Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the first "adult" book I've had the privilege of reading from Max Lucado. I bought his children's stories for our children. As I have read this book, I was astonished and blessed to see Lucado's gift of writing. He is truly one of those who is naturally a writer. Even though I know his work is edited, the original ideas I can tell are his and only someone with a true gift for writing can draw those kinds of thoughts together, and only someone who is completely in tune with God, can connect scriptural lessons to what we are experiencing today.
Fearless was written before the current economic crisis had fully fleshed itself out. How appropriate it is that Lucado responded to God's leading to write this book back then, when he couldn't possibly have known what state the world would be in when it was released.
Lucado takes a candid look at our circumstances - whatever it is that we're afraid of or could possibly be afraid of - and shows us through the lives of those whose stories are recorded in the Bible how to view fear and how to get through.
"God hasn't given you a spirit of timidity, but a spirit if of power..." (2 Timothy 1:7). Lucado reinforces that reality. God didn't create us to cower behind our circumstances. But in all things He will provide a way for us to stand up under our circumstances (1 Corinthians 10:13) so that through everything we will be fulfilling the purpose He has for our lives.
If you've ever been afraid of anything - even if it's your own shadow - you need to read this book. If you are afraid of what's going on in your life right now, you need to read this book, and be assured that whatever it is God will walk with you through it and that by walking through it you will come out of it in a deeper relationship with Him. And, if you've never had a relationship with Him, hopefully it will help you see how much He wants a relationship with you and how seeing things through God's perspective can put things in a different light - that makes things seem not quite as hopeless.
Fearless by Max Lucado is now available in online bookstores and brick and mortar bookstores. It is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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