Thursday, September 20, 2018

Imperfect Courage: a book review

Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared

Jessica Honegger

Published: August 14, 2018

Crown Publishing Group

I heard about this book on Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love podcast when she interviewed the author Jessica Honegger.

Jessica is the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. Before growing into the large direct sales business that it currently is, it began as Jessica selling jewelry and accessories handcrafted by friends of hers in Uganda in an effort to raise money to adopt internationally. From there, the business grew to include artisans from Rwanda, Haiti, and other countries.

Imperfect Courage is about several things. It is partly about how and why Jessica grew her business, and how she supports women through it and because of it.

It is partly about international adoption and how she adopted her son Jack from Rwanda. She also mentions other parents’ stories of adoption.

It also is partly about how to act on something despite fear, uncertainty, negative self-talk, and criticism. Jessica talks about the importance of vulnerability to healing. This can be in small or big ways, from exposing negative self-talk to victims of genocide sharing their stories.

She talks about how judgment affects our ability to look at each other as sisters in womanhood to approach one another, to support one another, and to simply be friendly to one another.

I recommend this book for women in business and entrepreneurial women who have their own businesses or wish to start them. Although this isn’t a business how-to book, it is sure to spark inspiration. Also, readers who want to find new ways to help their fellow humans, whether close to home or around the globe, can find ideas here.

Disclaimer: I received an advance-read copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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