Recently there has been a slew of books that have come to market and several blog post series about being brave, fearless, and courageous. I believe we are living in a time where God is speaking to His daughters and calling them to live boldly in their faith by looking beyond their circumstances for such a time as this. Understanding who we are in Christ and boldly trusting God to live courageously for HIM!

From the moment I picked up Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity For a Life of Confidence and Freedom by Latan Roland Murphy, I knew this was an extraordinary book and couldn’t wait to dive in.

I began highlighting and underlining words that ooze with wisdom from the first few pages in the introduction. Words that caused me to pause. Words I needed to hear at this very moment my journey with the Lord. Words I know my sisters need to hear.

Latan sets the stage by laying down these principles in the introduction.

Courage advances us into opportunities we would otherwise shrink back from and avoid.

Courage comes as we point our feet toward the path leading to obedient living

When we cannot do it all perfectly, we can do all that we do courageously

As we draw wisdom from past mistakes, we can make courageous future choices

Godly courage is mobilized by an obedient spirit- knowing the power of God is greater than the circumstances we face

Courageous behavior comes as we realize we are living for a higher cause, greater good, and better story that is being written across our beautifully imperfect lives

“Courage by God’s standards is the ability to act, regardless of human fear or frailty, and enables us to do supernatural things because we are not acting alone – God is with us. And sometimes, godly courage is manifested in the ability to not act outwardly, but to wait, pray and be still in God’s presence. To linger, listen, seek His best way to live. Real godly courage is laced with an attitude of obedient gratitude, knowing that He is able to lead, guide, and direct our lives.”

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Latan then examines the lives of eleven courageous women of the Bible and challenges the reader to think about her own life and how these brave women of the Bible can help her to grow in her faith. Come sit at the feet of each of these women and soak in the goodness.

Deborah

The Woman with an Issue of Blood

The Widow with Two Coins

Jael

Abigail

Bathsheba

The Samaritan Woman

Mary Mother of Jesus

The Shulammite Woman

Jochebed

The Shunammite Woman

Through the study of these eleven women, Latan provides thought-provoking study questions along with interactive journal questions to take you deeper into your faith.

From the back cover. “Whether you’re facing struggles with singleness, the mounting challenges of marriage and motherhood, health issues, a financial crisis – God has equipped you to walk in freedom and confidence as you abide in Him, strengthened by His power and provision.”

LaTan Roland Murphy is an award-winning author and speaker and has been featured in WHOA women’s magazine and numerous other publications. She is the author of Becoming a Woman of Interior Elegance and co-author of God’s Provision in Tough Times. She is also the founder of The Colors of His Love Women’s Conference. She and her husband, Joe, have three adult children and two delightful grandchildren. They live in Raleigh, North Carolina. She would love for you to stop by and visit her on her website at latanmurphy.com.

A special thank you to LaTan Roland Murphy, Bethany House Publishers, and The Blog About network for providing me with a copy of Courageous Women of the Bible: Leaving Behind Fear and Insecurity For a Life of Confidence and Freedom to review and one to give away.

To be entered to win share this post and leave a comment below stating which of these eleven women in Courageous Women of the Bible you most likely relate to and why! The giveaway will run until June 15th, 2018, and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries and will be announced on this post.

Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker www.MistyPhillip.com

40 Comments

  1. I most relate to Abigail! She was known as a beautiful woman with a beautiful mind that had the tact of a wise wife and follower of God!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/05/2018 at 8:04 pm

      Hey Connie, Yes! She was a beautiful wise woman who was faithful to a selfish foolish man, yet she had the courage to do the right thing. Beautiful.

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  2. I relate to Abigail as well. My first husband was a narcissist. I even have thought of writing a book called “Life with Nabal”

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/05/2018 at 8:21 pm

      Hey Alice, Thanks for adding to the conversation, looks like we got another vote for Abigail! 😊

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  3. The Samaritan Woman, because I love her ability to share what she discovered about Christ. I pray for that boldness!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/05/2018 at 8:39 pm

      Oh, that is so good!

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  4. Thankyou for that review Misty,
    courage, bravery & fearlessness for God can only come from allowing the Holy Spirit’s in filling, as we allow Him in our lives more & more…

    I relate to The Widow with two coins…

    Having been a widow in my life, after my late husband passed away from brain cancer, giving everything & all that I had to the Lord was my worship during that time…

    You’re most welcome to drop by for a cuppa!
    Jennifer

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/05/2018 at 9:13 pm

      Jennifer,
      Thanks for adding to the conversation. I watched my dear sweet mother-in-law lovingly and sacrificially pour herself out in service to my father-in-law until the day his brain cancer to him to heaven. My heart is tender for you, as we lived next door to my in-laws and I know how difficult it was for them. Blessings to you dear one! ❤️

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      1. My heart goes out to you all ♥ as it is a difficult time for all the family to go through…

        You may enjoy my recent post “Eternity” especially the “Excerpt” of my second book that I shared this week. ♥
        Jennifer

  5. I read this book, Misty. Love Latan and love this book!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/06/2018 at 7:10 pm

      Hey Karen, Which if the eleven women do you most relate to?

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  6. This looks like a great book!! A message near and dear to my heart ❤️ Thank you so much for joining me at #Momentsofhope!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/07/2018 at 7:25 am

      Hey Lori, This is a fantastic book. I am curious to know which of the eleven women do resonate with the most?

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  7. I read 12 Extraordinary Women of the Bible by John MacArthur not too long ago and liked it. I think I’d like this one too. thanks for the recommendation!!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/07/2018 at 2:16 pm

      Hey Karen, Thanks for joining us here today ! I love John MacArtur’s stuff so I have to check that one out! ❤️

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  8. Misty, this looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing courage with us today!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/07/2018 at 2:17 pm

      Hey Leslie! I loved this book!! Thanks for joining in the conversation! 💕

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  9. Love the cover–those always gather my attention. Sounds like a good read and one to add to the “to read” list. Thanks for sharing, Misty. #faithonfire

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/08/2018 at 10:16 am

      I love the fact that she addresses some of the less talked about women in the Bible who were faithful and courageous!

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  10. Thank you for reviewing this book, Misty! It’s on my summer reading list already and now just made it’s way to the top! While Abbigail is one of my very favorite women of the Bible, I have always loved the story of the Samaritan woman.

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/08/2018 at 10:54 am

      Hi! Andrea, ooh those are both great stories of women we can learn a lot from. Thanks for joining in our conversation of courageous women of the Bible! Blessings! Misty

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    2. Misty Phillip 06/16/2018 at 8:13 pm

      Congratulations Andrea! You are the lucky winner of the Courageous Women of the Bible. Please email me at Misty@MistyPhillip.com with your address and I will send your book out to you! 🙂 Misty

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  11. Putting this book on my list to read soon. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/08/2018 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Christine! Which of the eleven women mentioned to you think is most courageous

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      1. Ooooo, tough question. Probably Jael. I think I would have run for help rather than act myself.

  12. How fun to be able to focus on Scriptural examples of courageous women, to help us see how to walk by faith and not by sight!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/08/2018 at 10:26 pm

      Yes! To leave behind fear and I security and walk boldly in faith and obedience to the Lord!

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  13. Oh, I forgot to say that I relate to Deborah because I’m fearless and love to acquire wisdom.

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/08/2018 at 10:25 pm

      Love it!! ❤️

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  14. Hey Misty! This is such a great book recommendation— I’ve put it on my list. I’m going to say Deborah because of her wisdom and courage and calmness (okay so maybe I only relate to the calmness but #goals!) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/09/2018 at 10:35 am

      Hey Laura! We could all strive to be more like Deborah!! Thanks for adding to the conversation 💕

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  15. Oooh – I LOVE hearing about a new book and author that I’m not familiar with yet, so thank you! This looks like a powerful and empowering read/study! Adding it to my list! (…and my husband thanks you! <– #sarcasmfont #itsfine!)

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/09/2018 at 7:37 pm

      Hey Karrilee, you will LOVE it! ❤️

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  16. Sophie Agbonkhese 06/10/2018 at 6:31 pm

    Looking forward to reading this book. Sounds like a perfect fit for me this year: I’m spending the year meditating on the word Fearless. Of these women, I would say I most relate to the woman with the bleeding because of her faith. I too believe that the tiniest touch from Jesus can turn my world upside down (in a good way).

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/10/2018 at 6:49 pm

      Hey Sophie! What a great word to meditate on!! My word of the year is presence! I couldn’t agree with you more about just a touch from Jesus changes EVERYTHING!! Beautiful. Be blessed! Misty

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  17. Thanks for this post, Misty! This sounds like a fantastic book! I just started an email series on women in the Bible – so, I decided to feature your post on Grace & Truth this week. Hop on over to my site on Friday to get the “I Was Featured” button (just right click it and save to your computer to upload to your post). Thanks for sharing on Grace & Truth. I certainly relate to the Samaritan woman…and to Dorcas.

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/13/2018 at 7:57 pm

      Hey Aimee, Thank you so much for featuring this post. What an honor!! I don’t know or remember who Dorcas is, so I am going to have to look her up! 😊

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  18. I love the quote you mentioned from this book! I am so thankful that courage is not the absence of fear, but our willingness to be obedient to the Lord in the midst of it! Thanks for linking with #BVN!

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    1. Misty Phillip 06/15/2018 at 6:08 am

      Hey Christin,
      This reminds me of my dear friend of
      who always says, “Do it afraid. Just do it” 😊 Be blessed today!

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