About the Book
Book Title: Dare to Begin Again
Author: Rosalinda Rivera
Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Life, Woman’s Issue
Release date: September 4, 2018
We all have struggles and challenges in life. Whether they are of our own making or not, things don’t always work out. Sometimes, we just give up on our dreams and goals.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! God is a God of new beginnings, and throughout the entire Bible, we read about people who were stuck, disappointed, and faced impossible situations—people God freed.
Rosalinda Torres Rivera challenges us to Dare to Begin Again. Using stories from her own life, other people, and biblical times, Rosalinda offers inspirational, down-to-earth advice on beginning again. Each chapter tackles a different issue where you may be “stuck”—such as an inability to forgive, trust, or hope—and examples of people who overcame similar challenges. Practical tasks at the end of each chapter walk you through a DARE challenge (Decide, Allow, Rise, Enjoy) to help you move closer to a fresh start.
Rosalinda is the daughter of Victor Torres, an ex-gang member from Brooklyn, New York, and his wife, Carmen, founders of the New Life For Youth ministry. She has seen more than twenty thousand people get out of tough situations and turn their lives around.
“They’re people whose tales of transformation prove God is still at work,” she says. “He’s written and re-written their life’s chapters—and He’s willing to do the same for you.”
It takes a commitment, but with the help of God, inspiring, true stories, and practical applications, you can Dare to Begin Again.
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Have you ever looked at a non-fiction book and thought to yourself, well that doesn’t apply to me so why even bother reading it? That’s kind of what I thought when I first looked at this book. I didn’t need to begin again, my life is pretty much set where I’m at. WRONG. I had it all wrong to be honest with you. I was only looking at the obvious scenarios – work, family, big things. But here is what the book pointed out to me, you can even begin again in the little things, like forgiveness. Forgiveness has forever been a problem of mine, and I have to say out of all the chapters in this book, that one got to me the most.
The author does a good job of pointing things out, but not in a finger pointing way. More like a loving and encouraging way. I want to share my favorite quote from the whole book:
“Satan is an expert at crafting anvious thoughts out of unknown futures.”
I never looked at it that way before. Yes, I know and understand that Satan is always trying to deceive us, play mind games with us, and attempts to make us doubt God. This statement really jumped out of the page and dug its claws right into my heart. In fact, I’m going to use that reminder in my daily life, whenever an awful thought creeps in my mind about the future.
Not every chapter may have been applicable to me personally today, but they could be at one point. My only critique is that I like space at the end of the chapters to write notes in. That way in the future I can look back and see my thoughts, my growth, and my goals. But aside from that I enjoyed reading the book and feel it’s a good tool for those of us to need to start a fresh outlook on a topic. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Rosalinda Torres Rivera is the executive director of New Life For Youth, one of Virginia’s largest residential facilities helping to rehabilitate people from a life of addiction. She has been reaching out to families in crisis, poverty, and hopelessness for over twenty-five years. Using her business skills, Rosalinda developed a model of social enterprise to sustain the non-profit New Life For Youth by creating businesses that train thousands of young people in job skills and leadership. She is also the president of New Life Enterprises, the founder of Mercy Moms Home, a place for single mothers to find hope and healing, and the founder of Bella Women’s Ministry in Richmond, Virginia, which hosts annual conferences for over five hundred women.
Each year, Rosalinda is a featured presenter at various events nationwide. She has ministered throughout the world and has traveled to over twenty-two countries. From the White House to the local community, she has been nationally recognized for her impact in bringing hope to the hopeless.
Rosalinda was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives, headquartered in Washington, DC. Style Magazine selected her as a “Top 40 under 40” leader for her impact in Richmond, Virginia. In 2018, the Valentine Museum in Richmond will feature the work of her family as one of the city’s first Hispanic families to impact Richmond in the non-profit sector.
Rosalinda is the daughter of Victor Torres, an ex-gang member from the streets of New York, and his wife, Carmen, the founders of New Life For Youth and pastors of New Life Outreach International Church. She served as an associate producer on Victor, a movie about her father’s journey from drugs and gangs to Jesus and redemption. Rosalinda and her husband, Carlos, have three children: Alana, Gabriel, and Victor.
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