Be Bold in the Broken: How I Found My Courage and Purpose in God's Unconditional Love

Be Bold in the Broken: How I Found My Courage and Purpose in God's Unconditional Love


author/Mary E Lenaburg, (Author), Leah Darrow, (Foreword)

Who am I? What is my purpose? Where do I belong?

These questions linger in every season of our lives, but, as Mary Lenaburg learned the hard way, answering them becomes possible only when we direct our hearts to the God who made us and loves us best of all. Following Lenaburg's example in Be Bold in the Broken will give you the courage and inspiration you need to accept who you are--the good, the bad, and the awkward--and become the woman God made you to be.

Lenaburg desperately wanted to be part of a girl tribe in middle school. She wanted to belong, to have friends--to be seen. So the unathletic, gangly sixth grader tried out for the cheerleading squad. She didn't have fancy clothes like the other girls and she noticed that everyone else had "a chest." So Lenaburg stuffed a pair of her brother's sweat socks into her bra. You can probably guess the rest: One sock fell out when she started a tumbling routine.

When she was still feeling humiliated after several weeks, her father gave her some life-changing advice: "How about next time you just be you, do your best, and let God figure out the rest."

Lenaburg--the author of Be Brave in the Scared--explores her journey to self-acceptance as she struggled to make sense of who she is and what she had to offer. Relatable anecdotes will make you laugh as Lenaburg answers the questions she is most often asked and shares how she finally learned to own

  • her gifts and limitations,
  • her dreams and failures,
  • her virtues and sins, and
  • how God is transforming her by grace.

With personal stories and faith-filled reflections, Lenaburg blazes the path to true identity and purpose in Christ.

Commendation Quotes:

"God doesn't see things the way we do. But we can learn to see ourselves the way God sees us. That is what this book will help you do." --From the foreword by Leah Darrow, Catholic speaker, author, and founder of LuxU


"Mary Lenaburg doesn't shy away from the hard things, the hard moments, or the hard realizations. Through her words, I felt a loving embrace from Jesus reassuring me that I am worthy and needed, no matter the battles I've fought, and I know you will too." -- Kathryn Whitaker, Author of Live Big, Love Bigger


"Through equal doses of humility and truth, Lenaburg shares from the heart what it means to discover who you truly are and how walking in this truth really can change your life. I cried, nodded in agreement, and laughed out loud. This book makes me feel seen and understood, and it encouraged me to seek treasure where it can be found." -- Rachel Balducci, Catholic author, speaker, and cohost of The Gist on CatholicTV


"In her characteristic style and distinctive voice, Lenaburg invites us all to own our own stories, embrace who we are, and let God use us for his divine purpose. This book will encourage you and challenge you to find the courage to love yourself as exactly who you are and come to know how deeply God loves you too. A great read filled with humor and insight, this is a book we all need to remind us of how deep his love for us really is." -- Colleen C. Mitchell, Author of Who Does He Say You Are


"Mary Lenaburg has a rare gift of holy hospitality, and I couldn't put this book down. With each turn of the page, I found myself feeling at home in her vast heart and boldly embracing new facets of my own brokenness and beauty. What a gift this book will be to so many!" -- Carrie Schuchts Daunt, John Paul II Healing Center presenter, Author of Undone


Lenaburg's life has been filled with many shake-you-to-your-core moments, yet she kept pushing forward. How? The quiet voice of God was always with her, even when she wasn't ready to listen. A faith and life chock-full of courageous moments strung together with all the joy, sorrow, and hope this world has to give--that's what you'll experience in the pages of Be Bold in the Broken." -- Allison Gingras, Founder of Reconciled to You, Host of A Seeking Heart podcast


"The first time I saw Mary Lenaburg she was on stage telling stories. I never imagined that in Be Bold in the Broken she would take her storytelling to a whole new level! Every chapter made me feel like Lenaburg was sitting next to me with a cup of coffee, and her bathing-suit shopping story had me yelling, 'Preach it, sister!' She has a gift of transforming the everyday into great stories that draw her readers closer to God." -- Liv Harrison, Creator of the Genius Catholic Women's Conference

Mary Lenaburg is a full-time Catholic speaker and author of Be Brave in the Scared, which earned a 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers.

She has given keynotes at conferences internationally, including the Edel Gathering, the Genius Women's Conference, the Fiat Conference, Military Council for Catholic Women European Retreat, and the Women of the Word Conference. A writer with Take Up & Read, Lenaburg's work has appeared in five of their meditation books. She has also contributed to two other books.

She has appeared on Catholic radio, TV, and podcasts, including The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, The Hallie Lord Show, The Gist, Busted Halo, and Fountains of Carrots. Lenaburg serves her home parish in many roles, including catechist, sacristan, and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

She and her husband, Jerry, live in Fairfax, Virginia, with their son, Jonathan. Their daughter, Courtney, passed away in 2014.

Binding: Paperback   160pp.
Pub Date: March 12, 2021
ISBN: 1646800397    EAN: 9781646800391