Do You Have the Courage to Be You?
By Jenny Williamson
Before time began, you were imagined, planned, and created for a specific and unique purpose. There is something you were created to do and if you don’t do it, it will never be done. It is urgent that you find the courage to be and do all you were created for. Someone is waiting for you to be you. Have you ever contemplated your particular purpose – the reason you are on this planet? Have you intentionally pursued your true identity and attempted to fulfill your destiny? Do You Have The Courage To Be You? If you answered “No” to any of these questions, but want to answer “Yes,” then life coach, Jenny Williamson, will help you to do just that through the pages of this book.
Do You Have The Courage To Be You? was the provocative question that changed the entire trajectory of Jenny’s life, and became the impetus used to propel her on a journey of discovering her water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny. She prays it will do the same for you. As Jenny neared her fortieth birthday, she felt pitifully ordinary, was mired in mediocrity, and cloaked in comfort. She knew courage would be required for her to leave the known for the unknown.
What does it mean to have the courage to be you? What thought patterns or belief systems keep you from being you? What challenges must be faced? How do you find your unique purpose? Within this powerful book, Jenny answers these questions, while transparently sharing her own story. Her journey led her to a vulnerable group of children – children who are being sold for sex – who needed a home and a family.
Jenny Williamson is the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. For her efforts and impact, she has received numerous awards. She resides in Northern California with her family.
Jenny was recently honored as a top 10 nominee in L’Oreal’s Women of Worth campaign.
Why did you write a book?
I began speaking from a stage about ten years ago this message of courage and purpose. Every time I would finish speaking, people would beg me for a book – a vehicle to take the message home with them. I love speaking, but writing is difficult for me so I put it off for years. But in my heart I kept hearing “write the book”. I even opened a fortune cookie one day that said “write the book”!
What is your favorite quote?
“Every man and woman is put on this earth to do something unique, and if they don’t do it, it shan’t get done.” Dr. Benjamin Mays – he was the son of slaves. If find that fascinating that a son of slaves was instilled with the concept of destiny. I am daily motivated by the fact that I have something unique to do that is for me alone and that someone may be waiting for me to have the courage to be me.
I see that 50% of the proceeds of your book goes to rescuing children from sex trafficking. Is that for children overseas?
Well, yes and no. I founded an organization called Courage Worldwide. We build homes for children who have been trafficked for sex here in the U.S. and in foreign countries. Currently, we have two homes open – one in Africa and one in the U.S. – so half the proceeds of the book are donated to that non-profit – Courage Worldwide.
Is sex trafficking really happening here in the U.S.?
Yes, our children are being sold for sex. When I heard it was happening in faraway places my heart – my mother’s heart was broken – but when I learned it was happening in the U.S. and in my own backyard, I got angry and vowed to do something – so I did.
Was it that simple?
No! Had I not gone on the journey of discovering my true identity and destiny, which I write about in my book, I would have never believed that I could do something that could make an impact in this world. Before I could even entertain something of that magnitude, I had the answer the question – the question that is the title of my book – do you have the courage to be you? I had to believe that I was created on purpose for a unique purpose before I would have the courage to attempt to change the world of these children.
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