Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That's Been Hiding

Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That's Been Hiding

by Leeana Tankersley


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There are so many moments in life when we choose to silence our intuition, abandon our own voice, and play small because we wonder, deep down: "Do I know who I really am? Is who I really am enough?" It's courageous work to learn to live from our essential identity—loved, worthy, whole. But what if God is calling us to shamelessly recover the woman he created us to be? What if God is urging us to be—for the first time in our lives—brazen?

The word brazen means without shame. Leeana Tankersley wants women to be just that—to unapologetically move from shame- and fear-based living toward lives that are based on love and belonging. With moving personal stories and spot-on observations of the longings we all experience—to know we are loved, to feel comfortable in our own skin, to be heard—Tankersley calls women to honor that voice deep down inside of them rather than bowing to outside influences that push them to become someone they're not. Gritty and overflowing with grace, Brazen will set women free to be truly themselves in a world bent on molding them in its image.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800726829
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 759,605
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Leeana Tankersley is the author of Breathing Room and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog,

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Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That's Been Hiding 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DanaSheree More than 1 year ago
Self doubt and fear; it’s a place we all have visited at some point in our lives. Letting go and finding a way out is a place some of us will never go to. This is where Leeana Tankersley’s words in “Brazen” will give you the strength and hope to find your own voice, to be the person you were created to be by the most high. Are you the person that has been shaped by the earthly society? Do you want to let go and be the person that is happy and comfortable in your own skin? Brazen “without shame” are the words you need to read, to see, to practice. This book provides you with great analogies and words to help you search within your own soul. To find and develop your own voice, to become comfortable and unapologetic for the woman you were created to be. Each chapter gives you exercises to think about and create on your soul searching journey through this book. I was very satisfied with every aspect of the words I read in this book and I think you will be too. If you are searching for the “you” inside; you should read this book. You will not want to put it down and when you finish reading it you will want to start from the beginning and read it again and again. “Thank you Leeana for sharing your words with all of us.“
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently had the opportunity to read Brazen by Leeana Tankersley. While there were some interesting thoughts in this book, and it is a good thing to read if you are feeling particularly insecure, I personally found some of the theology to be a little iffy. When it came down to it, as an evangelical believer, some of the things the author mentioned came across as off to me. Because of this, I did not feel inclined to finish the book. I wouldn't say this was a bad book, but be careful to take everything with a grain of salt. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Brazen is an inspiring read for me. It really made me think and gave me the advice I need to find myself. Leanna Tankersley has a way to make sense by using humor. I laughed so many times and just had to keep on reading. I highly recommend it! 5 plus stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brazen is a road map to unearthing your God-given beauty for His glory. Like Leeana’s previous book, Breathing Room, Brazen is refreshing and soulful. It’s a book that I did not want to end. In addition to her wit and gifted, honest story-telling, Leeana Tankersley offers reflection questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter. She suggests creating a Brazen board, which is right up my alley. Identifying your brazen color is part of one exercise. I devoured Brazen for the content and will be going back through to complete the suggested exercises.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Are you ready to "fall in love with your life"? Be the YOU God created you to be? Are you dealing with Soul Bullies? Ms. Tankersley touches on these questions in this book and many more as she encourages women to be their brazen selves. Ms. Tankersley shares life experiences as a military wife (Navy) and mother (of twins) she's grown through to discover the woman her Creator made her to be. The woman she often times has suppressed or ignored because she didn't believe her desires, dreams, and hopes were worthy of pursuing. I enjoyed Ms. Tankersley's fun and honest revelations, most of which held some truth in my own life. At the end of each chapter there's a section called Reflections & Expression where she asks some questions that allow the reader to expand on the chapter. She also gives you an idea on how you can further develop your Brazen Board-a focus board of sorts for readers to visualize the hopes and dreams they have for themselves. She also suggests 20 minutes of Soul Time, where readers can take a moment each week and really focus on the inner pinings they might've forgotten or awaken some they didn't know they had. Soul Time is an opportunity to listen to God's voice so readers can believe God created their desires, hopes, and dreams for a purpose. This was an easy read and felt a lot like a friend and I were sharing the woes of womanhood over a cup of tea-which I usually had a mug of while I read through this book. There are some valuable truths in this book, for me: "We are never more loved than in the moment of my failings ..."; "What if I lived in the 'already' of my life and spent more time and energy exploring the garden I've been given?". Finishing this book has me looking at the desires, hopes, and dreams I had buried deep inside and allow them to re-emerge with beautiful acceptance of belief knowing God created me wholly perfect. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
booklover_zech More than 1 year ago
Tankersley has such a poetic way of writing. The reader can completely tell who she is as a person and an artist through the way she writes. She is artistic, deep and unashamed -- brazen. I love that we get such a clear example of 'brazen', of what we could also do if we choose freedom and braziness. Unfortunately, some of the author's poetic writing made it hard for me to follow along. I couldn't always understand what I was supposed to be taking away from each chapter. Overall, I can't say that I completely connected with this book as much as I would have hoped. I struggled to relate to Tankersley's writing and poetic soul. However, I do hope that one day I can be in a better place and perhaps give this one another read. I did grab two major takeaways that I hope to continue exploring in my journal, and for that alone I am thankful. If you are a reader who loves the profound in the simple everyday, poetic, creative souls and are looking to find your strong inner woman, "Brazen" may be for you. 4 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
I became a fan of Leeana Tankersley when I read her book Breathing Room. You can see my review here. Brazen is just as FANTABULOUS, if not better. My highlighter poised, I was whipping through this book. There’s so much great material…so many quotes you’ll want to remember. And it’s a book that will make you stop, reconsider, reevaluate and then, if you’re willing, make you RENEW the way you think. My favorite part of this book is where she talks about Soul Bullies. The ones sent from the enemy to drag us through the mud and convince us through lies that we missed our calling, missed out on the things God had planned for us. Best of all, she talks about how to get rid of those bullies and move forward into the life where our purpose can have a powerful impact. Where we can exist, Brazen. She calls the Soul Bullies hope slayers, oh how I loved that. Brazen is not a prosperity preaching message. Not at all. I personally detest that kind of thinking. Rather, it’s a wakeup call to stop moving robotically through life and be intentional. In this book, Leanna encourages the reader to create a Brazen board and to add things to the board after each chapter. Colors that are bold and audacious that free your brazen. Images that provide encouragement toward letting go of those unreasonable expectations. It’s a beautiful exercise and demonstration of the inward battle, with freedom birthing, even if you’re not the artsy crafty type. And if you’re not into that sort of thing, well, she still offers great exercises to encourage your inner brazen through the Reflection and Expression sections. There’s not a ton of questions to answer because there doesn’t need to be. One, maybe two simple thought-provoking queries to solidify that chapter. Rarely does a book come along that has me so excited, I want everyone to read it…but this one is it. Brazen is a book I’ve already shared with friends. It’s a book that gives you more than peppy cheerleader talk. It gives you a chance to see your God given ability to be who He created you to be. I cried, I laughed and I dug in deep, killing the soul bullies. Leeana’s writing is transparent and deeply moving. She is truly gifted in sharing her message and speaking to the heart of a woman. Brazen is tremendous. There’s so many words I could use to describe it but the most important thing I can say is that it goes beyond a five-star rating. Beyond a “great read”. It’s a book that I’m digesting like a scrumptious meal at a fancy restaurant where you savor every single bite. I received this book from the author and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, which I’ve provided here.
caroline More than 1 year ago
Brazen was beautifully written to encourage the reader to courageously reclaim the freedom to be yourself - your Brazen, "without shame" self!
mandajoyful More than 1 year ago
“There I was…me catching up with me…realizing, once again, something eternal lives and breathes in me, and it is good. God-given good.” (page 24) This is what Brazen does for me. Leeana’s perspective and guiding voice helped me to see old Truth with new, fresh eyes. A deep calling out to deep. Leeana breaks her book into three soulful sections: Receive Your Identity, Reclaim Your Soul, and Recover Your Soul. Her words resonant in chapters like, Unhook from Heavy, Keep Casting your Nets, Allow for Expansion, You are That Girl, and Unlearn. She asks us to confront those Soul Bullies who ask us, “Who do you think you are?” It’s not a step-by-step instruction manual but instead, a guide for the reader to believe he/she can trust the process as he/she answer the question for himself/herself. A guide that turns us toward our Creator and the Created Self he put within each of us. As I flip through the pages, I see many underlinings and highlights that I will revisit and unpack. To sit in for a while and look forward to drawing closer to God. A note on the form of her book: I love quotes and enjoy when an author uses them under the chapter headings. At times these quotes can seem like filler, but in Brazen they were well thought out and utilized. I highlighted several along with Leeana’s own words throughout the chapter. In addition, at the end of each chapter are helpful, reflective questions. I found them to be pointedly reflective. They are questions that engage with each chapter rather than asking for a regurgitation of the chapter. I look forward to thinking through them during rereads. If you’ve read and enjoyed books by Shauna Niequist, Emily P. Freeman, or Angie Smith you may find Leeana Tankersley to be a name to add to your list. An author who shares how God has shaped her life and invites you, the reader along for the journey. She challenges you to see how He can and will shape yours too. I was given an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. (Thanks, Revell!)
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Transformation is hard work and not without pain along the way. In her new book, Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding, Leeana Tankersley writes: There’s no real road map for growing into our soul. No formula for self-possession, expansion, investigating our desires, connecting with our longings. If anything, these are trial-and-error prepositions, attempts, and revisions. We listen, we lean in, and often we learn, all the while believing there are gifts in the process, something we will take with us that we couldn’t have acquires any other way. (from page 172) This journey with God means we will take risks, requiring great courage, as most times we will not have even a clue to our next step. We strain to hear His voice and then we second guess if it was Him at all. We must silence the voices which would seek to keep us from becoming all which we have been created to be and to do. The author defines ‘brazen’ as “without shame”. She encourages each of us, through her own stories, to know we are loved by our God who has given us each an identity in Him, a voice which He desires to use, and purposes He will fulfill. God molds us into His own image while at the same time, molding us into our unique selves. Each chapter includes prompts to challenge the reader to interact with the material in a way which helps the reader discover what has lay dormant in our lives. The book is written in three parts – Receive {Your Identity}; Reclaim {Your Voice}; and Recover {Your Soul}. In reading the book, I remembered the truth about the silver platter: "New life doesn't get serve to us on silver. Usually we have to fight for it." (pag 174) Brazen is sure to challenge, encourage, and motivate each one of us to be courageous and fight for the life God has given us. *** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.