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The Courage Factor

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What a wonderful book that showcases how ordinary people made changes in their life to experience joy in their life. This book will help you determine ways to experience this joy. Very nice blueprint for help with this. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on this reveiw.

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I received an ARC from Leafwood Publishers, via NetGalley. This review is my personal opinion.

This book is truly encouraging, Bob Westfall start telling his own story on how God gave him a dream and a vision and the challenges he had through the years. Taking the parables of talents he encourages us to believe, trust, dream and take action with what we have in our hands now and let God do the rest. In his book, he also shared the story of several of his friends and the impact those included by the grace of God are making a lasting impact on others. Many of us want to serve God, but we think we need to learn more about God, have more money, be more attractive. Bob Westfall encourages us to stop believing those lies and to believe that God already gave us what we need to start and that we won’t be alone in our road.

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With compassion and insight, Westfall explores what it means to live with fear and still accomplish great things. Owning up to our fears, accepting God's provision and his pathway into the unknown while moving forward regardless, we become people of courage. Westfall points out that the resources are already available, the calling is sure, and the talents you have been given are God's plan for your life. Whether you trust him or not is up to you!

Doing what the Creator designed you for will bring joy. As you give yourself up to serve God and others, that joy becomes an increasing and ever-present part of living life to the full. Westfall asks you to live with generosity and to bring others into the joyful and lavish life that God has designed for you - and for them.

Recommended for those on the cusp of a new season, for those stuck in old patterns, and for those wondering if God is still in control when life doesn't take expected directions.

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Really enjoyed this book. Based on the Parable of the Talents, the author was able to look at the different aspect in how we are to serve in the church and in our lives today. A good read and a good challenge in my life to first question and then to apply the concepts in my life. Would recommend it to my friends who are looking to make a change in their lives and to find that courage they have within themselves.

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I honestly didn't get past the first chapter. I was a bit caught off guard in the introduction when the author made a reference to great sex. Then in the first chapter when it warns people he mentions God and qoutes scripture but then goes to say not to worry the gifts he is talking about can be received by non believers.

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Mr. Westfall has written a fresh take on the parable of the talents from the book of Matthew

Jumping off that 'talent' is far more than money Westfall takes us on a great review with stories from the likes of Tammie Jo Shults to Sean Lambert and Loren Cunningham of YWAM fame.

He almost gives to much at first on his own organization and other "BIG" groups but rights the written ship enough so you do stay with it and if you learn nothing new, as always with exposition of scripture well done you come out more motivated.
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Bob Westfall, in his book "The Courage Factor", does a great job of giving a detailed compilation in a short amount of space of real people that have heeded the call to invest their God given talents/gifts to further the Kingdom of God. The questions at the end of the book have encouraged me to think more on the talents God has given to me to use to glorify Him and I feel an urgency to act now and not delay. Bob has effectively shared deeper insight and meaning to the Parable of the Talents.and his book full of examples of people using their talents is a powerful tool of encouragement.. His writings remind you that God doesn't give you more than HE can handle. I love that Bob states at the end of his book that there is "More of the story to be written".

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