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Living Brave: Lessons from Hurt, Lighting the Way to Hope
by Shannon Dingle

Published: 2021-07-06T00:0
Hardcover : 240 pages
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For all women looking to find “hope in a hopeless world and bravery in an age that seems to lack it,” comes a searing memoir by Shannon Dingle, a writer and disability advocate who has navigated loss, trauma, abuse, spiritual reawakening, and deep pain—and come out the other side ...
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For all women looking to find “hope in a hopeless world and bravery in an age that seems to lack it,” comes a searing memoir by Shannon Dingle, a writer and disability advocate who has navigated loss, trauma, abuse, spiritual reawakening, and deep pain—and come out the other side still hopeful.

Shannon Dingle has experienced more than her fair share of tragedy and trauma in her life, including surviving sexual abuse and trafficking as a child that left her with lasting disabilities and experiencing faith shifts that put her at odds with the evangelical church that had been her home. Then, in July 2019, Shannon’s husband was tragically killed by a rogue wave while the family was on vacation. The grief of the aftermath of losing her love and life partner sits at the heart of Living Brave, where Shannon’s searing, raw prose, illustrates what it looks like to take brave steps on the other side of unimaginable loss.

Through each challenge, she reveals the ways she learned to walk through them to the other side, and find courage even through the darkest moments. Living Brave gives women permission to wrestle with difficult topics, to use their voice, to take a stand for justice, to honor the wisdom of their bodies, and to enact change from a place of strong faith.

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“Living brave requires us to know ourselves and give ourselves permission to be that person” (p.5) What do you need to give yourself permission to be or do?
Why is it so rare to speak and write from a place of raw honesty (p.33)? What holds us back from sharing our experiences this way?
“The hardest truth,” Shannon writes, “is that no path is guaranteed to be safe” (p. 93). How do you reckon with that truth personally? What enables you to move forward knowing that truth?
“I think sometimes hope and trust and faith are woven into one,” Shannon writes (p. 115). How are hope, trust, and faith related for you?
As you finish the book, what does hope look like for you? What does living brave look like for you? Are there any topics you read about that surprised you, made you feel seen, or invited you to think, speak, or act in a different way?

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