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Be Brave in the Scared
How I Learned to Trust God during the Most Difficult Days of My Life
Author: Mary E. Lenaburg
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
On-sale date: May 10, 2019
Winner of a 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers (third place, spirituality).
As a parent, do you struggle with trusting God’s will for your life and for those you love? Are you tired and afraid?
In Be Brave in the Scared, Catholic writer Mary Lenaburg shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her—and can teach you—that trusting in God and accepting his will can lead to profound joy, no matter what challenges you face.
Be Brave in the Scared is an uplifting account of human frailty (and stubbornness) surrendered to faith. Lenaburg tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter affected her self-image, marriage, family life, and faith.
Although she initially struggled to accept God’s will and her own limitations, Lenaburg ultimately learned how to trust God. She found in that trust inexplicable joy, even during the most difficult days of her life. She writes boldly and authentically about challenges we all encounter, such as trials with control, blame, exhaustion, fear, and acceptance.
Each chapter concludes with an invitation to write and a place for readers to express their thoughts and feelings. Lenaburg’s extraordinary story affirms that God’s redeeming love never fails and that he is there to help us through all of the challenges we encounter.
"Tender and fierce."
"Tender and fierce, vulnerable and brave, compassionate and wise."
SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear
"Everyone should read this book."
"Everyone should read this book. Mary is so funny and real and her words will break your heart open in the best possible way. Through her beautifully conveyed stories, she reminds us that pain will always be a part of living, but that love always wins."
SiriusXM radio host and author of Something Other than God
“Powerful, profound, and deeply moving. I couldn’t put it down; a must-read!”
Catholic speaker and author
“Mary Lenaburg tackles really tough topics with a clear-eyed look at sin and suffering.”
Founder of Take Up And Read and coauthor of Small Steps for Catholic Moms
"Took my breath away."
"Mary Lenaburg is a truth-seeker and a truth-speaker who shares with a vulnerability that took my breath away. In Be Brave in the Scared, Mary offers the deepest parts of her heart to inspire, to challenge, and to change you. If you find yourself struggling to see God or you desire a real and true relationship with him, read this book and be changed."
"A step-by-tiny-step pathway to trust in God."
"Mary Lenaburg is such a good storyteller that you will be tempted to race through the chapters just to find out what happened next—but you'd be cheating yourself. Be Brave in the Scared was written for your sake to give you a step-by-tiny-step pathway to trust in God through the storms and struggles, betrayals and failures that can overwhelm anyone."
Sr. Anne Flanagan, F.S.P.
Catholic author, blogger, and speaker