Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Fearless

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Review - Fearless

Max Lucado is knows for his books of down to earth practical advice of living your life based on a spiritual journey and this book follows a similar path. Fearless allows the reader to envision a life lived without fear of anything. As Lucado explains clearly, it is giving yourself up to the will of God and knowing that through him all your fears are taken away.

This is not always an easy thing to accept, and Lucado freely writes about this struggle that all humans have. Whether it be our own job, our family, our health or the health of others, we tend to be a fear driven people, so this book takes a fresh approach to moving down another path that we do not always take, the road toward fearless living.

I enjoyed this book and with its continuous link to scripture, there is no reason why even the most casual reader of the Bible could not find meaning in the references, not only to the past, but more over their own day-to-day life.

I enjoyed the fact that Lucado (as is usually his case) places himself into the story using examples form his own life to draw the reader into the story. This made the book a very easy read and one that went very quickly.

The chapters within the book cover a litany of fears that many of us hold including:

* Fear of not mattering
* Fear of disappointing God
* Fear of being in need
* Fear of issues around our children
* Fear of overwhelming challenges
* Fear of the worst-case scenarios
* Fear of violence
* Fear of money issues
* Fear of death
* Fear of tomorrow
* Fear of religious doubt
* Fear of global calamity
* Fear of really trusting God with your life

I think Lucado says it best as he states:

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.
I can only hope that one day I will be able to live my own life in such a fashion and I believe that through the words that Lucado shares this is possible.

I encourage this book to anyone who lives with fear within their life, it is a quick read and is made to be easy to understand and practical. If you have an interest to read more, check out a few pages of the book for yourself!

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