FEARLESS by Max Lucado
Each sunrise seems to bring fresh reasons for fear.
They're talking layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken up a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison of unlocked doors. Wouldn't it be great to walk out?
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.
Can you imagine your life without fear?
In his classic style, Max Lucado tackles that thing that we all face from time to time- Fear. He gives excellent insight and Biblical advice on dealing with fear. He gives examples of fear and shows how to move from fear to faith.
The book has 15 chapters, with headings such as: Why Are We Afraid, The Villagers of Stiltsville, Woe, Be Gone, There's a Dragon in my Closet, This Brutal Planet, Caffeinated Life, etc.
The 37 page discussion guide designed to be used by groups or for individual study, is divided into 3 sections for each chapter- Examining Fear, Exposing Fear, and Battling Fear.
In the Examining Fear section, there are questions for you to ask yourself and to discuss with your group.
The Exposing Fear section has Bible verses for the reader to look up and questions to answer.
Battling Fear gives practices or activities to get you actively battling your fears.
I really enjoy Max Lucado's writing, and this book is no exception. It is excellently written, and the message so very timely in today's world. Fear is a common thread in society, and this book not only addresses fear, but gives truthful Biblical steps to dealing with it. I highly recommend this book to any who would like to be Fearless.
For more on Fearless, visit the Thomas Nelson Fearless page and also this site.