"One thing I have asked of the Lord, that shall I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple." Psalm 27:4 (NASB)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Book Review - Fearless by Max Lucado
"Be afraid. Be very afraid." We quote this warning from the 1986 horror film, "The Fly," in fun.
But real fear isn't fun, and we don't need encouragement to be afraid. Fear permeates personal life situations like yeast. News pundits feed it and knead it. Fear hovers around us in financial disasters, terrorism, kidnappings and rapes and murders, H1N1, prodigal children, troubled marriages, natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, doubt, and death.
Max Lucado, in his book, Fearless, published by Thomas Nelson, reports that "ordinary children today are more fearful than psychiatric patients were in the 1950s."
Fear stalks adults, too.
Max reminds us that "Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don't be afraid."
In his descriptive and transparent style, Max helps us examine and confront various types of hurtful fears that threaten to smash through our defenses and take control. "Fear will always knock on your door," he says. "Just don't invite it in for dinner. And for heaven's sake, don't offer it a bed for the night." He describes our greatest weapon against fear and ends the book by identifying the one "healthy terror."
Fearless speaks courage into our lives. I would loan you my copy, but my markings, stars, and underlinings would distract you. I see several rereadings in my future. I plan to hold this book close.
If you are tired of fleeing fear or being fear-filled, you will definitely want your own copy.