Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Review of FEARLESS by Max Lucado

In his new book, Fearless, Max Lucado takes a look at the things that scare us: something bad happening to our kids, not being able to provide for our family, disappointing God, and the threats of terrorism, joblessness, and global calamity, just to name a few.
It's a scary world we live in. It's easy to become overwhelmed when presented with the challenges that surround us. But Fearless puts a new spin on the fear that sometimes threatens to consume us. Lucado says this in Chapter 1:

When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god, we worship the risk-free life. Can the safety love do anything great? Can the risk-averse accomplish noble deeds? For God? For others? No. The fear-filled cannot love deeply. Love is risky. They cannot give to the poor. Benevolence has no guarantee of return. The fear-filled cannot dream wildly. What if their dreams sputter and fall from the sky? The worship of safety emasculates greatness. No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.

Whoa. Makes you look at fear in completely different way, doesn't it?

Frequent readers of Lucado know that he has a way with words unlike most other non-fiction authors. Fearless is no different. Weaving real-life examples with spiritual truths, Fearless gives us a glimpse of a loving God who is with us always, protecting us as He guides us through the minefield of life.

I'll leave you with one more snippet from Chapter 11: Caffeinated Life: Fear of What's Next.

God never sends you out alone. Are you on the eve of change? Do you find yourself looking into a new chapter? Is the foliage of your world showing signs of a new season? Heaven's message for you is clear: when everything else changes, God's presence never does. You journey in the company of the Holy spirit, who "will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you." (John 14:26 NLT)

In this video, Max talks about why he wrote Fearless

Check out The Fearless Times, where you can ask Max a question about what makes you fearful.

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