The Courage Map: 13 Principles to Living Boldly by Franziska Iseli
Picking up The Courage Map: 13 Principals to Living Boldly by Franziska Iseli was in part due to a random voice over the email asking if I'd be interested in reading the book because of my great love of Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly as well as Rachel Hollis's Girl, Stop Apologizing, and the honest to goodness realization that it was exactly the next type of book I wanted to read. Of course, I found it to be right down the path I wanted to take.
2: it was okay
3. liked it
4. really liked it
5. it was amazing
1. Writing Style: 5/5
Her narrative is broken into exposition, at times, which shares what courage is and how you can obtain it through living it by habit. There is a clear motif here, despite the nonfiction background, which shares with us the overall concept of courage through habit guiding us to become the person you want to be. It's a state of mind and action which allows you to be consistent and intentional about letting go of fear.
The author does a fine job of sharing her own story while giving the explanation for moving forward with each step she assigns and guides you through. The style is concise, orderly, easy to read, and delivers manageable content. The free Courage Map Journal you receive online to help you monitor your progress through the steps is a delight and keeps the organization and order moving forward.
I'm going to walk you through the 13 Principles in this section, and I'm going to spend a little bit of time over each one and the sub-principles and activities it gives. It's my hope that seeing the content and hearing the context in which I've started to apply it to my life might help you see how it could and would benefit your own. As always, there may be *SPOILERS* as a part of this process, and I'm warning you now in case you want to pause here.
Most of the time, we have to remind ourselves not to take what someone says to us, especially in anger, seriously. We can try to look for the positive message behind the negative presentation. It can be difficult, but if we choose to relook at the situation, relationship, or event, we can hold onto the uplifting point of view. When you get caught up in someone else's moment, remember not to "adopt that experience as a disempowering story" (pg 23).
- I trust the Lord is creating a positive life for me to live because He knows the paths He has for me as shared in Jeremiah 29:11.
- People's opinions of me do not define me as a person and can be used to learn lessons and grow.
- I'm not in charge of saving anyone, but I can direct them to the One who saves.
- I can be adaptable to the challenges I face.
- I can see the good in others, even if they aren't sharing their best moment with me.