Being Brazen

Being Brazen

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It’s no secret. In fact, it’s right there in my writer’s bio: I love the color turquoise. Clothing, home decor, writing instruments, tote bags, hand bags… all the turquoise.

Before it was all the rage as a nail polish hue, donning it for my first trip to Allume felt bold. It sparked my creative self and just plain made me smile. Now honestly, there is not a single shade of blue that I don’t like (unlike multiple shades of green side by side–bleh!). However, it is turquoise that makes a part of me come alive somehow. It’s the color of my joy, of zest for life, of freedom for me.

It’s my brazen color.

Brazen. As in “without shame… unrestrained by convention or propriety. Nervy. Bold-faced. Audacious. Shameless.”

Thank you to Leeana Tankersley for that definition. It’s from her new book, Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding. It’s another book that had my highlighter working overtime. How’s this for a quote:

As we listen to ourselves, we create space for God. And as we encounter God, we find ourselves.

Brazen

Imagine my delight in reading a whole book about being the person God created me to be as a form of worship. There is so much in this life that buries a person’s authentic self, so much that makes us hide or feel as though we are not enough.

So much that suggests that our worth is in our productivity and success. Or, that things like turquoise Sharpies are frivolous.

In addition to her wit and gifted, honest story-telling, Leeana Tankersley offers reflection questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter. She suggests creating a Brazen board, which is right up my alley. Identifying your brazen color is part of one exercise.

And it’s a very telling exercise. There are times when a choice as simple as a nail polish color can ignite insecurity in me. Turquoise on my fingers? That’s so…nontraditional. What will people say?

Get back inside that safe, simple, humble, austere box that makes you a good Christian. So go the ridiculous lies in my head. You know, the ones that keep me from being authentically me–the only me that God made to reach a broken world in a way that only I can.

Brazen is a road map to unearthing your God-given beauty for His glory. Like Leeana’s previous book, Breathing Room, Brazen is refreshing and soulful. It’s a book that I did not want to end. I devoured it for the content and will be going back through to complete the suggested exercises.

Read Brazen. And connect with Leeana on social media. Your soul will be freer for it.

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I received a copy of Brazen in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Comments

  1. Thank you, Mandy. This is beautiful. And you know I love turquoise too!!!

  2. Tammy Fournier says:

    Beautiful, expressive writing…and it makes me want to read the book!

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