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Rising Strong: Bob, Jocelyn And Brene Brown

We were young and newly married - not just the "honeymoon stage - the literal honeymoon. Jocelyn and I spent the first eighty five days of our marriage preparing for and then serving on a missions assignment in Northern Ontario. The ministry was hard. Fatigue and discouragement got to us. We failed to finish our assignment. We quit. Falling And Rising Bags packed and seat-belted in for the milk-run on a Bearskin Airlines Metroliner, more than our stomachs were upset. We left Attawapiskat on James Bay with heads down. Never had we failed like this before. We let down our missions director. We let ourselves down. Looking back, Brené Brown's book, Rising Strong would have been the perfect tonic for…
Bob Jones
October 2, 2021
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Summer 2020 will be a season to refresh, renew, and soak up the sun (under the protection of Spf 50 and a mask?). What better way to spend the rare, rainy summer day than with one of the following reads. All five books are completed on my Kindle. Dive in at the risk of a greater love for God and neighbour. (more…)
Bob Jones
July 1, 2020
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This week I got called out by someone in our black community to speak up as a leader on #blacklivesmatter. I was a little taken back because I wanted to remain in a posture of listening and learning. I am bravely stepping out to do what I can to lean into hard conversations presently. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 13, 2020
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Brene Brown: The Conversation That Left Her Speechless

Brene Brown is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers including ones I've read: Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Their essential themes are the same. The path to a meaningful, loving life comes through a willingness to be vulnerable and a rejection of the socially produced shame that convinces us we, or our vulnerabilities, are not worthy of love. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 2, 2019


Is your life an open book? Isn't it true that we fear others will discover, to our detriment, the broken parts of our lives? Keeping the book closed is safe but leads to missing out on the freedom that comes with vulnerability - your own freedom and the power to set others free. The scars you share become lighthouses for other people who are headed to the same rocks you hit. Your willingness to be vulnerable gives others the beautiful gift of going second. 14 Thoughts On Being Vulnerable 1. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you…
Bob Jones
August 8, 2015