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Made for Brave: A Journey Through Devastating Loss to Infinite Hope

ISBN: 9781732962538
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Alyssa Galios
Pages: 254
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 11/12/2019

From the testimony viewed over 100 million times on the internet: “I am so sorry I have to deliver such awful news.” Shaking his head, his eyes down, the doctor muttered, “You are both so young.”

A young woman in her twenties with dreams and a plan for her life comes up against a living nightmare when her husband is diagnosed with a rare inoperable cancer. Her husband’s faith grows stronger, but her dreams evaporate and her faith slips away when the worst happens.

Experience soul-searing pain and miraculous moments of joy in this poignant true-life account.   

Journey with Alyssa as she grapples with life and death, faith and unbelief, disappointment and hope in a search for answers that takes her beyond grief to peace and a new love.

Along the way, you’ll find answers to the questions you may be asking in your own life:

  • Where is God when it hurts?
  • Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?
  • Can God make something good come out of bad?
  • Can true love happen twice?

Made for Brave is a striking example of how God can create overwhelming good from even the worst of life when we partner with Him.

Alyssa Galios
is a writer, speaker, social media influencer, coach, mentor, and the founder and CEO of Made for Brave Coaching. Her life story has been featured on Yahoo News, Christian Post, Jesus Daily, HuffPost, Viralized, and Fox News. Alyssa and her second husband, Jay, lead monthly online fitness community groups designed to help women create better lives through faith, family, and fitness. They live north of Seattle where they raise their daughters. She blogs at


“I couldn’t put this book down! It was truly an honor to read Alyssa’s story of great loss and grief and how her God so lovingly walked alongside her and rescued her from the darkness. I am a better person for reading this book, and I know you will be too. Peace, joy, triumph, and hope are found on these pages, and I’m forever grateful for these words.” —Alyssa Bethke, author of Love That Lasts

“More than a memoir, Made for Brave is an intimate look at life, love, heartbreak, and hope. Alyssa Galios bravely shares her courageous journey through loss with grace, truth, and beauty. Honest and exquisitely written, this book will be a tremendous inspiration and a source of strength for anyone affected by life’s greatest challenges.” —June Leahy, executive director at the Austen Everett Foundation

Made for Brave is an incredible story of beauty from ashes. It is a reminder that God never forsakes us, no matter what storms and darkness we encounter, and that in His goodness, He makes all things beautiful—whether we get to witness it in this momentary life or not. It is a story of hope that encourages every person to cling to God and turn to His light when all other lights have gone out.” —Kevin Kim, executive director at Crazy Love 

“People everywhere need to hear Alyssa’s story. If you feel alone or lost in your darkest moments, or are simply searching for an extra bit of hope, read this beautifully written story about love, loss, and new beginnings.” —Carla Marie, host of the Carla Marie and Anthony Morning Show

“Alyssa’s journey is truly one of bravery, strength, and resilience. Made For Brave will leave all women with a renewed faith in God and a reminder that there is a much bigger picture and purpose for each and every one of our lives.” —Sarah Ordo, author of Innerbloom

“Reading Alyssa’s story, I found myself with a broken heart that was simultaneously filled with hope. After reading Made for Brave, I am more inspired than ever to let go and let God, to see the silver linings in the darkness, and to appreciate the life I’m living now and the people in it.” —Tatum Garino, Editor in Chief at This Is . . . Magazine

“Incredible! Made for Brave is an absolute must-read, and within seconds you will be hooked! This is truly one of the most inspiring stories you’ll ever have the privilege of reading.” —Johnathon Stone, author of Finding Good

“I don’t think Alyssa sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, she does something better. She tells her story as honestly as she can and reminds us that life is happening for us not tomorrow, not later, but right now. Through tragedy and loss, and finding love and connection again through the blessings of our Creator, Alyssa shows us what it really means to live with heaven in your heart.” —Kat Kim, founder of School of Divine Confidence

“Alyssa is a living, breathing example of a transparent life, and this book is the epitome of that. Made for Brave is an easy read and will readily inspire anyone who reads it with the message that God doesn’t waste even a single step in one’s life.” —Laura Inglis, LICSW, founder of Serenity Hope Counseling

“The path you’ll walk with Alyssa is one of the most faith-jerking, heart crushing, yet God-redeeming journeys of raw, real life. The lessons I’ve taken from this book remind me that there truly is a divine plan created for each of us and it’s most likely different than the ones we’ve imagined.” —Larry Snyder, author of Which One Am I