Author Barbara Bonner ‘Inspires Courage’ with New Book

Barbara Bonner

by Seth Rogovoy


(CHATHAM and MILLBROOK, N.Y.) – Barbara Bonner, author of the award-winning Inspiring Generosity, will be signing copies of her new book, Inspiring Courage, at the Millbrook Literary Festival on Saturday, May 20, and at the Chatham Bookstore on Sunday, May 21, at 2pm.

Inspiring Courage is a timely call to action that offers readers the opportunity to feel the transformative power of their own inner courage. As Bonner so aptly reminds us, “courage” comes from the Latin cor, meaning heart. Courage doesn’t mean recklessness or fearlessness in the face of danger; rather, it means confronting challenges with an open heart – even, perhaps, with love.

Inspiring Courage is a tapestry of the personal stories of everyday people who have faced some of life’s greatest challenges, as told by Bonner. The book also includes selected poetry and words of wisdom from figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Emily Dickinson.

While it may seem redundant, Barbara Bonner’s Inspiring Courage is an inspirational work of great courage.
Before becoming an author, Bonner devoted her career to nonprofit management, fundraising, and philanthropy. Her first book, Inspiring Generosity, energized readers across many spectrums, including Bill Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Pope Francis. She has spoken widely on the subjects of generosity and leadership and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post.

Since 2009, Bonner has had her own consulting company that helps nonprofit organizations transform their board leadership and philanthropic support. In addition, she has served on ten nonprofit boards, most recently as board chair of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Several years ago, Bonner founded a major fund for helping women with cancer in the Berkshire region. After 30 years in New York City, Bonner now lives in a converted barn in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.



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