Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During the Most Difficult Days of My Life

Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During the Most Difficult Days of My Life




author/Mary E Lenaburg 

"Everyone has difficult days. More often than not, they're the result of the messes that come our way, the messes we make ourselves, and the messes others make for us. Be Brave in the Scared is sought-after Catholic speaker and writer Mary Lenaburg's first book. Lenaburg writes with honesty and attitude as she shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her how to trust God, accept his will, and choose joy in every circumstance"--

Winner of a 2020 Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers (third place, spirituality).


As a parent, do you struggle with trusting God's will for your life and for those you love? Are you tired and afraid?


In Be Brave in the Scared, Catholic writer Mary Lenaburg shares how the overwhelming demands of caring for her severely disabled daughter ultimately taught her--and can teach you--that trusting in God and accepting his will can lead to profound joy, no matter what challenges you face.

Be Brave in the Scared is an uplifting account of human frailty (and stubbornness) surrendered to faith. Lenaburg tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter affected her self-image, marriage, family life, and faith.

Although she initially struggled to accept God's will and her own limitations, Lenaburg ultimately learned how to trust God. She found in that trust inexplicable joy, even during the most difficult days of her life. She writes boldly and authentically about challenges we all encounter, such as trials with control, blame, exhaustion, fear, and acceptance.

Each chapter concludes with an invitation to write and a place for readers to express their thoughts and feelings. Lenaburg's extraordinary story affirms that God's redeeming love never fails and that he is there to help us through all of the challenges we encounter.

Commendation Quotes:

"Anyone who knows Mary Lenaburg knows that she is a force. She is tender and fierce, vulnerable and brave, compassionate and wise, and she has poured all of those qualities into this book. If ever you've found yourself, amidst the challenges of life, struggling to breathe, find hope, or see the face of God, Be Brave in the Scared is for you." -- Hallie Lord, SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear


Everyone should read this book. Mary is so funny and real and her words will break your heart open in the best possible way. Through her beautifully conveyed stories, she reminds us that pain will always be a part of living, but that love always wins." -- Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of Something Other than God


"Powerful, profound, and deeply moving, Mary Lenaburg's first book offers readers a front-row seat on her family's journey from brokenness, loss, and grief to healing, redemption, and joy. For anyone who has ever struggled with trusting God's plan, Be Brave in the Scared will leave you feeling hopeful and encouraged in your faith. I couldn't put it down; a must-read!" -- Heather Renshaw, Catholic speaker and author


"Mary Lenaburg is much beloved for her warmth and her wit. She brings both to this book, tackling really tough topics with a clear-eyed look at sin and suffering. Mary shines hope and grace into the dark places, and she offers tangible support and encouragement to those who find themselves there. Readers of this book will turn and face their own hard challenges with a sense that they can, indeed, be both brave enough and strong enough to keep step with God." -- Elizabeth Foss, Founder of Take Up And Read and coauthor of Small Steps for Catholic Moms


"A fierce and authentic disciple of Christ, Mary Lenaburg is a truth-seeker and a truth-speaker who shares with a vulnerability that took my breath away. In Be Brave in the Scared, Mary offers the deepest parts of her heart to inspire, to challenge, and to change you. If you find yourself struggling to see God or you desire a real and true relationship with him, read this book and be changed." -- Kathryn Whitaker, Catholic blogger


"Mary Lenaburg is such a good storyteller that you will be tempted to race through the chapters just to find out what happened next--but you'd be cheating yourself. Be Brave in the Scared was written for your sake to give you a step-by-tiny-step pathway to trust in God through the storms and struggles, betrayals and failures that can overwhelm anyone. Gently, Mary opens the way for readers to begin to name their own personal challenges and lay them before a tender and almighty Father." -- Sr. Anne Flanagan, F.S.P., Catholic author, blogger, and speaker

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: May 10, 2019
ISBN: 1594718830    EAN: 9781594718830