“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, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, and calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear?” Thus begins the most recent work from nationally acclaimed writer Max Lucado, entitled “Fearless”. In this midsized 218 page book, Max details exactly how we can indeed be free from fear. In “Fearless”, Max dedicates thirteen chapters to different common fears that plague everyone in the human race. Fear of not mattering. Fear of Disappointing God. Fear of Life’s FInal Moments. Each common fear is pointed out, counterattacked, and disposed of. The Bible tells us again and again not to fear…and God has reasons why. Near the end of the book, Max gives a quote from one of his close friends: “Everything will work out in the end. If it’s not working out, it’s not the end.”
Fearless is a book that everyone should own a copy of. Whether your fears are open and obvious, hidden, or dormant and waiting to appear, this book will cater to all audiences, as it shows us how to live a life free from fear.
I recently finished reviewing “For these tough times – reaching toward heaven for hope & healing” by Max Lucado…and was pleasantly surprised. When the book showed up in the mail, I was shocked at how small it was…only 79 pages, large font, and a very small nearly pocket-sized book. However Max packs a lot into this very small book that will provide insight and healing for those reading it. He answers such profound questions such as “Where is God?” “How can He allow good things to happen to bad people?”, and “Why should I have hope?” On page 2 of the book, in the introduction, he writes:
“God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, Preserve the body; he’s thinking, Save the soul…’I'm going to live before I die,’ we resolve. ‘Die so you can live,’ he instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike star with the million-dollar smile and say, ‘Be like Mike.’ God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, ‘Be like Christ.’”
Although this book is definitely a short, quick read, and could be longer, it packs a large punch for it’s size. It is well worth the read, but make sure you read it with an open heart to whatever God might be saying to you through it.
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