Sto­ries of courage help oth­ers be coura­geous

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

Whe­nau­thor Roy Rus­sell wrote a com­pi­la­tion of 100 sto­ries of coura­geous peo­ple who in­spired him, he hoped the sto­ries would also ben­e­fitread­ers.

He was right – the sto­ries found in his book “Courage: Sto­ries of 100 Peo­ple Who Changed the World” are not only in­ter­est­ing, they also en­cour­age oth­ers to be brave. Af­ter shar­ing a few of the sto­ries, I asked a cou­ple of young peo­ple to com­ment on a fa­vorite chap­ter.

“I liked the story about Kate Shel­ley who was a hero be­cause she stopped a train from go­ing into the river,” said Mor­gan Fe­gan, 10. “Maybe if some­one saw a train about to crash, they would not just watch af­ter they read this story. I’ve seen videos where peo­ple just watch in­stead of mak­ing a brave ef­fort to stop some­thing bad hap­pen­ing.”

Leila Salatielu, 10, loved the story about swim­suit de­signer and busi­ness owner Rose Marie Reid. Rose Marie started her own busi­ness in the 1930s and soon be­came the largest pro­ducer of women’s swimwear in the world.

“I want to have my own bak­ery when I grow up,” Leila said. “This story was about a chal­lenge and how Rose Marie sewed and cre­ated swim­suits and still had to take care of her fam­ily. It makes me know I can do that too.”

The au­thor retells sto­ries of or­di­nary he­roes and his­tor­i­cal fig­ures. Some are well-known like Johnny Ap­ple­seed, Rosa Parks and Nathan Hale. Oth­ers have sto­ries of courage that have not been told as of­ten. Sev­eral of the chap­ters tell the sto­ries of sol­diers whose coura­geous acts saved many lives.

In the pref­ace, Rus­sell shares the rea­son for the book: “We can prob­a­bly never have enough books deal­ing with courage and brav­ery avail­able to us. With that in mind, I have com­piled one hun­dred sto­ries of coura­geous peo­ple who have in­spired and up­lifted me.” If you were to com­pile a list of 100 coura­geous peo­ple, who would you in­clude? Af­ter read­ing this book, I be­gan mak­ing my own list. Some of the same fa­mous peo­ple are on my list, but many are quiet he­roes who have in­flu­enced me and given me courage.

This book will be one of the Christ­mas gifts my fam­ily mem­bers re­ceive this year. I hope they will read it and read it aloud. “Courage” is avail­able from lo­cal pub­lisher Cedar Fort at its Springville store or on­line at cedar­fort.com. It is also avail­able at Barnes and No­ble and Ama­zon.

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