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Thirty years in the making,  Audacious  is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let's just say, it's  audacious  and it's for  all  of us. And it's the path to the life you were born to live. 

192 pages, Hardcover

First published November 1, 2015

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Beth Moore

324 books2,294 followers
Beth Moore has written many best–selling books and is a dynamic teacher and a prolific Bible–study author whose public speaking engagements take her across the United States to challenge tens of thousands. Beth is focused on teaching women all over the world and is known and respected wherever she goes. She is a dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters and lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries and teaches an adult Sunday school class. Beth is one of the best known women in the evangelical Christian market.

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Profile Image for Amanda Geaney.
432 reviews282 followers
April 17, 2021
Audacious, the audiobook, is narrated by Beth herself, which adds nicely to the listening enjoyment. When I moved to the South people used to accuse me of speaking too fast, but Beth is from here (Arkansas) and when she gets fired up, she can "talk a blue streak" (that's really fast, with no breath). There is no way to listen to her without visualizing her big smile and the animated hand movements you see in her bible study videos. As always, Beth delivers lessons of faith and wild (but not unbelievable) tales of God's greatness with an ample amount of self-deprecating humor.

Unfortunately, this book didn't hold the same appeal for me as her studies have. She chased a lot of squirrels, getting sidetracked with stories, to the point that I had trouble understanding the message of some chapters until she summarized them at the end. While thoroughly entertaining, I feel like I only had a few take-aways from this book:

The need to ask myself "What am I most compelled by the love of Christ to do?" and "What would it take to do it?"

It's also important to reconcile what I need to do with what I want to do. To explain it further, I can say, "I need to read my bible." However, "I need" is not going to lead to sustained bible reading.

All women do battle with desire and deceit. The way to ensure victory is to draw near to Christ, only He can exchange our wants and desires for His own.

Every reader will be different and I believe God can use even the simplest message to draw us closer to Himself. If you have been the victim of abuse, experienced a teenage pregnancy, or been deceived by your own heart - Chapter 9 is for you. Had intimate dealings with mental illness? - Chapter 10 may help you reconcile with your past. Audacious wasn't my favorite book by Beth Moore, but I'll return for future books and studies because I know Beth is a gifted teacher and orator.

I received this audiobook for free as a member of the christianaudio reviewers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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720 reviews14 followers
July 14, 2019
Audacious is Beth Moore's invitation to fall head over heels in love with Jesus. It is full of wonderful insights like the following:

"To love God more is never to love people less. It's to love people best. It's to relieve them of the responsibility of being your false Christ. It's to keep their sins against you from being unforgivable and your sins against them from being ignorable. It's to guard them from our mean-streaks and strong human tendencies to respond to disappointment with punishment. It's to keep the people close by from cutting their wrists on the razor-sharp blades of our insecurities. It's to dull the edge of our cravings to be adored. It's to untie the double knots of codependency. It's to let the affirmations of others be the overflow and not the essential source of our emotional survival. To love God is to guard man."

My review of this book keeps swinging wildly from one side to the other. On the one hand, it feels like a good idea for an article that was stretched into a full-length book. On the other, there are many, many quotes that are so powerful I will be sharing them for years to come. I feel that there are other Beth Moore books that are better and yet that doesn't make this one bad. It is much more than just adequate. So many insights that are instantly applicable. It is hilarious and convicting and true and deep and yet it also feels a little rushed. If you need a spot of inspiration, reading Audacious is like grabbing coffee with a particularly chatty and high-energy girlfriend.
Profile Image for Allison.
471 reviews1 follower
September 24, 2015
I read this book immediately after seeing the author at a conference where she spoke on the topic of being "audacious." This book, while following along with her conference message, is NOT identical to it, for which I was very pleased. I was afraid I would simply re-read her conference notes, but this was not the case.

The book is very much in sync with Moore's easy-to-read, likeable style. She takes deep theological concepts and makes them highly desirable for today's woman. Most important, she draws the reader to Christ, and encourages her to deepen her love for Him, even to the point of a romantic, affectionate and emotional love affair.

This sort of relationship with the Lord Jesus may strike some as inappropriate. However, before one completely disregards the idea, keep in mind that the great mystics of the Church held to the same concept (St. John of the Cross; St. Teresa of Avila; Mother Theresa etc.). Rather than brush this aside, perhaps it is one we ought to embrace.
Profile Image for Diane Morgan.
40 reviews3 followers
February 1, 2016
Audacious is one of Beth's shorter books, and maybe the most real of them all. I know. The woman who specializes in real has the guts to be more real than we would ever expect her to be. Here is an audacious woman who has been so overtaken with the audacious love of Jesus, and she is sure each of us (all of us) can also live an audacious life - because of His audacious love.

Here's her working definition of audacious: intrepidly daring, adventurous, bold, marked by originality and verve. Who doesn't want this?? And along the way she will be honest with you. Honestly not sure you want to trust Him? She gets it and so will you when she is done. Honestly can't say you love Him? No judgments from Beth, (because really, who with a brain hasn't struggled with that one at some point along the Christian journey?)-- but see how you feel at the end of the book. Know what you NEED to do, but don't really WANT to? Uh-huh. See where you sit after Beth's take on those two issues.

I really don't want to give too much away, because I highly recommend this book to everyone. Oh, and did I mention the many lol moments she describes throughout the book? Truth and entertainment all in one book. Five stars!
Profile Image for Jennifer.
1,177 reviews79 followers
August 31, 2016
I really loved this one! Chapter 11 was my favorite. Thank you Beth for always encouraging me and reminding me how much Christ loves me and that nothing about me is a surprise to Him. ❤️❤️❤️ May I fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus, amen.
Profile Image for Heather Hart.
Author 55 books78 followers
March 17, 2016
Beth Moore has done it again. Audacious is woven with the love of Jesus in a way that jumps right off the pages and into your heart. I highly recommend it.

I have both the audio edition and hardback version of this book and both are beautifully put together. The audiobook is read by Beth Moore herself, so you can feel her emotions. The hardback is written in beautiful green and brown ink that makes it a treasure to read. Like I said, both are fabulous ways to experience this brilliant book.
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723 reviews25 followers
May 21, 2018
Beth Moore packs a powerful wallop and a huge dose of encouragement in this small book. I loved her message! I was blessed with many take-aways! It took me a while to get used to her writing style, and was a stumbling block for me to completely enjoying the book. Still, it was worth the extra effort on my part for all she reminded me of and taught me again.
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889 reviews26 followers
March 9, 2016
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
"Chapter One: A Vision Begging for an Adverb" explains the background for writing the book. Chapter Four is when the word "audacious" is defined and examined. The book addresses women who are looking for a vibrant renewal in their calling. Two important questions begin the work toward clarity and a fresh emphasis: "What is your dream? What is your vision for the future?" In the next chapters, Moore teaches through the Bible to emphasis "audacious" living. For example, Mary's anointing of Jesus from John chapter 12 and several verses from Paul's letters. Moore also shares from her own life in renewing the calling.

My Thoughts:
In the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the book. Plus, I wanted Moore to get to the point. But, Moore is long on getting to the point, this is her verbose writing style. She is building the setting in our mind, or creating a vivid imagery for an impact.
"Chapter 7: The Verve of the Humble Adventure" was the defining place in the book for me.
In this chapter, the "perils" and "personal price" when we endure for Christ Jesus is studied. The enduring may be in our personal lives, home, jobs, church, a ministry. There has been many moments in my past and present when enduring through the situation seems to be too much. Especially, when endurance is needed in every facet of life. From all fronts, endurance is what is required. But, Moore states we endure because we love Jesus extravagantly, and the story of loving Jesus is portrayed from John chapter 12.
A second feature in the book I love is from, "Chapter Nine: A Brand New Want To." In this chapter, Moore addresses "authenticity", "desire", "deceit", "pouring our heart" out to God, and it ends with "divine desire".
Lastly, "Chapter 11: A Love for All Loves." This chapter addresses relationships that hold us back from loving and serving Jesus. Moore speaks plain in regards to how to deal with people who are not in agreement with our serving the Lord.

Over-all I loved the book, not a 5 star excellent, but 4 stars for very good.
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38 reviews
May 16, 2023
Listen. I wanted to like this book. It seemed cool and hip and trendy. It had GREEN LETTERING. In hindsight, that should have been a red flag (ba dum tiss).

Babe, did you have an editor? What was with the 5 page long stories that had no purpose? I couldn't find the message because I was too caught up with your grandmother doing snuff and your consumption of gluten free communion. I struggled to focus or care about the main points because there was just so much filler. The actual points made were good, but they were so deeply buried I was too exhausted to try to find them.

I tried. Well, I did at first. Then I just couldn't be bothered. It was a bunch of uncooked thoughts that could have been really tasty had someone let them finished cooking and cleaned them up a bit.

Maybe I'm just too young for Wanda's style (her legal name is Wanda Elizabeth Moore), but I think a PowerPoint presentation would have gotten this information to me MUCH more effectively. I don't think I will be keeping my copy of this book or reading another of hers. Someone else could give me the same message in a better way. Sorry.
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542 reviews
January 5, 2016
Audacious is how I was meant to be

Long about the time I was 7, I started turning down the volume of who I was, shrinking to be something more pleasing or at least less likely to step on toes. The last few years, I've wanted my audacious self back. I love Beth Moore and her love for God and how that love has translated into blessing for Christian women. I've loved connecting with Christian women around her ministry, and I enjoyed this exhortation to love God and seek Him with abandon.
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149 reviews3 followers
September 19, 2015
Beth Moore is a speaker with verve! This book is pure delight to read, as you can hear her speaking directly to YOU about the love of God and how to live in it audaciously!
667 reviews8 followers
December 13, 2015
what to add to Beth Moore's book: it is simply fantastic, funny and inspiring to the max. I'll have to remember her saying: "the son of God saved my soul and the word of God saved my mind".
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10 reviews
September 20, 2016
Great book. Needed to hear so much of what she said...reminding me of who my first love should be and how much He loves me. Will def read this one again.
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1,053 reviews35 followers
June 13, 2021
This is truly one of the most wonderful books I've ever read! Ms. Moore has written this one with 'Verve' (read it & you'll get it) and given me the inspiration I've been looking for. I have posted on my mirror a prayer of her own she mentioned because I want it for my own life: Lord, give me a heart to love You more than anything I can see or touch. Grant me love for You, Jesus! This is what I want more than anything. BE THE DRIVING DESIRE OF MY LIFE.
I want an AUDACIOUS love with You, Jesus!
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Author 3 books90 followers
January 14, 2021
This book was full of the energy exudes in her studies. She fell that hard for Jesus, and she invites readers to do the same.
Profile Image for Crystal Scott.
230 reviews9 followers
March 5, 2016
Beth Moore

About the Book:

Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let's just say, it's audacious and it's for all of us. And it's the path to the life you were born to live.

About the Author:

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Living Proof Ministries.

My Review:

I absolutely love Beth Moore! I have participated in a number of her Bible Studies and have read numerous books. Beth isn’t afraid to speak her mind and tell you how the Bible says we should live our lives that is one of the many reasons I love listening to her speak and reading her books. She is definitely on fire for God and isn’t afraid to let anyone know. When I seen she had a new book coming out I couldn’t wait to read it.

What does Audacious mean you ask? Audacious means: Showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks or extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless. Beth is calling us to be Audacious for God. To be bold, take risks, be brave and fearless in our walk with Christ, not afraid of letting everyone around us know who you belong to, who you live your life for.

There are some wonderful statements in this book but here are a couple that really stuck out to me: "We are called by Jesus to jeopardize everything we are on this one supreme love, counting all else as loss for the surpassing value of knowing Christ. Only after the risk do we discover the reward: with Him came everything else of ultimate value."

"To audaciously love Jesus Christ is not the only best thing you could ever do for yourself. It's the best thing you could do for those around you even if, at first, they beg to differ.”

Beth has out done herself again. I highly recommend this book to all. This is definitely one I will re-read over and over again.

Thank you to B&H Publishing Group for providing me a copy of this book for my honest review.
Profile Image for Becky.
157 reviews3 followers
November 6, 2017
Beth Moore has the enthusiasm and verve of an excited high school cheerleader who was just named Homecoming Queen. I don't think I've ever listened to anyone talk about Jesus, the Bible, and how to enjoy all the gifts those two things can bring into our lives with more vigor or perfect diction. Ms. Moore, with her sweet voice, southern drawl, and ability to make a funny story even more funny, is a delight to listen to on this audiobook. She makes me wish we could spend a girl's weekend together with our closest dozen big-haired Texas friends somewhere on a beach telling funny stories about church camp, mispronounced words, and song lyrics we got wrong for thirty years. While she's reading this book for the audio version, I can literally picture her laughing till her sides ache and I want to be there too. This is a wonderfully uplifting book for any one, but especially women, who want to be their best and serve a big God. Ms. Moore is even more delightful in the many ways that she is real. She does not try to be something she's not and admits to her many flaws and how she's come to this place in her life that this book was created. I enjoyed this book and hope you will too.
Profile Image for Carrie Daws.
Author 32 books143 followers
July 7, 2018
I love the overall message of this book, however, it felt a bit rambling to me. Now, that might be in part because I'm a bottom line kinda of girl, and anyone who knows anything about Beth Moore knows she can tell stories and rabbit trail with the best of them. While I appreciated the stories she included, it was all a bit too much extra for me. It felt like a series of blog posts that were expanded into a book--again, not that her points weren't valid and good, and not that she didn't encourage and make me think.

I highlighted a few sentences and passages, and I will refer back often to the overall message: I am audaciously loved, which enables me to audaciously love. It's a message we all need to know and be reminded of. Other phrases really caught my attention, like the fact that nothing Jesus will ever woo me to lay down on His behalf is worth what I'd miss if I didn't. Like, I cannot out love Jesus because it is not something He does; it's who He is. Like, I sometimes live like a pauper in a bank vault.

Yes, I'm glad I picked up this book, but truthfully, I skimmed more than read. I'm thankful for the message, and while I may refer back to a few of the highlighted sections again, it's probably not a book I will ever read again in its entirety.
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345 reviews2 followers
March 19, 2016
While Beth Moore may not be my favorite women's Bible study writer, I so appreciate the way she has convinced an entire generation of Christian women to love God's word. This is the first book I've read for a Bible study (as opposed to the workbooks with lessons and videos), and I have to say that I really enjoyed it and found it pertinent to this season of my life. Her call to audaciously love God and act out of that audacious love (even if, from time to time, we make mistakes about what that really looks like) really meant a lot to me at this moment of great transition shock in my life. It reminded me that even though my life was one thing a month ago and something completely different today, that doesn't mean I am finished loving God and seeking to serve Him with verve and audacity. I pray that's on my gravestone--she loved God audaciously. :)
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146 reviews
June 15, 2016
Full of a lot of godly wisdom and humor, this book has been such an encouragement to me at a time when I've really needed it. Here's one of the quotes that has been so helpful:

"'Therefore, having such a hope, we use great boldness. (2 Cor. 3:12)' Did you catch the connection between hope and boldness...? If you and I are going to live and love audaciously, we're going to have to quit answering the door when hopelessness bangs its ugly fist at it. Hopelessness is a liar. A convincing one. We offer it no welcome, no couch to rest upon, no meal to feast upon. We do not cater to it in any way. All the enemy of our souls would have to do is to kick the legs of audacity out from under us and fuel our souls with hopelessness. If we're followers of Christ,we're not even hopeless when we stare imminent death right in the scary face."
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72 reviews3 followers
March 21, 2016
This is my favorite book Beth Moore has ever written, and possibly my favorite book I have ever read.
I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this book to absolutely anyone. I have never read or heard someone so perfectly and passionately describe and break down the amazing Love of God and the importance of how we Love Him in return. I honestly cried for the better part of reading this. And when I wasn't crying, I was laughing.
Beth Moore always provides such a wonderful example of what a woman of God is truly supposed to look like. It's not about upbringing, denomination, or dress-code, it's about the heartfelt, irrevocable love for Jesus. ♡
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207 reviews
August 18, 2016
Beth is so crazy, zany and fun. The reflection of her happy-go-lucky, joy seeking attitude are strewn throughout this book. It is evident that her true joy and sense of well being come from Jesus and Him alone. She goes into great detail, giving wondrous examples, of following the lead of Holy Spirit. This was the treasure part of the book for me.

I currently live an audacious life for my Savior, but it felt good to hear a sister in Christ rev up her engine and encourage everyone to live with VERV;) for Jesus (her favorite word in the book)!!

Excellent read - happy and empowering!
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280 reviews22 followers
January 31, 2016
I really enjoyed reading this book. I've done one of Beth's Bible studies and I was interested in what one of her books would be like. One of the things I really like about this book is that maybe not every chapter will apply to you specifically, but I can guarantee you that there will be at LEAST one chapter in this book that will speak to you. I've been feeling lost recently and reading this book has helped me to find the path again. I recommend this book to any woman :)
51 reviews
February 11, 2016
raising my hand as a believer grateful for Beth's obedience to the tug on her heart to write this book. continued boldness, inspiration, Truth, laughter, Love and challenge from one of my favorite teachers. I have the book and the audio both of which have a spot on my permanent shelves. audacious!
Profile Image for Regina.
685 reviews12 followers
April 14, 2016
I know a lot of people rave over Beth Moore but I just don't get it. Everything I've ever read by her is just endless wordiness that could be summed up in a single sentence. To me that is simply fluff. I need bible studies with more substance from teachers like Lisa Harper, Lysa Terekuerst, Kyle Idleman, Francis Chan, etc.
August 22, 2016
This was my first attempt at a Beth Moore writing. It came highly recommended! It was laborious and not enjoyable. Several reviewers said they thought it was just not a good time for them and might try to read it again. I don't think I could push through it again. I do love God and was challenged to love him more.....audaciously. And the same with people-friend or foe. That's my takeaway!!
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479 reviews58 followers
August 24, 2018
A really fast read - short enough to enjoy but long enough to inspire you.
I always love Beth's insight on the Bible & the adjectives she uses to describe them all.. a southern girl with a great use of wording.
It really did leave me with a WANT to find a bigger & BOLDER passion for God.
Glad to stumble on this book.
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526 reviews5 followers
November 4, 2015
As with all Christian books, I don't agree with everything this book contains, but the core message is invaluable. Beth discusses what a bold, impassioned, love-filled life of faith could look like and how to start pursuing it. I'm happy to have it in my arsenal.
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