"...one of the good news stories that resonate within every life...that anyone can take to heart."-Meryl Streep, Academy Award-winning actress
Those who know "why they are here" may tell you they have always known it. Others are just naturally generous and fulfilled and do not even ponder the meaning of their lives. Some found their purpose by bravely opening their hearts. For many, the search continues.
The Gift of Courage presents regular yet extraordinary people whose courage-sometimes in the face of extreme challenge-empowers them to lead passionate and purposeful lives. They radiate goodness and selflessly lift the state of our world. This is the gift of courage.
Here are stories of lifechangers, lifemakers, and lifesavers. It is likely you have never heard of any of them. They could be your neighbor or might live half a world away.
"This book is a reminder to us all that our finest moments are when we take those courageous risks to stand up to bullies or take risks on others' behalf. In a world where we are often disappointed in the lack of courage in our national and local political leaders, The Gift of Courage is a respite. We see the difference everyday heroes can make in the lives of others. The reporting here is solid and the inspiration profound."--Geraldine Laybourne, Former President of Nickelodeon and Founder of Oxygen Network
Portions from the sale of The Gift of Courage go to the people, families, or organizations described in this book. These donations help to cover rehabilitation expenses and fund nonprofits associated with their stories. By purchasing this book you are rewarding those deserving of recognition.
An old proverb states that gifts are meant to travel. Just knowing that these people make the world better could inspire you to be courageous and to act on what matters most. Thank you for taking time by reading these pages to discover the beauty of open hearts, the joy of caring, the meaning of purpose, and the gift of courage. Thank you for being a part of this community.
"Ken Streater has created a collection of real-life stories that not only grip your mind and heart, they uplift and inspire you. The Gift of Courage is a gem. I'm personally better for having spent time with it, and you will be too. Read this book and you will be changed."--Roger Seip, Best-Selling Author of Train Your Brain for Success
|Publisher:||Toolkit To Change|
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About the Author
In the two years I spent researching and writing The Gift of Courage, I grew much closer to my friend Kelley Kalafatich. She is the reason I decided to write this book in the first place. Thirty years ago Kelley became an inspirational role model and a great encourager to me. Everyone who meets Kelley finds a hidden treasure, and I tell her story as a gesture of gratitude and love.
I also came to know and love Jim Adams, Josh Kern and Thurgood Marshall Academy, Martha Ryan, Judy Crawford, Carrie Hamilton and Homeless Prenatal Program, Jeff Leeland and Sparrow Clubs, Dennis Guthrie, Brianna Mercado,
and Eric Plantenberg. Thank you all for bringing your gifts into this world. My children have role models because of you.
I believe that each of us has a unique purpose or calling. Many intuitively know this big "why." My wife Danielle is one. She is here to love and care for those around her and to genuinely spread joy. Finding my purpose was much harder and took deep courage.
I peeled back the layers of my heart to find its core. I rediscovered what made it sing in all parts of my life. I realized that serving others and sharing stories of individual and community achievement was infinitely more rewarding than just chasing the dollar. Writing The Gift of Courage made this clear to me. I found and now humbly let my unique personal strengths and passions direct me. With modesty, my purpose is to help anyone-even you-use deep courage to embrace fears and open your heart to find meaning in life.
How do I know I am living my purpose? As I wrote this book and as I pen others, including "The Courage Compass: An Essential Guide to Finding Your Meaning and Purpose," and when I speak to individuals and groups about how to realize true meaning in their lives, time stands still, my heart is full and I feel an indescribable grace-filled energy wash over and through me. This also happens when I drift down a peaceful river or marvel at my kids' bliss and wonder. I am wholly gratified in these moments as I do what I am meant to do. And my life is not perfect. Sometimes problems cloud purpose, frustration trumps serenity, and sadness overwhelms happiness. Through it all, I gratefully still live my dreams.