Fear and Courage

True stories that reveal the depths of the human experience

Fear and Courage
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Format: Hardback, 232 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820065
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Description

We have all felt fear, whether it’s the sweaty palms and racing heart as we make a speech or the profound, all-encompassing awareness of our own mortality as we await medical results. Of course, the flip-side of fear is courage. The person who learns a new skill late in life despite fearing they’re ‘too old’. The quiet voice that speaks up when everyone else remains silent. As Nelson Mandela famously said, ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.’

Collected from around the world, the twenty-five true stories showcased here capture the full range of the fear and courage experience. From the 65-year-old woman stepping outside her comfort zone to visit Antarctica, to the young social worker confronting an abusive father and husband; from a gay woman’s experience of coming out, to a man confronting his claustrophobia to have an MRI, or a woman fighting to keep both herself and her unborn child alive in Hitler’s Germany — these are stories of fear and courage in all their guises. At times humorous, often poignant, they will linger in your memory, shining a light on just what it means to be human. Interspersed between the stories are quotes about fear and courage by people as diverse as Eleanor Roosevelt, Paulo Coelho, Marcus Aurelius and Taylor Swift. The result is a book to be savoured and returned to again and again.

The ‘Timeless Wisdom’ series of books showcases a diverse range of true stories collected from around the world, all contributed by mature writers as part of an international competition. Interspersed between the stories are memorable quotes touching on each book’s theme. The resulting books are inspiring, surprising and profoundly enriching.

The author

Renée Hollis is an author, photographer and organizer of collaborative projects for creative artists. Prior to running the Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge, she created two national photographic competitions in New Zealand, as well as an international photographic competition celebrating African children — she was amazed at the response, receiving entries from photographers working for high-profile organizations such as National Geographic and Getty Images. The winning entries from these competitions were published in the books Aroha: Love (2008), Calle Me Kiwi (2013) and Celebrate African Children (2013). In 2016, Renée completed her Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries, reigniting her love of writing. Her goal with the ‘Timeless Wisdom’ series is to create a fantastic opportunity for both new and practised writers to share a powerful message with thousands of readers and contribute to be a highly collectible, beautifully produced series.

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 232 Pages
ISBN: 9781925820065
Size: 6.693 in x 8.937 in / 170 mm x 227 mm
Published:

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