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ISBN-13: 9780849946394
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 45,228
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

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Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as teaching minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 130 million books in print.

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Imagine Your Life Without Fear

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2009 Max Lucado
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4639-4

Chapter One

Why Are We Afraid?

Why are you fearful, O you of little faith? —Matthew 8:26

You would have liked my brother. Everyone did. Dee made friends the way bakers make bread: daily, easily, warmly. Handshake—big and eager; laughter—contagious and volcanic. He permitted no stranger to remain one for long. I, the shy younger brother, relied on him to make introductions for us both. When a family moved onto the street or a newcomer walked onto the playground, Dee was the ambassador.

But in his midteen years, he made one acquaintance he should have avoided—a bootlegger who would sell beer to underage drinkers. Alcohol made a play for us both, but although it entwined me, it enchained him. Over the next four decades my brother drank away health, relationships, jobs, money, and all but the last two years of his life.

Who can say why resolve sometimes wins and sometimes loses, but at the age of fifty-four my brother discovered an aquifer of willpower, drilled deep, and enjoyed a season of sobriety. He emptied his bottles, stabilized his marriage, reached out to his children, and exchanged the liquor store for the local AA. But the hard living had taken its toll. Three decades of three-packs-a-day smoking had turned his big heart into ground meat.

On a January night during the week I began writing this book, he told Donna, his wife, that he couldn't breathe well. He already had a doctor's appointment for a related concern, so he decided to try to sleep. Little success. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. with chest pains severe enough to warrant a call to the emergency room. The rescue team loaded Dee onto the gurney and told Donna to meet them at the hospital. My brother waved weakly and smiled bravely and told Donna not to worry, but by the time she and one of Dee's sons reached the hospital, he was gone.

The attending physician told them the news and invited them to step into the room where Dee's body lay. Holding each other, they walked through the doors and saw his final message. His hand was resting on the top of his thigh with the two center fingers folded in and the thumb extended, the universal sign-language symbol for "I love you."

I've tried to envision the final moments of my brother's earthly life: racing down a Texas highway in an ambulance through an inky night, paramedics buzzing around him, his heart weakening within him. Struggling for each breath, at some point he realized only a few remained. But rather than panic, he quarried some courage.

Perhaps you could use some. An ambulance isn't the only ride that demands valor. You may not be down to your final heartbeat, but you may be down to your last paycheck, solution, or thimble of faith. 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, upswings in global warming, breakouts of al Qaeda cells. Some demented dictator is collecting nuclear warheads the way others collect fine wines. A strain of swine flu is crossing the border. The plague of our day, terrorism, begins with the word terror. News programs disgorge enough hand-wringing information to warrant an advisory: "Caution: this news report is best viewed in the confines of an underground vault in Iceland."

We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave. We sophisticate investment plans, create elaborate security systems, and legislate stronger military, yet we depend on mood-altering drugs more than any other generation in history. Moreover, "ordinary children today are more fearful than psychiatric patients were in the 1950s."

Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop. Oversize and rude, fear is unwilling to share the heart with happiness. Happiness complies and leaves. Do you ever see the two together? Can one be happy and afraid at the same time? Clear thinking and afraid? Confident and afraid? Merciful and afraid? No. 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 wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. 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. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.

Wouldn't it be great to walk out?

Imagine your 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, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, absent the dread of failure, rejection, and calamity. Can you imagine a life with no fear? This is the possibility behind Jesus' question.

"Why are you afraid?" he asks (Matt. 8:26 NCV).

At first blush we wonder if Jesus is serious. He may be kidding. Teasing. Pulling a quick one. Kind of like one swimmer asking another, "Why are you wet?" But Jesus doesn't smile. He's dead earnest. So are the men to whom he asks the question. A storm has turned their Galilean dinner cruise into a white-knuckled plunge.

Here is how one of them remembered the trip: "Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat" (Matt. 8:23–24 NCV).

These are Matthew's words. He remembered well the pouncing tempest and bouncing boat and was careful in his terminology. Not just any noun would do. He pulled his Greek thesaurus off the shelf and hunted for a descriptor that exploded like the waves across the bow. He bypassed common terms for spring shower, squall, cloudburst, or downpour. They didn't capture what he felt and saw that night: a rumbling earth and quivering shoreline. He recalled more than winds and whitecaps. His finger followed the column of synonyms down, down until he landed on a word that worked. "Ah, there it is." Seismos—a quake, a trembling eruption of sea and sky. "A great seismos arose on the lake."

The term still occupies a spot in our vernacular. A seismologist studies earthquakes, a seismograph measures them, and Matthew, along with a crew of recent recruits, felt a seismos that shook them to the core. He used the word on only two other occasions: once at Jesus' death when Calvary shook (Matt. 27:51–54) and again at Jesus' resurrection when the graveyard tremored (28:2). Apparently, the stilled storm shares equal billing in the trilogy of Jesus' great shake-ups: defeating sin on the cross, death at the tomb, and here silencing fear on the sea.

Sudden fear. We know the fear was sudden because the storm was. An older translation reads, "Suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea."

Not all storms come suddenly. Prairie farmers can see the formation of thunderclouds hours before the rain falls. This storm, however, springs like a lion out of the grass. One minute the disciples are shuffling cards for a midjourney game of hearts; the next they are gulping Galilean sea spray.

Peter and John, seasoned sailors, struggle to keep down the sail. Matthew, confirmed landlubber, struggles to keep down his breakfast. The storm is not what the tax collector bargained for. Do you sense his surprise in the way he links his two sentences? "Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake" (8:23–24 NCV).

Wouldn't you hope for a more chipper second sentence, a happier consequence of obedience? "Jesus got into a boat. His followers went with him, and suddenly a great rainbow arched in the sky, a flock of doves hovered in happy formation, a sea of glass mirrored their mast." Don't Christ-followers enjoy a calendar full of Caribbean cruises? No. This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder: getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. "In the world you will [not 'might,' 'may,' or 'could'] have tribulation" (John 16:33, brackets mine).

Christ-followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and, as a result, face fears. It's not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It's whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.

"Jesus was sleeping" (v. 24 NCV).

Now there's a scene. The disciples scream; Jesus dreams. Thunder roars; Jesus snores. He doesn't doze, catnap, or rest. He slumbers. Could you sleep at a time like this? Could you snooze during a roller coaster loop-the-loop? In a wind tunnel? At a kettledrum concert? Jesus sleeps through all three at once!

Mark's gospel adds two curious details: "[Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on a pillow" (Mark 4:38). In the stern, on a pillow. Why the first? From whence came the second?

First-century fishermen used large, heavy seine nets for their work. They stored the nets in a nook that was built into the stern for this purpose. Sleeping upon the stern deck was impractical. It provided no space or protection. The small compartment beneath the stern, however, provided both. It was the most enclosed and only protected part of the boat. So Christ, a bit dozy from the day's activities, crawled beneath the deck to get some sleep.

He rested his head, not on a fluffy feather pillow, but on a leather sandbag. A ballast bag. Mediterranean fishermen still use them. They weigh about a hundred pounds and are used to ballast, or stabilize, the boat. Did Jesus take the pillow to the stern so he could sleep, or sleep so soundly that someone rustled him up the pillow? We don't know. But this much we do know. This was a premeditated slumber. He didn't accidentally nod off. In full knowledge of the coming storm, Jesus decided it was siesta time, so he crawled into the corner, put his head on the pillow, and drifted into dreamland.

His snooze troubles the disciples. Matthew and Mark record their responses as three staccato Greek pronouncements and one question.

The pronouncements: "Lord! Save! Dying!" (Matt. 8:25).

The question: "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" (Mark 4:38).

They do not ask about Jesus' strength: "Can you still the storm?" His knowledge: "Are you aware of the storm?" Or his know-how: "Do you have any experience with storms?" But rather, they raise doubts about Jesus' character: "Do you not care ..."

Fear does this. Fear corrodes our confidence in God's goodness. We begin to wonder if love lives in heaven. If God can sleep in our storms, if his eyes stay shut when our eyes grow wide, if he permits storms after we get on his boat, does he care? Fear unleashes a swarm of doubts, anger-stirring doubts.

And it turns us into control freaks. "Do something about the storm!" is the implicit demand of the question. "Fix it or ... or ... or else!" Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control. When life spins wildly, we grab for a component of life we can manage: our diet, the tidiness of a house, the armrest of a plane, or, in many cases, people. The more insecure we feel, the meaner we become. We growl and bare our fangs. Why? Because we are bad? In part. But also because we feel cornered.

Martin Niemöller documents an extreme example of this. He was a German pastor who took a heroic stand against Adolf Hitler. When he first met the dictator in 1933, Niemöller stood at the back of the room and listened. Later, when his wife asked him what he'd learned, he said, "I discovered that Herr Hitler is a terribly frightened man." Fear releases the tyrant within.

It also deadens our recall. The disciples had reason to trust Jesus. By now they'd seen him "healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people" (Matt. 4:23). They had witnessed him heal a leper with a touch and a servant with a command (Matt. 8:3, 13). Peter saw his sick mother-in-law recover (Matt. 8:14–15), and they all saw demons scatter like bats out of a cave. "He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick" (Matt. 8:16).

Shouldn't someone mention Jesus' track record or review his résumé? Do they remember the accomplishments of Christ? They may not. Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. It makes us forget what Jesus has done and how good God is.

And fear feels dreadful. It sucks the life out of the soul, curls us into an embryonic state, and drains us dry of contentment. We become abandoned barns, rickety and tilting from the winds, a place where humanity used to eat, thrive, and find warmth. No longer. When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god. When safety becomes our god, we worship the risk-free life. Can the safety lover 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.

His most common command emerges from the "fear not" genre. The Gospels list some 125 Christ-issued imperatives. Of these, 21 urge us to "not be afraid" or "not fear" or "have courage" or "take heart" or "be of good cheer." The second most common command, to love God and neighbor, appears on only eight occasions. If quantity is any indicator, Jesus takes our fears seriously. The one statement he made more than any other was this: don't be afraid.

Siblings sometimes chuckle at or complain about the most common command of their parents. They remember how Mom was always saying, "Be home on time," or, "Did you clean your room?" Dad had his favorite directives too. "Keep your chin up." "Work hard." I wonder if the disciples ever reflected on the most-often-repeated phrases of Christ. If so, they would have noted, "He was always calling us to courage."

So don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:31 NCV)

Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven. (Matt. 9:2 NASB)

I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough. (Matt. 6:25 NLT)

Don't be afraid. Just believe, and your daughter will be well. (Luke 8:50 NCV)

Take courage. I am here! (Matt. 14:27 NLT)

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. (Matt. 10:28)

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.... I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (John 14:1, 3 NLT)

Don't be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT)

"Why are you frightened?" he asked. "Why are your hearts filled with doubt?" (Luke 24:38 NLT)

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. (Matt. 24:6 NIV)

Jesus came and touched them and said, "Arise, and do not be afraid." (Matt. 17:7)

Jesus doesn't want you to live in a state of fear. Nor do you. You've never made statements like these:

My phobias put such a spring in my step.

I'd be a rotten parent were it not for my hypochondria.

Thank God for my pessimism. I've been such a better person since I lost hope.

My doctor says if I don't begin fretting, I will lose my health.

We've learned the high cost of fear.

Jesus' question is a good one. He lifts his head from the pillow, steps out from the stern into the storm, and asks, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" (Matt. 8:26).

To be clear, fear serves a healthy function. It is the canary in the coal mine, warning of potential danger. A dose of fright can keep a child from running across a busy road or an adult from smoking a pack of cigarettes. Fear is the appropriate reaction to a burning building or growling dog. Fear itself is not a sin. But it can lead to sin.

If we medicate fear with angry outbursts, drinking binges, sullen withdrawals, self-starvation, or viselike control, we exclude God from the solution and exacerbate the problem. We subject ourselves to a position of fear, allowing anxiety to dominate and define our lives. Joy-sapping worries. Day-numbing dread. Repeated bouts of insecurity that petrify and paralyze us. Hysteria is not from God. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear" (2 Tim. 1:7).

Fear may fill our world, but it doesn't have to fill our hearts. It will always knock on the door. Just don't invite it in for dinner, and for heaven's sake don't offer it a bed for the night. Let's embolden our hearts with a select number of Jesus' "do not fear" statements. The promise of Christ and the contention of this book are simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

1 Why Are We Afraid? 1

2 The Villagers of Stiltsville 15

Fear of Not Mattering

3 God's Ticked Off at Me 29

Fear of Disappointing God

4 Woe, Be Gone 41

Fear of Running Out

5 My Child Is in Danger 53

Fear of Not Protecting My Kids

6 I'm Sinking Fast 65

Fear of Overwhelming Challenges

7 There's a Dragon in My Closet 77

Fear of Worst-Case Scenarios

8 This Brutal Planet 89

Fear of Violence

9 Make-Believe Money 101

Fear of the Coming Winter

10 Scared to Death 113

Fear of Life's Final Moments

11 Caffeinated Life 123

Fear of What's Next

12 The Shadow of a Doubt 135

Fear That God Is Not Real

13 What If Things Get Worse? 149

Fear of Global Calamity

14 The One Healthy Terror 161

Fear of God Getting Out of My Box

15 Conclusion William's Psalm 173

Notes 181

Discussion Guide 184

Bonus Material from Max Lucado's next book, Grace 222

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Pa_tee More than 1 year ago
In a day and age where everything is in fluxe, this book actually helped me realize that I have to let go and let things happen. I am a very poor sleeper meaning that I toss and turn worrying and thinking about things. The first night after I started this book I had the best night's sleep I have had in a long time. I realize while I can't control things that happen to me, I can control the way I react. I have slowly learned to take that leap into faith and let God take me on my path. I recommend this book to anyone who lives in fear and wants to live in faith!
mandasparkle More than 1 year ago
From the author Max Lucado is his new book "Fearless", which is an amazing book and one that is so timely and needed right now. This book talks about fears that everyone has in life and this existence and how to deal with those fears by giving them to God and trusting God. The book is filled with biblical stories and references to highlight fear and why we should not fear. The message of the book is that people who follow God should fear not. "Though the world may collapse, the work of Christ will endure", seems to be the main message overall to all people, Christians or not. The book also offers encouragement that you shouldn't be afraid, you shouldn't worry; you shouldn't fret because it is all in God's hand and part of his divine plan. This was a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning from. I would recommend it to all my friends, family and Christians and non-Christians alike. After reading this book, I think I want to read more of Max Lucado's writing. He puts stories together very nicely and has a way of always expressing God's word to intertwine with the story. The author and the book made me stop and think, question my thoughts, my fears and my relationship with God. Max successfully conveyed Biblical truths in his book and the information was clear and easy to understand. The book was able to hold my attention and I didn't want to stop reading it once I became engaged with it. I am a book review blogger for Thomas Nelson Publishers. If you would like to become a book review blogger or learn more information on it please go to http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
Monte_Davenport_PhD More than 1 year ago
Fearless by Max Lucado is a timeless book that is quite timely. These days, so many of us have so many fears. Many fear the impact of the economy on our current livelihood and our future retirement. Some fear something horrible happening to our children, and others even fear "fear" itself. Fearless addresses our most common fears in understandable and practical terms, and backs it up with innumerable Biblical promises. Through real-life everyday stories, the brilliant story-teller, Max Lucado, inspires us to apply this simple but significant idea: put all your cares on Christ because Christ cares for you. In his laid-back but in-your-face style, Lucado reminds us that the only healthy fear is our reverent fear of the one and only true God. Once we recognize His significance, our fears become insignificant. The message is unmistakable: our great God wants us to live a life without fear, and He paved the way for us to defeat our fears when Jesus defeated death on the cross. Trust and obey Him, and you can live a full life without fear. Read Fearless by Max Lucado, and fear less. (http://flexiture.wordpress.com I am a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/).
princesaKL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book Fearless by Max Lucado who was born in San Angelo, Texas, a family man. Max is one of Christianity's most popular authors. Over 33 million copies of his books have been sold. This book explores the concept of fear and faith. It is an inspirational challenge for us to imagine our life without fear. It asks the question, "Would it create a very different life?" It also explores the question which may arise in our hearts and minds, "Are we living the life we want, or is fear holding us back?" I like the way the author uses descriptive words which help form a picture in my mind of what he is expressing in the form of wee stories. There is a sense of humor in the author's writing which I think is great. It certainly makes the topic of fear take on a light hearted approach. The book has several bibical refrences to scripture, and the author explains well how Scripture can relate to everyday life. This book contains a lot of examples of the difference between fear and faith and explains this. I do think it would have been an idea to have more practical suggestions or steps in overcoming fear in the book. However I would encourage anyone to take part in the discussion guide at the end for those wanting to have a deeper understanding of the subject of faith and fear. My favorite quote in this book is: "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)'. So make friends with whatever's next. Embrace it. Accept it. Don't resist it. Change is not only a part of life; Change is a necessary part of God's strategy." To me the book demonstrates that through Jesus Christ we can overcome anything. No matter how big or how small our fears may be, we don't have to be ruled by fear.
adamcdennis More than 1 year ago
Wow! Amazing! Superb! Those were words going through my mind as I read Fearless. Max Lucado's book Fearless tackles the topic of understanding how to handle fear in a Christian life the way his book He Chose the Nails tackled the topic of understanding how God's love is unconditional for a Christian. This was the first Lucado book I've read since He Chose the Nails, and like that book, I will be buying extra copies to give to people for their edification. In Fearless, Lucado has a great balance of humor and poignancy that help the reader through the book. A few of my favorite Points-to-Ponder (PTP) from the book are as follows: PTP#1: "Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control. When life spins wildly, we grab for a component of life we can manage...The more insecure we feel, the meaner we become" (p. 9). PTP#2: "Jesus faced his ultimate fear with honest prayer" (p. 83). This is so true in our life. When we lose control of events and life begins to become chaotic and in disarray, immediately we turn to fear when we should be turning to God for direction and peace. We much too often forget that going to God in prayer over a situation has greater results than when we try to handle the problems causing our fear. I would highly recommend Fearless to anyone struggling with thoughts of fear. The time I spent in the book has been enriching, and there are many PTP that I will take with me for further meditation. This book came to me at the right time in my life. Thank you Max Lucado!
manuel anderson More than 1 year ago
this book is a great book, that helps christians understand that we don't have to be afaird in this dark world, because we have the ultimate light, which is Jesus.
Epharas More than 1 year ago
A great book which gave me a better understanding of the peace that comes with a life in Christ. Recommend it for father's and mother's who find themselves up on sleepless nights worrying about the times and season we are in. It gave me a new perspective on battling fear and worry as a father of two sons in college and a major career transition. I can breathe easy now, without fear, worry or fret. This is powerful book.
bloomingcupoftea More than 1 year ago
I read this book through the ebook review program. I was on the fence about this book because the pride in me said, "well you're already fearless". As I went through this book it challenged me in several areas. Shortly after reading it, my church small group went through it and WOW I found this book simply amazing. Yes I still feel fearless in many areas but through this study I found where I needed to increase my faith and trust God's plan for me. Thank you Max Lucado for presenting a book that gently digs deep in the topic of fear and courage. The message is clear: have faith and lose your fears. Max Lucado references biblical scriptures in which Jesus tells his disciples "do not be afraid" and to "have courage". Jesus doesn't want us to be fearful of the world. Instead he wants us to face it with courage and find strength in him to do so. This book is a must read and a gift I recommend giving to everyone you know.
reformedchristian More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt about it Max Lucado has been endowed with a wonderful gift, he is a genius when it comes to his writing style and he has a great imagination. His illustrations drawn from real life are riveting and he has much to teach us from his own Christian walk and that of others who have crossed his path. However in spite of some great moments especially towards the end of the book it felt to me like he had nothing to say. Part of the problem to mind is for much of the book he doesn't know who he is talking to too. He says that this is a book for Christians and for those without faith but later in the book he talks about having nothing to fear because after death we have Heaven waiting for us. This isn't true for those without Christ, as Lucado knows. The book gets better as you move on, he moves away from the easy believism suggested at the start of the book to a real vigorous self denying type of faith by the end of the book. While I was disappointed for much of the book it was nevertheless a joy to read because his style is so thoroughly readable, I just wish he had something more to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, wonderful book. Max Lucado is fantastic, as always.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the courage of this book
123ak More than 1 year ago
Once again, Max takes biblical teachings and ties them to everyday life in a way that you can understand. I read this book in two days and found it to be inspiring and reassuring. He reminds us of God's promises and shows us over and over again how many times God's assurance appears in the bible. The book covers different fears in separate chapters. While not every one of the chapters applied to me, I found great comfort in the one regarding raising children. There are also chapters on money, feeling alone, disappointing God and so forth. I enjoyed this book so much I gave it to my mother for Mother's Day. There are also companion books as well if you enjoyed this one. Bottom line is quite wasting so much of your life being afraid and spend more time trusting God.
Innerstrife on LibraryThing 21 days ago
¿Fear, it seems, has taken a hundred-year lease on the building next door and set up shop.¿ In Max Lucado¿s latest release Fearless he reveals the undercurrent of fear that is pervasive in our society. However, this isn¿t a book of gloom and doom. Rather it is an encouragement of what it means to replace fear with faith. The tag line for the book is ¿Imagine Your Life Without Fear¿. The picture Lucado paints is an appealing one.Step by step Lucado addresses our fears. Insecurity, fear of God, concern for our kids, being overwhelmed, violence, death and doubt are all addressed. With moving illustrations from contemporary life and Scripture Lucado shines a light on the beacon of hope that serves to liberate us from fear.You may feel as though you are free from fear, and that may be largely true ¿ but give this book a read. It will be an encouragement to you as we are reminded to live life through the lens of faith rather than the distorted lens of fear.Don¿t be imprisoned by fear: "So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, 'If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free . . . So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed'" (John 8:31-32, 36).
ldrumm16 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Never has a book been so timely...it seems everyone is filled with fear these days: fear of losing their job, fear of losing their home, fear of being attacked by terrorists, fear of something happening to their children. I'm certainly not immune. I've obsessed over my bank account, the economy, the future of my job, whether I was a good parent nearly every day for the past year. My husband had three jobs last year. I cashed in my 401k to make ends meet. I took a leap and quit my job last month and started a new one. Our daughter starts middle school today. How do I sleep at night?Fearless addresses all these fears and then some. Was I completely worry free after I read this book? Of course not. Do I feel better capable of handling my fears and dealing with every day realities? Definitely. This book falls right in line with where I am in my faith journey and it reinforced what I already knew to be true: give all your troubles to God and He will provide everything that you need. Whether you are drowning in fear or just have a momentary pang of panic once in a while, this book is a must read for everyone. It may completely open your eyes to a new way of living, or it may just reassure you that you are already on the right track.
hjvanderklis on LibraryThing 21 days ago
In his latest work Max Lucado , author of tens of inspirational books, children's books, and co-editor of a couple of bible editions, elaborates thoughts on fear and answers from a biblical, christian perspective. Fear addresses and shapes our character. It turns us into control freaks, raises doubts and unleashes the tyrant witin. Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia. It dulls our miracle memory. Christ's most common command emerges from the "fear not" genre. no wonder why the Bible teaches us a lot on this topic. In 14 chapters Lucado tackles various fears like sickness, doubt, poverty, death, end-times and raising kids. Fear is no sin, but can lead to sin. Parables, touching personal stories and familiar, but still inspirational, biblical narratives are here to help. Abraham, Joseph, Christ's disciples, Jairus tell the story of a loving and forgiving, always present God that casts out fear. Let¿s be numbered among those who hear a different voice, God¿s. Courage does not panic; it prays. Courage believes. Courage listens to the voice of God calling through Scripture, "Fear not!" Fearless will comfort the reader, while Lucado remains human too, at times as doubtful as you and I.
moses917 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Fearless by Max Lucado. As a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson I had the opportunity to review Lucado¿s newest book titled Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear. As always he never disappoints to be to the point Max has done it again in bringing another encouraging book to speak to the heart of people burden with fear. Lucado speaks about the array of realistic fears that are prominent in our daily lives. He explores the fear of disappointing God, of violence, of death, global calamity, not protecting your kids, not mattering and other fears we battle on a day to day basis. I very much love the approach that Lucado takes in this book with each chapter covering a fear then illustrating it with a relevant story, then season the reality of the fear with grace, some slices of humor, and scripture to communicate that God always gives hope to the hopeless. Max is a great story teller so he makes the Truths of Scripture come to life as no one else like can. Max charmingly communicates to the reader that if they are fearing it is a perceived loss of control and that the opposite of fear is faith. That we need to dwell in Jesus as he states in his book, ¿the longer we live in him, the greater he becomes in us.¿ Lucado brings to light that Jesus was always encouraging his followers to ¿be not afraid¿ and ¿take courge¿ because he knew the dangers of fear in the walk of his followers. One of my favorite chapters was The Shadow of a Doubt, where shares his fears and tells of C.S. Lewis¿s journey from atheism to Jesus. I have enjoyed Max¿s work for years. He always seems to take to another level using a deep and delightful teaching style that sets him apart from others. This is a great resource for consecrating your thoughts on Jesus to defeat fear. The substance of the material in this book makes ¿Fearless¿ a perfect candidate for small group studies with people.
bookstorylori on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Never has a book been so timely...it seems everyone is filled with fear these days: fear of losing their job, fear of losing their home, fear of being attacked by terrorists, fear of something happening to their children. I'm certainly not immune. I've obsessed over my bank account, the economy, the future of my job, whether I was a good parent nearly every day for the past year. My husband had three jobs last year. I cashed in my 401k to make ends meet. I took a leap and quit my job last month and started a new one. Our daughter starts middle school today. How do I sleep at night?Fearless addresses all these fears and then some. Was I completely worry free after I read this book? Of course not. Do I feel better capable of handling my fears and dealing with every day realities? Definitely. This book falls right in line with where I am in my faith journey and it reinforced what I already knew to be true: give all your troubles to God and He will provide everything that you need. Whether you are drowning in fear or just have a momentary pang of panic once in a while, this book is a must read for everyone. It may completely open your eyes to a new way of living, or it may just reassure you that you are already on the right track.
Justjenniferreading on LibraryThing 21 days ago
In Fearless Max Lucado sends the message that with fear in our lives we can be our own worst enemy. He also shows us how with faith and prayer we can overcome this fear. There are many examples of fear in the Bible and many examples of Jesus telling us not to fear. If we can trust our faith and know that there is nothing to fear through Jesus then we can live without fear. That is Lucado's message.I've read a lot of spiritual/self-help books, not one has connected with me like Fearless did. I saw myself in so many of the examples of fear taking over one's life. It seemed as if Lucado was writing this book just for me to read. I think that for the first time while reading a book I actually sat the book aside and prayed. I liked the message and I've taken much from this book to heart.
KeikiHendrix on LibraryThing 21 days ago
¿When Christ is Great, Our Fears Are Not¿In `Fearless, Imagine Your Life Without Fear`, Max Lucado examines the issue of fear, its roots and reasons and offers the only sustainable answer, confidence in Jesus Christ.It starts with a discussion of the `Why We Fear` and describes the contrast between faith and fear; what faithful and fearful behavior looks like and the resulting affects they produce in our lives.Max Lucado begins this focus on fear with a story of his brother¿s own death, a result of his life long battle with alcohol describing the ultimate cause as fear.The remaining chapters are addressed to specific types of fears. Fear of `Not Mattering`, of `Running Out`, of `Not Protecting My Kids`, of `Overwhelming Challenges`, of `Worst Case Scenarios`, of `Violence`, of `Coming Winter`, of `Life¿s Final Moments¿, of `What¿s Next`, of `God Is Not Real`, of `Global Calamity¿, and of `God Getting Out of My Box`.The chapters are short and written in Lucado¿s appealing, kind conversational manner. If you have ever read (or heard) Max Lucado, you will understand his gentle, almost soothing writing and speaking style. It is unique to Max Lucado and adds greatly to his discussion of exposing fear and exalting faith in Jesus Christ.There are personal stories he shares (such as the story of his brother Dee), poems, and practical plans for overcoming the issue of fear. I found his P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L plan particularly useful. It is found in Chapter Four.As a Ladies Bible Study Teacher, I¿ve recently become acutely aware of the `fear factor¿ among many of the people in my life. Before I read this book, I had come to the conclusion that fear is an opponent. Fear is an enemy and must be battled. This book also lists and describes the weapons needed to find a battle with fear.The book includes a discussion guide which reviews each chapter using the three step attack of `Examining Fear¿, `Exposing Fear¿ and `Battling Fear¿. These are great tools to use in a small group study.I highly recommend this book for personal reading or in small group bible study.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Max Lucado's book Fearless is a definate must read. In this book he takes us down the path of fear. Coupled with his discussion guide a group or single person can learn so much. In his book he shows us how to examine fear for what it is then how to expose it so that we can battle it. He humorous stories throughout make this serious read an easy read. The message throughout reminds us that fear can cause us to forget to lean on Jesus and lead us to sin. It also causes us to try to handle things on our own. He reminds us that Jesus truly understands our fears as he became flesh and suffered these same fears. An example of his humor came in the form of comparing reading the informational pamphlet that accompanies a prescription. It tells all the good things the medicine will do and then tells all of the possible side effect. This was compared to a lawyer standing beside a pregnant woman in labor. The lawyer was there reading a contract to the unborn child explaining how wonderful it was to be born and loved and then warning them of all of the dangers such as drunk drivers, terrorists etc., should they decide to continue their journey into the world. After examining the discussion guide I decided that It probably would have been more beneficial to me had I read the questions for each chapter before I read the chapter. I then would have gone back and answered the questions. This is a book that I will definitely read again and will recommend to all of my family and friends.
Mrs.SmartyPants on LibraryThing 21 days ago
"We fear being sued, finishing last, going broke; we fear the mole on the back, the new kid on the block, the sound of the clock as it ticks us closer to the grave," Lucado smartly writes. "Fear sells. Fear glues watchers to their seats, sells magazines off the racks, and puts money in the pocket of the system."From the fear of not mattering, to the fear of not having enough, fear encompasses all problems. While fear can be an appropriate and - at times - useful tool, we too often misuse it. Anxiety and fear exacerbate the problems in our lives until they obtain titanic proportions.The question is, though, why are we afraid? There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. "Evildoers have less chance of hurting you if you aren't already victim." Lucado, in Fearless, goes on to explain how we can imagine our life without fear, and reminds us of the one powerful tool we have to combat fear.In addition to the thought provoking writings on different topics that make us fearful, there is a discussion guide in the back of the book to gain a better understanding of the ideas and principles in the book.By keeping remembering these teachings when life becomes hard, I have faith that my life doesn't have to be controlled by fear.
pastorjeffmyers on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I used to enjoy Max Lucado's books regularly. I still remember lessons I learned from He Still Moves Stones and In the Grip of Grace. But this is the first Lucado book I've read in quite some time. Fearless is honestly Lucado in prime form. In this book he leads the reader through a process of vanquishing all of our personal fears no matter how big or small. Fears about acceptance, disappointment, our children, challenges, catastrophes, violence, lack of faith, global warming and everything in between. Reading a Max Lucado is a little like settling into a conversation with a trusted friend. His writing voice is one that you quickly feel like you can trust. The illustrations are memorable, the lessons are profound. He has a great way of providing an "ah-ha" moment in every chapter. As a pastor, I would love to preach some of the lessons in this book. Good stuff. Definitely worth the read.
mels_71 on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I read Max Lucado¿s Fearless as part of Thomas Nelson¿s Book Review Bloggers program. This book seeks to answer how in the midst of layoffs at work, slowdowns in the economy, flare-ups in the Middle East, turnovers at headquarters, downturns in the housing market, upswings in global warming we can make faith, not fear, our default reaction to threats.Max Lucado deals with a variety of fears common in our society and looks at how we can replace our fear with faith in God. Each chapter includes stories and bible verses to illustrate his points and the book is written in an easy to read and understand style.I had no major disagreement with the contents of this book but there was nothing that was new either. When reading something like this I would look to be challenged in my thinking, to see things from a new angle or gain new insight on the topic but that was not the case here. This book would probably be helpful to people who are new to faith or as a reminder of what Christians should already know.
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