Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I belong?
These questions linger in every season of our lives, but, as Mary Lenaburg learned the hard way, answering them becomes possible only when we direct our hearts to the God who made us and loves us best of all. Following Lenaburg’s example in Be Bold in the Broken will give you the courage and inspiration you need to accept who you are—the good, the bad, and the awkward—and become the woman God made you to be.
Lenaburg desperately wanted to be part of a girl tribe in middle school. She wanted to belong, to have friends—to be seen. So the unathletic, gangly sixth grader tried out for the cheerleading squad. She didn’t have fancy clothes like the other girls and she noticed that everyone else had “a chest.” So Lenaburg stuffed a pair of her brother’s sweat socks into her bra. You can probably guess the rest: One sock fell out when she started a tumbling routine.
When she was still feeling humiliated after several weeks, her father gave her some life-changing advice: “How about next time you just be you, do your best, and let God figure out the rest.”
Lenaburg—the author of Be Brave in the Scared—explores her journey to self-acceptance as she struggled to make sense of who she is and what she had to offer. Relatable anecdotes will make you laugh as Lenaburg answers the questions she is most often asked and shares how she finally learned to own
- her gifts and limitations,
- her dreams and failures,
- her virtues and sins, and
- how God is transforming her by grace.
With personal stories and faith-filled reflections, Lenaburg blazes the path to true identity and purpose in Christ.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Imprint: Ave Maria Press
“See yourself the way God does.”
“God doesn’t see things the way we do. But we can learn to see ourselves the way God sees us. That is what this book will help you do.”
From the foreword by Leah Darrow
Catholic speaker, author, and founder of LuxU
“A loving embrace from Jesus.”
“Mary Lenaburg doesn't shy away from the hard things, the hard moments, or the hard realizations. Through her words, I felt a loving embrace from Jesus reassuring me that I am worthy and needed, no matter the battles I've fought, and I know you will too.”
Author of Live Big, Love Bigger
“Humility and truth.”
“Through equal doses of humility and truth, Lenaburg shares from the heart what it means to discover who you truly are and how walking in this truth really can change your life. I cried, nodded in agreement, and laughed out loud. This book makes me feel seen and understood, and it encouraged me to seek treasure where it can be found.”
Catholic author, speaker, and cohost of The Gist on CatholicTV
“A great read filled with humor and insight.”
“In her characteristic style and distinctive voice, Lenaburg invites us all to own our own stories, embrace who we are, and let God use us for his divine purpose. This book will encourage you and challenge you to find the courage to love yourself as exactly who you are and come to know how deeply God loves you too. A great read filled with humor and insight, this is a book we all need to remind us of how deep his love for us really is.”
Colleen C. Mitchell
Author of Who Does He Say You Are