Thursday, September 3, 2009

Five Stars for "Fearless"

Max Lucado has once again produced a work that not only is biblically sound, but spiritually uplifting and timely. In short, concise chapters he tackles particular fears we all either have faced, are facing, or will deal with in the future.

Mr. Lucado uses scripture to show us how important our fears are to Jesus, and how specifically our Savior can vanquish each one. He chronicles the disciples' fear during the storm at Galilee, and parallels their reactions with our own when we face upheavals in our lives. He recreates their doubts after the crucifixion and how Jesus helped them, just as he longs to show us he is still real today.

Mr. Lucado also uses personal anecdotes to illustrate how he has dealt with particular fears, such as the fear of death and doubt. Again, the scriptures play a large part in teaching us how Jesus wants to guide us through those debilitating feelings.

I can't think of any area where fear might creep into our hearts that was left unmentioned in this book. I was touched, chastised, and brought to tears on many occasions as I realized how fear was affecting my own life. Yet each time the message of Christ's love for me, his concern for my whole being, and his ultimately perfect plan for my life came clearly through the words of Max Lucado, as he encourages us to become and remain, "Fearless".

Mr. Lucado has also provided an extremely helpful study guide at the end of the book. This can be used individually or in small groups to more deeply delve into the chapters and the corresponding scriptures in order to truly face and deal with our own personal fears.

I would recommend "Fearless" to any adult, young or old. Some part of this book will hit home with you, and hopefully help you to turn your fear over to the One who is ultimately in control, and who is certainly big enough to handle whatever it might be.

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