For more than a decade, I’ve read snippets from Max Lucado books. I believe the last full book that read from him was “and the angels were silent.” I realized upon reading a pre-release copy of Fearless, that I really connect with Lucado’s writing style. He writes with a style that uses metaphor and symbolism to describe and educate often deep subjects. In other words, common folk like me can pull a lot out of it.
In this book, Lucado confronts the issue that we all live with. We all live with fear. But God doesn’t want us to. He wants us to give our fears to him. Fear can sometime be a healthy response to a situation. I was reminded about sitting around the operations center of Armstrong Relocation on the morning of September 11, 2001. Even from 1000’s of miles away, there was a tangible feeling of fear in the air.
During the labor and delivery of my first and second daughters, feelings of intense fear were upon me, because there was really nothing that I could do at the moment. I had to sit and watch as Gina and the doctors did all the work. As someone who is a problem solver and wants to “do” things, I was very fearful of what was going on.
My job recently involves a lot more travel than I have ever done in my life. About once a month I have to travel somewhere to meet with and work with clients. I have a sense of fear come across me every time the plane is perched on the runway to take off.
But these fears have never been life crippling to me, but I do know that there are folks who daily struggle with fear and need the only person that can help relieve them of their fears: God.
The inside cover says:
“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 the day when you can trust more and fear less.”
Jesus was always encouraging us to “be not afraid” because He knew the dangers of fear.
This is a very easy book to read, but will surely make you think and examine your own life as it relates and deals with fear. I believe this would make a great book to study and read as a group.