Find Your Brave

Find Your Brave: Courage to Stand Strong When the Waves Crash In by Holly Wagner is an uplifting study of the Apostle Paul's shipwreck as related in Acts 27. It's a small hardcover, the bulk of the book being 160 pages. There are twelve inspirational chapters, including Rising in the Darkness, Brace Yourself, Let It Go, Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing, Get Your Hopes Up, Courage Is a Decision, Anchored, Don't Quit!, Stronger, The Other Side, When You Make Your Own Storm, and The Shore. Each short chapter begins with inspirational quotes. Included are also Scriptures to Speak over Your Situation and Questions for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion. The book description reads:

"Navigate Life’s Storms and Discover a Courage Like No Other

Have you ever found yourself in over your head, wondering how you would possibly get through with your faith and sanity intact?

It can happen any time. Life seems good and then—BOOM!—out of nowhere comes a storm that threatens to drown your hopes. Your storm might be a job loss, loneliness, a crumbling relationship, financial ruin, a serious illness, or the death of a loved one. Whatever it is, as the winds howl and the waves rage, you have a choice: will you cower in fear or will you rise to the challenge?

Cancer survivor Holly Wagner has endured her share of storms. In Find Your Brave she examines the dramatic shipwreck faced by the apostle Paul in Acts 27. There she uncovers profound truths that will guide you safely through life’s most difficult moments.

Through solid biblical teaching and relatable personal stories, Holly offers an uplifting, friendly voice in the midst of the gale-force winds and overpowering critical voices. She shows you how to anchor your trust in the God who remains faithful in every storm and in whose strength you can Find Your Brave.


“So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as He said.”
–Acts 27:25 (NLT)

The apostle Paul, held as a prisoner on a ship bound for Rome, encounters a fierce tempest on the Adriatic Sea. Chaos and calamity surround him as the crew frantically attempts to lighten the ship, undergird the vessel, and keep her afloat. Paul stands in their midst and makes a simple, yet course-altering statement: “Be of good cheer!”

In the middle of your storms,
are you able to declare the same?

In Find Your Brave GodChicks founder Holly Wagner combines insight found in Acts 27 with lessons learned from her very personal battles with cancer, betrayal, and turmoil to create the essential storm survival guide. Her words will encourage and empower you with practical tools to navigate life’s greatest storms, steady your heart against fear, and inspire you to rescue others as you make your way safely ashore.

I was interested in reading Find Your Brave because I've been going through a lot of trials recently. I also happen to love the Apostle Paul, and I'm one of the most decidedly un-brave people on earth. So I was really excited about this book! This is a small book that I picked up and read in an afternoon. Holly's writing style is open, honest, funny, and extremely readable. I love how she weaves together the Apostle Paul's shipwreck with stories from her own life and testimony. It's a super easy read, but packs a punch. I was inspired and encouraged to carry on throughout my own trials. I highly recommend this book to any Christian going through a trial of any kind.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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