The Courage Factor
Taking Bold Steps that Lead to Joy
by Bob Westfall
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Pub Date 25 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 25 Feb 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Leafwood Publishers
Joy - the unexpected reward for outrageous courage and faith
Based on Jesus’s Parable of the Talents, The Courage Factor challenges readers to think of their lives as a priceless commodity that can be leveraged for positive impact. In reflecting on the ups and downs of his own journey, Bob exposes the fear that keeps us isolated, causing us to lock up our gifts and dreams. Instead of having a positive impact on the world with our talents, we are left frustrated and unfulfilled. But if we have the courage to pursue our dreams—investing our lives and talents into something meaningful—what results is true joy and fulfillment.
Throughout The Courage Factor, readers will meet inspiring individuals with stories that illustrate how even our dark moments and detours can prepare us for significance if we embrace courage and step forward in faith. Discover the potential we each have to unlock and accelerate the dreams and talents of those around us. In key moments of decision, pivotal moments where fear and courage do battle, learn to recognize these moments for what they are, defeat fear, and turn risk into reward. Courageous and fully invested people can change the world, and you can be one of them.
“Inside The Courage Factor is the key to joy. Do you have the courage to boldly pursue it? Let my friend Bob Westfall take you on a journey of discovery— an exciting and fulfilling trek that he traces back two thousand years. Are you intrigued? Then take the challenge! Open the book. Read on with an open heart and mind!” — Lee Strobel, New York Times best- selling author
“It’s one thing for a person to possess courage and quite another to inspire others to have it too. Bob Westfall has inspired numerous ministry leaders to conquer their fears, stretch their faith, and set their sights on accomplishing the impossible. Millions of hurting people have received help and found hope because ministry leaders followed the principles found in The Courage Factor. Place this book on top of your reading stack— you’ll be glad you did.” — Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope
“The Courage Factor stopped me in my tracks. I felt God saying, ‘Hey, big shot, I gave you your talent . . . how have you used it for me?’ Thanks, Bob, for rocking me big time. It’s never too late to shoot for the moon and spiritually turn a dime into a dollar.” — John Elefante, former lead singer of Kansas, Grammy and Dove award- winning performer/producer
“In this outstanding book, Bob challenges you to get off the sidelines and get into the game! God takes our gifts and all that we invest and exponentially multiplies it for his purposes. Too often, believers hold back, wondering, ‘Am I good enough? Are my gifts compelling enough? Can God use me?’ Bob challenges us to step past our fear and start using all we’ve been given for God’s glory, promising that if we do, we will find joy. I highly recommend!” — Becky Harling, best- selling author of How to Listen So People Will Talk and The 30 Day Praise Challenge
“By sharing good fortune with others, we foster and build communities of care and respect, uplifting those around us through our good deeds and actions. The Courage Factor paints a compelling portrait that details the inherent power of giving.” — Isadore Sharp, founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
“I’ll never think the same way again about the Parable of the Talents. Bob has defined this parable and, with real stories, makes it jump off the page and come alive in a way I’ve never heard. This book has etched itself onto me forever. I’ve seen Bob’s program and its effectiveness, and now it’s clear where his passion comes from.” — Andrew Covington, president of Dufresne Spencer Group (DBA Ashley Homestores)
“Wonderfully moving, and inspiring, The Courage Factor will make you feel like you are in the personal company of its extraordinary author, a man whom I am proud to call a friend. It is also a challenging read, as every story, example, and lesson cajoles the reader to examine their God given talents and urges their full use to faithful purpose. On such a journey, one that can be fraught and testing but ultimately joyous, there can be no better companion than Bob Westfall.” — Simon Majumdar, author and broadcaster
“I am always inspired when someone uses their passion to better the world. No matter your faith, I admire Bob’s commitment and determination to bring joy to those around him and to encourage people to use their talents to the best of their ability.” — Alan Fuerstman, founder, chairman, and CEO of Montage International
“I have personally seen the Westfall Gold model, and the outcomes achieved by Bob and his team, at work. I am a firm believer that each of us is equipped with unique and beautiful talents. As you read this book, I hope you are inspired as I am to use these gifts for the Kingdom.” — Congressman Tim Walberg
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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.
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".
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.