Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman

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The young Lady Sapphira has been given a vision from God: she is to inspire others lead herself and a group of kids to help set captives free in the Holy Land. Rosalind of Ipsworth and Sir Randel Penigree have both decided to join this crusade, but for their own very complicated reasons. Both are running from pasts that continue to haunt them, but will running halfway across the known world hide them from their demons? God will find them wherever they are, yet they will need to make the decision to listen to Him or to their own fallible hearts.

Courageous is book three in the Valiant Hearts series (following Dauntless and Chivalrous). I have not read either of the first two books in the series, yet, but that certainly did not hinder my enjoyment of the story. It is a terrific tale of love, redemption, strength of spirit, and learning to hear and trust the will of God.

Sleiman does a marvelous job of revealing both the triumph and the tragedy of the Crusades, showing how not everyone who went on Crusade did so with pure motives and not every Muslim bore hatred toward the Christians they encountered. I truly enjoyed getting to know her characters and watching them strengthen or soften as God worked through each of them.

I so enjoyed reading Courageous and would definitely recommend you pick up a copy. And I think I’ll go back and read the first two books in the series as well. Happy reading! 🙂

Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!

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