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Becoming Fearless

Finding Courage in the African Wilderness

by Brenda E. Smith

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Coerced by her boss and fellow river guides, Brenda Smith reluctantly embarks on a rafting trip through a vast Tanzanian game reserve. If she can survive twelve days on the remote jungle rivers, then she must scale Africa’s tallest mountain. After twenty-eight years of a safe and predictable life, Brenda is terrified of what awaits her in these dangerous wildernesses.

She comes face to face with angry hippos, roaring lions, and stealthy crocodiles, and struggles with the extremes of unbearable heat and hypothermia.

Despite the harsh external threats she conquers, her greatest challenge is a profound inner journey—a courageous transformation as she uncovers the internal source of her fears and discovers the personal strength to do anything.

Becoming Fearless is an inspirational true story that showcases what is possible when you step out of your comfort zone into the wild.

“The memoir tracks the many harsh realities of trekking through rugged landscapes. Both the risks and the rewards are many. From an up-close look at a sleepy lioness to exploring a wilderness that, in the present day, is nowhere near what it was like in 1980, the author describes many astounding moments.” – Kirkus Reviews

 Photo Gallery for Becoming Fearless

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Hippo Print
Martha and game rangers
Floating on the Rumemo
Departing from Ifakara
"Simba"
"Kiboko"
Trafalgar Square
"Tembo"
Paddle Raft in Steigler's Gorge
"Mamba"
Wildflower
Brenda on Kilimanjaro
Bart with Senecio
Photo credit - Jim Slade
Rufiji sunset
Sumit from Shira Plateau
Lake Tagalala
Beho Beho Camp
Porter Williness Julius
Photo Credit - Bart Henderson
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