Saturday, December 24, 2011

Courageous Living

12-15-2011 1-23-45 PMCourageous Living – Dare to Take a Stand
Written by Michael Catt
Published at B&H

About the book

In the new film COURAGEOUS (from the makers of Fireproof), four police officers are confident and focused when it comes to facing danger on the job. But leading their families at home in a God-honoring way? That takes courage.
Because it is important to take a faithful, fearless stand in so many areas of life, pastor and COURAGEOUS executive producer Michael Catt offers Courageous Living as a closer look at biblical themes and characters that inspired the greatly anticipated movie.
Catt brings fresh insight to "stories of people in the Bible who displayed great courage when it would have been easier to play it safe... (who) challenge me to keep moving forward. They demand that I examine my priorities and deal with anything that brings fear to my heart."
Readers will catch a new wind of bravery in the bold accounts of Abraham ("The Courage to Get Going"), Nehemiah ("The Courage to Face Criticism"), and Ruth ("The Courage to Face an Uncertain Future"). There are also growth opportunities in the stirring stories of Moses, Elijah, Joshua, Daniel, Gideon, Nehemiah, Stephen, and Paul and Timothy.

Who is Michael Catt?

Michael Catt

Michael Catt has served as senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, since 1989 and is executive producer of the popular Facing the Giants and Fireproof films that originated from the congregation. He is the author of Prepare for Rain, Fireproof Your Life, The Power of Desperation, The Power of Persistence, and The Power of Surrender and is also founder of the ReFRESH™ revival conference. Michael and his wife, Terri, have two children.

My Thoughts

Whether you are a man or a woman, this book is a must read for 2012!    Though the book was written as a a follow-up of the movie Courageous you don’t have to have seen the movie to enjoy the book.  How would I know?  Well simply because I have not watched to movie yet but I am enjoying the book quite a lot.   It is so good that I am planning to go through it again when 2012 comes around…

Courageous Living will guide you through stories of Bible characters who have been courageous in the midst of difficulties, criticism, uncertainty and much more.  

This book will encourage you to find the courage to get going, to choose and refuse, to lead on all levels, to be a humble hero, to face an uncertain future, to make up your mind, to face criticism, to stir up the fire, to face persecution…   In one of the chapters, the author is portraying the person as being either an eagle, a chicken, or an ostrich.    I really loved this picture and I am hoping that I am seen as an eagle who is teaching her eaglets to fly.   Yes I will push them out of the nest and will expect them to soar.    I am investing in them by homeschooling them.   I hope that they will be above and beyond their peers and demonstrate that they can be responsible when I am not there.

Through each chapter I am stirred inside to make a difference no matter what.   I have a tendency to worry about what other people say.   But this book is teaching me that if I am doing what God wants me to do, I shouldn’t worry about anything.  He is in control and He is with me.  I am not alone.  I particularly applauded when the author is encouraging the next generation to be leaders and to stand up for what must be done.    We are reminded again that the word teenager wasn’t existing until the 1941 when it appeared for the first time in the Reader’s Digest.   Before that kids would move directly from being children to manhood/womanhood.   Now don’t take me wrong.  My kids are not working all the time.  They have some downtime and play together.   But slowly we are teaching them to become independent and to be an active member in the family by helping out in the house.     Not only is it good for them but their future spouse will be blessed as well.

Now the book is a real motivator in encouraging you to take a stand on various aspects in your life.   It takes courage to stand up for justice, to be totally honest about something and to trust God with everything in your life.

Are you reading to be transformed?  If so, I strongly encourage you to read Courageous Living – Date to Take A Stand .   I would be a great book to go through with a small group after watching the movie Courageous

Courageous Living is available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group, even

Disclaimer: Book has been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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