10 years ago I had the profound opportunity of meeting Andy Braner. He was a participant in the Dynamic Communicator’s workshop, and I was on the DCW team. Though there is a 33 year difference in age, there was a connection that we both have treasured over the past decade. It's been a deep honor to be a mentor to Andy in every dimension of his life.
We have done “just a bit” of life together. I count him as one of my deeply valued friends, with whom there is fairly constant contact, no matter where each of us may be on the planet. He roams the world a bit more than I do.
Andy is one of the more creative thinkers I’ve encountered in my lifetime. His writing has unusual substance to it, which invites the reader to live a larger and deeper life, no matter their age or life experience. Though often billed as a "youth speaker,” his audience has grown to be with men and women of all ages (youth, parents, olders, significant involved leaders in both the western countries, middle-eastern cultures, and literally around the globe).
You can catch up with what he is about here. It will be well worth it to read through all he is about. The man’s heart is huge for connecting people of any age, for encouraging them to lessen their fears, strengthen their relationships and to live into their original design.
The work he and his wife, Jamie Jo (a growing business woman), do with Camp KIVU in Durango, CO and the exceptional KIVU Gap Year project is unequaled in my fairly informed opinion. Their family of five, three by birth and two adopted from Rwanda, keeps things hopping in the Braner household.
Within Leadership Design Group we are privileged to have Andy as one of the core members of our Mentoring Development Team. In part, we are where we are, due to his creative wisdom, insights and participation.
All that to say…he has authored some sincerely important books, which you can check out on Amazon. His latest may just be his best yet, of all the excellent ones to date.
Read here what he says about No Fear In Love from his blog post today. He walks his talk, breathes his hopes for changed lives, lives out the courageous care he has for all of God’s created men and women. No Fear In Love needs to be high on your list for late Spring, early Summer reading…for you and for those you also care about.
Stopping for a few moments to watch some storm clouds roll on by, I am humbled and amazed at the men and women Judy and I have the privilege of knowing. “Real deal” people who are honestly out to change the world. Reading No Fear In Love will help each one of us participate in that needed change.