Find Your Fire, by Terri Broussard Williams promises readers a deep look into ways we can change the world around us through the experiences of others doing just that. The book opens into the world of mass shootings, violence, and anger in which we live and takes readers through a journey to how we, as individuals, can be #Firestarters – changing patterns, dismantling policies, and being different.
Through engagingly crafted and straight-forward words, Broussard Williams offers readers insight into the lives of women who have impacted their communities and the broader world. Groundbreakers, entrepreneurs, trailblazers, founders, politicians, survivors, activists, and dreamers speak, Broussard Williams listens, and through this empowering book, we can emulate their actions and powerful decision-making in our own lives.
Broussard Williams draws together the stories of each of these women into an inspiring, fire-starting narrative. The details of childhood, college years, young adulthood, culminating into the full lives of the women who have impacted the world around them. With each story, Broussard Williams asks readers pointed questions to help guide the reader into making their own changes and being the inspirers and amplifiers.
Broussard Williams’ own story qualifies her to speak uniquely into this subject. Her family’s legacy of faith and activism changing her community and her own efforts throughout her adolescent, college, and young adult years have uniquely positioned her to speak out. In the author’s words, “I came to a realization: The choice [for change] was bigger than me.”
Each story from the lives of these incredible women builds on the last, building this sense of empowerment, strength, and beauty for the reader. For me personally, I’ll be going through this book over and over again, looking into the changes I can make in my own life to speak more clearly on the issues that matter most and the actions I should be taking to fulfill those words I speak.
“If you want to be a changemaker, reach across the aisle and talk to people with different points of view. Just by having a respectful conversation with someone who has opposing views, you will be making a difference and taking a stand for civility,” Broussard Williams writes. This book is needed for this time in our history. We need to embrace our challenges, our legacies, our history, along with our faith and our commitment to making the world a better place. Speaking with grace and compassion, acting with wisdom and strength are required.
Every page of Find Your Fire spreads the spark of this empowerment we all need in this time of desperate need for change. One subject of interview for the book, Jarinete Santos, with She Could Run, says, “I like feeling empowered, and I like sharing that with others.”
As a woman and as a human being, I must agree with Santos. The powerlessness we so often feel is a huge part of the fear that drives poor decisions and angry words. To find your own power, I highly recommend you read this book. Take notes, ask yourself the hard questions at the end of each chapter, and use the Firestarter Toolkit at the end to fan the flame of your power and spread your wisdom and passion.
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