Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Can you Imagine Your Life Without Fear?
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?
Max Lucado is a best-selling Christian author and minister of writing and preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He has written more than 50 books with 28 million copies in print. In his own words, " I wrote a book on fear because fear is everywhere..." and that is what the basis of Fearless is about. But not just a book about fear, but how to overcome it. Max Lucado believes "Fear is an option and Faith is a better choice." And though the book is based in principles found in the Christian faith, people of all religious beliefs can find comfort in the pages of this book. With stories to inspire you to look at your fears and overcome them, Mr. Lucado describes the most common reasons for fear: The fear of not mattering, the fear of disappointing God, The fear of running out of luck,time,etc.., fear for your children, fear of overwhelming challenges, fear of worst-case scenarios, fear of violence, fear of dying, & fear of global calamity. With amazing insight Max Lucado gets to the heart of the fears that holds us back and with references to passages in the Bible as well as some nuggets of common sense, he lays down eight "worry-stoppers" to help us : Pray first, Slow down (don't create a catastrophe where one doesn't exist), Act on it - treat frets like mosquitos, Compile a worry list, Evaluate your worry, Focus on today, Share your feelings, and let God be enough. Though I've listed these "worry-stoppers", the true meaning behind them lies in the words that follow them in the book.
The chapters of the book are arranged so that you can easily look for guidance for a particular issue you may be dealing with. The stories within the chapters are contemporary, relevant and interesting. In the back of the book is a discussion guide for each chapter. This guide can be for a reading group or yourself, as a way to clarify what was in the chapter. Mr. Lucado's writing style is easy to read with a sincerity that shines thru every paragraph. I found Fearless to be inspiring and an enjoyable read. A thought provoking book with a message most people can relate to.
Would you like to read a excerpt? You can find an excerpt of chapter one HERE! And Mr. Lucado has a Q & A video about Fearless on YouTube HERE! Max Lucado has declared war on Fear at a town hall- you can watch & listen to the video of that HERE! So, if you need some encouragement or know someone who does, Max Lucado's book Fear can be found in bookstores today! And thank you to Thomas Nelson publishers for sending this book my way!