Courage: Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence – Review

Courage:  Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence – Review


tlc-book-toursI am participating in the TLC Book Tour and today, I share with you my review of Courage:  Overcoming Fear and Igniting Self-Confidence (HarperOne; April 25, 2012; Hardcover and ebook), written by Debbie Ford.

You Should Read This Book:

  • if you want to stop being a people pleaser
  • if you want to want confidence to be true to yourself
  • if you want courage to say no to people
  • if you have fear of failure
  • if you have negative thoughts
  • if you are fearful of defeat
  • if you want to overcome insecurity
  • if you want to stop blaming yourself for things you cannot change
  • if you want to live in the moment and move out of your past
  • if you are passionate for something, but have yet to launch out into the deep
  • if you need courage to do what whatever your heart desires.

About Courage

Courage is a book that focuses on transforming fear, unworthiness, insecurity and powerlessness into courage, confidence and emotional freedom.  Debbie Ford reveals a transformational process to gain confidence, harness power and live in full self-expression.

There are two parts of this book:

A New Paradigm

Moving From Your Head to Your Heart

Total number of pages:  240

My Thoughts About Courage

I was interested in reading this book because, Debbie Ford, has cancer and she is fighting with courage forging ahead without fear.  Debbie shares how she had to slow down and take care of herself.  This is also when she realized that she was a people pleaser.  I enjoyed what Debbie shared about herself and how she learned from her life experiences.

It was very difficult for me to stay interested in this book because I don’t typically read self-help books, but when I got to Part II, I didn’t put it down until I finished reading the whole book.

As I hung on Debbie’s written words, I had flashbacks to when I was a child and the life experiences I had.  Debbie tells the reader in her book not to dwell on the negativity and to not live in the past, but to take everything that we go through as a learning experience.  She also says that these life experiences make us who we are and it helps us as we navigate the lives we are living.  These life experiences are lessons that make us stronger.

True courage comes not just from feeling confident and strong, but from being the honest, authentic expression of yourself. – p.55

This book helped me to have courage to say no to people when I know I should say no.  Courage also opened my eyes to the fact that I am negative about certain things and I blame myself for those things, that I didn’t and don’t have control over.  I just have to let it go.

There were so many times in this book where I found myself relating to the personal stories of those who have worked with Debbie.  I always enjoy reading about other people’s life experiences and how they dealt their problems.

I am glad I read this book, because I have issues that I must work through and not live in what could have or should have been, or why me, but I must live in the now.

Freedom reigns when you don’t have to put on airs or hide your true thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.  Freedom reigns when you can speak your gifts out loud and stand up for your greatness and your greatest truth.  Freedom reigns when you embrace the courageous warrior that lives inside you. – p. 56


If you blame yourself for things you had no control over,  fearful in launching out or following your passion, you have to read Courage.  Courage will ignite a fire in you, so much so, that you won’t have any choice, but to step out of your fear and grab hold to courage.

I leave you with a favorite quote in the book:

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Who you are speaks so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.”  To feel like a confident and courageous warrior, you must look the part.  You must take care of yourself as a precious, priceless messenger.  You must reflect the value and esteem in which you hold yourself.  It is time to take back your power-not for the approval of others, but for how you will feel inside. – p.191

About the Author

Debbie Ford is a nationally bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Years of Your Life, Why Good People Do Bad Things, and The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse, and a coauthor of the The Shadow Effect.  Ford conducts workshops and trainings around the world supporting lifelong personal, emotion, and spiritual education and transformation.  She lives in San Diego, California.  More at

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  1. Kabugo Shidy says:

    This review gives me a deeper understanding of this book.
    I believe I should consider getting it.

    You know confidence is one thing that you want to keep filling it in

  2. Rob says:

    Thanks for the review! I already agree with two things here and I haven’t even read the book yet. First, you need to slow down and take care of yourself. Second, you need to not be afraid to say no to other people. Those are crucial to a successful life. I’ll have to pick up the book and see what other gems are in it.

  3. msfullroller says:

    Thanks for this review since you mentioned it earlier, I’ve been considering getting this book.

    It definitely takes courage to be who you are as there are forces that are working hard everyday to keep us from doing that.

    • Hey Msfullroller!

      Cool! I think you will enjoy the book, it is a good read.

      It definitely does take courage and a lot of times, fear stands in the way.

      Take care and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Annie says:

    Overcoming fear is definitely not easy and can even be a fear to each of us.. Anyway, I am sure this kind of post can benefit to me.. Thanks!

  5. Heather J. says:

    Saying no is a very difficult thing to do, but for me (once I learned to do it) it has been very empowering.

    I’m glad you stuck with this book – it sounds like the second half of it had some great advice that really hit home for you.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  6. Catherine Smith says:

    This sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing.

    I totally agree, we should not dwell on the negativity of the past. I truly believe everything is a gift, we just don’t see it at the time.

    I have re-written many of the miserable events of the my past marriage. I found the gift in every mean and nasty thing my husband did to me. I didn’t want to hold this negativity inside of me, It took some time and much soul searching but it was worth it.

    Now when I look at my past marriage, I see the gifts and the heartache is gone.

    • Hi Catherine!

      Sorry about your past marriage, but I am glad that you let the negativity go. The only person that negativity harms no one, but the one holding on to the negativity and the grudge.

      You are a wiser and stronger person.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  7. jbunny says:

    Courage is a powerful tool to have. I can’t even imagine how much courage it must take to fight cancer. Moving from your head to your heart, that’s the tricky part. Love your notes in what courage is, thanks for sharing!

  8. To me you always seem to with it and cool that I wish I knew you better. I am not one for these kinds of books either, although I do enjoy stories of perseverance! Thanks for making me aware of this book.

    • Hey Alexandra!

      Hmmm for some reason you were in my spam folder. Glad I checked it!!

      Oh, thanks! I feel the same about you and your sister.

      I see we have a lot in common when it comes to our taste in reading. I’m glad the comluv is working for you.

      Have a great weekend!

  9. Pamela says:

    Thanks for sharing, I will check out this book and I see some other books that she has that I would like to take a look at. =)

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