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Imperfect Courage

Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared
Narrated by: Jessica Honegger
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
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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

“Jessica is such an incredible example of what a leader in business should be. Not only because she’s had the courage to push herself to create a company from the ground up, but because she made her way down the road to success and then turned around and held a lantern up to light the way for the rest of us. This is a must-read for anyone who’s chasing big dreams on a road that feels unsteady!” (Rachel Hollis, New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face)

“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) 

“Jessica Honegger has written a must-read account of how the work of justice goes hand in hand with women’s empowerment. And it all starts with steps of imperfect courage.” (Melissa Russell, chief advancement officer for International Justice Mission)

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  • Becky S Fuller
  • 15-08-2018

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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  • BusyMommy
  • 31-03-2019

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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  • Kimberly S Cochenour
  • 25-03-2019

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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  • Patti Grant
  • 23-02-2019

Imperfect Courage

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

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  • AF
  • 30-01-2019

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-2019

Sweet story, but definitely a noonday plug

Overall it was a sweet story, but you can feel the multilevel marketing sales pressure throughout.

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  • Kelle
  • 04-01-2019

I feel a kinship & I've never met you.

Beautiful journey, well spoken, I'm so inspired. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

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  • Cassondra
  • 14-11-2018

not impressed

it felt like a lot of time was spent by the author making very elaborate excuses for her life decisions and trying to clear up misunderstandings. I don't believe people need to make excuses or explanations for their actions or decisions, if people misinterpret intent, that's their problem. I just could not get into this, I couldn't tell you what the point of the book was supposed to be. very unmemorable. bummed I wasted a credit on it!

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  • Sara Lattimore
  • 04-11-2018

Inspiring Read

Written with honesty and depth. Read with passion by the Author! Well worth the read/listen. Inspiring and a great reminder that perfection isn't needed and fear doesn't mean stop.

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  • Minnie B. Spyres
  • 04-11-2018

Inspirational Grit

Only paused for quick breaks. I too have a similar vision but have spent the last couple of years self sabotaging, which has delayed the action of my journey. Jessica's compassion, empathy, and sincerity caused a stirring within my soul. The invitation has been accepted, and I thank her and all of the women that have graciously agreed to share their stories throughout the book. True inspirational grit for collaboration to improve the quality of lives.