Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Book review: Fearless by Max Lucado

There are so many things in the world that can inspire fear in our hearts: a suspicious mole, rumors of company layoffs, financial meltdowns, reports of the terror threat level. Yet how do we fight it? How do we live fully without being paralyzed by the fears?

By faith.

In Max Lucado’s newest book, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear, Lucado reminds the reader that the statement Jesus made most often was “Do not be afraid.” Lucado invites us to consider that “invitation to courage.”

I found this book a quick ready, but I wouldn’t call it easy. The book is broken down into 13 different common fears that can take over our lives. Lucado then uses scripture, mostly from stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, along with more contemporary examples to encourage a freedom from that fear based in the comfort, protection, and strength of Christ. While Lucado presents this is a simple, understandable format, the material certainly requires pauses for reflection.

This is the first of Max Lucado’s numerous books that I’ve read, and I found his writing engaging and clear. He offers comfort, but it is not without a little challenge, something that is often missing from this “Christian self-improvement” genre. I’ll be re-reading this one.

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