22 Powerful Books About Being Brave

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Being Brave. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

From Chaos to Contentment by Mary F. Banda

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Author Mary Banda survived the Rwandan genocide, childhood abuse, sexual assault and an abusive marriage. She discovered that it takes courage to heal. As the book’s back cover explains: “For many, the realization that they’re living in a toxic, violent, or dangerous situation is terrifying. But the decision to escape a chaotic past and pursue a more hopeful future can be equally frightening.” For Banda, being brave means taking charge of one’s healing. We helped Mary structure her ideas and write straightforward language to help readers build their own bravery toward the demons they face.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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This is among those books that readers tend to love or hate. It covers an Andalusian shepherd boy from Spain who travels to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure that is buried near the Pyramids. The read is a tale with a philosophical tone that centers on being courageous to follow your dreams. Although it lacks the traditional plot, it has more of a meandering sequence of musings and events. So, persons in their right frame of mind can find the book motivational to pursue their true path.

Being Brave by Kelly Johnson

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This first on my list of books about being brave is the best because it’s authentic. So many people today aspire to be something they’re not, but Kelly Johnson teaches readers how to find themselves to live their most authentic life. This national bestselling author shares stories, experiences, and lessons learned from her tumultuous past including unwanted pregnancies through adolescence, teen parenthood before college graduation, alcohol abuse during adulthood that led to divorce and forgiveness of her abusive stepfather–to help grow new generations of courageous women who can face new challenges with courage so others may have a better future. The book is broken up into 40 short chapters, which are easily read one at a time or completed in one sitting, depending on your schedule. If you’re looking for a book that will help you find your courage and be brave enough to live the life you’ve always wanted, then this is the one for you!

Tomorrow I Will Be Brave by Jessica Hische

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This book, written and illustrated by Jessica Hische is an uplifting children’s book that inspires with its words, and is visually engaging with its hand-lettering throughout. Giving kids inspiration and motivation is so important, and this book definitely delivers that message and does it in stunning style.

Right Now, I Am Brave by Dr. Daniela Owen

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The pandemic has shown us how scary the world can be. This book is a very useful book if you are looking to encourage yourself on being brave and facing your fears. Though this coloring book is meant for kids to enjoy coloring and encourage them about facing their fears at the same time, it can also be good for older people to induce relaxation as well as encourage braveness.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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The story investigates the World State, a futuristic society based on science and efficiency. Emotions and uniqueness are conditioned out of youngsters at an early age in this culture, and there are no enduring connections since everyone belongs to everyone else.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

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Taking risks and stepping out of our comfort zone is crucial to growth and success – this is one of the things I have learned in my years as a business owner. And that is why we must learn how to be more brave and confident. Reading great stories is one thing that can help inspire courage in us. One book I can recommend is Michael Singer’s The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. Reading this book will help you learn how to let go of negative thinking patterns and free yourself from thoughts limiting you and what you can do.

The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander

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Personally speaking, as a business owner, back when I started and planned to open my own business, my confidence nor courage was not that high. I always think about how I can face people to market my product? How can I speak in front of my employees without being neglected and disrespected? Some of these questions crossed my mind. But, gladly, I found the book that made my courage better and stronger. The book entitled, The Light of The World by Elizabeth Alexander taught me that don’t let your fear conquer your dreams. This book has taught me to keep going and let everything happen.

Steadfast By Jennifer Merz

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Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve in a US Cabinet position and was the driving force behind programs like minimum wage and unemployment insurance under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was beyond brave, she was fearless. She faced down industrial barons, congressmen, and courts through her long career advocating for labor protections and women’s suffrage. She once called the chairman of General Motors in the middle of the night to call him a scoundrel and skunk for not meeting the union’s demands during a very intense moment in an ongoing strike. This is a wonderful children’s book about her life and legacy that parents and kids will enjoy.

Relentless by Tim Grover

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This book is an exceptional read because it puts into perspective the guts it takes to win an NBA championship and how even injury should not shake you.

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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This book shows how you can go from hunting and fighting lions with only a spear by day and conquering the skies by night because it has been done before.

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

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Saying that you have to be brave is easy but almost useless. Reading Ryan Holiday’s book is educational. I recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration! It makes it easy to understand the Stoics’ teachings through modern examples of courage, determination, and resilience.

A Little SPOT of Courage by Diane Alber

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I recommend this book to become brave because of its fascinating storyline. It’s a very cute story to encourage people to be brave and to be kind. The illustrations were simple but effective. Great for shy people or those who are self-conscious. If you read this book, you will learn many new things about courage and feeling. You can buy this book on Amazon.

Choosing Courage by Jim Detert

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Let’s face it: Work is one of the scariest places to show bravery because we’re potentially messing with our livelihoods when we do it. But if we don’t take the opportunities to show our bravery at work — especially about the issues most important to us — we can be left feeling powerless and resentful. This book shows us how to skillfully show bravery at work, and how to develop it just like you would any other skill you have. The skills you learn in this book can help your career, your personal satisfaction at work, and can transform how you see yourself.

I Quit! The Life-Affirming Joy of Giving Up by Coonoor Behal

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In our current hustle culture of go-go-go and more-more-more, I was thrilled to find Behal’s book about quitting. It’s the anti-hustle, anti-more respite that I think so many of us crave. Quitting is inherently a brave act, especially in our culture that equates quitting with giving up, and giving up with being weak, and being weak with bad. Quitting is often a sign of strength – an acknowledgement that something’s just not right here. And that’s okay. And I’m strong enough to admit it and make a change.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

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It is not the critic who counts…the credit belongs to the man…in the arena, Theodore Roosevelt famously declared. Brene Brown, a professor at the University of Houston and a motivational speaker and writer, invites readers in Daring Greatly to take the risk and walk into the arena—whatever that means to them. Learn that vulnerability isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s the quickest way to courage. We find a life of meaning and common humanity by daring greatly and sharing our feelings and experiences, Brene writes.

The Light of the World- A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander

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When Elizabeth Alexander, a Pulitzer Prize winner and accomplished poet, loses her husband unexpectedly, she embarks on a journey for meaning, reflecting on her love story and tragic loss. This lovely book serves to remind life’s greatest blessings: love, art, family, and community.

The Last Lecture- by Randy Pausch

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When Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, presented his final lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, he developed terminal cancer. The Last Lecture is an excellent book to read and reread about appreciating the value of time and developing the motivation to overcome barriers to achieve your objectives. After reading this book, you’ll have a new urge to live fully.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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I have actually read this book and it tells about forgiving yourself as well as others. We might regret our mistakes in the past, but not everything is under our control thus we need to forgive ourselves. One quote that struck me most was Family is the only solid foundation you can put yourself on.

Brave New Medicine by Cynthia Li

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This is a great story of a doctor who went through a very difficult time in her life due to an illness. The author tells her personal story and how she was able to face a disease that many people assured her had no cure. For this reason, I think it is an excellent book for anyone who wants to know more about courage and how to face the problems of everyday life.

Love, Only Better by Paulette Stout

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For Rebecca, sex is a joke missing a punchline. No crashing waves. Only pangs of inadequacy. At twenty-eight, shouldn’t she have had one by now? Her snickering ex thought so. Lost, Rebecca seeks expert help, joining a study for women who can’t “finish” in the bedroom. There is such a thing? It’s unconventional, for sure, but she’s desperate for answers. The no-sex mandate is a no brainer. Until Kyle moves in. Her blue-eyed, black motorcycle-riding dream of a neighbor lives a heartbeat away. Sparks flew immediately, but could the timing be any worse? If he learns her secret, she’ll lose her best chance at love. But if her lessons fail, she’ll be left eternally broken. What started as a search for fulfillment, has suddenly become a quest for something far greater. Paulette Stout believes it is imperative to open up a meaningful and frank conversation about the pressures and insecurities women experience when it comes to the big O. It’s time for all the mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and friends to be open to discussing sex and orgasms with the women in our lives. Because they’re a catalyst for confidence. They’re a catalyst for personal change and achievement.

Is It Racism? How to Heal the Human Divide by Aundrea DeMille

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Author Aundrea DeMille shares the tools with compelling stories in Is It Racism? How to Heal the Human Divide l, on how to be brave enough to have uncomfortable conversations about racial and gender biases. She gives a step by step guide on how to wake up to unconscious bias and then be brave enough to lean into the uncomfortable conversations therefore making a difference within ourselves and the community to help heal the human divide.

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