Imagine your life without fear.
This inspirational book identifies many fears we experience in daily life. Fear of: insignificance, worst case scenarios, death, what's next, violence, financial despair, protecting our children, disappointing God, global calamity, and overwhelming challenges plague all of us at some time or another. Max Lucado's scripturally sound writing directs readers to God's encouragement for overcoming fear. He also outlines 8 helpful worry stoppers. The book wraps up with a wonderful discussion guide. Each chapter's lesson is divided into three parts: examining fear, exposing fear, and battling fear.
Lucado points out that Jesus has equipped each of us with farsighted courage. You may know it as faith. Courage teaches us to offer our fears to God. Courage prays. When our faith is great, our fears are not.
While reading this book I recognized that I am a "Worst Case Scenario" worrier and most of my fears relate to protecting my kids. However, I don't want my personal fears and worries to hold back my family and limit my children. If paralyzed by fear, we may miss out on amazing blessings intended for us. The book explains that it is impossible to be both happy & afraid, confident & afraid, or merciful & afraid.
Lucado suggests living between Pollyanna optimism and Chicken Little gloom and doom, "there lies the level-headed, clear thinking, still believing..." I loved this line and will strive to be a level-headed, clear thinking, still believing mom, wife, daughter and friend who is refused to be defined by fears.
One of the lessons I've taken from the book is the benefit of redirecting our fearful thoughts to reminders from songs and scriptures. A few specifically ring through my mind each time I happen by and glance at the book's cover.
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but the Lord has given us His Power!"
"Fear Not! For I am with you."
"I'm not afraid..." Newsboys
May you find the farsighted courage you need for today!
For fear never...
...put the house up for sale trusting that God had something better.
...called on the exciting year round job opportunity.
...signed up for the final three courses in a MA program
...picked up a pen to write that book hanging out in someone's imagination.
...sent a confident and well prepared 5 year old off to his first day of Kindergarten with a smile!
Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing this book for my review as part of their book review bloggers program.