in hope believed. Without weakening in her faith, she faced her circumstances but did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he promised!” 

Try it with your own name, and remember that anytime your circumstances seem insurmountable, God is active in your life, working out what He has promised you.

  1. What is one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?

I started a nonprofit organization called Courage Worldwide for minor girls recovered from sex trafficking. And despite having two biological sons, I always thought I’d have daughters. Now, I am a “mom” to hundreds of these girls and “Gigi” to about forty of their kids!

  1. Outside of the Bible, what is the one book or author that has had the biggest influence on you?

Beth Moore’s Bible studies, particularly Believing God.

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To celebrate her tour, Jenny is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the book!!

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