Do You Have the Courage of Your Convictions Today?

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Come and experience a lesson in how to stand by your convictions in the latest book from Chautona Havig: Hashtag Rogue. To have the courage of your convictions is not easy, but well worth doing!

I’m a long-time fan of Chautona’s work, for several reasons. First, because everything I’ve read of hers (yes, even her one kids Christmas story that’s Santa-based) makes me think and grow as a Christian.

Second, she writes well, and she writes a lot!! I think she publishes between 4-6 books a year. And she’s generous. Most Fridays she offers one of her books for free!! Go by her website and sign up for her emails if you want to keep up to date!

Third, Her fan Facebook group. She interacts with us, bounces ideas off of us, and basically is a real person. Chautona Havig is the first author I’ve ever felt like I know, behind the pages.

All of that, and then once she included a link in her email, saying that Celebrate Lit Christian Book Publicity Group was looking for book reviewers. But I’ll tell you more about that next week 🙂

 *Please note that this post contains affiliate links, where at no extra cost to you, if you purchase through my link, I may receive a small percentage to help support this blogging ministry. I received a copy of this book from the author through one of the groups listed in my disclosure page. I chose to review it here and all thoughts are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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 About Hashtag Rogue: Does Flynne Have the Courage? YES!

Book: Hashtag Rogue (The Agency Files, Book 5)

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense

Release Date: August 20, 2019

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Something is terribly wrong in The Agency. Again.

Flynne Dortmann: computer specialist extraordinaire. The right arm of every agent in The Agency. And totally untrained for agent duty.

So when no one takes a threat seriously, Flynne does the only thing she can think of.

With money she has no authorization to use, a gun she’s never fired in her hip pocket, and more zip-ties than any agent should be allowed to carry, Flynne takes on protective detail for an unwilling client. #Rogue.

Mark Cho hasn’t had a chance to get used to being Marco Mendina—head of the Eastern US Agency. Not only that, every sign points to someone knowing he isn’t who he appears to be. His agency is in trouble.  His agents may be in danger, and with an office girl gone rogue, deciding what problem to tackle first is a problem in itself.

Not to mention, he misses his office assistant with her emoji-speak, killer tech skills, and sharp instincts.

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Okay, Flynne, You Have the Courage of Your Convictions!

Would you stand by your convictions if it meant your life would be in danger? And would almost certainly cost you your job?

Would I?

Flynne, in Hashtag Rogue, answers without hesitation. Doing the right thing, whatever it costs, certainly isn’t easy!

If you have already read the previous books in the series you know that Flynne is a bit impulsive. And seems immature to be in her position.

But we get a good look into what she’s really made of here in book 5. And it’s an ‘Eptastic’ adventure, to borrow from Flynne’s unusual vocabulary.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend time with Erica and Flynne. The phrase ‘the blind leading the blind’ applies beautifully.

Maybe not in anything so dramatic, but I still found myself questioning whether or not I stand by my own convictions with half the determination of Flynne Dortmann. To have the courage of your convictions, and stand firm in the face of opposition doesn’t come easily, but it’s surely a beautiful thing!

If you have not read the earlier books, you should do that first. While this is fairly self-contained, there is a decent amount of plot where you will be confused, without the history.

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What Does it Mean to Have the Courage of Your Convictions?

What does it mean to have the courage of your convictions? Well, It means that you believe in something so much, that you stand firm in that, no matter what. The courage of your convictions is strong in spite of the opposition that you face.

Courage and Conviction

Courage and conviction go hand in hand. It takes courage (doing what’s right in spite of your fears) to stand by your convictions. If you don’t have the courage, then the convictions are really just preferences!

Examples of Biblical Convictions

I can only hit a few highlights here, but these are some of my favorite examples of Biblical Convictions. And here are 10 more specific Biblical Convictions.

David: David’s conviction that he did not have the right to touch God’s anointed was tested more than once. He had the opportunity to kill King Saul in his sleep, and in a cave. Both times, Saul recognized that David was more righteous than he.

Abigail: convinced that David should not take (justified) vengeance, Abigail intervened. She did the right thing even though it was against her husband’s order. David recognized that she was right.

Gideon: If you needed proof that to stand by your convictions does require courage, but can be done in the dark of night if necessary, look no farther!

Daniel: Can you imagine the courage it took for Daniel to stand by his convictions, as a teen captive? Or again as an old man, to not go hide to pray?

Hanania, Azaria, and Mishael: (aka Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) Talk about the courage of your convictions! Refuse to bow, and Confident that God Is Able to rescue them, but okay with His decision, whether or not they were rescued!

Stephen: Wow. Just Wow. I have no words.

The Samaritan Woman: convinced that Jesus could heal her child, and was even willing to accept the crumbs of his power and grace.

Paul: Okay, so Paul the more recent convert, stands up to Peter, who walked with Jesus. He actually told him off for waffling on whether to eat with Gentiles. Not to mention the Philippian Council, and countless others.

Christian fiction that encourages you to stand by your convictions: Do you have the courage of your convictions?

Do You Have the Courage of Your Convictions?

I have to ask, would I, would you stand by in the courage of your convictions, when the stakes are really high? Do you even know what your convictions are?

What Are Your Convictions?

We can have convictions on many different things. Like:

  • What type of food is okay to eat
  • Clothing styles and coverage
  • If 3 steps to salvation is too simple or too complicated – Whether Jesus is the only way to get to heaven
  • What you are/aren’t willing to watch on TV*
  • How old your kids need to be before they date
  • Keeping your promises
  • Whether a divorce is an option
  • Dating rules and limits
  • Etc

*as I’ve mentioned before, watching TV can get me in trouble so I have to have the courage of my convictions, get up, walk away or change the program, or I’ll regret it.

If I were to ask you what are your convictions, would you be able to answer? More to the point, would you be able to have the courage of your convictions when your energy is low, your peers are teasing or your brother is mocking you?

Will You Stand by Your Convictions Today? 

With that in mind, whether it’s your job, your $, your comfort, or your life on the line, will you stand by your convictions today? Have you ever sat down and named your beliefs, so you know exactly what your convictions are? Because it’s kind of hard to have the courage of your convictions if you don’t know what those convictions are!

Comment below and tell me who your favorite examples of Biblical conviction are, or an example of you living out the courage of your convictions!

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

20 Comments on “Do You Have the Courage of Your Convictions Today?”

  1. The first person who comes to mind is Mary, the mother of Jesus. She knew Who her baby’s father was, and lived with the consequences of submitting to God. Good thoughts about convictions.

  2. I had never heard of the author nor the series before reading this review! I am so out of the loop! Sounds like a great series to read with my son!

  3. Wow! Ok, so I don’t know that I would enjoy this author so much but I sure do enjoy your writing sister! You have some power and emotion behind your words. I mean, I felt convicted in my convictions Haha! My biblical thought would be Esther. Now she was a woman convicted. Standing by my convictions now to mark some things off my to do list rather than Netflix!

    1. Good for you! And thanks for the compliment!

      And wow, yes Esther stood by her convictions, and the result was incredible!

  4. The first person that comes to mind from the Bible who stood by his convictions with unmatched resolve is Daniel. Of course, immediately after thinking of him, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego come to mind, and from there many others. But I think Daniel is the example I’ll stick with, because he stood by his convictions again and again throughout his life. From refusing to eat the unkosher food of the Babylonians, to continuing to pray to his God even when it was against the law and could get him killed, to boldly proclaiming the name of his Lord as he prophesied and interpreted dreams for the king throughout his life, Daniel never wavered.

    Anyhow, thanks for the information on an exciting Christian author! So many of us are constantly on the lookout for new ones, so this is great!

    1. You’re most welcome! Daniel is one of my favorite examples of standing by your convictions, for sure. He had so many opportunities to make that choice.

  5. I love the books you find. They are so diverse and interesting. Had never heard of Chautona! Convictions is a great subject and I love your questions and examples regarding standing by our convictions. I have asked myself whether or not I could be as faith-filled as the people I read about in the Bible. I pray that I would be. Daniel, Paul, Mary, Joseph, and all the others are wonderful examples.

  6. This book sounds pretty awesome! I’m finishing up a book right now, and I’ve been lookin for a new author to pick up. The series I’m reading now does nothing to grow my faith, and I really want to get into GOOD Christian fiction. You always make the best recommendations, Aryn!

    1. Well, thank you for the compliment. I try to share the best books possible. Hashtag Rogue makes standing by your convictions seem possible, but it also helps to keep perspective on the cost, too!

  7. You are encouraging me more and more to read Christian fiction. I have to check this author out!

    1. I hope you do. Chautona Havig is one Christian fiction author who has me laughing hard and thinking even harder.

  8. I hope and pray that if it came down to it, I would stand strong in my faith. I have learned alot from the stories of Simon Peter, in that if I claim I will do something, alot of times I’m claiming it in my own strength. I can do nothing without the help of the Holy Spirit. ❤

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