Through a broad scope of quotations, poems, and true-life stories, Inspiring Courage offers inspiration to help us authentically live life to the fullest, even against all odds.
How can we manage to move forward in the face of hardship, when the odds aren’t in our favor? Inspiring Courage offers us a beautiful companion to the challenges of daily life—it is a book of inspiration and a resource for finding strength when the very notion of courage seems unfathomable. This collection of quotations, poetry, and uplifting accounts of ordinary acts of life-changing courage—often in the face of fear—are carefully selected to open us up to living life fully, from a place of strength and love.
In this book we are inspired to all kinds of courage: courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.
“Inspiring Courage touches the heart and fills you with spirit.”
– Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Barbara Bonner brings together stories, poems, and quotes about courage in a wonderful way that reveals the power, coherence and variety in our collective, indeed global, voices of courage. Inspiring Courage is an inspiration!”
– Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“Courage is a timeless strength, and particularly relevant in these turbulent times. Barbara Bonner, once again, weaves together inspiring stories, poems and words of wisdom from a wide range of courageous beings. This wonderful book uplifts the heart and helps us engage more passionately with our lives and the world.”
– Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
“In this beautifully presented book, you will find illustrations of courage that enliven your own capacity to live, serve, savor and love without holding back.”
– Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
“What does courage really mean? Barbara Bonner’s stories and poems reveal aspects that will bring you to tears—and make you think.”
– David Loy, author of A New Buddhist Path
“Once again, Barbara Bonner offers us the gift of inspiration in her new book Inspiring Courage, with poems, stories and compelling quotations that make us want to step into more courageous lives.”
– Jeffrey C. Walker, coauthor of The Generosity Network
“Since our ancient ancestors built altars to cave bears, many of us have searched for the inspiration to meet life with fearless courage. I am so grateful to Barbara Bonner for assembling this wonderful book. Filled with voices of wisdom, this book shows us how to engage and meet our lives with compassion. I love this beloved companion.”
– Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, co-editor of Awake at the Bedside
“Inspiring Courage is itself a fierce act of courage. At a time when we find the act of living authentically challenged, Barbara Bonner’s book calls us to stand firm and tap our innate courage to, above all, be ourselves.”
– Jerry Colonna, CEO of Reboot.io and chair of the board of trustees, Naropa University
“With verve and creativity, the author has come up with a dazzling collection . . . a treasure trove of inspirational contributions.”