“Fearless” by Max Lucado

Max Lucado’s conversational style in “Fearless” makes this excellent book seem more like counsel from an old friend. Everyone deals with fear on some level at some point, and Lucado guides us into how to bring those fears out into the light where they shrivel and die. Whether it is a fear of the unknown, or a specific situation, we are reminded to trust God Who has conquered all.

However, “Fearless” is not just a “trust God and everything will be okay” mantra. He unpacks typical fears, physical problems, family problems and fear for our children, financial difficulties and teaches and/or reminds us that God is not only greater than the object of our fear, but has already conquered that specific fear on our behalf.

In “Fearless” Lucado also shows how the things we typically depend on are part of the problem and not the solution. When trust in things like power, prestige and possessions they fail – every time. So we are inclined to make those things stronger, pursuing them with greater effort, all the while failing to realize they are insufficient solutions in any case. When they do fail, it only compounds our fear.

Lucado tells the story of watching two young girls with their father at a hotel pool. One daughter is gleefully jumping into the water where her father waits. The other obviously wants to, but her fears keep her on the edge – so close, yet so far from the freedom and joy of her sister. Finally, she jumps into her father’s waiting arms and realizes he won’t let anything happen to her.

“Fearless” reminds us we have a Heavenly Father Who cares for us Who will provide for us and keep us whatever the circumstances so we can live our lives with joy – in Him.

“Fearless” is no more or less than a “must read.”

(I will be posting a few of these book reviews as a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger Program J

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