Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fearless by Max Lucado

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0849921391

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:
Everyone has fears. I am personally afraid of heights, planes, losing my job, car accidents, rodents, losing family members, drowning, choking, marriage, children, and more if I sit here and think about it.
In his new book Max Lucado explores 13 different fears one per chapter:
-Fear of not mattering
-Fear of Disappointing God
-Fear of Running Out
-Fear of not protecting my kids
-Fear of overwhelming challenges
-Fear of worst case scenarios
-Fear of violence
-Fear of the coming winter
-Fear of life's final moments
-Fear of what's next
-Fear that God is not real
-Fear of global calamity
-Fear of God getting out of my box
Each chapter has personal stories, biblical stories and verses, and the author tying everything together wonderfully. You can learn something from each chapter. The writing is easy to understand and the book is easy to read. I think it is a very important message especially given the times we live in. I found myself putting little sticky notes besides passages. I definitely recommend this book. :)
About the Author
In almost 25 years of writing, Max Lucado’s books have been sold 65 million times. He is the only author to have won three Christian Book of the Year awards. In 2005, Reader’s Digest magazine dubbed him “America’s Best Preacher” and in 2004, Christianity Today magazine called him “America’s Pastor.”

His works have appeared on every major national bestseller list including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, The New York Times, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Christian Booksellers Association. He has been featured in countless media outlets and national broadcasts.

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