Imperfect Courage

Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared
Narrated by: Jessica Honegger
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Want to make a move but scared to leave your comfort zone? Go anyway.   

“Jessica's perspective of global sisterhood and the power of lifting each other up in the midst of fear and scarcity is exactly what we need today. This book is both an invitation and a challenge to bravely show up for ourselves, for the people we love, and for the strangers that we will one day call family. I say, Amen!” (Brené Brown, PhD, author of the number-one New York Times best-seller Braving the Wilderness)

In Imperfect Courage, the founder of the popular fair trade jewelry brand Noonday Collection shares her story of starting the rapid-growing business that impacts over 4,500 artisans in vulnerable communities across the globe - and invites listeners on a journey of transformation, challenging them to trade their comfort zones for a life of impact and adventure. In 2015, Inc. magazine recognized Noonday Collection as one of the fastest-growing companies in America. But years earlier, as Jessica Honegger stood at a pawn-shop counter in Austin, Texas, and handed over her grandmother's gold jewelry, her goal was much more personal: to fund the adoption of her Rwandan son, Jack, by selling artisan-made jewelry.    

This first step launched an unexpected side-hustle that would grow into Noonday Collection. Jessica embarked on this new journey and teamed up with her first artisan partner, Jalia, a Ugandan jewelry maker. She saw the meaningful impact Noonday brought to Jalia's community and knew it was the right move.   

Fear crept into Jessica's heart as she realized her success, or failure, meant the same for Jalia. But refusing to let fear hinder her goals, Jessica found the necessary (if imperfect) courage she needed along the way - the courage to leave comfort and embrace a life of risk and impact. 

Discover Your Imperfect Courage 

In Imperfect Courage, Jessica takes you by the hand and invites you to trade your comfort zone for a life of impact and meaning.

  • First, she invites you to draw a circle of compassion around yourself and leads you through some soul-searching aimed at setting you free from shame.
  • Next, she challenges all of us to come together, dare to be vulnerable with one another, and commit to building a culture of collaboration.
  • Finally, Jessica calls on you to broaden your circle of compassion to embrace the entire globe - and to bring your beautifully imperfect courage to a world that needs you.
©2018 Jessica Honegger (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“I absolutely love this book. Jessica is smart, brave, honest, and funny, and this book is the perfect mix of listening-ear and kick-in-the-pants. Equal parts compassion and challenge, this is a must-read for all of us who want to make a difference with our lives but sometimes find fear and anxiety standing in the way.” (Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread and Wine)

“Pick your reason to read this book: you care about the world, you are an entrepreneur, you love fashion, you love women, you have big ideas, you have a global mind-set, you are a builder, a dreamer, a visionary, a Texan (there is plenty of Texas in Jessica’s story). Imperfect Courage is fuel for all of these. It is as generous and adventurous as Jessica, who is the greatest leader, creator, and friend I’ve ever known.” (Jen Hatmaker, New York Times best-selling author of Of Mess and Moxie and host of the For the Love podcast) 

“Sometimes a desperate need creates an opportunity to transform the world. Jessica’s story provides a beautifully imperfect tapestry for understanding what surrender and courage can look like when unexpected need tests our faith. She shows us that stepping into our stories can build a path to change someone else’s story. Learn how to harness your fear and transform it into courage that will change the world.” (LaTasha Morrison, founder and president of Be the Bridge)

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Great Listen!

I received an advance reader copy and was very pleasantly surprised by this one! Jessica is the founder of noonday, a fair trade jewelry company. The book encompasses stories of her road to success along with motivation for the reader to achieve his or her goals of making an impact in the world as well. Her second section covers a lot of info that I feel Brene Brown covers better/more in depth, but I loved all her stories about building her business and felt the third and final section was the strongest. Her audio presentation is great and if you like it, you should check out her podcast, going scared! Definitely recommend.

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Too Church for me

This felt like a plea to get me to join her church. And it felt like she was apologizing for coming from a wealthy family by helping out a poor family. Could have been written differently.

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I'm ready to go scared

I loved how I got introduced to people and by the end I saw a progression of growth in everyone of them. I connected with this piece because I've been trying to define myself not only an American Citizen but a global one. Jessica's insecurities about her body image mirror mine and I seriously feel empowered to chase my dreams but also allow myself to heal and rest along the way. To Jessica:Thank you for letting us in and being honest and genuine. continued blessings on you and those connected with you.

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Find your way to a purpose

No matter what place you are in life, this book is inspiring and uplifting. I truly enjoyed the narration by the author as she cheers the reader on to better more fulfilling days.

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Thoughtfully written and inspiring!

Jessica, the author, does a great job inviting us into her story of growth, both as a mother and as an entrepreneur. Her retelling of her personal experience is both emotional and inspiration filled.

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Amazing!

Loved every second of this book. I felt as though Jessica was speaking directly to me. Very moving. Loved the emotion involved in it as well 10/10 in my book

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Encouraging

Jessica, I would like to say, among many others I’m sure, thank you for going scared to follow your dreams of adoption, launching and continuing to run Noonday Collection and writing this book. Your willingness to be vulnerable and share has been an incredible source of encouragement and inspiration!

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MUST READ for all! Encouragement & call to action.

You can hear the truth of her heart and intent for writing this book throughout.

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Imperfect Courage

This book reflects so many of my own life’s struggles. Very well written, simple text.

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Go Scared

That is what Jessica wrote on the front page of my book.

She uses her own journey as a jumping off point for this book. We will never be fully ready for what God calls us to. But God never calls the prepared. He prepares the called.

Go scared. Go fully into this life He has called you to. And read this book for encouragement along that journey.