Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fearless - Book Review

Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time?

So writes Max Lucado in the first chapter of Fearless, new from Thomas Nelson. In our times, there seem to be many reasons to fear: we can't watch five minutes of most news broadcasts without hearing about the struggling economy, war, terrorism, pandemic flu, foreclosures, violence, layoffs, or other frightening news.

Chapter by chapter, Lucado addresses common fears: fear of not mattering, fear of not protecting my kids, fear of worst-case scenarios, fear of what's next, and so on. With real-life examples, he describes the ways that we fall into those traps. With compassion, he shares thoughts, supported by Scripture verses, that comfort and guide. Some are convicting, as well, such as this passage: Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace. And nothing fosters fear like an ignorance of mercy. May I speak candidly? If you haven't accepted God's forgiveness, you are doomed to fear.

As I read this book, I found myself nodding in agreement many times--not because I grapple with fear now, but because I've been there. I recommend Fearless to anyone who's in that place now.

I'd like to wrap this up with one more short passage: Courage does not panic; it prays. Courage does not bemoan; it believes. Courage does not languish; it listens. It listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, "Fear not!" It hears Christ's voice comforting through the hospital corridors, graveyards, and war zones.

For more information on Fearless, visit the Thomas Nelson product page.

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