Update: The Courage to Write has been nominated as a 2023 Selah Awards Finalist in the category of Anthology at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference with the Awards announcement on May 31st 2023.

This book is for anyone who struggles to write. These stories of courage from 62 writers will remind you, in your struggle to write and share your story with the world, that you can be encouraged and empowered. God reminds us in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Rachel Britton and Lucinda Secrest McDowell, co-directors of “reNEW ~ spiritual retreat for writers & speakers,” have curated these devotions from their reNEW community, including Carol Kent, Cynthia Ruchti, Christa Parrish, Cathy Gohlke, Lori Roeleveld, Katy Lee, Karen Porter, Heidi Chiavaroli, Jane Rubietta, Deb Haggerty, and more.

From these 62 entries, you will find the confidence to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard even when you tell yourself “I’m not really a writer.” As you read how others have overcome their fear, you too will be able to fight the fear of sharing your hard story. Open to any page in “The Courage to Write” and discover inspiration and encouragement to guide your writing journey.

“reNEW ~ spiritual retreat for writers & speakers” is a community of creatives who have gathered in the Northeast since 2013 to grow in our faith and calling as communicators for God’s kingdom. We have experienced celebration, critique, compassion, creativity, and courage in our times together.

Contributions by:
Valerie Acres
Janet Fisher Aronson
Lynne Bauman
Kate Breckinridge
Rachel Britton
Rebecca Brown
Susan Call
Susan Case
Heidi Chiavaroli
Rachael M. Colby
Jeanne Doyon
Jennifer Drummond
Lorri Dudley
Cynthia Fantasia
Robin Farnsworth
Kim Findlay
Patricia Frost
Desiree Future
Tammy Gerhard
Stephanie Goddard
Cathy Gohlke
Deb Haggerty
Lauri Hawley
Lisa Larsen Hill
Sheryl Holmes
Carla B. Howard
Christa Hutchins
Myra Ingargiola
Clarice James
Tamson Jensen
Carol Kent
Julie Kieras
Kathy Kim
Maureen Laub
Katy Lee
Nancy Tupper Ling
Debbie Lowe
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Meadow Rue Merrill
Maureen Miller
Susan E. Moody
Angela Nichole
Kathleen O’Malley
Yvonne Ortega
Kirsten Panachyda
Shawn Parisi
Christa Parrish
Rachel Paukett
Melissa Pillone
Karen Porter
Jill Robinson
Lori Stanley Roeleveld
Jane Rubietta
Cynthia Ruchti
Cindy Saab
Melanie Shull
Brenna Kate Simonds
Nancy Smith
Renee Story
Konnie Viner
Catrina Welch
Tammy Sue Willey