Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, or doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, where you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?My Review
Fear can be our most crippling emotion. If you think about it, we are raised to fear: disobeying our parents, change, trying new things........
In the book, Fearless by Max Lucado, he addresses fear from a biblical stand point. He reminds us that GOD and our faith in God will remove any and all our fears. It teaches through scripture, kindness and understanding. He speaks in a manner which anyone can understand and connect with.
Why are we in fear if we are believers in GOD? I found it to be most interesting when Max pointed out that Jesus tells us "do not be afraid" more than he tells us any other one thing.
I am a believer and am full of faith, but I fear. I am encouraged by Fearless. I hope to learn and grow in my faith so as to learn to let go of my fears. I want to "turn it over" to GOD and trust that I will be taken care of. It's hard to do. I hate to even say that but, if I'm being honest, I must. This world we live in seems to teach us to fear and pushes us away from faith.
As I read and reread the chapters of Fearless, I feel a renewal coming upon me. A new found strength. At points within the book, I feel ridiculous for my fears. I am ashamed of letting them empower me and, at times, control me.
I love reading books such as Fearless. I want to grow in my faith and I want to reach out to YOU.
Fearless is a wonderful read. Max addresses our fears and separates them into chapters, addressing not only why we are afraid, but individual fears such as:
Fear of Disappointing GOD
Fear of Not Protecting My Kids
Fear of Death
Fear of the After Life
Fear of where the World is Headed
...and several others.
Max also includes a discussion guide at the back of the book which has a "lesson" for each chapter, split into three groups: Examining, Exposing and Battling Fear
My life has been truly touched by Fearless. I plan to keep it by my side and refer to it often for guidance.
I encourage you to read it for yourself. I would love to know your response to it. It will change your life. I'm sure of it.
Max Lucado has numerous other books available as well.