Tuesday, September 8, 2009

“Fearless” by Max Lucado

“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, when you could trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?”
– Max Lucado

Just let those words soak in... Can you imagine your life without fear? Try to imagine it. We live with all kinds of fears every day. This isn’t a new concept, even in the days that Jesus walked on the earth those closest to Him were overtaken with fear. Take for example the story of Jesus and the disciples on a stormy sea. Jesus was fast asleep and the disciples question Him:

“Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)

The following taken from, “Fearless” –

They do not ask about Jesus’ strength: “Can you still the storm?”
His knowledge: “Are you aware of the storm?” Or his know-how: “Do you have any experience with storms?” But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus’ character: “Do you not care . . .”
"Fear does this. Fear corrodes our confidence in God’s goodness.”
- Max Lucado

What a fresh perspective on an old familiar Bible story! Max Lucado has a way of making Bible stories & verses come to life anew speaking to me in ways that they haven’t before. I love that!

Max Lucado is a master writer pulling you in immediately with the story about his brother, Dee. He has a way of making you feel as though you are peeking through a window, watching the story unfold.

In chapter 2 he explains that our individual need for acceptance is based in fear! What an eye opener! He goes on to share a poem about a fictitious place named, Stiltsville. The poem (Stiltsville) is an analogy of the human condition or need for acceptance! A story in a poem which envelopes the fears of the human heart.

The remaining chapters give you new insight into; the fear of disappointing God, the fear of not being able to protect your children, the fear of new challenges, the fear of “worst-case scenarios”, the fear of violence, the fear of dying, the fear of what’s next, the fear of God not being ‘real’, and so much more!

To quote Max Lucado, “Fear may fill our world, but it doesn’t have to fill our hearts.” This is a book of hope for our fearful hearts. Remember Jesus’ words, “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” — Matthew 14:27 NLT

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I give Fearless by, Max Lucado 5 out of 5 stars! Add this book to your library; you will want to read it again and again!

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