By Max Lucado
Published by Thomas Nelson
220 pages
Hard Back

Back Cover: 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, and upswings in global warming. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversized and rude, fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors. Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?

Imagine 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.

Review: Max Lucado masterly weaves passages of scripture, stories from the bible and real life to get his point across in a very powerful way. “Can you imagine your life without fear?” he asks? I don’t know if I can imagine it completely gone. I’ve learned along with so many others, to live life very differently this past year. There wasn’t any good news anywhere; hours were cut at work, jobs lost and lives changed forever. I saw how God provided in ways I never imagined. The author touches on how to deal with life’s blows without freaking out and panicking. Can you imagining resting and relying on God when others tell you differently?

Here’s how Max Lucado describes fear, “Fear is the big bully in the high school hallway: brash, loud and unproductive. For all the noise fear makes and room it takes, fear does little good…Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that.” I loved this word picture he’s given.

Max exposes fear for what it is and gives us helpful tools to prevent being paranoid. These tools help us keep the balanced life God would have for use even in the middle of storms. It’s helps us keep our eyes on him. The author says, “bad news (from the media) is taking its toll. We are the most worried culture that has ever lived.” Max Lucado really takes an in-depth look at fear. First he identifies it, Why are we afraid? Then he takes a look at other fears like; fear of not mattering, fear of disappointing God, fear of not protecting my kids, fear of overwhelming challenges, fear of worst-case scenarios and so much more. There is an extensive discussion guide in the back of the book that can be used for your book club or small group study.

Max Lucado exposes the lies the enemy would love for us to believe so he wouldn’t have to fight us—we’d just be paralyzed in fear and do nothing—he wins. The author also gives hope all the way though this book. He says, “Courage does not panic; it prays. ..Courage does not languish; it listens. It listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, “Fear not!” You’ll want to read this book and study the passages to let God calm your soul and give you hope in these uncertain times. I know that’s what I’ll be doing for myself and my family.

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW On-Line Book Club Coordinator


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